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Can I turn Paleo Passion into Paleo Profession?

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Created June 02, 2011 at 5:04 AM

For the last year and a half I've read masses of information about Paleo and Weston Price (on the Internet). I've become knowledgable and an example. A couple of my friends keep telling me that I should find a way to make this my profession. I love this idea but:

1) what are my credentials? I'm not a scientist or nutritiounist or even a chef. I'd obviously nned to read lots of books, take some courses, but what courses? I wouldn't go to study mainstream nutrition. Not Naturopathy? Ecourses given by people who believe in real food?

2) What would I actually do? Meet with people individually in an office advise them? Hold cooking classes? Go into their homes and help them make changes? Lecture? Something else?

Basically, I thought that if I focus on real food and not delve into anything medical - not claim to cure anyone or anything, I could get away with not spending years getting heavy credentials.

I write for a living, so blogging is a natural, but it don't pay - (or does it?).

I am also a teacher... I love working one-on-one with people.

So what will I be when I grow up? (I'm 50).

Update: I just started by jumping in. I now have a blog, Ruth's Real Food , and my first client! Thanks everyone for the encouragement and ideas.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on July 10, 2011
at 11:37 AM

Yeah, I like the idea of specializing in CFS- people love to get help from someone who has done it themselves first.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on July 10, 2011
at 11:35 AM

I don't know why people seem to think that credentials are pre-requisites to being a smart, educated person on a topic. In fact, many MDs who study their field (like endocrinology, for example), ONLY study that field and forget to integrate thinking about all of the human systems together when trying to help a person out. So, while credentials can often mean the person has been educated, they do not necessarily mean the person is smart or helpful when sharing that information. Listen to them speak or read their materials, then decide how qualified they are to educate on a subject. Just my .02

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on June 03, 2011
at 11:34 AM

CFS sucks. Unfortunately I've never found a diet that has cured me.

D0501f0cc09c961a06c3d188361e7b07

on June 03, 2011
at 07:07 AM

Make sure you have too many recipes about bacon on your blog that looks really cool but is just a template from blogger/wordpress...

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on June 03, 2011
at 04:51 AM

Oh, I have what it takes. Don't worry. Mei-ling, sorry, but I won't be needing your services. :)

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(341)

on June 03, 2011
at 03:47 AM

If you need a foot double.. mine are quite dainty, but well used from being bare-foot most of my life. What we're looking for?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Glither, I need to see pics of your feet in order to verify that you have what it takes. I understand that you may not want to share them with the group, so you can get my email from my profile and email them to me. (I wish people would state in their profiles whether they're male or female. This could get embarrasing).

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on June 02, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Thanks! This is helpful.

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on June 02, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I have GREAT feet. Success is mine!!! And we have wild boar up north. Got to find me one.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Don't forget folks... Thomas often makes his points by intentional sarcasm.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:26 PM

One Up for CaveRat. Follow those directions and your success is inevitable.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 02, 2011
at 06:47 PM

I think if you're standing barefoot on a rock or with a freshly killed boar (better yet - on a rock with the boar) you'll be set for life - actually just thinking about it might be sufficient. :-)

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(24543)

on June 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

CFS is not a mental disorder! Nor is it something that paleo can 100% reverse, I would bet.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Glither, post pics of yourself in your barefeet on your blog and people will beg to send you money.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Chris Kresser has credentials to stick needles in people's butt. That's about it. I don't know why people think he has credentials to speak on Endocrinology. He probably took a 3 unit course in physiology at the Community College to fill the requirement at Acupuncture school.

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on June 02, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Maybe facilitate people being able to find Paleo food in your area? I am always trying to figure our where to find right meats at the right price, the best price of coconut oil, etc. Maybe you can be a hub for such things, you source them, people order from you, then they come pick them up? You can perhaps provide recipes, or your favorite book (s) on the subject, since you write you can have on your order website an area that refers people to articles, information, interesting discussions on the topic, etc. Just a thought.

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:52 PM

Details? He said blog, people pay for some blogs and advertisers pay per click on a blog. Do you want him to write the blog for you? By the way, it's all a joke, almost nobody is credentialed in the advice they give, almost nobody is making money, anyone can be a self professed paleo guru and vibrams are another self imposed paleo stereotype.

