We would like to introduce you to one of our amazing members, Mike Lende. This guy right here needs his own TV Show. He is truly inspirational and his energy is infectious!
Mike is a Registered Health Coach and has been a professional athletic coach for over 20 years. He has been a CEO & VP of various companies, coaching and leading individuals and teams to success. He was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to coaching.
Liz Naccarato is kicking off our first ever featured member post and we think you will love her.
Liz resides in Port Coquitlam, BC and has been a Registered Health & Nutrition Coach (RHNC) for 7 months now and is also a trainer. She was recently a key speaker for SheTalks Health & Fitness 2017.
She has a true passion for helping women get off the diet rollercoaster. She is dedicated to spreading the message that dieting DOES NOT WORK.
"As a dieter my whole life, I never had someone who was there to help me understand that nutrition was the foundation for a successful and healthy lifestyle. I want to help other women understand and appreciate their bodies, while seeing results through eating whole foods.
Society has such a way to create quick fix, after quick fix, in order to make a QUICK dollar. But if we just invest our time teaching and educating others that if we live a healthy lifestyle and live in moderation, we would never have to diet or worry about our weight again!
If you could share one piece of wisdom with the world, what would it be?
What's your favourite healthy snack /meal?
I love ALMOND butter !! I could eat it by the jar!
My favourite meal is of course OATS.
Overnight oats !
I was overworked, overwhelmed and I knew deep down that there was MORE to life than being a restaurant General Manager. I worked hard at the only career I knew, only to have it ripped from my soul. Then one day, I was fired. Restaurant management was the only thing I knew, the only thing I had worked towards.
I was angry, lost, confused, annoyed and bitter.
I had no idea where to turn until, my friends suggested fitness, as it was never a chore to get up and work out. I dove into that industry hard and, within one more I was teaching at a local spin studio and within 3 months I was fully engaged and dedicated to helping others with fitness.
I knew there was more to fitness as results were always seen but NEVER fully there. I knew nutrition was needed for the full effect. What goes into your body was just as important as what you did to maintain the outside of your body.
I decided to sign up for a fitness competition for “true” results, which would include nutrition. Little did I know that all it caused was more havoc on my body, and especially as a female, it taught me was how to diet hardcore. With results seen, I was more overworked, tired, exhausted and burnt out than working for the corporate world in previous jobs.
I walked off stage after 4 months of extremely hard work, where I avoided friends, lost friends, avoided family and gave up on social events just to have 3 minutes of glory on stage. Dieting wasn’t the answer to seeing results, as it was never maintainable. I knew that it was unhealthy what I was doing a week before walking on stage, but I didn’t give up.
After competing, phone calls, emails, and text came through from friends and other people asking “what did you do to look like that”. I would laugh and say “you don’t want to know”. I still met up with these people to tell them my short 4 month journey and they always asked if I would help them.
A life coach/business coach, told me I had a niche for helping people. I hired him instantly to help me keep balance in my life while, I signed up with Nutraphoria Holistic School of Nutrition. I was now on the right path to fully being able to help people with their overall fitness and health. I spent every single dollar I had in order to help others see how dangerous and uneducated dieting can be.
I wish I could say it was hard, but the more I engaged with nutrition, the more it made sense. I dedicated 18 hours + a day to schooling some days to push through the schooling. The women who worked with me, saw better results with understanding that all you needed was whole foods, fitness and an 80/20 mentality on food.
Dieting is easy, anyone can do it to be honest. Give someone 10 days or 14 days to restrict themselves of what they think is “bad” and of course they will lose weight. Teaching someone that it takes a complete lifestyle change to see true results from the inside out, is a way harder task.
When I registered with Integrative nutrition, I wanted to be different. I wanted to differentiate myself from the ones who sold programs online without the education or knowledge of schooling behind them. Not once has someone asked to see my certificates, my seal of approval from integrative, but to me, I know that I am authentic in what I do. That I worked long hours to get where I needed to be and that on every lifestyle plan I write, I am genuinely helping others from the inside out.
Heres how to reach Liz:
Website - www.liznaccarato.ca
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook - naccfitness
Instagram - naccfitness
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We truly think our members are amazing and we want you know all about them! Each month we will feature a new member so you can learn all about them, their practice and why they do what they do. We hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us!