One of the most popular questions I get via Instagram is without a doubt how to become a Holistic Nutritionist and create your own business. It was a good indication that I needed to actually share my whole story on what led me to this career, how I got started and what school I went to. The field of alternative health and wellness and holistic nutrition seems to be growing at rapid speed and I love that this shift is happening. I believe very strongly in the power of alternative health, but that doesn’t mean I also don’t appreciate and recommend western medicine as well. I think that there is a time and place for both and it is never my place to judge one or the other or anyone else that decides what is right for them.
How to Become a Holistic Nutritionist: The Beginning
With all that being said, lets start from the beginning and back up just a bit before we learn how to become a holistic nutritionist.
If you read this post, you can read all about what led me to holistic nutrition in the first place and it actually wasn’t all that pretty. Basically, I became vegan in 2011-12 and was quite obsessed with it and my appearance. For me, having that label on my diet was extremely unhealthy and caused me to put so much pressure on myself. I dealt with orthorexia as a result and had huge fears about eating anything that wasn’t organic/non-GMO or vegan.
Cookbooks, Blogs and All The Recipes!
It really wasn’t until years later that I learned how unhealthy I was during this time. But, the one positive that came from all of that was that it paved the way to becoming a holistic nutritionist and it taught me so much about cooking because I was making all my meals at home. It also taught me that a healthy mindset is just as important as what is on my plate and is something I teach my clients as well. I didn’t realize at the time that I was vegan how much cooking would change the course of my life, I was simply having fun, perusing blogs and learning how to create meals for myself. After about six-eight months of being vegan, I really got more into health and wellness and knew that this passion inside of me was growing and I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer. My days were filled with reading food blogs and buying cookbooks and all I could think about was what I wanted to try cooking next. My cookbook collection grew exponentially! If you want to see how whole foods can change your skin from the inside out, grab my FREE ebook!
When Things Just Didn’t Feel Right
My career working for the federal government was not fulfilling me in any real way any longer. I felt lost, unhappy and miserable going into work. I remember coming home and crying on the couch (numerous times) about my job and all of the confusion I felt about everything. I had a fairly relaxed job, benefits, decent salary and a great manager, but I was so unhappy. So on top of all that, I kind of felt like an asshole for not liking my job seeing as though I had went to school for public administration and spent five years studying it. Why couldn’t I just be happy?!
Food and Cooking Saved ME!
So when I discovered my love for cooking and healthy eating, it saved me. If I hadn’t found it, I truly don’t know what I would be doing right now, but I don’t think I’d be very happy. So this led me to start researching nutrition and expanding my knowledge in it. At first, I thought I would go back to University for nutrition to become a dietician, but when I looked at the schooling, I felt it didn’t align with my own values on health and wellness. So, I researched some more about becoming a Naturopath, but that also wasn’t really what I wanted to focus on either. Somehow, I stumbled upon the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and found that they had a campus in Toronto. It felt so right, I can’t explain it. When I looked at the alumni, I also knew that this was the right place for me. I had already been following Meghan Telpner for a while and after seeing that she went to IHN, I knew I had to go there. My journey on how to become a Holistic Nutritionist was beginning. I submitted some paperwork to them and went to go visit them in Toronto to have my interview. As soon as I sat down and started talking, I wanted to burst into tears (thankfully, I didn’t!) because I felt like I had finally found what I had been searching for. I had been stuck in a job and career that left me feeling anything but excited for about four years and then spent one afternoon at IHN and felt a shift in myself. It can’t be explained, but it just felt so incredibly right, I knew that I had to go there and figure out how to become a Holistic Nutritionist and change my career.
Not Listening to my Gut:
All these years prior, I always felt I just went along with things. I went to University because I was always told how smart I was and I felt as if I had to go. It would be “such a shame” if I didn’t use my potential I was told. So I went. The first year I just did a general arts degree because I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. I was CONFUSED to say the least. Throughout university, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer at one point, then a policy advisor/analyst, a child and youth worker, a professor, a teacher, a researcher and a parole officer. Once I did graduate, I decided I needed another year of school and went to college for a certificate in public administration, although I mainly did it for the co-op. When I landed my full time job with the government, I was happy, but deep down, I felt it wasn’t right. I spoke to my mom for a long time before I accepted the co-op and told her it didn’t feel right and all my reservations. She understood, but she also said, I would figure it out and to take the opportunity and see what happened. I don’t think she would have ever imagined I would end up where I am now, but I know that she would be happy and proud that I finally figured it out. Once I started attending school at IHN, I felt so at home. I connected with my fellow students and teachers in a way I never had before. I learned so much and I would wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning how to become a Holistic Nutritionist.
There is so much more I want to say, so stay tuned for part two coming up all about how I made this my full time business because just going to school isn’t enough!
Did you always know what you wanted to be when you ‘grew up’ or did you also feel confused?
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