Today, we are thrilled to present an exclusive interview with Coach Dasia Baker, a dedicated professional whose journey into the world of health and wellness is both unique and inspiring. Beginning with aspirations in the fire department, Coach Baker found her true calling in personal training and nutrition, influenced by a mentor and driven by personal health challenges.
In this insightful conversation, Coach Baker shares her journey through overcoming Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome, a rare health condition, and how this experience deepened her commitment to helping others achieve health and wellness. As a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, Coach Baker offers a unique perspective on the importance of holistic health practices.
Join us as we explore Coach Baker’s transformative path from aspiring firefighter to a passionate advocate for nutrition and personal training, shedding light on the profound impact of personal health experiences on her professional pursuits.
1. Could you share a bit about your journey into naturopathy/nutrition? What inspired you to pursue this field?
I initially pursued a career in the fire department. However, upon meeting my captain, a personal trainer and nutritionist, he suggested that given my passion for helping people and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I should consider it as a side career. While undergoing firefighting training, a rare health condition worsened called Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome , leading to hospitalization. During this time, I decided to pursue personal training and nutrition certifications, providing a constructive focus during my health challenges. Eventually, after identifying the cause of my health issues and undergoing surgery, I completed my personal training and nutrition certification.
2. How do you approach treatment plans for your patients? What role do you believe natural supplements play in these plans?
That’s a fantastic question! My approach to supporting my clients is all about making health a lifestyle. I’ve learned that it’s more effective to create something sustainable rather than pushing cookie-cutter meal plans or generic workouts. Instead, I help them discover activities they genuinely enjoy, and together we calculate macros for a sustainable routine.
I’m a big fan of homeopathic remedies, and I emphasize the importance of incorporating whole foods while supplementing wisely.
Personally, I’ve found collagen to be fantastic for hair, skin, joints, and nails.
For women, especially those who are pregnant or dealing with cycle issues, I advocate for omega-3s. It’s a powerful vitamin that can make a significant difference. I’m all about tailoring health plans to individual needs and making it something enjoyable and sustainable for each person.
3. In your view, how important is a holistic approach to health and wellness, and how do you integrate this into your practice?
On a personal note, I’m a big fan of homeopathic remedies. I’ve noticed significant improvements in my health by shifting my focus away from pharmaceuticals and embracing natural vitamins, such as multivitamin B complex and omega threes. It’s crucial to ensure our bodies receive the daily essentials, and I prioritize these vitamins for bone strength. During workouts, I incorporate creatine for recovery and bone building. I always advise my clients to include multivitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin D for a robust immune system, especially during the winter. Strengthening your bones is vital, especially when you’re active, as it helps counteract the daily wear and tear on your bones. If protein intake falls short, these vitamins can still contribute to building stronger bones
4. What are some common health issues you encounter in your practice? How do you address these with natural therapies?
In my role as a personal trainer and nutritionist, I address common health issues like hypertension, gastrointestinal problems, and arthritis by creating personalized meal plans. I advocate for the inclusion of whole foods due to their rich nutrient content and anti-inflammatory properties, particularly crucial for those dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Hydration is key, and I stress the importance of maintaining optimal water intake for overall health. Recognizing the diverse lifestyles of my clients, especially those working unconventional hours like nurses, I adapt meal schedules to fit their needs. I ensure that the nutritional plans evolve with their changing circumstances. My approach extends beyond dietary recommendations to encompass holistic well-being, including the incorporation of protein shakes, essential multivitamins, and strategically placed fruits as convenient, nutritious snacks.
5. How do you perceive the connection between gut health and overall wellness? Could you share your insights on this?
I truly understand the vital link between gut health and overall well-being, especially given my personal experience with Median Arcuate alignment syndrome, a rare condition that significantly impacted my gastrointestinal health. Managing stress has been crucial for me, as it directly influences flare-ups that, in the past, have landed me in the hospital. To kickstart my day, I prioritize morning workouts to boost endorphins and dopamine. Additionally, I’m mindful of avoiding processed foods, recognizing their negative impact not only on gut health but also on mental clarity and physical vitality. Choosing nourishing foods has proven essential in maintaining both my digestive health and overall wellness.
6. What general dietary and nutrition advice do you often find yourself giving to your patients?
When advising my clients on dietary changes, I emphasize the importance of gradually transitioning to a whole foods-based diet. Starting with small adjustments, such as eliminating processed and inflammatory foods, allows for a smoother transition, making it more sustainable as a long-term lifestyle. Taking it step by step, day by day, and meal by meal helps clients embrace the natural and holistic approach to nutrition, fostering lasting positive changes.
7. When introducing supplements into a patient’s regimen, what key factors do you consider?
When introducing supplements to someone, I take into account whether it’s their first venture into the natural approach, their age, existing medical conditions, and their readiness for significant lifestyle changes. I aim to introduce these additions in a way that isn’t overwhelming, considering the unique aspects of their life and health journey.
8. Without disclosing personal details, could you share a memorable success story from your practice involving natural treatments?
I cherish this meaningful experience. One of my clients struggled with debilitating migraines and headaches that surpassed my nutrition expertise. In an effort to help, I recommended consulting a chiropractor and a homeopathic doctor. Despite prior medical consultations yielding no answers, the chiropractor successfully identified the issue. While confidentiality limits the details, the doctor prescribed an herbal supplement. Following the regimen, my client’s headaches vanished, and her blood pressure significantly improved. It’s rewarding to have played a role in resolving her two-month-long ordeal.
9. What are some challenges you face in the field of naturopathy/nutrition, and how do you overcome them?
In my experience, one significant challenge in the field of naturopathy/nutrition is the misconception and fear surrounding natural and homeopathic remedies. People often hesitate due to lack of understanding and limited information available, despite efforts to educate themselves. Overcoming this involves providing thorough education, addressing concerns, and establishing trust to guide individuals towards the benefits of these approaches.
10. Where do you see the future of naturopathy and functional medicine heading?
In my view, the future of naturopathy and functional medicine looks promising. I believe more people will turn to these approaches because there’s a growing awareness of the potential benefits. Pharmaceuticals might feel the pressure, as the effectiveness of natural and functional medicine becomes more apparent to individuals seeking holistic health solutions. It’s an exciting shift in perspective, and I think we’ll see a continued rise in interest and acceptance.
11. What personal wellness practices or routines do you follow to maintain your own health?
I work out 5 to 6 days a week. I have a smoothie daily and occasionally make my own cold-pressed juice. I consistently take vitamin D, C, and zinc, along with omega-3. I prioritize 20 to 45 minutes of daily cardio. Additionally, I consult a homeopathic and chiropractor to address health or joint issues when they arise .
12. Finally, what advice would you give to individuals aspiring to enter the field of naturopathy or nutrition?
I personally engage in it, but be prepared to overcome the challenges that arise. The field of naturopathy and nutrition is becoming increasingly popular, so believe in what you practice, lead by example, and avoid forcing your beliefs on others. Instead, introduce them to your approach, and be open to addressing any questions or uncertainties they may have about this field and its practices.
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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this interview are solely those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CanXida. The content provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Readers are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider for any health-related questions or concerns.