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Did you mean this seriously or in jest? I will have a blog at any rate. Who is going to pay me, and for what? Details please. P.S. I spend most of my days barefoot :)

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Dexter! How can I open crossfit anywhere when I can't even do crossfit??? Maybe next lifetime. Thanks for the suggestion at any rate.

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Rebecca, sounds like a great idea!

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on June 02, 2011
at 02:55 PM

With Crossfit Herzliya being the only facility in Isreal, sounds like a wide open opportunity in Haifa. You maybe could have a chain of boxes all across Isreal http://www.crossfitherzliya.com/p/blog-page_9115.html

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 02:53 PM

http://www.crossfitherzliya.com/p/blog-page_9115.html

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(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I'm an extremely positive person. That isn't my problem. But you have to be really careful that your belief in being positive doesn't turn into blaming the sick person for being sick. Latest studies show that CFS might be caused by a retrovirus (HIV is a retrovirus). You can do a hell of a lot to make yourself more healthy if you have HIV, but you can't positive think it completely away.

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:07 AM

@Dexter, exactly. Thinking it away is a huge part of the process! I will not say that it fixes everything, but there's a big difference between glass half full and glass half empty. I'm a different person when I deal with my stress, confront my problems, and meditate towards a different me.

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on June 02, 2011
at 06:09 AM

First official up vote :)

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:56 AM

I know a gal who teaches "Paleo 101" at home in her kitchen. She has no credentials other than is committed 100% to Paleo and has read and studied a lot. She teaches a basic outline of what Paleo is, WHY it's good and then does a cooking demo. She'll do shopping expeditions and educate (which canned coconut milk to buy etc.) and organizes trips to farms to co-buy grass fed meat and other products. You could do this at farmer's markets etc. It's basically just teaching what you know. Charge a per person cost and promote it at your gym, online, other CF gyms etc.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:55 AM

http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/ Don has an active practice in Phoenix, Arizona

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:50 AM

http://whole9life.com/2011/03/whole30-success-stories-crossfit-herzliya-israel/ Crossfit in Israel

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:40 AM

You stay here and when The Quilt has his blog up and running, I will bet that he will address CFS and what you need to do to reverse it. As long as you continue to think you have CFS, you will continue to have it. The thinking process is very powerful. Let it be powerful in a positive direction.

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:34 AM

I love Chris Kresser, but he has the credentials that I'm missing. Would take years to get them, and frankly, I can't afford it either.

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:32 AM

I'm located in Tel Aviv. There may be a group somewhere, but I still have chronic fatigue and crossfit isn't for me. Luckily, I'm not an overweight slug. I keep fit doing what I can do.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:26 AM

See Chris Kresser's blog Thehealthyskeptic.org See what he does.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Crossfit is worldwide. Google crossfit your city, country and see what you find out. What country?

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:20 AM

I don't live in the States and not moving anytime soon. I have chronic fatigue syndrome. Feeling better, I'm functional, but not cured. Doubt I could do crossfit and don't know if there is such a thing where I live.

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(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:18 AM

Um... gonna need something more specific than that. Like how can I actually make money from it? I have an expensive diet to support. :)

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4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on June 02, 2011
at 06:33 PM

I wrote a blog post about this as I get the question ALL THE TIME since nutrition coaching is my career.

Education is more important than credentials though you may need credentials to run some testing, etc. if you want to work beyond food.

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(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 08:01 PM

Thanks! This is helpful.

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Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

on June 02, 2011
at 05:19 AM

Some people are doing Paleo classes, educating them while also cooking???some do shopping trips, some blog..the choice is yours, pick a path and do it..don't wait for someone to tell you how or what to do, it's in your heart and just start..today.

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on June 02, 2011
at 03:10 PM

Rebecca, sounds like a great idea!

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2c061f408f5d6076fdb6a40b8dad0889

on June 02, 2011
at 05:23 AM

Like your question! I've im in the same boat. I wanna make my health/Paleo passion into a profession (I'm 22 and finishing up a business major right now...) I have no idea where to go though...was thinking of maybe Naturopath....I was premed when I started college so I have a bunch of basic science classes under my belt already.

