Over in camp TSL we all want to be the healthiest versions of ourselves, at least that’s what we say to each other… but if we’re being honest it can be a little bit difficult – okay, a lotta bit difficult – to get there. We try and try, but there’s almost always a cycle that ends in failure. Well, not if Samantha Eaton of Healthy Eaton can help it! Samantha is the health coach that we have always dreamed of and we bet you’ll think so too! She’s on a mission to see through all of the conflicting information out there and to empower her clients with the knowledge, motivation and support to knock it out of the park by eating healthy foods. Hungry for more (pun intended)? Read on.
What inspired you to become a health coach? Tell us about your journey to launching your business, Healthy Eaton!
From as far back as I can remember, body image has always been a motivator for me. I remember seeing the Disney princesses in movies as a kid and models in magazines and actresses on TV when I got older. They all have some things in common: very thin, clear skin, perfect hair, oozing with confidence. So of course, that’s how I wanted to be. I was always looking for a quick-fix solution or next popular diet to try. After years of doing this, I didn’t understand why I ate so “healthy” but still didn’t see the results I wanted. I still had difficulty losing weight, was getting bloated nearly daily, had low energy, headaches, acne, and inflammation.
Finally the day came where enough was enough! I decided to stop looking for the short cut, easy way out, and instead learn about real nutrition, which foods help my body look and feel fantastic and which foods make my body look and feel like crap, and improve my body image/relationship with food so the new healthy habits I was developing would stick long term. My life was forever changed! I realized then that helping others see through ALL of the conflicting information out there to figure out what’s actually “healthy” and what isn’t, along with finding practical ways to incorporate it into various lifestyles is what I would LOVE to do! So I went back to school to become a Certified Health Coach.
There is so much information out there about what we can all do to be healthy – where should we be looking for reliable information?
I’d say to educate yourself about nutrition. Don’t fall for fancy marketing and too-good-to-be-true sounding claims. Remind yourself that companies are looking to sell product and make money, they don’t care about your health (unfortunately!)
Would you share a few health tips with us that you share with clients?
Sure! Here are 3 pretty easy tips to try that’ll give you some big, noticeable results:
Tip 1: Don’t be afraid of fat! Fat does not make you fat, sugar does. Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, or nuts actually help you burn fat, absorb your nutrients, build muscle, reduce inflammation, and more.
Tip 2: Avoid sugar whenever you can. This includes simple carbs like white potatoes, white bread, white pasta, and white rice. Eating sugar promotes fat storage and is linked to inflammation, hormone imbalances, migraines, wrinkles, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Tip 3: Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water throughout the day helps prevent dehydration, which commonly causes headaches, muscle and joint pains, hinders digestion, and tricks us into thinking we’re hungry. Water also keeps us healthy by flushing out toxins, promoting healthy skin, and even slowing the aging process! The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day…so if you weighed 150 pounds you’d want to aim for 75 ounces of water. I like to add things like basil, mint, cucumber, and pineapple to my water to add some flavor 🙂
Where do you look for healthy recipes? Do you have any favorites to share with me?
Well my blog www.HealthyEaton.com is a great place to start 🙂 I actually just posted a recipe that anyone that loves chocolate and healthy eating should absolutely check out (Avocado Chocolate Pudding). Many of my clients are busy, working women who want to eat healthy but don’t have a lot of time. They love my Raw Chocolate Brownie Bites recipe because it is not only delicious, but is the perfect thing to bring with them on the go, gives them energy that lasts, and helps them feel full for a long time.
What can we find you doing on a Saturday morning?
I’m a creature of habit, all week long I wake up at 7 and head to the gym by 7:30, and I do the same on Saturday morning! If I don’t get my workout in right away, I won’t make it to the gym at all 🙂 I then get home and make a big breakfast, then take my dog on a walk around the neighborhood or a nearby park with my husband.
What word defines the twenty-something years?
Identity. The 20-something years is when you grow into your own and figure out who you really are.
Everyone experiences bad body days, do you have any tips and tricks for combatting them?
Absolutely! I find with my clients that they tend to be really hard on themselves for this. You’re not alone when you feel unhappy with areas of your body, or wish you could just feel comfortable in your own skin. Remind yourself that the answer does not lie in your lack of control or willpower around food, and that eating super healthy all the time will not automatically make you skinny and automatically love your body. Losing weight, gaining confidence, and loving your body is SO much more than food related. When you’re having a bad body day, shift your focus away from seeing the negative in yourself, and toward looking for the positive. When you see positives about yourself, and work to love the body you have now, you’ll see big changes. That’s because we take care of what we love and what’s important to us. If you love your body, you’re naturally going to want to do things to take good care of it, which in this case will help you make and stick with the healthy habit changes you’re looking to make. Think of it this way, you can’t self-hate yourself into self-acceptance. You have to meet yourself where you are and work from there. It will make everything SO much easier for you!
What is one discouraging moment that you’ve faced during your career and how did you overcome it?
It’s really hard for me to write blog posts. I have lots of great ideas, but that type of writing is a weakness of mine. It can take me days to write one post! To overcome it, I first set goals for myself for how often I’d have to create a new post. For me that works really well because I thrive when I have a deadline! Next, I’d give myself 10 minutes to decide on a topic. Before that I’d spend a looong time researching, going through my notes, and thinking about what to write about. By giving myself another deadline, I found that I was more decisive and trusting of my instincts. Finally, I create an outline before I start writing. That really helps me stay focused and make sure I touch on all of the information that I want to.
How have you changed as a person since the founding of your company?
Before going full-time into my Health Coaching business, I worked full-time in the marketing department of a big company. I was less busy that I am now, but every task I had to do I dreaded. I found it difficult to find any aspect of my job that I enjoyed or looked forward to. That translated to my life outside of work too. Now that I’m doing a job that I LOVE and am so passionate about, helping people change their lives, work doesn’t feel like work anymore. I look forward to everything on my To Do list (except maybe writing blog posts!). I’m now happier, more confident, and more driven than ever before.
Would you classify a healthy life as a destination or a continued journey, and why?
A continued journey. Life is always changing and throwing us curve-balls. There are things that you feel are important to creating a healthy life now that you might not in 1 year or even 10 years from now.
What is at the top of your bucket list?
Do something super spontaneous! I’m SUCH a planner, I’d love to do something crazy like book a trip to Italy and leave tomorrow :)