Over the past 25 years, we’ve licensed over 110,000 professionals. To have fun our 25th 12 months in enterprise, we’re choosing 25 grads to showcase this 12 months. Meet our subsequent featured grad, Lauren Rasky, an AFPA Licensed Holistic Well being Coach, who’s constructed a profitable facet enterprise serving to purchasers transition to plant-based diets.
How did you initially grow to be eager about well being and wellness?
Whereas I used to be in school, I used to be having lots of well being issues and experiencing some anxiousness and melancholy. I discovered that train was a good way to enhance my well being and temper. I began by turning into licensed in fitness, and I actually cherished it. I even turned a grasp coach, the place I used to be coaching different instructors, and it’s nonetheless one thing I actually like to do.
By means of serving to individuals and attempting to assist myself alone well being journey, I started to comprehend that fitness was only a small piece of the puzzle. I used to be having my very own weight loss and well being struggles, and the individuals I used to be working with had been having these points as properly. We had been exercising and had been match, however I discovered that diet was a very large piece that was lacking. I used to be having lots of well being issues and was dealing with having surgical procedure, so I made a decision to take a deep dive into diet to see if I may assist heal myself or simply really feel higher and keep away from surgical procedure altogether.
The extra I realized about diet, the extra my very own way of life modified and the extra I used to be in a position to assist my purchasers otherwise and actually get totally different outcomes that weren’t simply weight loss however purchasers enhancing their temper and enhancing their pores and skin, enhancing their ldl cholesterol and their total high quality of life.
Why did you select the AFPA Holistic Well being Coach certification?
I had executed totally different diet certifications earlier than, however I felt like they had been actually cookie cutter and that they had been instructing issues about calories-in versus calories-out and weight loss and sports activities diet. I needed to discover ways to eat to really feel properly. On the time, I did not notice I used to be truly desirous to be taught extra about holistic well being and heal with meals. So, not simply specializing in what you are placing in your physique or how usually you are exercising however your psychological well being, your setting, and your way of life. These issues had been useful to me in making the adjustments that I made, and I need to assist different individuals with that.
That is truly what introduced me to AFPA. I used to be researching totally different well being certifications, and I got here throughout their Holistic Well being Coach certification on-line. I appeared on the curriculum and realized that they had been instructing all of these issues that I needed to be taught, that I wasn’t studying elsewhere.
I actually needed to be taught extra about how meals might help you heal and actually simply really feel your greatest. I felt like I actually obtained that from my Holistic Nutritionist certification, and that is why I needed to take it a step additional and later added the Holistic Well being Coach certification. I needed to be taught somewhat bit extra about coach individuals and do extra individualized issues.
Why did you select to get licensed with AFPA?
With each of my certifications, I actually like that I have been in a position to do them alone time and alone schedule. However, I truly selected to go along with AFPA after trying on the curriculum and realizing that they taught lots of the issues that I needed to be taught that I could not discover in a typical diet certification; heal your physique with meals, all of the several types of diets on the market, consider them, and extra of a holistic strategy to wellness. I additionally preferred that they had been accredited by the Boards for Naturopathy and Drugless Practitioners. That was actually essential to me and totally different from lots of the opposite certifications that I came upon there.
What was the certification course of like?
The certification course of for my holistic diet course was, I’ve to confess, somewhat overwhelming. At first, I noticed there was a lot I did not know and lots of info, however I actually preferred that I may do it at my very own time and at my very own tempo. Considered one of my favourite elements was the video studying. You get lots of eBooks or textbooks, however you get a bunch of movies to observe as properly. I felt like they had been simply actually attention-grabbing info that you do not hear elsewhere about how several types of meals can profit you in several methods and assist with several types of illnesses.
What shocked you essentially the most in regards to the certification?
I used to be truly shocked to search out that the holistic diet course taught a lot about plant-based diets. I went into it fairly skeptical as a result of I had adopted lots of totally different diets and diet developments previously. The extra I realized, the extra shocked I used to be, and the extra excited I used to be to vary up my diet and determine why I used to be having such issues, like with my abdomen or my pores and skin, complications, and so forth. It actually helped me. That shocked me about it, however it was sort of a cool realization to make. I used to be actually shocked to search out that plant-based consuming was the reply to lots of issues that individuals had been having. I additionally preferred that the movies and the data had research to again the data up. It truly confirmed you the analysis because it was instructing you these items.
What’s your profession now?
I do lots of group teaching on-line half time as a result of I additionally work full time and am a brand new mother. I’ve set myself up in order that I can work with purchasers on-line within the evenings after my child goes to sleep. I additionally need to add somewhat bit extra of individualized teaching as properly. I created a program that I assist individuals with on-line, referred to as Plant-Based mostly and Sensible, that helps individuals to transition to a extra plant-based way of life and diet.
