My Journey As a Holistic Health Practitioner

I’m frequently asked why I decided to pursue a career in holistic health and what it actually means to be a holistic health practitioner. My answer is never a short one. I’ve pursued extensive education as a Certified Personal Trainer, Integrative Health Coach, Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and more. Whether you’re interested in pursuing a holistic health education for yourself or simply want to better understand my role as a holistic health practitioner, I hope my journey and experience serves as a guide for you!

Who Am I?

To start, I’m Amanda Carneiro. You can find me in the kitchen, creating tasty, nutrient-dense recipes and working one-on-one with clients, daily. I’m certified as a(n):

  • Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Women’s Fitness Specialist
  • Integrative Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association

I’ve also had the opportunity to write for various health publications and work with highly regarded celebrity cliente. Additionally, I serve as a member of the International Association for Health Coaches. 

When I first embarked on my journey as a health professional, I started working with personal training clients and practiced health and nutrition coaching. Soon after my career took off, I realized there was a missing piece. The necessity of a nutrient-dense diet was no longer an option- it was essential for optimal health. I knew that if I wanted to take my career and expertise to the next level, I needed to pursue further education in nutrition. My passion for helping other women feel and look their best continued to grow, which meant my skill set needed to, too. 

So, I decided to pursue further education to expand my reach and better serve my clientele.

The Institute for Integrative Nutrition

First, I decided to pursue a nutritional education through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). After completing the IIN program, I officially claimed the title of an Integrative Health Coach. 

Benefits:

  • The workload is reasonable- about 5-10 hours per week.
  • Their holistic approach focuses on food and exercise, as well as “primary food,” including relationships, career, and spirituality.
  • The program includes plenty of business coaching advice, including how to successfully set up client sessions and run your practice.
  • I met several amazing, life-long friends, who I’m so grateful for. 

Downsides:

  • The IIN follows a plant-based approach to nutrition. If you know me, you know my love and appreciation for meat.
  • The curriculum was vast and broad, teaching about various diets and those who might benefit from them.

I really enjoyed my time with the IIN, so if this is something you’re looking for, I would highly recommend applying. You can check out their curriculum guide, here.  Be sure to let them know I sent you!

The Nutritional Therapy Association

After graduating from the IIN, I wanted to take a deeper dive into nutrition and be able to help clients dealing with chronic issues, especially those dealing with digestive issues.  So, the next step was to become a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA). As a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, I use nutrient-dense food, lifestyle, and targeted supplementation to help support the body’s innate ability to heal and I get to work with clients with gut issues, autoimmune diseases, hormonal imbalances, and more.

Benefits:

  • The NTA dives deep into the importance of nutrition and anatomy.
  • Their approach is scientific and evidence-based.
  • The curriculum is based on Dr. Weston A. Price’s findings.
  • They encourage a traditionally-prepared, ancestral-based food approach.
  • Everyone I know who has attended this program has loved it.
  • I learned how to test and address symptoms, while supporting the body’s natural healing process using dietary and supplement protocols.
  • They provide a structured system to help address client’s symptoms.
  • I met several amazing, life-long friends, too! 

Downsides:

  • The time commitment is much greater.  I spent many hours reading, studying and finishing assignments.  It required about 20 hours per week, which is tough when you’re already working full-time.

The NTA program is challenging, but completely worth it. If this is something you’re looking for, I would highly recommend signing up.  If you’re curious, I encourage you to attend an educational webinar from the NTA. Be sure to let them know I sent you!

Have you considered pursuing an education in holistic health or nutrition? I highly encourage you to take the leap of faith. After all, the world needs more professionals who take a preventive approach to health and are passionate about others overall well-being.

Do you have more questions about my work as a holistic health practitioner? Learn more, here!

XO.

Amanda Carneiro

 

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