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About Linda

Linda Bah, MSc, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, lives in the Northern Virginia area with her husband.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University, Washington DC, and a Master of Science in Organizational Development and Strategic Human Resources, from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.  She was an HR Practitioner for over 20 years, working for an international development organization where she served and advised thousands of employees globally on a wide range of HR-related matters.  During covid, after much prayer and soul searching, she felt called to pursue health and wellness so she can serve others and leave a long-lasting impact.  Following her heart, she started a health coaching training program at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and eventually transitioned out from her then full-time job.  

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My journey from stress to health

I discovered my passion for whole foods nutrition and holistic wellness a few years ago when I faced some health challenges, related to gut and digestive issues, which led to my self-discovery journey, seeking answers to the many questions I had related to the foods we eat. My health challenges resulted mainly from a combination of little self-care and oxidative stress from my former job and life itself.

 

Even though I thought I was treating my body well and exercised regularly, the stress and foods I was consuming led to a leaky gut, which was a self-diagnosis, based on the various research I undertook.  Leaky gut syndrome is a condition that develops when the lining of the gut wall becomes too porous; this is also known as increased intestinal permeability.

 

That journey led me to understand the triggers, to learn that food is medicine and medicine is food, and to take several actions, which included switching to whole foods, managing my level of stress, adjusting my lifestyle, which led to my personal transformation.  That included a weight loss of about 15 pounds which I have successfully maintained up to date.

Today, I am thriving physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually because of this transformation.  As a result, I am fully engaged in using my story to come alongside other women to raise their awareness on the power of proper nutrition as medicine and I want to see every woman discover the key to unlock their own version of wellness transformation.  

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My vision statement

I help high-performing women uncover their health imbalances and help them regain their energy so they can achieve optimal health and thrive.

What is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach?

An Integrative Nutritional Health Coach works with clients to look beyond food and exercise to achieve a more holistic life of health and peace. Coaches will:

Educate clients about the principles of nutrition and healthy eating.

Provide individual health support so clients can make positive lifestyle shifts.

Support and empower wellness transformation.

Help clients look at health holistically and work towards greater quality of life overall.

Offer a growth mindset of ongoing learning and resilience. 

Guide clients through organic transformation and not forced change.

Act as partners throughout the client's journey and provide accountability.

Offer sustainable wellness strategies that increase overall quality of life long-term.

My philosophy

I meet you, my clients, where you are at, using positive reinforcement, infusing spirituality and motivational strategies to inspire you.

 

I bring understanding, empathy, compassion, and kindness to my coaching practice.

 

I create a safe, non-judgmental space for you so you can feel free to explore strategies that will work best for you to achieve positive, lasting transformation.  

 

I use a holistic and non-diet approach that emphasizes a healthy relationship with food and body. 

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