What is a Nutrition Coach?
A Nutrition Coach is able to guide in healthy eating and create recipes and meal plans around lifestyle health conditions.
A Nutrition Coach may be directly contacted by clients or clients be referred from other healthcare professionals to provide support in healthy eating. They do not consider the client's symptoms but instead provide the support and guidance in the health area that is requested.
As well as working on a one to one client basis, Nutrition Coaches may deliver cooking demonstrations, webinars, seminars, group programmes, create menus for restaurants, retailers and corporates, work within corporate wellness or as a writer or blogger. The list is truly endless!
Within our course, we teach Nutrition Coaches how to stay within the limits of their training.
A Nutrition Coach is not a Nutritionist or a Nutritional Therapist. These professionals have undergone 3 years of training and hundreds of clinical hours practice. They take a full case history and assess symptoms to determine how in their clinical experience the patient is best supported through nutrition. They may then, having determined how they wish their patient to be supported i.e. support cardiovascular health, refer to Nutrition Coaches for recipes and meal plans to be prepared.
Caroline Haigh - Graduate
After gaining my diploma, I expanded my catering company to offer healthy, nutritionally balanced menus as well as setting up a sister company with fellow chef, Vicky Gammon, called Everyday Healthy Cooking. We run demo-based classes that take place in our Wandsworth kitchens. We teach how to create delicious, nutritious, balanced meals that will nourish your body and pack your diet full of essential nutrients. Throughout the workshops we talk about the nutritional benefits of the dishes as well as offer shortcuts and chef 'tips & tricks' to make healthy eating all day, every day, easy and fun. There is plenty of time for Q&As, lots of tastings along the way, nibbles on arrival and a light meal.
Naomi Buff - Student
Josie Buck - Student
I am a Food and Eating Coach, helping those who want to positively influence their relationship with food and their bodies. I help people to shift their eating mindset from a ‘diet’ perspective to a ‘lifestyle’ perspective and to improve their well-being through food, movement, laughter, and mindfulness. I create recipes that demonstrate that healthy food can be both interesting and indulgent, run residential food & well-being retreats that bring together food, movement, and mindfulness in a relaxed and fun environment, and support people who wish to transform their eating mindset through one-to-one coaching. The Mindful Cook approach is based upon my study of Eating Psychology, Applied Nutrition and my own personal experiences of the revolving doors of weight-loss clubs, all of which I use in empowering others to achieve their health goals.
Kerry McKay - Graduate
Before completing my Sano Diploma in Applied Nutrition I have been working as a complementary therapist, skin coach and colon hydrotherapist. Diet and nutrition has always been something I have been passionate about as we are definitely what we eat! I work holistically looking at your health and wellbeing as well as your diet, and work with you to work towards your desired outcome using food as your medicine alongside other therapies such as reflexology, colon hydrotherapy, and skin care.
Denise Monk - Graduate
I've always been a bit of a "foodie" and known for my love and passion for cooking, baking and recipe making. Even selling my wares at times! But I wanted to learn about how food could help the body in a medicinal way, and use this to help me develop my passion and in a way, I could help people with their nutrition. I am also a trainee yoga teacher and always been asked for nutritional advice. So it all linked together and the Sano course was ideal for me. Since graduating I've set up "the health den" where I advise people on how to use food in a medicinal way and devise recipes to their tastes (exactly as I did on the course!) I really enjoy sitting with clients and devising a meal plan with them with developing recipes to suit and even more importantly seeing their faces when they get results and know they are making life-changing choices. As a passionate yogi who practices daily and trainee yoga teacher, this all sits perfectly together.
Andrew Jenkinson - Student
Marian Hearne - Student
South Dublin & Waterford
Marian Hearne is a qualified nutritional therapist (N.T.). Her nutrition practice focuses on personalised nutritional and lifestyle consultations, workshops and cookery demos aimed at building healthy habits so we flourish in midlife. Marian's practice is based in South Dublin and Tramore, Co Waterford (Ireland). She also has a diploma with distinction in Information Technology from Dublin City University and holds a cookery certificate (merit) from Cooks Academy in Dublin.
Jo Charleston - Graduate
I've always loved food, but after living in Lyon, the food capital of France with my husband and then two young children I began to look at food in a whole new way. Being able to experience the joys of buying fresh, seasonal foods from the local food markets made me realise we all have choices about not only what we eat and when, but where it comes from. As I've got older, I've realised health isn't something you can take for granted, but something to be nurtured and to take control of. On returning from France I trained with the Nutritional Healing Foundation and Sano School of Culinary Medicine. I now spread my love of eating well for all ages as a food writer for social media, magazines, and print and as a recipe writer.
Sonal Ambasna - Student
Food Coach & Nutritional Cook at Nourish - Food for Life. Specialising in vegetarian and vegan diets, we’re passionate about making nutrition accessible to all so you and your families can eat and cook better. If you’d like to find out more please get in touch!
