My Health Story
Lyle Haugen, R.N.H.C.
Registered Nutritional Health Coach
A Promising Career
At the age of 22, I was at the beginning of what I expected to be a long career as an industrial deep-sea diver. After completing extensive training and showing great promise, I was excited to embark on my new career path.
A Tragic Twist
Then on February 19, 1985, my life took a dramatic turn. I was involved in an industrial explosion that resulted in my developing Type 1 Diabetes. For those who don’t know, with Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar into energy. So, instead of embarking on a promising career, I now found myself facing a lifelong struggle to manage my daily health.
The Fight for Life
Throughout the years that followed, I battled with my health. In addition to Type 1 Diabetes, I suffered from multiple issues like Crohn's or Colitis--doctors couldn't say exactly. One doctor mentioned IBS but still had no sure answers.
More harsh drugs were all he could suggest! I studied the Food Pyramid and the Canadian Food Guide, and I even received training from a doctor to help combat my health issues. I measured my food, I was doing everything right, yet no one could explain why things were not getting better.
My frustration was only outmatched by how horrible I felt. I wasn’t sleeping well and felt tired all of the time. I started having issues with my eyes and developed aches and pains that would persist despite my best efforts. I felt I was no longer in control of my life. I was becoming more and more emotionally depressed and needed to do something different.
One day, I realized that most foods I was eating seemed to bother me more than they should. Foods like bread, potatoes and processed foods seemed to be making me sick, and I rarely felt full regardless of how much I ate.
So, I decided to try going gluten-free and removing grain products, potatoes, and high-glycemic-index foods. Things started to turn around rapidly, and I expanded my research into other foods and weighed the results.
Throughout this entire experimentation process, I proceeded to lose weight, and various health issues improved as well. My eyes improved, my aches and pains were gone, and I no longer needed to take medication for my blood pressure. With the vast improvements in my physical health, my emotional health improved as well.
A New Beginning
That’s when I decided to become a Certified Professional Health Coach and share what I had learned with others. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts.
I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories: everything from Ayurveda, gluten-free, and Paleo to raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
I feel this type of knowledge is sorely needed and largely unavailable. So, I founded my consulting business in 2015 to help others who are losing hope take control of their health with nutritional coaching.
Lyle's training and education from the world's top health and wellness experts:
Founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Deepak Chopra, MD
A leader in the field of mind-body medicine
Dr. David Katz, MD, MPH
Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
Dr. Walter Willett, MD, DrPH
Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University
Dr. Andrew Weil, MD
Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Bestselling author and life coach
Mark Hyman, MD
Founder of The UltraWellness Center
Bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
Raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH
Professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Food writer for the New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD
Susan Blum, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine