Grow Your Nutrition Business Podcast Episode 70: Leveraging A Holistic Approach As A Nutrition Coach

As coaches and gym owners, we all got into the business of helping people. What solution do you provide people? What is the client’s emotion as the end result?

At Healthy Steps Nutrition, it comes down to one word; confidence. Our mission is to empower clients to become the healthiest version of themselves one step at a time.

Our goal is to empower healthy lifestyles, which goes far beyond what you eat or coming into the gym for an hour to take a class.

At Healthy Steps Nutrition, we developed a framework focused on the WHOLE client. This framework includes stress and mindset, support, sleep, exercise, nutrition all to create a healthy lifestyle.

In this episode, Nicole Aucoin and Ashley Osterman discuss:

  • Why you need to focus on the whole client
  • How stress, sleep and support work together to support or inhibit your client’s progress


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The factors that will help support or inhibit your client’s success


 We know that good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle and reaching wellness goals. Our food choices or habits each day affect our health — how we feel and perform today, tomorrow, and in the future. 
Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death.
The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore but we need to remember that it is just one piece of the puzzle.


The negative effects of long term stress include depression, anxiety, decreased immune function.
Which is why we need to be able to support our clients when it comes to managing stress mindfully.


What happens when we don’t get adequate sleep?
During sleep, our bodies secrete hormones that help control appetite, metabolism, and glucose processing.
Poor sleep can lead to an increase in the body’s production of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. In addition, skipping on sleep seems to throw other body hormones out of whack. Less insulin is released after you eat, and this along with the increased cortisol may lead to too much glucose in the bloodstream and thus an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.


Regular physical activity has been shown to benefit many aspects of our lives including brain health, weight management, reducing disease, strengthening your bones and muscles, and improving your ability to do everyday activities.
Regular exercise can also reduce your risk of depression and anxiety and help you sleep better.

Support System

Take a look at your client’s inner circle. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.


Research shows that we are affected by the body composition, habits, and lifestyles of those around us. The more people around us that are doing something, or living a certain way, the more likely we are to do it and live the same — whether that’s what we eat, how we eat, whether we move (or not), how we move, and so on.

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