Rebecca what are Paleo classes??

Also what do you guys think of the whole nutrition direction, I feel like most schools today are just gonna teach the traditional American junk....

PS first official post ^^

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:34 AM

I love Chris Kresser, but he has the credentials that I'm missing. Would take years to get them, and frankly, I can't afford it either.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Chris Kresser has credentials to stick needles in people's butt. That's about it. I don't know why people think he has credentials to speak on Endocrinology. He probably took a 3 unit course in physiology at the Community College to fill the requirement at Acupuncture school.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 06:09 AM

First official up vote :)

Ab0369a70755bd07f44292b4ca8b2260

(1579)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:56 AM

I know a gal who teaches "Paleo 101" at home in her kitchen. She has no credentials other than is committed 100% to Paleo and has read and studied a lot. She teaches a basic outline of what Paleo is, WHY it's good and then does a cooking demo. She'll do shopping expeditions and educate (which canned coconut milk to buy etc.) and organizes trips to farms to co-buy grass fed meat and other products. You could do this at farmer's markets etc. It's basically just teaching what you know. Charge a per person cost and promote it at your gym, online, other CF gyms etc.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:55 AM

http://donmatesz.blogspot.com/ Don has an active practice in Phoenix, Arizona

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:26 AM

See Chris Kresser's blog Thehealthyskeptic.org See what he does.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on July 10, 2011
at 11:35 AM

I don't know why people seem to think that credentials are pre-requisites to being a smart, educated person on a topic. In fact, many MDs who study their field (like endocrinology, for example), ONLY study that field and forget to integrate thinking about all of the human systems together when trying to help a person out. So, while credentials can often mean the person has been educated, they do not necessarily mean the person is smart or helpful when sharing that information. Listen to them speak or read their materials, then decide how qualified they are to educate on a subject. Just my .02

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 02:17 PM

Let me perfectly clear: you need ABSOLUTELY NO CREDENTIALS to start a LUCRATIVE CAREER as a PALEO GURU. All you need for the Gig is a blog, a PayPal account, and a pair of Vibrams (think analog to naturopaths in their sandals) and your good to go.

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(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Did you mean this seriously or in jest? I will have a blog at any rate. Who is going to pay me, and for what? Details please. P.S. I spend most of my days barefoot :)

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:59 PM

I have GREAT feet. Success is mine!!! And we have wild boar up north. Got to find me one.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Don't forget folks... Thomas often makes his points by intentional sarcasm.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 03, 2011
at 04:51 AM

Oh, I have what it takes. Don't worry. Mei-ling, sorry, but I won't be needing your services. :)

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

(5801)

on June 02, 2011
at 03:52 PM

Details? He said blog, people pay for some blogs and advertisers pay per click on a blog. Do you want him to write the blog for you? By the way, it's all a joke, almost nobody is credentialed in the advice they give, almost nobody is making money, anyone can be a self professed paleo guru and vibrams are another self imposed paleo stereotype.

9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

(341)

on June 03, 2011
at 03:47 AM

If you need a foot double.. mine are quite dainty, but well used from being bare-foot most of my life. What we're looking for?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Glither, post pics of yourself in your barefeet on your blog and people will beg to send you money.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 02, 2011
at 06:47 PM

I think if you're standing barefoot on a rock or with a freshly killed boar (better yet - on a rock with the boar) you'll be set for life - actually just thinking about it might be sufficient. :-)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:26 PM

One Up for CaveRat. Follow those directions and your success is inevitable.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 02, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Glither, I need to see pics of your feet in order to verify that you have what it takes. I understand that you may not want to share them with the group, so you can get my email from my profile and email them to me. (I wish people would state in their profiles whether they're male or female. This could get embarrasing).

D0501f0cc09c961a06c3d188361e7b07

on June 03, 2011
at 07:07 AM

Make sure you have too many recipes about bacon on your blog that looks really cool but is just a template from blogger/wordpress...

