Get To Know Holistic Coach, Sabrina Magnan
Sabrina Magnan is a Holistic Health Coach who helps chronic dieters overcome binge eating, disordered eating and body image issues through Intuitive Eating so that they can stop dieting and rediscover how to eat without guilt, shame or constant fear of losing control. To learn more about Sabrina or get in contact with her, you can visit her website https://sabrinamagnan.com/ or email email@example.com.
How did you get started in your line of work?
I struggled with my own relationship with food & my body starting at the end of 15. Growing up as a synchronized swimmer, I was conditioned at an early age to associate my worthiness to the way my body looked. When I retired from the sport in my mid-teens, I became terrified of gaining weight, convinced changes in my body meant that I was doing something wrong. I then did what most people stuck in diet culture would do: I started dieting. Cutting out foods. Avoiding carbs. Fasting. Counting calories. This initial innocent desire to control my body size spiraled into yo-yo dieting, body dysmorphia, binge eating, exercise addiction and orthorexia. Struggling through my food & body image issues for over 8 years and finally healing through trial-and-error, wasted years and lots of years lead me to develop an insatiable passion to help women in my shoes, so that they wouldn’t have to struggle in the same way I did. This is when I decided to get certified as a Holistic Health coach and start my business, helping women break free from the shackles of diet culture and rediscover a healthy, peaceful and sustainable relationship with food.
Why do you love the work that you do?
I love shifting people’s perspectives, and seeing their eyes light up as they experience a mindset shift that completely changes the way they think about food, & their bodies. I love that I get to learn for a living. I’m a huge personal development nerd, and I love being able to share everything that is helping me with my clients, and seeing their lives improve as a result. I love being able to make someone’s life better. Before getting into Health Coaching, I worked a desk job, crunching numbers and feeling unfulfilled. I knew I wanted to feel more meaning and have an impact on the world in some way. There is truly no feeling like knowing that I have changed someone’s life, improving the lives of the people around them as a by-product.
What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is coaching my clients. Diving into their struggles, uncovering their blocks, finding their limiting beliefs and helping them get unstuck through our coaching calls is truly so fun for me. Humans have so many blindspots, and even the best of us need an outside perspective to see what we’re missing, what can be improved and how to go about making small changes that can have a massive impact on the quality of our life.
How is your approach unique?
I don’t approach food & body image issues by looking at just food & body. Human beings are more complex than that, and I help change habits & mindsets by looking at all the different factors that influence human behaviors. This includes our environment, relationships, history, childhood, job, stress, etc. Through my own obsession with personal development & human potential, I not only focus on helping my clients heal their relationship with food & their bodies, but I help them get out of their own ways so they can achieve their highest potential & live without regret.
How do you like to start your day?
My morning routine is very important to my mindset & overall health. I wake up around the same time (6am), spend 10 minutes meditating in my bed while wrapped in my heat blanket. I then journal for about 15 minutes. I then do some kind of movement for 30-45 minutes. This could be a HIIT workout, weights, stretching, a walk, yoga.. whatever my body needs that day, Finally, I go for a 10 minute walk outside to get some sunlight, shower, and start my work day!
If you could, what advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Stop worrying about what other people are thinking or doing. Take some time to get clear on what YOU want and what feels right for you. You can’t please everyone, so focus on pleasing the only person that really matters: yourself.
What is your go to self care practice to avoid burnout?
Ensuring that I make time for my friends & family. During times of stress, I tend to recoil on myself and double down on work, which leads to even more stress and isolation. When I feel myself falling into that pattern, I make the intentional effort of taking nights and weekends off and disconnecting from work.
In your opinion, what has been your biggest accomplishment?
Starting my business. If someone had told me how much work & discomfort would be involved in starting your own business from the beginning, I’m not sure I would have followed through. However, after pushing past the hardest part, and having to experience massive personal growth because of it, I would never change it for the world.
What makes you unique in your profession?
My authenticity. I’m not perfect, nor do I try to pretend I am. I think that in the coaching industry, it’s common for coaches to portray the image of having “figured everything out”, leaving out the fact that no matter what, humans will struggle. No one has all their sh*t together, even people who do the constant mindset & personal development work like myself. Mental health requires constant work, and I want to reduce feelings of guilt or “not-enoughness” that the people in my community feel when they find themselves struggling, even when they feel like they’re doing everything “right”.
What do you want people to know about you?
My top values are: family, friendships, my mental & physical health, my job, achieving my highest potential and living life without regret.
Listen to Sabrina’s NEW Podcast Episode “Overcoming Food & Exercise Guilt w/ Joelle Rabow Maletis”, where Sabrina and Joelle offer strategies for conquering guilt related to food and fitness, as well as suggestions for combating negative and obsessive thinking patterns.
You can reach us at (650) 386-6753 or info@joellerabowmaletis to share your comments, ask questions or schedule an appointment.