How has getting licensed modified your well being and wellness profession?
Previous to receiving my diet certification, I used to be centered solely on fitness. I used to be instructing lots of totally different group fitness courses, sort of burning myself out, to be trustworthy. I am a grasp coach as properly, so I used to be instructing instructors educate fitness courses on the identical time. I actually did not know an entire lot about diet at that time. Now, diet is a big focus for what I do, for my way of life, my enterprise and the way I assist the those who I work with. Now I truly educate fitness courses for enjoyable, and I deal with diet for almost all of what I do with my purchasers. I’ve my on-line program, after which I examine in with purchasers on-line and do lots of group teaching that means, which has been actually helpful for me. Earlier than, I might take two hours to go educate a category within the evenings and actually not make an entire lot of cash doing it. Now, I can do that alone time, and I haven’t got to go away my home.
My certifications have additionally allowed me to create one other stream of revenue and pursue one thing that I am actually keen about with out infringing on my schedule. I work full time doing advertising and marketing for a private improvement firm, and that is actually a ardour of mine that sort of began on the facet and occurs within the evenings. Getting a certification gave me the boldness that I wanted to pursue this facet enterprise.
I really feel like I would not have been in a position to create this system I put collectively to assist individuals with their diet and transition to a plant-based diet with out having realized all the issues I realized in my certification. I used what I realized in my Holistic Diet certification actually to create my enterprise. I did not have a background in diet earlier than or a option to actually assist individuals on-line. What I realized within the course is what I now assist individuals with. I took that info, and I created movies to have the ability to assist individuals be taught a distinct means of cooking, and educate them grocery store, and put that each one in somewhat on-line course that I exploit with my purchasers.
I additionally really feel like my Holistic Diet certification not solely gave me the boldness I wanted to have the ability to pursue various things and pursue this ardour of mine, but in addition it introduced lots of new alternatives to me. I am requested to do workshops and cooking demonstrations and on-line webinars, and I actually take pleasure in doing that.
My mission with all of that is to essentially develop my enterprise to the purpose that my ardour is what I do and serving to individuals is what I do on a regular basis. I need to do extra group teaching; I need to do extra individualized teaching and actually simply develop these two elements of my enterprise. Within the subsequent few years, I see my enterprise sort of rising on the facet whereas I am nonetheless working however finally shifting that to be what I do on a regular basis. My principal focus is on serving to individuals with diet and simply total wellness.
What was your expertise like with AFPA?
I’ve had a very nice expertise working with AFPA and their staff. I simply actually preferred that they do not deal with you want a quantity; you will have an precise electronic mail handle and an precise individual to achieve out to in the event you need assistance. They actually labored with me too and all the life adjustments that I used to be having. I truly needed to lengthen my certification course of for my first certification with holistic diet, to provide me just a bit bit extra time to finish it, and so they actually labored with me and helped me to get by means of it.
What recommendation do you will have for anybody who could also be contemplating getting licensed?
I might undoubtedly suggest the Holistic Nutritionist certification and the Holistic Well being Coach certification with AFPA to anybody who actually needs to get into the well being and wellness area.
If I had any recommendation for you, it might be that there is by no means an ideal time to start out. I did my certifications whereas I used to be getting married, shifting, and having a child. Simply begin attempting to determine which certification you need to do, which group you need to go along with, actually do your analysis, take the time to have a look at the curriculum and what they’re instructing, and ensure it is what you need to be taught and that it matches the values that you’ve.
I do know it may be scary, beginning one thing new. I do know I felt that means too, however AFPA actually met all of these wants for me and gave me the boldness I wanted to maneuver ahead with my ardour.
In case you needed to sum up your certification expertise in a single phrase, what wouldn’t it be?
If I may sum up my expertise with AFPA in a single phrase, it might be enlightening. I believe I went into it pondering I knew rather a lot, after which the extra I realized, I noticed I had rather a lot to be taught. Every thing was simply sort of a breath of recent air. This complete strategy to wellness was a breath of recent air for me. Coming from only a fitness background, I simply really feel like every part I realized actually opened my eyes as much as an entire new way of life. It actually did change all elements of my life. It modified my very own diet, what I ate, how I cooked for my household, how I assist my members of the family, how I assist the those who I work with, and what I do. I’ve by no means felt higher since I’ve made lots of the adjustments that I realized in my certification. Total, I simply had an amazing expertise. I’ve realized rather a lot. I’ve modified lots of issues that I do because of this, and I am simply actually excited to proceed utilizing what I’ve realized to assist extra individuals.