Do you have a love for health and fitness? Are you interested in helping others as well and have no idea where to start? I was in this same boat. There are soooo many programs out there that offer certifications in the wellness space it was tricky to decide which one was the right fit for me. After much research I decided to go with AFPA . If you are interested in possibly becoming a health coach or just interested in learning more about your health and wellness keep reading!
Why I Got started
In 2018 I started my own wellness journey. I was tired of my typical lifestyle of trying to undo all the bad stuff I ate/drank over the weekend by eating some what (of what I thought was clean/ healthy eating) during the week. I always tried each fad diet out there, and always wanted that quick fix to look good for an event, or for that summer bikini. After trying everything from the south beach diet, to keto, to whole 30, to paleo, I came across the All in by Teddi program. Most know Teddi from the Real House Wives of Beverly hills, but she also runs a really great business of accountability coaching combined with a weight loss program. The program was VERY expensive for me, but I had gotten to the point where I tried everything and I wanted to make some changes, so I went for it. The program was really hard, and there were days that I thought I could not do it anymore, but the beauty of this program was having your basically on call health coach. My health coach through the program was the MAIN reason for me as to how I lost that weight I was holding on to. I needed and craved that accountability. Upon completing the program I was so motivated to help others do the same and became more interested in the field of health coaching in general. This combined with the wanting of more knowledge of health and holistic nutrition I sought out certification programs that would give me what I was looking for.
I have met a few women that completed or were going through health certifications of their own so I began to look into some. One of the more popular programs that I looked into was the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). While there were many women who graduated from this program that I look up to in the wellness space (Grabby Bernstein, Elizabeth Stein (purely Elizabeth granola)) I got a crummy feeling about the program when I was pursuing information on it. The program was very expensive to start with (in the 6K-8Krange). That already was making me feel a bit uncomfortable paying for an online program. I also was unsure If this field was the right one for me so committing that much money up front didnt seem like the best decision at the time. Additionally, I felt pressured by the countless emails and calls of trying to persuade me into signing up for the program, by offering discounts that expired pretty quickly If I didnt say yes right away. I decided to take a break from looking into IIN and then was on the hunt for other accredited certification programs that didnt break the bank.
I came across AFPA through a blog a was reading of another health and foodie blogger I follow (I honestly dont remeber which on but it was a great article!) I dug a bit deeper into the program. AFPA Health Coach certifications fully meet the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) education requirements, and super well respected in the indutry. Not to mention, the program was under $1500.00 (and even less if you choose to do your reading all online or via an app vs. ordering the course books).
For more information of AFPA and my journey through the program check out my interview with them by clicking here
If you have any questions about my journey or the program in general, feel free to contact me at Stephi@stephipaigewellnes.com or drop a comment below!
Hi there, Im Stephi Paige!