- Eating Bird Food

health coaching

After seeing how small changes can make such a big difference in myself, I wanted to help others striving to live healthier and happier lives. so I became certified as a health coach. Through the curriculum at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I  have studied all the major dietary theories and am able to help you discover what approach works best for you, wherever you are in life.

Rather than dwelling on calories, carbs, fats, proteins, restrictions and lists of good and bad foods, I work with you to create a personalized plan that is flexible and fun.

We’ll find the foods and lifestyle choices that best support you to make gradual, lifelong changes to reach your current and future health goals.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in learning more about my health coaching plans and pricing.

Visit my health coaching website for more info.



  1. How am I just learning that you are part of IIN as well? When are you finishing? I’m in the Spring 2010- so will complete the program April 2011. How are you liking it?

  2. Wow, I’m so interested in this! I received my personal training certification this past fall–but they didn’t really go over a ton of nutrition. How long does it take to get your certification for this? Also, can you do it all online? Thanks for the info!

  3. You enrolled at IIN?! Congratulations! I am halfway through the program and am LOVING it! Let me know if I can be of any help to you! 🙂

  4. Hi! Just wanted to touch base and tell you I enjoy your blog. I am also an IIN student, finishing the program in April. Just 4 more modules to go! I hope it is going well for you. Feel free to contact me if you need to do a health history or have any questions.
    BTW, I have a blog I just started, and linked to one of your posts in my post today!

  5. I’d love to work with you – let me know how your program is going! I’ve been looking for a health coach.


  6. Hi – I’m so happy to read that you’re part of the IIN community! Welcome! I graduated in 2007 and consider my time at IIN as one of the best experiences of my life. Nearly 4 years later, I still miss going to NY and being surrounded by hundreds of healthy, positive, inspiring, big-hearted, open-minded, HAPPY people. We’re a special group 🙂

    Best of luck in your work~

  7. Cricket says:


    I just found your blog today and love it! I noticed your Health Coaching tab at the top and clicked…how cool that you are doing the program through IIN…so am I!!! I just started with the March 2011 program and am so excited!!

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello. I have your blog bookmarked and will be back again!!


  8. Interested says:

    How much is the tuition for the IIN program?

  9. IIN is such a great program! Congratulations! I love love love your blog 🙂 I can’t wait to read more in the future as you develop in your studies. The protein balls look delish!! Perfect post run!

  10. Wow! I have been looking for something like that. I have a degree in Nutrition already but Holistic health is a different avenue I would like to explore. I just recently found your site and am really digging it. I just started blogging myself and I am so excited to connect with others who have similar passions. http://www.myinnergranola.com check me out 🙂

  11. Hi! I love your blog! I am also enrolled at IIN, and just started with May 2011 group. It truly is great so far and I love when I find other IIN students. So good to find your site on here and I will definitely keep coming back!

  12. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs says:

    Both the boyfriend and I are possibly interested in some career shifts in healthy fields. I’m a step ahead of him in that I quit my 9-5 to work at an organic veg restaurant (for the same pay, holler!) a year ago, but I’d like to do more then just work in a healthy restaurant… I’d love to read more about your experience with the program!!

  13. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog and see that you are studying at IIN! I started in March. 🙂 I also work part time at EatSmart Products in Marketing. Not sure if you were at FitBloggin this past May!

  14. Hi! I can’t believe you’re at IIN too! I am right behind you, graduating in December. Are you going to the Fall IIN NYC Conference?

  15. Amanda Jean says:

    Well what do ya know! I stumbled upon your blog via twitter and the Tone It up gals from todays Follow Friday and did a clicky clicky on the health coaching part of your site..and it’s no surprise that you’re apart of IIN too! I JUST started at the beginning of July so I have my journey ahead of me but am really excited about it all. Btw I love the name of your site.. because It makes sense.. I tell friends all the time ” I practically eat bird food” (either that or I sa y “my squirrel food” but ya know.. I love birds..always have.. theye free. fly high and just something about them ya know? Anyway, It’s nice to connect!

  16. Hi! Love your blog! I am also interested in IIN but have a few reservations about it. I would LOVE to hear what you think about the program when you’re finished. When I Google any information about the school there are a few scam websites that pop up right underneath it which is never a good sign ha. Also, do you get any scientific training in anatomy, bio, or chemistry? I just wanna make sure I am not paying to be part of a big health club or for information I can find for free online…. I already know most dietary theories and am looking for something pretty extensive. Also, I read they used to be affiliated with Columbia University but that is no longer the case due to the school’s questionable credibility.
    I in NO WAY mean to discredit your program. I just really want the facts from people who went there!

    • Hi Emily,

      I too saw the scam websites when I was deciding whether or not to enroll, but I can attest to the fact that the program is not a scam – all the information is legitimate. I will say however that just like any other education, you get out of the program what you put in.

