Can you REALLY have your cake and eat it too? We asked Fitmo Health Coach and Registered Nurse, Roos Muntinga, to let us in on her healthy eating secrets and answer our one burning question, what does a health coach eat in a day?
As a Registered Nurse and Health Coach, it is safe to say that Fitmo Health Coach, Roos Muntinga knows a thing or two about staying healthy. For Roos, keeping a balanced lifestyle, and indulging in her favourite foods, are all part of her health plan. Can you have your cake and eat it too? Roos has come to think so. Find out more about how Roos works with her clients to find their balance and a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable and also enjoyable. So what does a health coach eat in a day? Find out below.
As a health coach, what do you eat on a given day? How do you start and end your day?
I try to eat healthy regularly and make the right nutritional choices. Of course I’m only human, so I aim to eat healthy at least 80% of the time. I love to start my day with an oatmeal breakfast. I either make stove-top oats, or overnight oats, if I know I need to take something with me on-the-go. In addition to the oats, I always eat a piece of fruit in the morning along with some quark. I top my oatmeal or quark off with nuts and honey. During weekends, I spice things up by making banana pancakes. I use oats, bananas and an egg to make the pancakes super healthy and surprisingly tasteful!
During the day I try to consume a lot a vegetables and protein. If I have a good workout planned that day, I will add extra carbs to my meals, such as whole-grain bread, brown rice or sweet potatoes. I always have a good lunch that will keep me going till late at night. Because I do a lot of coaching in the evening hours, I don’t always have the time to sit down for a proper meal, so I try to at least have a bowl of homemade soup and some chicken or salmon on the side. If I have more time, I love cooking a good meal, sometimes a healthy one and sometimes a little less healthy…but that’s ok, because it’s all about balance right? 😉
How would you describe your style of coaching? How do you approach health and food?
My style of coaching is very personal to the individual. Over the years, I have learned to adjust how I approach each of my clients on basis of their needs and goals. I’ve been able to make adjustments to their schedules a lot quicker. By maintaining daily contact with my clients through the Fitmo app, I’m able to give my clients immediate feedback on their food intake and fitness progress. My clients have found this approach very helpful and motivational.
I believe that health is not just about eating good food and being active. It is also about happiness and self-love. By eating the right foods and staying in shape you’ll naturally feel better which will will improve your health. If going out with your friends and having a few wines makes you happy, then keep doing that! Just don’t do it every day and take it easy on foods and drinks the next day.
I believe that balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Your journey to health will have many ups and downs, but it’s also a fun journey that’ll help you learn so much about yourself and what you stand for, and that in the end is definitely priceless.
What type of clients do you typically work with? Can you share a success story or a memorable moment with a client?
Due to my background as a nurse and Master’s degree graduate in Health and Nutrition, I work with a variety of clients. I coach a lot of clients who want to lose weight. But I also coach clients who want to gain muscle and weight instead of losing it. For me there is no typical client. Everybody is different and need different approaches.
When I think about success stories, there are a few that come to mind. I love to see how people change for the better when they start to lose weight and when they start winning their battles against their unhealthy lifestyles. Seeing their confidence grow and seeing them become a stronger person every day is so great. Everybody has their moments when it’s not going right – they eat bad foods or aren’t motivated to work out. Being there for them at those moments, and getting them motivated again makes my job worthwhile. If it was easy to change your lifestyle everybody would do it, but it’s not easy, not at all! Despite what you’ve heard, it’s a real challenge. It will never be super easy but it will become easier in time, and you will learn how to deal with the lows and enjoy the highs. Being part of such a personal journey is the best job I could have!
Roos’ lifelong fascination with the effect of food and exercise on the overall health and wellbeing of a person has lead Roos on a journey to help others become healthier and happier. After 6-years of working as a Registered Nurse, Roos followed her passion for health even deeper and pursued a Master’s Degree in Health and Nutrition. She is now a certified Health Coach who helps people around the world live their best lives. If you want to lose weight, eat better, or even gain weight, Roos can help you reach your goals and feel your best inside and out.