Coaching Skills

What is a Nutrition Coach, Really?

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“I’m a nutrition coach…”

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably gotten asked the traditional, “So, what do you do?” question before.

You know, that familiar phrase that often comes up in any polite conversation. The answers in any given setting can range from teacher, to nurse, to dentist, to hair stylist, to stay-at-home mom, and everything in between. It’s usually a simple answer and the conversation moves forward.

But, for nutrition coaches, being asked this question can conjure up feelings of intimidation or embarrassment. Oftentimes, saying, “I’m a nutrition coach!” is followed by something like, “Oh, so you’re going to tell me what to eat?” You see, there is a lot of misunderstanding around what a nutrition coach actually is.

In fact, when ITN Founder Cynthia Garcia tells people she’s a coach, their first response is sometimes, “Oh really? For what sport?”

Now, we’ve come a long way since most of those responses have been given, but the truth remains that the coaching industry is a very misunderstood field. And, it doesn’t help that many people market themselves as “health coaches” even if they lack proper training.

Coaches Do Not Have All the Answers

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Why the distinction is important

Typically when someone works with a health or nutrition coach, it means that person is getting personalized solutions and support for their challenges. The coach listens to them, finds where the person is getting stuck, supports them in finding solutions, and holds them accountable to meet their goals

Coaching is not a one-size-fits-all sort of deal, and that might be part of the reason why there is so much that is not understood about the coaching field. A coach does not just give advice or hand out meal plans. A coach doesn’t just cheer you on from the sidelines and say, “You got this!” (At least, a great coach doesn’t.)

So, in order to break down the truth about what nutrition coaching really is, and what it isn’t, we created an entire podcast episode about the subject! Because you see, when done correctly, nutrition coaching can be extremely beneficial both for the coach and the client!


Listen to this episode to discover:

    • Common myths about nutrition coaching
    • The most important roles of a great nutrition coach
    • How to know if nutrition coaching is right for you
    • Your next step in becoming a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach


    Episode Resources

    Listen to The Transformational Nutrition Podcast on Apple Podcast Spotify Stitcher

    Read the transcript for this episode.

    Ready to take the next steps toward becoming a Nutrition Coach?  Book a Call With an Advisor

    Want to hear more from the ITN student featured in this episode? Connect with Victoria!

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