During the past 27 years, we have certified over 130,000 health, nutrition and fitness professionals. Each month, we honor one of our outstanding alumni who uses what they have learned to inspire others and make a difference.
Meet our featured alumni of the month of June, Miral Al-Jubouria AFPA Certified Holistic Dietitian.
How did you initially become interested in health and fitness?
I believe I have always had a primary interest in health and fitness with my approach to wellness in a holistic way. I have always believed that it is not one thing that makes you healthy or unhealthy and that it is important to be aware of what you eat, your mental well-being, your healthy human connections, etc. About two years ago, I read How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greer, a book recommended by my sister Nihal, and the rest is history. Once I learned about a vegan diet and lifestyle, it immediately resonated, and the journey started from there and continues to evolve.
What degree did you choose, and why did you choose AFPA?
You have successfully completed the AFPA Certified Comprehensive Dietitian Certification. I researched and compared different options but in the end I chose AFPA because the nutrition certification being offered focuses on a mostly whole foods based diet, a vegan diet, which I believe in. For me, it was very important to pursue a certification based on the latest evidence-based nutrition and thus, make promoting and educating others ethical.
What was your career like before you became certified?
I am actually a business graduate with a double major in Marketing Communications and Communications Management with over ten years of corporate experience in Public Relations. I took time off for a few years after that to grow my family and then shifted industries.
What does your profession look like now?
Today, I’m involved in a few things, including vegan nutrition coaching and content creation.
What are your favorite parts of your career?
I love being able to help empower someone with their health, confidence, sanity, and overall quality of life.
How has being certified with the AFPA affected your life?
The initial aim of this degree was to benefit from my personal development and that of my immediate family, with the potential to pursue it as a career as well. It has definitely enhanced my knowledge, understanding and beliefs in the health benefits of a WFP-dominated diet. You’ve also given me the tools and credentials to help basically improve the way my family eats, train others, and craft recipes with healthy ingredients to create content to spread awareness of this diet in the Middle East.
Do you have any customer success stories you would like to share?
yes. My brother-in-law Zaid suffers from type 1.5 diabetes, and for the past 15 years he has constantly struggled with ever-increasing blood sugar levels, which has resulted in a constant increase in insulin and other heavy medications, weight gain, and general deterioration. health. He also suffered from heart attacks, despite his many efforts to eat a clean diet of carnivores.
When switching to a WFP diet and following his doctors responsibly, he was able to reduce his insulin dose by more than 60% after two weeks, with total HB1AC dropping from 6.5 to 5.4 after a year and a half. His basal insulin has dropped from 70 units to 28 units a day, his cholesterol has fallen by more than half, and he has now lost more than 15 kilograms in such a short period of time.
Today, over a year later, he is not only at his best with his diabetes, but he also continues to raise the bar and pursue more extraordinary goals with his overall health, including his food, fitness, sleep and many more positive lifestyle changes.
He has gone from a declining health person to a successful health enthusiast. Being able to change your life story is the greatest blessing of all.
What advice would you give others to consider becoming certified?
To make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons, whether for personal development or to pursue a career. This certification will definitely empower you with the knowledge and tools you need to deepen your understanding of WFP, and it is really up to you to choose the path you want to follow from here.