If you follow me on Instagram (follow here if you don't yet!), you’ll probably know that I'm currently in school to further my education in health coaching, even though I’m currently coaching full time. What can I say, I love learning and learning loves me! I wanted to take this opportunity to share who I am, what I do, and why any of it matters. So, here’s my story. Hang on tight! I grew up as a dancer and like many dancers, had disordered eating growing up. Not knowing how to fuel my body along with the comparison game that is so familiar to all of us lead me down a path with food and exercise that was unhealthy, to say the least. I lived off full throttle and chips for a while while going to school and I am still amazed my body hasn’t gotten more mad at me about that. I literally thought I was eating healthy because they were baked rice cake chips. Oh how far I’ve come! I’ve always been into exercise and in the gym often, but the nutrition piece I always struggled with. Being a dancer, I never really had to watch what I ate in order to stay relatively thin and when you’re 16, longevity is the last thing on your mind. Fast forward to college - I found the ToneItUp community and really found my home there! I gained a group of friends and a passion for living an honestly healthy lifestyle, not just eating crap on the weekends and “earning” my splurges through working out. The community really taught me how to forgive myself for not being perfect and truly how to have a good relationship with food. It took a lot of years to get where I am now, but it all started with ToneItUp! I remember sitting in my kitchen debating whether I should purchase a $150 nutrition plan, thinking that it was so expensive but I wanted it more than anything at the time. That small purchase in the grand scheme of things is the thing that made the biggest difference in my journey. I finally committed to something and loved every second of it. About two years after that I booked a single ticket to California and spent a weekend with 500 strangers at the ToneItUp Retreat, and it was an incredible experience. I learned so much about myself and got to enjoy the best weekend full of paddleboarding, spin classes, surfing and rosé! A few months later, I had someone reach out to me to see if I was interested in being a Beachbody coach and I was just starting to get into the nutrition aspect of health a little more deeply. Pretty quickly I found direct sales wasn’t for me, but I kept the interest in nutrition and started to pursue some certifications in nutrition. A few months after that, I had someone reach out to me to see if I’d be interesting in personal training at the gym he was working at. I immediately said yes and have been working in the health field since! I trained for a while before finding the company I’m with now. When I’m done with school in January, I’ll be accepting more individual coaching clients working directly with me, and I am absolutely ecstatic about that! I really thrive in one on one situations and LOVE to hear about what’s going on in someone’s life and helping them overcome obstacles one at a time. I wanted to start this new chapter of my life (graduating from school) by getting deep and sharing my heart for health and why it matters. There are a million fitness Instagrammers/influencers and while a few are of the same mindset that lifestyle matters and protein isn't king, most aim to give you abs in the quickest way possible or rip you to shreds with their next leg workout. If you haven't already noticed, I am not your typical fitness Instagrammer. As a job, I work in Diabetes Prevention and Corporate Wellness. Each year I get to work with hundreds of members to change their lifestyle in a sustainable, balanced way. I see the struggles that people have to get off junk food or begin exercising. I see how much fear people have over losing weight AND their current lifestyle. I see what people struggle with across the board and have heard every barrier and struggle in the book! It has brought me so much clarity and fulfillment because I get to do this day in and day out, but it has also brought me some unease. Over the last few years, I have begun to notice that not only do people with weight to lose struggle with this, but everyone struggles with this. I can say with certainty that weight does not correlate perfectly with health. Thin people are no less likely to struggle with their health and sometimes, even more so. 9 out of 10 people with pre-diabetes don't know they have it, and many of them would be considered "skinny". Let's do a little example situation MANY of us have been in before: We've got 2 people eating junk food and getting no exercise. One person becomes overweight while the other person is skinny as a rail. To the overweight person: you are blessed! I know that sounds crazy but hear me out: when we hold on to significant extra weight, it's our bodies way of letting us know something isn't right. Typically when we align whatever is off, the weight comes off as we get healthier and healthier. While this is a burden in its own ways, you have the physical representation of what's going on inside and you are able to use that to propel you to make changes and you can see the results of those changes represented on the outside as well. Changes in weight, skin, mood, energy, etc. can all give you an indication that you're on the right path. My thoughts on thin people living a sedentary and processed food lifestyle: you are at a disadvantage. Because you don't see any of the results of your eating and exercise habits on the outside, you will very likely not have a serious motivation to change. While you may feel like your body can handle anything and you won't get sick, you can guarantee to live and eat in that way will make you sick on the inside. Unfortunately, people in this category don't typically have many other warning signs until you actually do get chronically sick. MORAL OF THE STORY: HEALTH MATTERS FOR EVERYONE. Health matters for everyone. Without it we have NOTHING. The things that we are eating and doing are making us sicker by the day and are preventing us from doing the things we have been called to do in life because we are too sick to do so. Now our CHILDREN are growing up sicker than ever and that responsibility falls on us.
Type 2 diabetes is NOT genetic, and can be prevented or even reversed through an appropriate lifestyle plan! Many families will have Type 2 diabetes due to the environmental factors that lead to the disease - typically poor diet is the biggest contributor and is passed down from generations.
In regards to this last photo, this is why. I. do. this. We need not just to know what to do, but we need support in behavior change. This is where a health coach comes in. I’m not your doctor or your dietician, but something completely different. When you go into a medical provider’s office, you get 15-20 minutes of their time and they tell you what you need to do and wish you luck. If you didn’t already know what you needed to do, this is definitely a step in the right direction! But they can’t offer much support outside of this setting and the current medical system is not set up for consistent help and accountability from these providers. What the medical community is missing are four HUGE components of health:
YOU know best what your body needs. We may have a better understanding of how the body works, but you are your best doctor. You live in your body day in and day out and you know what you need, even if you don’t realize it yet.
It’s not a knowledge issue for most people. Lifestyle change is difficult to say the least. Without constant support, encouragement and accountability, it’s incredibly difficult for most people to sustain for a short period of time, much less for a lifetime.
We can’t separate life and health as though they don’t influence each other. Through school I’ve learned about a concept called Primary Food vs. Secondary Food, which informs everything about health when you think about it.
Primary food is the most important and it’s not the food you put on your plate. Primary food are your relationships, career, exercise and spirituality. When one of these is out of balance, it’s incredibly likely that your food is out of balance too. When we feel out of control in one of the areas in primary food, we are much more likely to use secondary food (actual food) to fill our need for control.
Secondary food: the food you put on your plate! When your primary food is aligned, it’s much easier to eat well and make good choices!
Bio-individuality means everyone is going to have something different that brings them to optimal health.
As a health coach, I get to work with you bi-weekly to discover what’s stopping you from putting into practice the things you already know, and overcoming imbalances and struggles in all areas of your life. This stuff is difficult. Changing your lifestyle is difficult. I'm here to help in a no-pressure and non-judgmental way, and I care about you and your health.
MY MISSION IS TO HELP TAKE THE OVERWHELM AND PERCEIVED DEPRIVATION OUT OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING YOU LOVE, OR SPEND A MILLION DOLLARS AT THE GROCERY STORE TO BE HEALTHY.
Whatever you feel is the reason you can’t live a healthy lifestyle, we can overcome that together. We can tackle things one at a time as you’re ready to tackle them. You don’t have to do everything at once, and it doesn’t have to be painful. As a country we can’t afford to stay on the path we’re on, and I’m here to do my part in helping to make this system less of a burden to everyone.
xo, Corin Groustra