16 Ways To Get Paid For Coaching People

So you don’t have a nutrition degree or chef certification? Well guess what?

I bet there are still a dozen ways you could help people as their coach. Here are some examples.

1) Help people develop better habits

Basic healthy habits are typically common sense. However, most of us need to be told or shown how to have them. 

Some examples of great health habits are: Eat healthy food most of the time, eat the right quantity and quality of food, get enough sleep on time, find time to relax and play every day, drink water, exercise or move your body at least a little bit each day, etc…

We all know we should do these things, but we get so caught up in our lives that we forget the simplicity of healthful living.

Here’s another consideration. Many people are unaware of habits they have that could be harmful to their health — until it’s brought to their attention. So your job is to help make them aware. 

The easiest way to do this is to take some time to sit with yourself and reflect on what has or hasn’t worked in your life. 

When you look at yourself first, it becomes much easier to see the truth for others.  And really, all you need them to do is talk with you.  Most of the time, they will spill their life stories if there is a willing ear to listen.

2) Boost their confidence in the kitchen

Some people just need to see that food and cooking are fun.  Show them a few of your favorite quick recipes.  You will see their mind start to wonder how easy other recipes may be.

It’s also fun to find out what they love to eat.  Then, show them how to cook it with more healthy pizazz.  For example, if they love nachos, teach them to make nachos with healthy organic ingredients and a few fresh veggies mixed into their salsa.  It will only take them one new view to open a world of ideas in healthful eating.

3) Give them a tour of a local health food store

You’ve probably already been there a hundred times before and know just where to find everything you need.  Now all you have to do is show them how to know it like you do.

It’s easier than you may think.  All you need to do is compare and contrast the options available to them.  And remember to only say what you know.  It’s ok if you don’t know the answer to every question.  Just write it down and say you’ll look into it. You can give them the answer the next time you meet.

Fresh fruits and veggies are what we need most in our diets. Yet many people don’t know the diversity of produce available to them. So you’ll probably spend most of your time in the produce section. You can also teach them to look for organic labels and how to know what is in season.

4) Ask them to make commitments and hold them accountable

When you talk with your client about healthy eating and lifestyle habits your goal is to actually help them practice those habits.  Before every session you have together ends, have them make a very specific and detailed commitment.  Make sure that they know the next time you meet you will ask them how things went with their commitment.

The next time you meet, if they have not followed through, find out why.  No need to make them feel bad but it is important to help them to see that they only hurt themselves by not following through. Them help them find ways to stick with it the next time around.

5) Show them where to shop for supplies, food, and unfamiliar ingredients

If you know that one particular shop carries the best local veggies, show them.  Or if you have taught them to cook some healthy indian food, show them the local asian market.  Every ingredient in any recipe you may hand your client should be easy to find once you client is trying it out at home.

6) Teach them to set diet and exercise goals

What ever the goal is, it should always be realistic and healthy.  If they never exercise and sit at a desk all day a great goal would be to have some 15-20 minutes of light exercise 3-5 day a week.  Once it has become a habit and they notice that they are feeling better from it then see if they can step it up a notch. 

It should be the same with diet too.  Always meet your client where they are at.  If they eat a SAD diet than start by helping them to lessen their intake of animal products and adding in veggies.  If they eat lots of carbs and no protein, help them to find fun ways to include more protein.  Once they see that they like what they are trying, the next time you meet it will be easy to set another goal. So help them to set one realistic goal at a time to work on.

7) Teach them to stock their kitchens with healthy food

The easiest way to do this is to take them on a health food store tour with a pre-made grocery shopping list designed just for them.  While on the tour you will add all the items to the cart and let them buy them to take home and stock their home full of nutritional love.

The other way to do this would be to do a pantry make over, take out all the unhealthy stuff, and find a healthy alternative to replace each unhealthy item (plus add in a few other healthy items for them to try out for fun)  Its fun and educational all in one.

8) Teach them to make healthy meals

There is no learning quite like a hands on in your own kitchen cooking class.  Show them how a pro can use their kitchen and kitchen tools to whip up some healthy delights.  Sometimes all we need is to see that  it can be done to believe it.    

Be sure to have a menu planned out and tested before you let your client try it with you.  Also, it is a great time to let them invite a guest or two for free.  There are a couple reasons to do this.  1. You never know who your next client could be and 2. Everyone sticks to habits better when they have a partner in crime.

