Could Food Coaching be on the list of things I add to my resume? I am a running coach and will be looking to get my USAT Level 1 Coaching Certificate soon as well. We all know that you cannot out train a bad diet. We have all seen it. The guy who is at the gym all day and night and never seems to be getting in shape. He lifts and lifts. He swam. He plays basketball and racquetball but he always has a belly and looks a bit flabby. Chances are he is not taking care of himself through diet. There is a reason is it called diet AND exercise.
Becoming a food coach would allow me to work with clients in a more in-depth manner and add a piece of the puzzle that they may be missing. When I was running Marathon Makeover last year the participants always asked questions about eating. Questions regarding what they should and shouldn’t be eating. They wanted to know when to eat. What are good foods and what are bad foods. Could I answer those questions then without the food coaching certificate? Of course I could but learning is in my genes. The more knowledge I possess the more I am able to help others.
So where does one go to get certified as a food coach? You could become a registered dietitian but that would require a person to go back and obtain a degree from a four-year institution and right now that is not in the cards. I researched personal trainer certificates and while there is some focus on nutrition it is not a very large emphasis. I want this certificate to focus on eating healthy and make excellent diet choices so I could pair that with my running coaching background.
Fortunately there is a solution to this problem. Enter the Engine 2 Food Coaching certificate. I did a review of Engine 2 Kitchen Review back on April 6th. At the time there was a place to enter your email address so that you could get more information about their food coaching certificate. I was intrigued by this back then but forgot about it with the 20 hour training weeks, 40+ hour work weeks and being hired by 3 athletes to coach them all at the same time. It is certainly a good problem to have. The 3 athletes sparked the conversation about nutrition and fueling for a running program in comparison to what a couch potato eats. While going over what I know works for me but that they needed to experiment with to make sure it worked for them as well I remembered this coaching certificate. Sure enough this week I got an email that their site for Food Coaching was up and running.
At first I was disappointed because it looked like you had to go to Austin. I could submit my application and hope to be accepted but I wouldn’t be able to attend the entire 4 day class because it coincides with Rev3 OOB weekend. So now I have a choice to make and this is where I want your opinion. I could submit the application as it costs nothing and hope that I get accepted. Once accepted I could email them and see if it is at all possible to miss the last few days or find out when the next set of classes will be and would I be accepted to those classes. Here is the kicker though. The site says if accepted you have to complete an online test after going through their required reading material. So which one is it?
The other decision is what to make for the application. They want you to create and record a video, which is to be no more than three minutes and submitted via YouTube link on the application. The video should be a demonstration of you preparing your favorite recipe. They want your personality to show through and not have it be over-thought. So I am not going to think at all here and ask that you choose from the following for the recipe to be created for the video:
- Veggie Tacos
- Veggie and Tempeh Stir-Fry
- Lentil/Chipotle Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
- Polenta and Eggplant Lasagna
- Pancake Cupcakes (no eggs are involved in the creation of these)
- Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich
- Vegetable Pizza
I am pretty excited about this and it is sure to be something to occupy my mind for the next two weeks while taper is on-going.