How I Became a Health Coach

Three years ago I graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), left my corporate job and started my health coaching business. 

And boy, the last three years have been a wild, amazing ride.


One of the most common questions I get is how I got to where I am today, and the short answer is IIN. Today I'm sharing a little bit more about that journey, and how YOU can decide if IIN is right for you, right now.


What were you doing when you enrolled in IIN?

At the time I was working as an auditor for a big 4 public accounting firm. I had gone to business school and gotten a degree in accounting because I was good at it, but I didn’t love it. During college and into my early 20s I saw my friends who were pursuing careers in line with their passions and I wanted that, but for some reason I didn’t think it was possible for me.

I didn’t feel like I had a strong enough passion that could translate into a career.


What was your turning point where you felt like more was possible for you?

Around that time I discovered healthy food blogs and pretty soon I was hooked. I loved reading the stories, learning about healthy lifestyle hacks and of course making the recipes. My time in the kitchen felt FUN, and I loved sharing what I was learning with my co-workers, friends and family. People started to come to me for advice and I wondered “Could I make THIS a career?”

So I started researching careers in health and wellness and different nutrition certifications, which led me to The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Everything about the program sounded AMAZING (seriously seemed like a dream to be learning about different diets and how to teach people this info), but I still wasn’t sure. Was this program legit? Would it be worth the investment? How would I balance this with my current career in accounting?


You were working full time as an auditor — what made you take the leap and enroll in IIN?

After speaking with someone who went through the program, I decided to GO WITH MY GUT and enroll. My whole body said YES DO THIS - even though my brain wasn’t sure if or how it would work out.

I am so thankful that my younger self was able to hear that message from my gut, and actually listen to it. I’ve found my passion and I feel so fortunate that I’ve been able to make this my job. I’ve found amazing mentors and teachers who have helped me vision a life that’s bigger and brighter than I could have even imagined a few years ago.


If reading my story below sparks any interest in you, I'd encourage you to check out these blog posts:

- How IIN Gave Me the Confidence to Quit My Corporate Job

- I'm Surprised I Wrote This (But Not Really)

- Careers of IIN Grads

Interested in learning more about the IIN Program? Check out a Sample Class here!