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Macro Nutrition Coach


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Amanda Stegmann

Brief description of your background:

I’ve always been an active person. Track, yoga, kickboxing, dancing. I enjoy physical fitness and deeply admire the talent and athleticism displayed by my fellow coaches. While I enjoy exercise, I’ve also been interested in the scientific side of how our bodies function as well. This interest led me to Northeastern University where I earned my Master’s of Science in Nutrition, Specializing in Obesity and Eating Disorders. I implemented this knowledge during my career as a social worker and continued when I spent 4 years as the nutritionist for the largest HIV agency in New England counseling hundreds of patients with chronic illnesses and co-morbidities. These illnesses were complicated and deserved more individualized treatment so this year, I wrote and published a nutritionally focused cookbook to treat complications from chronic illness.

What were you doing before you started counting macros?

I was spoiled! I had one of those fortunate metabolisms that allowed me to eat whatever I wanted without gaining a pound. I did love my sweets! Then 30 happened. I now have to pay greater attention to the nutritional balance of what I’m putting in my body in order to nourish myself properly so that my body can perform at its highest potential and to ensure my health for the indefinite future. 80 year old me will certainly be grateful that the younger version of myself made sure I received the proper balance of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and mineral throughout my lifetime.

How has flexible dieting changed your life?

It a funny term because  I don’t consider flexible dieting to even be dieting at all. We don’t have to limit ourselves and itemize foods as good or bad or use the word “can’t.” It helps shape and influence my mindset to have an optimistic and healthy outlook on food, as long as a food fits the macronutrient need for my body, I go for it. And that has helped make healthy eating a joy and way of life rather than a chore.

What got you involved in the nutrition world and why did you become a coach?

After graduating college with a bachelor’s in psychology, I spent nearly 8 years working in the social work field. And noticed physical health wasn’t a factor in treatment. I’ve always had an interest and passion for nutrition and this professional experience motivated me to return to school where I earned my Master’s Degree to start doing something about it!  I believe there is a direct relationship between mental and physical health, and treating the whole person is what led me to coaching.

What is it you love most about helping people?

Success is not universally measurable. Not everyone will lose weight, become a competitive athlete, and end up the next Michael Phelps. But when I can have a positive effect on someone’s health be it small weight loss, an interest in eating healthier, or getting them to see their own strengths; the reward from that is invaluable.

Best success story from client relationship:

I’ll never forget this one man who found out he had type II diabetes; with an A1C of over 14! He was so scared his life was over, but we worked together and started a new diet plan that he committed to. He reversed the damage and has now maintained an A1C of 5.6 for 2 years. I provided the knowledge and he used it. He was the reason for his success. And I hope that can happen to many more like him.

How do you motivate and inspire people?

I’m just a regular person so I could only hope to inspire people and therefore could never say “how”. But I do know I can motivate! I use a strength-based approach, never shame or criticize. You know you best, and I’m grateful to have someone value my contributions. I will do anything to help. We’re in it together!

Macro Nutrition Coach


Amanda Stegmann

Brief description of your background:

I’ve always been an active person. Track, yoga, kickboxing, dancing. I enjoy physical fitness and deeply admire the talent and athleticism displayed by my fellow coaches. While I enjoy exercise, I’ve also been interested in the scientific side of how our bodies function as well. This interest led me to Northeastern University where I earned my Master’s of Science in Nutrition, Specializing in Obesity and Eating Disorders. I implemented this knowledge during my career as a social worker and continued when I spent 4 years as the nutritionist for the largest HIV agency in New England counseling hundreds of patients with chronic illnesses and co-morbidities. These illnesses were complicated and deserved more individualized treatment so this year, I wrote and published a nutritionally focused cookbook to treat complications from chronic illness.

What were you doing before you started counting macros?

I was spoiled! I had one of those fortunate metabolisms that allowed me to eat whatever I wanted without gaining a pound. I did love my sweets! Then 30 happened. I now have to pay greater attention to the nutritional balance of what I’m putting in my body in order to nourish myself properly so that my body can perform at its highest potential and to ensure my health for the indefinite future. 80 year old me will certainly be grateful that the younger version of myself made sure I received the proper balance of protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and mineral throughout my lifetime.

How has flexible dieting changed your life?

It a funny term because  I don’t consider flexible dieting to even be dieting at all. We don’t have to limit ourselves and itemize foods as good or bad or use the word “can’t.” It helps shape and influence my mindset to have an optimistic and healthy outlook on food, as long as a food fits the macronutrient need for my body, I go for it. And that has helped make healthy eating a joy and way of life rather than a chore.

What got you involved in the nutrition world and why did you become a coach?

After graduating college with a bachelor’s in psychology, I spent nearly 8 years working in the social work field. And noticed physical health wasn’t a factor in treatment. I’ve always had an interest and passion for nutrition and this professional experience motivated me to return to school where I earned my Master’s Degree to start doing something about it!  I believe there is a direct relationship between mental and physical health, and treating the whole person is what led me to coaching.

What is it you love most about helping people?

Success is not universally measurable. Not everyone will lose weight, become a competitive athlete, and end up the next Michael Phelps. But when I can have a positive effect on someone’s health be it small weight loss, an interest in eating healthier, or getting them to see their own strengths; the reward from that is invaluable.

Best success story from client relationship:

I’ll never forget this one man who found out he had type II diabetes; with an A1C of over 14! He was so scared his life was over, but we worked together and started a new diet plan that he committed to. He reversed the damage and has now maintained an A1C of 5.6 for 2 years. I provided the knowledge and he used it. He was the reason for his success. And I hope that can happen to many more like him.

How do you motivate and inspire people?

I’m just a regular person so I could only hope to inspire people and therefore could never say “how”. But I do know I can motivate! I use a strength-based approach, never shame or criticize. You know you best, and I’m grateful to have someone value my contributions. I will do anything to help. We’re in it together!