We’re so pumped about our conversation with Lexi Zadak Schmidt. Lexi is a Nutrition & Wellness Coach and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Lexi below.
Lexi, it’s been too long since we last connected. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with our community again. Some readers might have missed our prior conversations, so maybe you can kick things off for us with a quick intro?
My name is Lexi and I currently run my own business called LZS Nutrition Ltd where I guide clients through personal health and wellness plans & protocols based on their goals and needs. I initially got into health and wellness through Crossfit! I started my second career as a part time Crossfit coach and became fascinated by how food can be used as FUEL for performance! I’ve since gotten several nutrition certifications and have expanded my knowledge so that I’m now able to use food not only to help improve people’s athletic performance, but to address other health conditions, as well! I see food as medicine! If we can understand how to fuel our bodies for our individual needs, we can optimize our health, increase our longevity and live each day feeling our absolute best! My goal is to help all my clients understand their own personal needs and develop a lifestyle that allows them to be the healthiest versions of themselves!
How has your business grown/evolved/changed since you started?
When I first started out as a nutrition coach, my scope of knowledge was pretty basic. I was your classic “macro coach” who set macro numbers for clients, most of whom were Crossfit athletes, for the sole purpose of either leaning them out or bulking them up. That was fine at first, however, I started taking a huge interest in how food can be used in SO many other ways! I’ve spent the last 2 years accumulating as many certifications as I possibly can and now, I predominately use my expertise in nutrition and lifestyle to address hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions and gut health problems. I get frustrated with diet culture in the sense that it eludes to the fact that food is solely a weight regulator; “eat less and you’ll lose weight.” That doesn’t even scratch the surface in terms of all the wonderful things food and lifestyle change can do to improve your health and therefore your day to day quality of life! I now market myself as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach and am no longer just a macro calculator!
How do you hope to see it grow in the future?
I absolutely love working one-on-one with clients but one thing that I was able to dip my toe in during my first nutrition coaching job was corporate wellness. My co-workers and I would run challenges, host seminars and provide consulting to companies and their employees to help promote overall health and wellness in their work environment. Seeing what these lifestyle changes did to increase their employee productivity and overall office morale was SO encouraging! I know that so many companies have wellness initiatives and incentives for their employees to participate, but so many of them tend to be based around mindless weight loss challenges, which I think sends the wrong impression. You don’t always need to lose weight to be healthy. Your weight is not always an indicator of your internal health (or happiness.) I’d really love to take all my new knowledge around nutrition and lifestyle and get back into corporate wellness so that I can help companies reach their full potential while optimizing quality of life for each employee!
What are some of your favorite client success stories?
My favorite client success stories have nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with improving quality of life! I’ve had clients completely heal their gut to the point where they no longer avoid social events in fear of spending the whole time in the bathroom. I’ve had a client who through diet alone showed no signs of ovarian cysts when 3 months earlier she almost had to have them surgically removed. I’ve seen a client regulate their thyroid levels to the point where they are no longer at risk of developing Hashimoto’s. I’ve had clients reduce so much body inflammation that their chiropractic work can actually be effective and they can get back to working out again. I’ve had clients tell me they finally sleep through the night, they finally have energy to play with their kids, they have improved their unhealthy relationship with food and have learned to love their body again! It’s THESE moments and these results that are just music to my ears!
What do you do for continuing education and how does that help you propel your business forward?
My goal is to broaden my scope as much as possible, especially when it comes to specific health conditions that would otherwise be treated traditionally through medicine. I want to learn as much as I can about various autoimmune conditions, hormone functions and other vital organs in the body, such as the liver, so that I can understand how to address these issues naturally. One of the most recent classes I’ve taken was centered around reading and analyzing blood panels, such as CMPs, CBCs, inflammatory markers, thyroid and sex hormones. This has really allowed me to see my clients through a different, more in-depth lens, and help them from a more holistic standpoint. I have several coaches, mentors and nutrition companies who as soon as they release a new course, I’m signed up!!!
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
The best way to learn more about what I do is to check me out on Instagram @lexi.z.schmidt.nutrition! If you want to be added to my weekly newsletter for health tips, fun facts, local brand shout outs and recipes, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to my mailing list! (You won’t be spammed, I promise! hehe)
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