Daring Spirit: Erin Holt of Erin Holt Health
Erin Holt is a Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher, blogger and mom. Erin reconciled her eating issues by paving her own path, and now inspires others to do the same.
Through her website, Erin creates and runs online nutrition programs to help women release baggage (including extra weight), shatter food myths and industry lies, and ditch the diet mentality. With a bit of wit and cheeky charm, she educates others about how (and why) to embrace real food.
We think Erin is drenched in the healthiest and tastiest kind of awesome sauce. She walks her talk and teaches a no-bull approach to healthy living that is both holistic and totally attainable no matter where you're starting. Without further ado, let's get to our chat!
Daring Spirits: Tell us about a decision that felt really bold.
Erin: I left a job without any backup plan. That was pretty scary.
Right after receiving my degree in nutrition, I started working as the nutrition expert in a successful and busy health food store. I originally took the position as an opportunity to learn, grow, network and expand (I had future aims of starting my own nutrition practice). And I did all of that, and it was wonderful, and I loved it. But I have a hard time saying no, so I continued to take on more responsibility, even when it pulled me away from my true passion - learning and teaching about nutrition.
One afternoon I found myself having a panic attack in the basement of the store building and I knew I had reached the end of the road there. My body has a really strong way of telling me when I have veered off course, and this was it. That same week I gave my notice.
While at the time I didn’t have a family to support, (and I had a very supportive family), it still felt like a big leap. But it was SO worth it. It afforded me the time and space to start to create the foundations for my own nutrition business. It was during that downtime that Erin Holt Health took form.
Daring Spirits: Describe a time when things went "wrong" and then the Universe delivered.
Erin: Oh yeah, I’m definitely the annoying friend that tells you “good will come of this” when you’re dealing with a crappy situation. I’m a very strong believer in things happening for a reason - but it’s only because I’ve seen it so much in my own life!
Leaving a longterm relationship and having to move back in with my parents (ugh), only to meet the man I would marry that very same year. My husband getting laid off from a job that he hated, only to have a much better fit come along. I
t’s funny…I’m having a tough time coming up with more examples because I find this happens so often. In fact, it’s what’s giving me the strength to deal with my current set of circumstances. Recently I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called scleroderma. Total shock, super scary and a blow to the ego - after all, I teach people about health!
I’ve been spending the past couple of months learning to embrace the diagnosis, love the struggle and TRUST that this is my path - this is all unfolding as it’s supposed to. Because if history has taught me anything, it’s that this is happening for a reason, and good will come of it! When we’ve lost our way, the universe nudges us back on our path. For real!
Daring Spirits: Beach or Mountains? Sweet or spicy? Window or aisle?
Erin: I’m a beach baby through and through, although I do love to hike…I say both! That’s why I live in New Hampshire!
Spicy and salty.
The window, a plastic cup of wine, headphones and a big scarf wrapped around my neck drenched in Thieves oil. I hate flying!
Daring Spirits: "When we’ve lost our way, the universe nudges us back on our path." Sing it, sister! Erin, it's been a pleasure connecting with you, thank you for your words and the work that you do.
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photo: Erin Holt