Hello there! I’m Dawn Kurth and I am sure you are a little curious about who I am…
I’m a Certified Health Coach and dedicated health and nutrition expert who enjoys steep mountains, dark chocolate and attempting to keep every weed from infiltrating my garden! I have a love for ski racing-but a fear of speed, a cranky back and an unusually healthy dose of optimism.
How long have you been involved in health and nutrition and how did you get to be a Certified Health Coach and nutrition expert?
My journey to wellness started nearly fifteen years ago when my first child was diagnosed with several food and environmental allergies. I began learning about the quality of the foods I was purchasing and the ingredients I was cooking with and was frankly unaware of the enormous role that diet played in a person’s health. Consequently, I started to make small changes in how our family ate. The more I learned, the more shocked I was at the state of the typical American diet. I vowed to try to incorporate more real, whole foods into our meals and share what I knew with my friends and family. Whether it was for strategies to get picky eaters to try new foods, recipes for healthy snacks or meal planning and time-saving ideas, I realized I needed to do this on a bigger scale. Oh, and did I mention that I love to eat? So, making healthy meals that tasted good was (and is!) MANDATORY in my house. I started taking Nutrition courses and formed my own personal library of books and articles related to health and well-being. A few years later, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and officially became a Certified Health Coach. With fifteen years of real experience helping others improve their diets, I can now offer my services on a larger scale and will impact a far greater number of people.
What does a Certified Health Coach do and what type of clients do you work with?
As a Certified Health Coach, I help busy people upgrade their diets and improve the wow-factor of their lives by giving them the knowledge and the tools to eat better and create fast, easy, nutritious meals that taste good and don’t wind up in the garbage. I also run workshops specifically for teenage girls. In addition, I speak at K-12 schools on a variety of subjects including obesity and chronic disease, sugar and refined foods and eating for energy. These talks can be customized for teachers or administrative staff, the particular grade of the students and content upon request.
How are you different from a Clinical Nutritionist?
A Clinical Nutritionist will focus on the right and wrong foods to eat, specific amounts and portions and give you the WHAT when it comes to a healthy diet. My approach gives you the WHAT but also teaches clients to find balance in the other areas of their lives-something that is crucial to living a healthier, happier life. The way I like to explain it is that health itself is not really the goal, but rather a launch pad to living the rest of your life!
What differentiates you from other Health Coaches?
This is my favorite question. There are a lot of people out there offering dietary and healthy living advice. But not all of them “walk their talk.” Not only do I practice what I preach, but I’ve been doing this for fifteen years and I know there are no quick fixes nor does the same approach work for everyone. Healthy living is not something you “do” for a few weeks or months. It is a balanced approach to living, of which only a portion of it is related to food and what you put in your body. I found happiness and created the life I dreamed of by not only learning to eat healthy, whole foods, but also incorporating my love for the outdoors into my activities and workouts and structuring my time to prioritize what is most important.
If there was one thing that you would recommend to clients who want to start improving their diet and life, what would it be?
Mindset. My unique approach emphasizes the food we eat as only one part of health and wellness and having the right mindset is probably the single most important thing I can teach my clients. On a personal level, I learned how mindset, or our beliefs, can change the results of our efforts and work. Through my extensive research on this subject as it relates to my passion for ski racing, I learned what the mind is capable of and how to “train” my mind to give me the successful outcome I desired. Realizing that forming new habits and creating positive thoughts are the cornerstones to making dietary and lifestyle changes, I have incorporated these strategies into my health coaching practice.
Is there a way to sample your work without making a commitment right now?
Of course. Just sign up to receive my bi-monthly newsletter on this website, read my blog or check out my No Kidding Nutrition Facebook page. You’ll get a taste of what I have to offer in terms of simple recipes, time-saving strategies and creating a more meaningful and pleasurable life.
I have some questions I’d like to ask you in person? What is the best way to contact you?
The best way to reach me is through email. Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d be happy to answer any additional questions. I highly encourage you to do this, especially if you have never worked with a Health Coach before. It is perfectly normal to be a little unclear about the benefits of working with a Health Coach and to wonder exactly how my particular approach can help you.