How I Came To Be Well
My passion for food began when I was in middle school and I took a Home Ec class where we learned how to make our own candy. For some reason I was fascinated by the candy thermometer... When approaching the 8th grade and being encouraged to go to a vocational high school, the Culinary Arts program there drew my attention. After finishing my education and working in the food industry for a time I no longer wanted to work the nights and weekends that the industry demanded and I decided to move on to a career as a professional portrait photographer. This new career allowed me to continue working in a creative and fast paced environment, but it left me longing for something more.
In my mid-twenties, as I embarked on my own journey towards better health, I discovered the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and decided to further educate myself in the field of nutrition and wellness. I had no intention of pursuing a career in health coaching but wanted instead to improve my own health. As I moved towards finishing up the program at IIN I was transitioning from one lifestyle to another, moving from the reckless celebration of youthful freedom that was my early twenties to a more structured and healthy life as a young adult. I married my best friend and we began creating a more wholesome and sustainable life together. I continued to devour and educate myself on any and all things health and nutrition related and naively thought that I could transform the lives of everyone around me. Not everyone around me was as excited about making these changes as I was, but this is what pushed me to make nutrition education my career and to seek out others that have a passion for learning how wellness can be achieved through healthy choices. I realize that my true passion lies in educating others on health and nutrition and supporting them to create a more natural, sustainable life for themselves.
I was fortunate enough to find a job as the Healthy Eating Specialist at my local health food store which led me to quickly realize my innate skill as an educator, speaker/presenter, and cooking instructor. In my private health coaching practice I was able to make a difference in the lives of those that I worked with one-on-one, but my new career allowed me to reach a much broader audience and really showed me what an impact I can make in the community...I WAS HOOKED! This success at translating such an important message drives me each day to pass on my skills and knowledge to benefit the wellness of others.
I enjoy teaching classes and providing healthy eating education and support for youth organizations and at schools, at farms and other local businesses and workplaces, for senior centers and various local community groups like mom's clubs and scout troops, as well as within my own home. Over the years I have really honed my skills in the kitchen and developed my passion and skill for helping others to create balance and wellness in their own lives through living in harmony with nature and the seasons.
As a Health Coach I work with my clients to find which food and lifestyle choices will work best for them so that they can live a more natural and balanced life. As a cooking instructor I use only the freshest, seasonal real food ingredients to create beautiful and nourishing foods that are simple and approachable to all.
I am fortunate to both live and work as a passionate advocate for healthy living and I get to make an impact on others wellness every day.
My Daily Affirmation Statement:
I will continue to utilize my knowledge and skills in nutrition and healthy living to instruct and empower others in making healthy choices and supporting them in adopting a lifestyle that is conducive to a higher quality of living.
Are you curious about how my approach may help you? Let’s talk.
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I received my certificate training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in over a hundred different dietary theories and I studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
***A holistic health coach is not a psychologist, doctor, dietitian or nutritionist. I don’t take the place of your primary care physician, and I will not tell you that I can treat, cure or heal any long-term illnesses.
Working Together Towards Wellness
I offer a variety of wellness classes and nutrition programs as well as my very popular six-month integrative wellness coaching and culinary nutrition program. Regardless of which option we explore together, I will introduce to you the tools needed to create a lifetime of wellness and harmony.
As a Health Coach my primary purpose is to give my clients the attention, guidance and support that they need to make sustainable changes and create a health supportive environment for themselves. I have been working with food and nutrition for most of the last two decades and continue my education so that I can best help my clients to make the shift necessary to become truly well.
Because no one diet works for everyone I use practical coaching methods to help discover the approach that will work best for my clients so that they achieve their health goals.
Without a sustainable personalized plan that corresponds with our lifestyle it is difficult to achieve transformation.
My program is designed for those who have the desire to make the change to a healthier lifestyle but just don't know where to start. I educate my clients on the benefits of nutritious foods and healthy lifestyle modifications in order to create sustainable change that organically snowballs overtime to create balance and harmony.
Consume Mostly Food Without Labels
When we stop counting calories and the grams of whatever per serving and instead begin making sure that what we eat is delicious, whole, fresh and natural we see amazing results. Food can be either simple or gourmet, but it should always look and taste delicious.
I also give instruction on how to incorporate nourishing self care practices into the daily routine and really focus on the importance of primary foods, healthy relationships, a healthy fulfilling career, as well as a personal spiritual practice to achieving balanced wellness.
I help my clients set goals that are both attainable and sustainable, making the transition to a healthy lifestyle into something that is simple and fun.
I have taken control over my own health by changing my diet and lifestyle and I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach because I enjoy helping others to do the same for themselves.
I am a Real Food Junkie with a passion for inspiring positive dietary change in others!
If you would like to find out if my services are right for you please get in touch by email or phone to schedule your FREE 1 hour consultation where we will discuss your goals and struggles and determine how I can best support you in reaching those goals.
Discover how a holistic individual approach can make a huge difference in your life.
Are you curious about how my approach may be able help you achieve wellness? Let’s find out!
I received my certificate training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in loads of different dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. I have worked in the field of culinary nutrition for most of the last 20 years and I continue to learn more each day.
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Dawn P. Berthelette
Real Food Chef and Integrative Nutrition Educator