Good morning and happy Tuesday!! I hope your week is off to a good start!
Some of my favorite types of blog posts to read are interviews (celebrities, health coaches, dietitians, personal trainers, etc.). I love the personal aspect that comes along with getting tips from someone else in the field. Recently I decided to add this type of blog post to my blog schedule so we can all learn a little more from different professionals in a wide range of fields.
I am SO excited to introduce my guest today!! Rachael Moore, from MooreNutritious is smart, beautiful, funny, and extremely knowledgeable about health and fitness. She also happens to be my best friend. She and her sister, Liz, started their health coaching business, MooreNutritious, last year and have been improving lives ever since. I was interested in finding out more about the reasons Rachael decided to pursue health coaching, why she chose her particular program, and what she hopes to accomplish with her business. Grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable!
Hi, my name is Rachael and I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I live in Nashville and I am Taylor’s bestie.
What does “health” mean to you?
Health to me is balance. It’s a lot more than just eating the right things or working out. Health to me is feeling good and accomplishing balance in all different facets of life – relationships, career, spirituality and anything else that can determine your happiness.
Tell me a little about why you decided to pursue health coaching.
Well I have always been a yoyo dieter and gym-goer and I just got to a point that I was really unhappy in my life and it was time to make a change. So I decided to move and make some other changes in my life to fix things that weren’t making me happy and along with that I decided to really get back into exercising for the millionth time. As a side effect of that I started looking more into nutrition and studying it and changing up my own diet and I really got to a place where I felt a million times better than I had before. I wanted to help other people make changes and help them feel good about themselves.
Why did you choose your specific program (Institute for Integrative Nutrition)?
First of all, what I liked about it was the price. I wasn’t really ready to make a commitment to getting another degree because I had a full time job and I wasn’t ready to make that big of a step. I started doing some research and came across IIN and the more I read about it the more I really stood behind their methods. Their premise is working on all the different facets of your life not just diet and exercise. I really just connected with it and it was only a 1 year commitment so it was very feasible for me.
What made you decide to start a health coaching business with your sister versus working for someone else?
There are not a lot of job opportunities in my field where I am and I was at a job (full-time) where I wasn’t ready to leave yet. I have friends that work in that industry and their complaints are centered around how impersonal and limited the things that they are allowed to do or say to people didn’t seem like something that was going to help people make life changing decisions. I wanted a more hands-on approach. And of course, I just thought it would be more fun to be your own boss.
What does a typical session look like?
So the cool thing about what we do (my sister and I) is that no session is the same. One session could be spent filling out a calendar and helping a client manage his or her time better. We could be in the kitchen teaching a new recipe or going to the grocery store to read labels of different items. It really is catered to the person rather than following a certain protocol.
How long do you work with your clients?
Our standard program is a 6 month program and that involves meeting twice a month. But I am also learning that this doesn’t work for everybody and it is always about meeting our clients where they are and figuring out what works for them.
What is the hardest thing about health coaching?
It is hard not pushing my own ideas onto my clients… like pushing a specific diet. For example, I personally don’t eat meat but I understand that lifestyle is not for everyone and that can be hard not to push onto people. The second hardest thing would be feeling pressure to help people turn their lives around. A lot of times people come to us because they aren’t in a good place in their life. So feeling confident that we have the ability to help these people is always a struggle.
What advice do you have for people who want to improve their health, but don’t know where to start?
Sit down and make a list of 5 to 10 things that you think are either impeding your life or are causing stress in your life in anyway. From there just start making 3 goals a week that you can attain (don’t make them something you are never going to do). Maybe it is to drink more water or meditate for 10 minutes each day. It is important to set weekly goals and focus on those rather than the end goal.
What is your number one tip for better health?
I have two and they are the easiest and most obvious things ever but 1. drink lots of water and 2. get lots of sleep.
Do you follow a specific diet or what does your diet look like?
Right now, and I say that because it will probably change overtime as I think it should, I don’t eat meat, but I do eat seafood and I try to avoid dairy when possible and other than that I eat lots of veggies, fruit, grains, nuts and that’s about it. I think as close to the ground as possible is always the best.
Can you share a favorite recipe with us?
What types of workouts do you do?
I do cross training – it involves cardio and weights and different movements for mobility and speed. I go to a group class for an hour about 5 days a week.
What are some of your favorite go-to healthy snacks?
Anything with almond butter. Lara bars. I drink tea throughout the day to curb my snacky cravings.
What would you say to someone who says they don’t have time to workout or cook healthy meals?
I would say – prioritize no matter how busy you are- watch less TV, spend less time on your phone and make health more important than anything.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Drinking…still working on that one.
What is your drink of choice?
I like wine and whiskey.
What would you eat if you had a craving for something sweet?
I would have lots of almond butter, dark chocolate, fruit and honey all mixed up together.
How can people contact you if they have questions or are interested in your health coaching services?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thank you to Rachael from MooreNutritious for taking time to answer all my questions! You can find MooreNutritious on Facebook, Instagram, and on their website at www.moorenutritious.com.
I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did! Have a great day everyone!
- Have you ever worked with a health coach?
- What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
- What does health mean to you?