Danielle Gantt Trygstad, The DB Influence
Reading this interview again as I prep to post it seriously makes me want to open my window and say, “HEY! HEY! Everyone!! Listen to what she has to say!”
I love working with Danielle. She’s not just a health coach, but someone who has pulled herself out of a tough spot and now works everyday to help others do the same.
She’s an inspiration and I love her words. Read this interview and remember, anything is possible.
- Tell us about yourself. Who you are, where you're from and what you do!
Who am I, hmmmm?! Haha! Well, I'm lots of things to lots of people. First of all I am 39 years young (almost 40 in July, eeeekkkk) and a mama to 3 incredible humans who are my absolute everything!! I became a mom at the young age of 17 and have been devoted to my children, and motherhood, for basically as long as I can remember. I was born in Mpls, although we never stayed in one place for very long (like a year tops!). I have moved so much in my life that I don't really know where I grew up, I just say MN for the most part, although I have lived in New Jersey and Philadelphia, as well. From about 6th grade on I lived in the south metro and called Eagan, home. My upbringing was dysfunctional to say the least, and left many voids in my story. But it was also filled with love and laughter and good moments, too!
Being a single mom has been challenging, as you can imagine, and it has definitely shaped me into the woman I am today. I always say, my kids and I have done a lot of growing up together. I have always done it on my own, without a partner or father to help support me or the kids, so making sure I hustled to provide for them was my top priority. Needless to say it's not always been easy and putting myself first has never been an option but, I always made sure my kids were taken care of, loved and given the best life possible. I think about my circumstances back then, and the choices I made, and I think I did pretty damn good! There were surely many different paths I could have chosen, and I'm happy to say I'm proud of the ones did. All I ever wanted for my kids was better than what I had and better than what I could give them back then...it's one of the reason's I have always worked so hard in life!
About 5 years ago I met my best friend (and now husband) while working together at a family practice clinic in the south metro. He came into my life with 3 incredible children of his own, kids that I am lucky enough to be a bonus mom to. We have a big blended family and are trying to navigate that dynamic as best we can! As you can imagine it's not always easy, but it sure is a beautiful thing to be apart of. We purchased a home in Eagan almost two years ago, and half the brood is with us 100% of the time...and the other half on alternating weekends and one evening a week. To say we are busy would be an understatement! Haha!
I have gone to a lot of schooling and college in my life...I was a licensed cosmetologist for 12 years, took courses to become a railroad conductor, pre-reqs for nursing and have been a certified medical assistant for the past 15 years. Most recently however I got my certification as a health coach, and it's what fills my life with passion and purpose. My husband and I are partners of a private practice clinic in Richfield-he is a family practice physician and I’m his CMA. We absolutely love working as a team and feel very blessed to be able to do what we love, together. It's been wonderful since becoming a health coach being able to incorporate nutrition and disease prevention into our practice. We are working to reverse disease and obesity one day at a time. The results are remarkable, and humbling!
- How did you get your start as a Health Coach?
For the past 12 years I have suffered, quite significantly, from IBS-d (chronic diarrhea), pancreatitis, gastrointestinal issues and terrible gerd. I also developed high blood pressure in 2017 that I had started taking meds for, and my depression and anxiety started to get out of control, as well. Like I previously mentioned I was a young mom, and I think from about the time I as 20 years old I have struggled with my weight, never understanding how to fuel my body properly or even how to go about navigating that process on my own. All of these things ultimately resulted in me having a very unhealthy relationship with food. Couple that with multiple medical problems, depression/anxiety and you have a recipe for disaster. I had previously tried MANY different weight loss programs, medications, work out plans, trainers and even some other nonconventional tactics that never brought upon results, and if anything, resulted in me gaining more weight than what I may have started out at.
In Sept 2018 I was introduced to a healthy lifestyle program, that unbeknownst to me at the time, would ultimately change the course of my health and my life! Since starting that program 8 months ago I have lost a total of 50lbs, am IBS-D symptom free, off all blood pressure meds, depression meds, anxiety meds, heartburn and GERD meds and feel like I have been given a fresh shot at life! I am learning how to fuel my body properly, and my families...I have tons of energy, more patience, sleep amazing, and am actually learning what it means to love oneself...which is something I don't think I've ever done before. I am, for the first time in my life, putting Danielle first...and understanding that is OK!!!
This program very seriously saved my life....and I am so passionate about it, and everything it stands for, that I got my certification as a health coach so I can help guide others on their very own healthy lifestyle journey, and hopefully be a part of someone else's transformation much like my own! I was never raised going to church or having a very solid relationship with God, but what I can tell you is this, I really feel that something greater than me lead me to this program and it was 100% meant for me in every way! I have never felt closer to God or the Holy Spirit in all my life! It's actually kinda strange to be honest, but I like it! And I feel like all the hell I have been through in my life, wasn't for nothing! I have, for as long as I can remember, been on a search for happiness...belonging, purpose. Well I have finally found it! I have purpose in everything I do now...and a calling to help others in anyway I can. Including me. :)
- What is the best part about running your own business?
The flexibility...being a busy mama I can virtually take my health coaching business with me anywhere I go! I am able to attend sporting events, choir concerts, parties, etc and never have to worry about missing out because of work. I have also travelled multiple times over the past 6 months and my clients never feel my absence. I am always a call or text away. Additionally I feel incredibly blessed to able to incorporate my health coaching into our medical practice...I love that my husband is 100% on board and supportive of the program and endorses it's nutrition, methods and models wholeheartedly.