9) Teach them to use unfamiliar ingredients in recipes

Diversity is very important in adding a wider variety of healthy vitamins and minerals to our bodies.  Try adding unusual ingredients like seaweed into a stew or kudzu root as a thickener.  Plus, when they don’t know what you are talking about yet they get super impressed and excited to learn from you.

10) Teach them to make healthier versions of their favorite comfort foods

Comfort foods are a product of our childhood usually.  They make us feel nurtured and loved and can be super important when people are moving into a scary unfamiliar dietary or lifestyle change.  For every comfort food out there, there is a healthier alternative.  Find out what their comfort foods are and whip them up a batch of your healthy version so that the next time you meet they can’t say they broke their health goal commitment because they really needed some mashed potatoes and gravy.

11) Teach them to use unfamiliar kitchen appliances and gadgets

There are so many tools in the kitchen that can make cooking and food prep way more easy and fun.  Use them!  When people spend money on kitchen gadgets they want to use them, and if all they can do with them are prep more healthy food, it’s a pretty good way to help them reach their health goals faster.  An avocado slicer, a foor processore, a Vitamix are just some of the easy to use tools your clients may want to purchase and uses.

 12) Show them quick and easy recipes that aren't overwhelming

What ever you show your client, to be sure they will try it on their own time, it will need to be easy.  For most, the less time and thought that has to go into cooking the more likely they are to do it. If you can make your recipes take no longer than 15-20 minutes they will be sold!

Hands on learning is so effective and is the proof most people need to try it on their own.  If you can, pick only recipes that will not require any prep time so you can do every step of the instructions together.  Make sure your recipe clearly states all steps in the instructions.

13) Show them how to read and evaluate ingredients labels

Unless you have been shown, most people don’t know how to read ingredient labels.  Teach them key words to look out for like high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oil.

It may also be useful to show them the current food pyramid with caloric recommendations so they can learn about tracking their calorie intake and portions of carb, protein, and fat.

14) Show them why organic food is worth the extra cost

Organic food is all the rage these days.  Its better for the environment and your health.  Organic produce has more vitamins and mineral by as much as 70% compared to its non organic version.  That in itself should be the convincing argument.  But, if they need more, the pesticides are super harmful to their body and may even lead to diseases.

15) Show them the relationship between food and health

We are what we eat.  An old saying but its sooo true.  Everything we ingest becomes the cells in our body.  We chew it, it goes into our stomaches and gets broken into smaller components that can be absorbed into our blood stream etc…Your food literally becomes you.  If you want to look like a couch potato, than sit on a coach and eat potato chips all day.  Dancers tend to eat low fat and lots of veggies and they look like it.  The food you ingest is your medicine if you use it right.

16) Preparation tips (i.e. when to start soaking beans or almonds in preparation for tomorrow's lunch)

Always try out the recipes you are teaching or sharing ahead of time.  If you are really new to them then give yourself at least one week before hand to make sure you know exactly how much time you will need to prep and finish.

If you can, practice with a friend or family member first to make sure the most forgiving souls will get the brunt of your errors!

Well there you have it… you just identified over a dozen ways you could serve coaching clients. And none of them requires a certification!

Do you find these tips valuable?
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6 Comment(s)

  1. I follow a whole food plantbased diet and would love to coach others to do the same.

    Heather Frederick | Reply

  2. love to join the group if at no cost.

    Lise Lachapelle | Reply

  3. Hi Lise — yes it’d be lovely to give away the two programs: Raw Food Riches, and Cooking Class Riches. But they’re high-end professional programs where teachers need to be paid :)

    Trevor Justice | Reply

  4. I would to be a coach with some one, teaching them how to cook, eat healthy and take care of their selvies

    Delores Akerson | Reply

  5. Hi Delores — that’s good news! Did you look into the three programs we offer?

    * Raw Food Riches,
    * Cooking Class Riches,
    * The Vegan/Vegetarian Mastery Program.

    You CAN do what you love :) — take one step at a time…

    valarcher | Reply

  6. Hi! I am a strict vegetarian as well as trying to go vegan & gluten free. I also have a post graduate diploma in nutrition & dietetics. I have also done several free counselling regarding healthy eating & lifestyle.i am also very passionate about healthy vegetarian cooking. I would definitely love to coach people, teach them some cooking & give away delicious, nutritious, easy recipes. You can count me in

    Prajakti Desai | Reply

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