      I knew quite a bit about nutrition and dietary theories before attending IIN, but the program is about more than that because they focus a lot on primary food = things in your life that affect your health like career, relationships, family and emotions. While the program does cover some anatomy, bio and chemistry, you won’t get in depth scientific training as you probably would if you studied to be a registered dietitian. I think the important thing to think about before deciding what path is right for you is what you want to do after your training. I explored many options before deciding on IIN. I thought numerous times about going back to school to get my RD and even took a 3 classes before deciding that route wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to work in a clinical setting and I like a more holistic approach to health so I was really excited to find IIN. Overall, I’ve been happy with my education from the school. It’s a great program if you are interested in health coaching because it gives you all the tools you need to start your own business.

      Please email me if you have any questions. 🙂

  17. I am starting the program this month. I’m so excited. Will you be posting a recap or updating us on what you do after the program? I always get so excited when I hear success stories. I am really looking forward to going through IIN.

  18. kena houston says:

    Hi – I just wanted to thank you again for your quick response to my emails on the holistic health program. I am going to email your IIN contact tomorrow…who knows, I might just start the program earlier then then the new year! Have a great day!

  19. I’m also a student at IIN (Sept 2011) and had many of the same concerns before making my final decision. It is a unique education and presented in many different formats. I have always been interested in nutrition, but this is so much more. I truly enjoy the learnings and am excited about what I will be able to do with these skills.
    Your blog is truly inspirational and I love the name. You have inspired me!

  20. Hi Brittany! I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m so happy I did! I was reading it and really enjoying it when I then realized you’re a HHC from IIN! I am currently living in NYC and am enrolled in the March 2011 class so I will be finishing in February 2012. I started my own blog in May 2011 to chronicle how I’m getting over an eating disorder. I am owing the road to recovery largely to IIN. However, I am having a hard time getting started as a health coach and would love any advice you are willing to give me regarding how you got started. I would also love to work with you if you need a partner! In the meant time, I cannot wait to continue to stop by here and hear what you have to say!

  21. Hey Brittany!

    I am currently ALSO enrolled in IIN (this apparently is the IIN sub community!). I am graduating in April (May 2011 program).. (Any fellow IIN’ers that would like to get in touch, I’d love the practice!!)

    Anyway, I’m currently thinking about going back to school for RD. I’m curious in hearing more extensively why you did not choose that path… I’m currently weighing all my options and trying to decide what’s right for me.

    Thank you!!!!!!

  22. I’m checking out the IIN website right now. I said I was forwarded to the link from eatingbirdfood.com 😉

  23. I am a totally burned out teacher looking to make a career change. I love people, I love health, I love fitness. I stumbled across your blog via Pinterest :). I had never heard of a health coach, and when I read your bio, bells went off. This is exactly what I have been working for.

    However, when I looked at the IIN website, I got the vibe that part of the outcome is a type of pyramid business. I have nothing against that….just not for me. I see myself working with people “coaching” them through life changes as it relates to nutrition. I don’t want to have to work to get people on “my team” to sell something…like, for example, Juice Plus, which I love and take. I just want to order it, not sell it.

    Does that make sense? What will you be doing when you finish or what do you see yourself doing when you finish? I am just trying to get a picture for the “end product,” so to speak….Thank you soooooooo much…

    • Hi Ang – I’m glad you found my blog! IIN is a great program if you want to be a health coach. Throughout the program, you learn about nutrition and how to run a health coaching business. It’s not at all about getting people on your team to sell things. I don’t sell my clients anything expect my services.

      Graduates are rewarded for referring new students, but it stops there. There is no pyramid and no one is ever expected to refer to IIN if they don’t want to.

      Shoot me an email if you have any other questions. I’m happy to help!

  24. Hi Ang!

    I’m not Brittany but I am a recent grad of IIN (having finished the program in February). I can tell you that it is not in any way a pyramid. We are trained in over 100 different dietary theories as well as education on other areas of life (what they refer to as primary foods…exercise, spirituality, hobbies, relationships etc..) and receive extensive education in building the business side of health coaching. I’m not sure what you saw that leads you to think it’s a pyramid type thing. I am not selling any supplements or on a team or anything of the sort. I am just someone with a passion for health and wellness. My business is personal health coaching. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at: cricket@cricketrawlins.com

    Sorry, didn’t mean to hijack your thread Brittany!


    • Thanks Cricket – I totally agree with you! I think some health coaches might suggest certain products to their clients but IIN doesn’t mention anything like this in the curriculum.

  25. Hi, I love your blog! I was wondering how much your coaching is? Thanks Kate 🙂

  26. Cameron says:

    Hi Brittany!

    I stumbled upon your website when I was looking for a brown rice porridge recipe and I saw the HHC next to your name, and I just had to reach out to tell you that I am currently enrolled at IIN! I am just 8 weeks in, and randomly finding your website makes me that much more excited about my training! How is your practice coming? Are you making a sufficient amount of income? I am currently just getting started getting my contacts together, and I hope I can have success just like you! Congrats!

