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Conversations with the Inspiring Marian Mitchell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marian Mitchell.

Marian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story begins with a desire to be thin and constantly restricting calories and exercising 2+ hours a day. I struggled with psoriasis, asthma, and debilitating migraines during this time as well. After college, I was on a quest to learn how to get truly healthy. To me, this meant not having to constantly track calories, spend 2 hours a day at the gym, and most importantly, not dependent on medications to make it through each day.

A friend of mine introduced me to a concept called “Eating Clean.” This is where you eat as minimally processed food as possible. She was thin, had great skin, and had recovered from some severe health problems herself, so I was in. I also started reading every nutrition book I could get my hands on. I eventually tried pretty much every dietary lifestyle out there until I found the one that worked for me. On this journey, I stumbled upon the school “Institute for Integrative Nutrition” and loved their approach to diets and health. Their unique approach is bio-individuality. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another.

I decided to go back to school to become a Certified Health Coach with IIN. It was an amazing experience and I hit the ground running upon graduation. Not only was I able to reverse my health conditions and get off all medications, but I also had so many resources at my disposal to continue learning while I was helping people makeover their health. During my time in school, my dad and infant daughter were diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. Due to this, I started studying under the leading experts in autoimmune disease and living out my life following their guidance. Naturally, this drew people to me going through the same stuff.

What I found was that people would read the books and listen to interviews with the experts, but struggled with making their advice work in their busy lives. It was great in theory but actually incorporating into real life was a huge struggle. This is the gap that I build the bridge between in my coaching practice. With realistic and practical meal plans, shopping lists, and easy-to-follow recipes, plus coaching support, my clients have been able to put their symptoms into remission and live full lives.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road. I don’t think any road is truly smooth when it comes to business. When I started, I was a single mom with a 4-year-old and infant, a day job, and no family living nearby to be able to help. I was up late practically every night working, meeting with clients, creating recipes, and cleaning, plus up throughout the night nursing an infant. The sleep deprivation was awful.

I was trying to do it all, all at once and completely burnt myself out. About a year and a half in, I almost threw in the towel. I had no desire to continue to push so hard and get so little in return. I knew with the way my life was that business growth would be slow but this was too slow.

The best thing I ever did was to join a networking group and hire a business coach. Both were instrumental in finding work/life balance, which brought the joy back, and the exponential growth of my business.

If you are just starting your journey, my best advice is to hire a business coach. They will help you hustle in the right direction so your business grows, thus making you money, without burning yourself out. Also to be flexible. The end goal will stay the same but the path to get there won’t look anything like you imagine. Go with the flow and watch how amazing the journey is.

What should we know about Road to Living Whole? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I LOVE talking about my work. As a health coaching practice, Road to Living Whole specializes in working with people who need to be on specialized diets. The ones where there are a lot of restrictions due to health problems. This includes diets for autoimmune disease, mold toxicity, histamine intolerance, Lyme disease, type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, severe IBS, and others.

What we do is give our clients the tools and support they need to make big changes quickly and easily so that they can recover their health. Even though they have a bunch of handouts telling them what to do, figuring out how to make it work in their lives, without completely consuming it, is the biggest hurdle. We cut down the steep learning curve from months, or often years, to just a few weeks. It is my biggest joy to hear them tell me, “I knew all the pieces but you put them all into place and make it easy.” It took me seven years to figure it out myself, our mission is to cut that dramatically for our clients.

What sets us apart from others? There are so many great coaches out there. What we do different is this, we partner with our clients and their team of doctors and dieticians to help them truly recover their health and keep it for life. When people have the foundation of what they need to do down, are empowered with the tools they need to have control of their health and have a supportive team, magic happens. Seven years in practice and I have former clients who tell me they are still living the way that I taught them because I made it easy. That is what it’s all about.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
Definitely! I”m an Army Brat. We moved every 2-3 years until I started high school. It was not easy at the time but looking back, it was an incredible blessing. Through it, I learned how to make friends anywhere, have a flexible thinking style, and am not afraid of change.

Not many people can say that these are things they are willing to do, let alone embrace. I know that no matter what happens in life, it will work out. If something isn’t working, I’m not afraid to change it. If a person in my life is holding me back, I’m not afraid to see them less often and go out and make new friends who can grow with me. It has definitely set me up for success.


  • Initial 30 minute consults are free.
  • Meal plans without any coaching are $69
  • Coaching sessions start at $150
  • We offer a variety of coaching packages at different price points

Contact Info:

  • Address: 8962 E Desert Cove Suite 110
    Scottsdale Arizona 85260
  • Website:
  • Phone: 602-688-4745
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @mairmitchell
  • Facebook: @roadtolivingwhole

Image Credit:
Denise Karis Photography for the profile image (kitchen with colorful food)
Francesca Navarro for images with kale and cooking

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