Today we caught up with members of the Whole Influence network Sano Life, and we bring you a series of interview with the graduates from their Nutrition Coach Course. We talked to Hayley from Balanced by Hayley about her journey to health.
Throughout my teenage years and twenties, I suffered from severe IBS and facial acne.
Both of these made me feel miserable and saw me cutting social events short or missing them completely.
Not content with being reliant on drugs that were not completely working, I decided something else needed to change and started to review my nutrition and lifestyle. After researching and reading up on scientific literature, I overhauled my diet completely and shared my story on Instagram.
I introduced a diverse range of delicious and colourful whole foods and ditched the ready meals in place of home cooking. It was through this process that I slowly discovered my love for nutrition after seeing the beneficial effects it was having on my overall health.
Throughout my journey, I managed to pinpoint my IBS triggers to successfully control it and improve the visual health of my skin. Alongside this, my fitness levels also reaped the benefits of my improved diet.
My endurance, energy, and strength all improved, re-igniting my love of sport and physical training.
My passion for nutrition continued to grow and it was from here I decided to go back to studying and enrolled in the Diploma in applied nutrition at Sano School of Culinary Medicine.
The course covered a variety of topics including the digestive system, heart health and food, and mood. The content was all evidence-based and delved into the anatomy and inner workings of the body.
This allowed for a clear understanding of why common health problems occur and how foods can impact the operation of body systems.
The course also discussed how to make informed choices on foods, such as how to efficiently compose meals and recipes to optimise the health benefits of the ingredients.
It was hard studying alongside having a full-time job.
At the time I was also completing qualifications in fitness, another passion of mine, so it did prove a juggling act. However, as the course’s content was compelling and hands on it wasn’t too hard missing weekends and evenings to further my knowledge in something I loved.
On completion of the course, I decided that I wanted to educate others on the role that diet and lifestyle can play in their health and wellbeing. The diploma armed me with a vast amount of learning and the confidence to go out there and start up a nutrition coaching business. Having worked in corporate roles all my life, this was a complete turnaround.
It is my goal to bring clients the absolute best evidence-based knowledge and advice on nutrition and wellness.
I want to give them a thorough understanding so that they can become their own expert on their dietary needs and be able to easily distinguish and disregard the misleading and confusing information out there. A one size fits all approach does not work with nutrition. Everybody is unique; therefore, everything needs to be individualised so advice will always vary from person to person.
I believe that nutrition is immensely powerful and that food is something that should be enjoyed and utilised to our advantage. I am looking forward to what the future holds for both for myself and my business and also for the exciting research which is continually emerging on the subject of culinary medicine.