My Life as an Eating Psychology Coach: Holly Pagnacco

What made you want to become an Eating Psychology Coach?

I was in the midst of my own weight loss journey when I first discovered Marc David’s work. What he said resonated with me strongly – it was confirmation of my own challenges and discoveries with food. I had been looking to start a new career in coaching, and The Institute for the Psychology of Eating offered everything I needed and more.

What do you love about being an Eating Psychology Coach?

There are so many things that I love about being an Eating Psychology Coach. I love knowing that I can always find a place to work with clients. I love being tapped in to deep wisdom and intuition. I love providing perspective to clients who are looking to change their relationship with food. I love knowing that I can support others in their quest for better health and happiness.

What does your practice look like?

I am a coach at Precision Nutrition, supporting a 50-week body transformation curriculum. My clients are women ranging in age from 21 to 81. My practice is entirely online, primarily using email, Skype, and webinars as methods of communication. I work with clients one-on-one and in small group settings. I enjoy the challenge of working with clients who identify with perfectionism, emotional eating, overeating, chronic dieting, and body image challenges.

How did your education at the Institute prepare you to work successfully with clients?

I felt confident in applying my training immediately. I knew where to start, not just with the formalities of intake forms and initial consultations, but with being able to listen deeply and uncover the opportunities within each of my clients. The Institute provided an extensive library of examples including case studies that helped me prepare and create processes for my coaching practice.

What was your favorite aspect of the Training?

There were so many things that I enjoyed about the training, but I found that the videos were an indispensable resource and learning medium for me. Marc’s own voice delivered the foundations of Mind-Body Nutrition and Dynamic Eating Psychology material.

How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted your professional life/financial well-being?

I couldn’t have called myself a coach without this Training. I’m positive that this intensive education is what caught the eye of my employer, because I was hired before I’d even completed my Eating Psychology Coach Training.

How has being an Eating Psychology Coach impacted you personally?

Personally, I feel I have an incredible amount of resources to further my own health and wellness journey. I have a greater understanding and increased empathy for those I meet, those I know, and those I love. I have grown in ways that I never thought imaginable. I’d like to think this has made me a better person and contribute more in the world.

What do you see for yourself in your future as an Eating Psychology Coach – where is your work evolving towards?

I feel especially drawn towards those who struggle with Western society’s expectations and external validation of what is worthy. I have the patience, perspective and truth to share. We are more than just a number on the scale – we are all deserving of love. I see the potential in everyone.

Why would you recommend the Training to others?

I recommend the Training to those who desire to coach from a place of acceptance and compassion. There are so many people who identify as having a dysfunctional relationship with food and eating. As a result, there is an immense amount of suffering around us. Eating Psychology Coach training prepares you for this opportunity to make a significant impact in your community and on a global scale.

Anything else you’d like to share?

There is nothing else like this out there. You can read all the books you want, but without knowing the practical application, the words remain locked away in your head. This Training prepares you for powerful connection with another human being. That’s where the magic happens.

NAME: Coach Holly
BUSINESS: Out of the Woods, Personal Coaching in Health, Nutrition and Life

BIO: Holly graduated from IPE in May 2014. She’s fascinated by our relationship and sensory experiences with food. She believes strongly in the power of connection, nurturing our empathetic nature, and harnessing the collective wisdom of our human race. She coaches at Precision Nutrition, supporting thousands of female clients. She’s also a Reiki Master and certified Culinary Nutrition Expert.

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