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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!