Susan Plant - Student
Isle of Man
I’m Susan and I live on the beautiful Isle of Man. I have a business making natural and organic skincare and I also have a wellbeing life-coaching business. I had been thinking about how to combine the two businesses and had one of those lightbulb moments. I have always been interested in food, cooking, and nutrition and it occurred to me that this was what I wanted to do when I was at school over 40 years ago but never got into it (I became a nurse instead). My interest in medicinal nutrition was piqued when I read a little paperback back in 2012 entitled Medicinal Cookery and I proceeded to spout its virtues to friends and colleagues. I am now thrilled to be able to do a course on the subject and I intend to use this as my main business carrying out workshops and using my coaching skills, with my hormone friendly, natural skincare as part of a holistic approach to wellbeing. My skincare range presently trades under the name Ooire Vie which is Manx for ‘good earth’ and is on Facebook.
Ines Romanelli - Student
Ines (Arntz) Romanelli is originally from Brazil; she grew up experiencing two very strong cultures, her mother is Jewish and her father is Italian. After finishing secondary school in Sao Paulo, she moved to Paris to study at the prestigious Ecole Superieure d'Hotellerie. During her studies, she worked as an intern in several restaurants, including a Two Michelin Star. When she finished her studies she moved to London, which has been her home for the past 12 years. During this time, she has worked in many of the best restaurants in town, including one of the pioneers' restaurants of raw plant-based food. Over the years she became interested in studying the power of healing through food. She is a student of Sano School of Culinary Medicine, as well a brand ambassador for Tailor Made Fitness. Ines now works alongside different professionals helping people overcome different health difficulties and live a better and healthier life through a complete balanced plant-based raw food diet.
Hayley Geddes Smith - Student
I am a nutrition, wellness & fitness fanatic. Although this hasn’t always been the case. Previously a chicken nugget and chips kind of girl, I used to get upset at the constant bouts of acne, feeling lethargic and the disappointing outputs my body gave me, despite the gruelling 6 sessions a week training schedule I had. I hired numerous personal trainers to help me achieve the strength and fitness goals I craved, all of whom advised me that I needed to review my diet. However, none of them had the training or experience to comprehensively direct me on why and what I should be eating. I knew I had to take measures into my own hands which resulted in endless researching and experimenting with food and cooking, something I have never done before. I have never looked back. Not only do I feel and look healthier, I absolutely love the meal planning, prepping and devouring new scientific research on foods. Being someone who knows how hard it is to change routine and habit, I want to inspire and help other people to do the same. That is the reason I enrolled in the Sano School of Culinary Medicine's, Nutrition Diploma, in the hope this will enable me to achieve this. I am really looking forward to what the future will hold and helping people achieve their goals.
Emily Pulletz - Student
I began education at Medical School in London but realised that this wasn't the right path for me. I realised that what a lot of people needed was help with the very basics of wellbeing: nutrition, exercise, work-life balance and mental health. I started to look into healthcare in more of a holistic way and realised that helping people with their overall wellbeing was where my true passion lies. I write a body positivity and wellbeing blog as well as doing community and personal coaching covering topics including nutrition, self-worth and the problems with diet culture.
Mel Gaylard - Student
Having struggled with mental health and weight issues most of my life I became aware of how different foods were affecting my wellness. This sparked a keen interest in studying food as medicine. After lots of research, I came across Sano School of Culinary Medicine and decided to do the Diploma in Applied Nutrition and haven't looked back. Being from a creative background I really enjoy creating tasty, nutritious recipes and having the knowledge to back up my research with scientific evidence. When the opportunity arose to do an internship with Sano I jumped at the chance. Using my knowledge and experience I am now the Education Manager for Sano and guide students along their nutrition journey.
Roveena Gata-Aura - Student
I wanted to study nutrition in order to build my understanding and support my management of an autoimmune condition I developed a few years ago. I began with the diploma in nutrition with Sano 3 years ago however my interest quickly developed and I wanted to expand my knowledge further and subsequently started a post-graduate nutrition course in 2017, with the aim of becoming a registered and practicing nutritional therapist once I qualify. Although so many areas of health fascinate me, I am eventually planning to focus my area of interest on chronic illness, particularly autoimmune conditions, through nutrition and lifestyle management.
Laura McMenamy - Student
I have always had an interest in nutrition and how diet affects mental and physical health. I have researched many courses but have never been able to find the time to attend a college, or the courses were never really what I was looking for. In 2016 my partner and I, who both love to eat and cook, started a food business called Great Northern Larder. This really kicked off my interest in how to source good food and ingredients! At the same time, I found Sano School of Culinary Medicine and jumped at the chance to study with them – especially as the course is online. As a pharmacist, I am getting to tie a lot of my skills together by studying with Sano. I can use the scientific knowledge learned in the course as a base to make great tasting, healthy sauces for our business, confidently counsel my patients on their dietary needs and lastly, cook meals that will look after my wellness and the health of my family.