We had the good fortune of connecting with Lori Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lori, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have always been interested in nutrition and the science behind it and combined that with my passion for helping people. Chronic diseases are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths in the U.S., killing more than 1.7 million Americans each year. I saw a need for health coaches in both the private and public sector. There is so much information on diets, nutrition, exercise, etc and most people don’t have the time to distill that information so they wind up frustrated and confused. As well, most doctors have little to no knowledge of nutrition and don’t consider it when treating patients.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a certified health coach specializing in digestive issues. I teach my clients how simple lifestyle modifications can help them live healthier lives. My clients come to me with a range of concerns from weight loss, anxiety, sleep deprivation, food sensitivities, digestive disorders and nutrition advice. Although I do not prescribe medication or treat/diagnose disease, I can work in tandem with health care providers to get optimal results. I am a guide on the side cheering my clients on every step of the way to help them achieve their health goals. My open mind and passion for knowledge keeps me relevant with the times as new science is evolving in areas like longevity, immunity and the gut/brain connection that intrigue me. The hard science now proves the strong relationship between food and good health and I am exploring these findings with my clients. Iv’e learned that patience, perseverance and passion go a long way in this field. It’s easy to get discouraged and want to give up so it is vital to always know what your big vision is and allow that to pick you up and keep you on track. Right now in America, roughly 70% of the population is above optimal weight, 23.1 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 5 adults will have a diagnosable mental condition in any given year. These chronic conditions can be treated, maybe prevented and sometimes reversed through simple diet and lifestyle changes. I want to empower as many people as possible with the tools to help them live their healthiest lives.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since we are in the middle of a pandemic and still not able to gather in large groups safely I would spend our days together a little differently but every bit as much fun! We would hike a different trail everyday at the Apache Wash Trailhead since it is in the neighborhood and then we would stop at Flower Child and pick up healthy food to bring home for lunch. Since we both love to cook healthy meals we would check out the farmers market for the freshest produce, eggs & spices to purchase so we could cook at home and enjoy our meals on my patio. We would definitely drive to Chula’s Fish Market and purchase the freshest fish & seafood in town and grab a loaf of Noble Bread’s fresh sourdough loaf while we were there! A day trip to the Verde Valley to wine taste would be on the itinerary and would include a stop at Page Spring Cellars and then off to Jerome for the quirkiness of the town and to gift shop before heading to Cottonwood for a craft beer at State Bar and wood fired pizza from Pizzeria Bocce. Before our week concluded we would take a drive to the town of Cave Creek to do some antique shopping before stopping in for lunch at Local Johnny’s to take in the local charm and watch the Harley’s drive by.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to thank the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for teaching me the science behind nutrition and my hubby for encouraging me to pursue my passion. I also have to give a shoutout to Dr William Li for writing his brilliant book called Eat To Beat Disease and proving that food really is medicine.

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