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8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 02, 2011
at 06:04 AM

I am going to school for a slightly paleo profession: Organic farming ;)

Well organic farming is not really hunter-gatherer but in today's society organic farming is a must, at least in my opinion! I plan to contribute in my own way with the Paleo/primal lifestyles in mind.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:18 AM

You get training at a Crossfit box, I would recommend you move to Chico, Ca and train at Robb Wolf's box and do their program and get yourself into the best shape of your life. While you are getting into crossfit shape, you can learn the marketing, business side of the box..how to attract clients, how to keep clients happy, how to pay the bills, keep up with payroll and payroll taxes...the whole nine yards. Then move back to your hometown, lease a tilt up warehouse space, buy the equipment, and do the marketing and open for business.

Very important: Would you have as your primary care physician an overweight slug? Do you think any of the people you want to attract to your paleo box would stay if you were a slug? You have to look and perform the part.

Lots of videos on youtube showing amazing people in crossfit boxes doing amazing things.

Being self employed is not easy, but it is rewarding. Sometimes the employees make more than you will. But you keep building and keep your head screwed on straight and you will be a success.

You can market yourself as Paleo Crossfitter. Carb loaders need not apply.

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:07 AM

@Dexter, exactly. Thinking it away is a huge part of the process! I will not say that it fixes everything, but there's a big difference between glass half full and glass half empty. I'm a different person when I deal with my stress, confront my problems, and meditate towards a different me.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:32 AM

I'm located in Tel Aviv. There may be a group somewhere, but I still have chronic fatigue and crossfit isn't for me. Luckily, I'm not an overweight slug. I keep fit doing what I can do.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:40 AM

You stay here and when The Quilt has his blog up and running, I will bet that he will address CFS and what you need to do to reverse it. As long as you continue to think you have CFS, you will continue to have it. The thinking process is very powerful. Let it be powerful in a positive direction.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Dexter! How can I open crossfit anywhere when I can't even do crossfit??? Maybe next lifetime. Thanks for the suggestion at any rate.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:20 AM

I don't live in the States and not moving anytime soon. I have chronic fatigue syndrome. Feeling better, I'm functional, but not cured. Doubt I could do crossfit and don't know if there is such a thing where I live.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 02, 2011
at 06:36 PM

CFS is not a mental disorder! Nor is it something that paleo can 100% reverse, I would bet.

Medium avatar

(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 07:13 AM

I'm an extremely positive person. That isn't my problem. But you have to be really careful that your belief in being positive doesn't turn into blaming the sick person for being sick. Latest studies show that CFS might be caused by a retrovirus (HIV is a retrovirus). You can do a hell of a lot to make yourself more healthy if you have HIV, but you can't positive think it completely away.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 02:55 PM

With Crossfit Herzliya being the only facility in Isreal, sounds like a wide open opportunity in Haifa. You maybe could have a chain of boxes all across Isreal http://www.crossfitherzliya.com/p/blog-page_9115.html

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 02:53 PM

http://www.crossfitherzliya.com/p/blog-page_9115.html

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:50 AM

http://whole9life.com/2011/03/whole30-success-stories-crossfit-herzliya-israel/ Crossfit in Israel

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Crossfit is worldwide. Google crossfit your city, country and see what you find out. What country?

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on June 03, 2011
at 11:34 AM

CFS sucks. Unfortunately I've never found a diet that has cured me.

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(1791)

on June 03, 2011
at 03:40 AM

if you can solve a problem for a niche market, you can make money.

however imo, i would be much more impressed by someone who totally cured their CFS and then helped at least 1 other person cure theirs.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on July 10, 2011
at 11:37 AM

Yeah, I like the idea of specializing in CFS- people love to get help from someone who has done it themselves first.

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on June 02, 2011
at 06:40 PM

You might consider doing meal replacement for Paleo people. Every week people could come to your website and order meals, you shop pack and deliver the goods either ready to go (for say a tapanade) or with cooking instructions (for searing meat).

That way you could make use of the advantages of bulk buying and direct from farm sourcing, but eliminate the time and care required to do that properly and to meal plan.

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on June 02, 2011
at 05:13 AM

Sure Why not????

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(3029)

on June 02, 2011
at 05:18 AM

Um... gonna need something more specific than that. Like how can I actually make money from it? I have an expensive diet to support. :)

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