- What is the greatest challenge that you face?
Feeling like I'm reaching people, without feeling like I'm selling something or being too forward. I have such a passion about what I do, and the amazing nutrition we have to offer, that I could quite literally shout about it from the rooftops... I know what we have to offer could help just about everyone. Whether you have 10 pounds to lose or 210, this program offers the best nutrition and education that I've ever seen! At times I feel like I'm not reaching anyone, or that I'm 'stuck'...maybe my attempts go unnoticed or I'm not presenting this gift in the right way or platform...but then I just pray and project that positive energy into the universe and wa-lah....it's what comes right back to me full circle. It's funny how life works that way...you get what you give...and your life, quite literally, is what you make of it! Energy is a huge thing to me and has a major impact in all I do. All I want to do is to be able to support my clients and love them as best I can, in whatever way they need me.
- When things get tough, where do you find inspiration to keep moving forward?
My kids! They are my world! They push me to be a better mom and human being...We have been together through it all! They have been my life-raft when, at times, I have quite literally been drowning. I always want to be an example for who they can look up to, and admire! I want them to be proud of me and know that I always did my best.
My husband! He is my rock and without him I would not be as incredible :) haha! He is totally the mac to my cheese! It's not always been easy with us, but what relationship is? I think for the first time I understand what it means to fight for what I have...I will never give up on us, even when times get rough. It's absolutely not an option. We are very different, but so much alike, as well! He lifts me up, encourages me and pushes me to keep going. He has held my hand through some pretty awful times, listened to me share my fears and held me while I cried. He has reassured me that with him, there is nothing to fear and he will be my rock through every good time and bad. He makes me feel safe and complete. And I am beyond blessed to have him in my life.
I also find a ton of inspiration in my clients...they are strong and hopeful and want a better way for their future. To be able to be a part of their journey is humbling and fulfilling and totally inspirational! I have felt so often like I have been on this quest for happiness, fulfillment....a purpose. And I can 100% say that I have found it with this business and the joy of health coaching. I am a tour guide to health, offering tips and tricks and words of wisdom and hope through the experiences I've gone through in my life. It's one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had! I have made some life-long friends, thanks to this program, and I really do feel blessed to have these incredible folks in my life.
Not long before I started this program I remember feeling very low, almost to the point of feeling like I didn't know if I wanted to carry on. I was sick and sad and felt defeated. I recall feeling like I wanted to go to the hospital several times in 2017 and 2018 because the thoughts I was having were unsafe...more fleeting than anything, but scary all the same. Since adopting these new healthy habits, it's also taught me many healthy things about mental health, and my outlook on life and the future, as well.
- Who is someone you admire the most and why?
I really admire my daughter Isabelle. She is 19 and concurring the world! She is everything I wanted to be a that age! Young, smart, beautiful and full of life! Isabelle has determination and drive like I've never seen, and does it all without complaint. This girl is a force to be reckoned with. lol She just finished her first year of college with good grades, and did it all while working two jobs and maintaining her social life. She is incredibly independent and has a great head on her shoulders. She inspires me every day to do better and strive for more! And that's exactly what I plan to do :) She is everything this world needs in our future generation! We need more Izzy's. :)))
- Tell us about your vision for the future? GO BIG, we want to root you on!
I have a vision to reach over 10,000 people by this time next year! I want to help reverse the obesity epidemic and start introducing people to a different way of living...and actually be a part of seeing them LIVE!! Food has a hold over too many folks and it's scary! My goal is to reach as many lives as I can through our healthy lifestyle program, and lead my clients to coaching others like I am! Anyone can do this...you just have to love people! The education this company offers and the team coaching approach is like none other! I feel so lucky to work with so many amazing 'world changers', and I truly desire to be one of them! Everyone deserves the gifts this program has to offer...whether it's simply to get healthy and live a more fulfilled life, or if its to do that AND coach others to health and earn a living, we offer it all!!
My dream is to be able to be a health coach fulltime and travel the world teaching others about health and wellness, and the way food should be used as fuel, all while being enjoyable. Our bodies need nutrition, not calories.
Podcast you can't get enough of:
Never listened to one (insert shocked face here) lol
Top 5 songs you keep on repeat:
PYT-MJ, Valerie-Amy Winehouse, Waiting for a Star to Fall-Boy Meets Girl, Gold-Kiiara, True Colors- Michelle Chamuel (from The Voice), Juicy-The Notorious B.I.G., Into the Mystic-Van Morrison, Man in the Mirror-James Morrison,
Your favorite social media platform:
I probably use Facebook the most and then Instagram. I wish I was more tech savvy...I think I need an assistant! haha
How do you fuel for the day?
With amazing nutrition from our company and a mix of healthy proteins, low glycemic veggies, healthy fats, and a positive attitude!! Oh and, LOTS of H20!!!
Final words of wisdom to other's out there building their business and brand? Floor is yours:
Don't give up!! There are going to be times of massive growth and success, and there will be times of wondering if what you're doing is worth it? Consistency is key. Being teachable, coachable and open to doing it a different way, are all things that you must be open to !! This is with all areas of your life...life is about growth. We all have the opportunity to grow...do better than the day before...We are in control of our actions and reactions to every thing...we are never stuck, just be willing to look for that available door to go through...sometimes in the most inconspicuous places.
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