    With Love and Health,

  27. I am a recent graduate of IIN! I love your website.

  28. Hi Brittany! I’m a new follower of your blog and a fellow (soon-to-be) IIN graduate (I’m part of the Oct 2011 class). It’s inspiring to see other young, successful grads! I’m trying to work at it, hoping I can be as successful as you 🙂

  29. Hi! I’ve been following your blog for a little bit and I’m so excited to find out that you’re an IIN graduate. I just started the program a couple of weeks ago and so far, I love it. I’m not very good in study group settings, so do you have any tips/study suggestions?

    As I go through the program, I’ve also started blogging. If you find a minute, let me know what you think! http://www.garlicgoddess.com

  30. Danielle says:

    What do you think of the “Eating Clean Diet?”
    If you are unfamiliar with this, it is basically a program where you eat 5-6 small meals (200-300 cals each) throughout the day.

    I have been reading your blog for a while now, and I really value your opinion on healthy eating.

  31. Hello!! I think I just stumbled upon your site by fate! I have been looking for a program to get into nutrition classes for months! I strive to eat clean and live a very healthy lifestyle and I love to share it with others even if it only affects a few! I am new to your blog but I will definitely be adding it to my favorites! I have enjoyed it thus far 🙂

  32. I am very interested in the Institute for Integrative nutrition! I would love to be able to hear about it from you! I just got my book in today and can not wait to start reading it! Helping people through health coaching would be amazing!

  33. Hi Brittany,
    I emailed you a few months ago about working with you. Are you still doing it?


  34. I came across this today and was so excited on seeing something I can relate to..and so look forward to using your recipes and keeping up with what you have to offer..Thank you

  35. Beautiful site Brittany, keep up the good work.

  36. Just found ur blog and I love it. We eat the same way. Thanks for more great recipes.

  37. Just found your website while searching for a cauliflower pizza crust recipe. Yours is the first, and only one, I tried and it’s amazing! Even my husband was blown loving the pizza. I’m even more excited to see that you are in Richmond, I live nearby, and a fellow IIN graduate. I’m about to wrap up my IIN degree in March! Best thing I ever did.

  38. What kind of job did u or can u get with this degree.

  39. just wondering…most of these comments are from people taking IIN ….just concerned that if all graduates of IIN attract are just people who are also in IIN…where or who are your clients….have you or anyone here went through IIN and actually have a thriving business as a result of? (not as a way to beef up a program you already have..in other words does IIN training on its own provide enough training to gather clients or to get a job as health coach in the community?)

  40. I can’t get IIN off my mind. I just got another email from them about a summer special and I’m really intrigued! Do you think they set you up well to have your own counseling business? Don’t they help you set up a website? Are you seeing clients?

    Would you say the course is stressful? How would you compare it to college… and could you estimate the time commitment?

    Thanks, Brittany 🙂

  41. Hey!

    I love your blog. I have been dabbling as a non-certified healthy lifestyle coach for a few years now, and just realized recently that places like IIN exist. I would LOVE to do the certification. Do you feel you learned a lot about nutrition there, or was it focused more on diets? I would love to see a curriculum…

    Keep on keeping on!

  42. Melissa says:

    I am really interested in IIN and considering signing up. Do you feel (almost 2 years later) like it was worthwhile? Were you supported well to get started with clients? Are you still using your credentials? I’m so curious about it, and from everything on the website, it sounds fantastic, but since I “know” you in blog life, I figured I’d see what you thought–especially since you’ve had your certification for a while. 🙂

    Thanks, Brittany! (Oh, and congrats on your wedding!)

  43. Congratulations on your wedding! The pictures are so beautiful.

    I had a few questions about your health coaching. Do you work independently? Have you been able to make a semi-decent income so far? Also, is IIN all out of pocket or is it something that I would be able to get a student loan for? Thank you for any information you could pass my way. 🙂

  44. Hey! I just wanted to let you know that one day I came across your blog while I was searching for a recipe. I read in your Health Coaching page that you attended IIN (which at the time I had never heard of) and 4 days later I was enrolled! You inspired me to change directions and follow what I love. I began in July of this year and I am absolutely LOVING it so far! So thank you for sharing your experience and I wish you the best of luck <3

  45. Do you charge for coaching? I’m a vegetarian and a terrible cook and it feels like I don’t have time. But I want to really turn my diet around. It’s one of my biggest obstacles.

  46. I’m halfway through my IIN course! I’ve already started on my website and I’m so excited for the rest of the program, love your blog, any tips you can give me in relation to the course

  47. I have completed the IIN program(well 2 more weeks left of modules) I can see clients but none yet. I have a website, blog, etc…The area we live is a black hole for jobs. We need to chat soon.

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