What is health coaching?
A Health Coach is a supportive mentor that works with you to help you feel your best through food and lifestyle changes. This is done by tailoring individualized wellness programs to meet your specific health goals.
It’s helpful to think of health coaching as a cross between a number of modern health practices. Envision a therapist’s approach that allows you to talk through your challenges, with a nutritionist’s approach helping to hold you accountable, crossed with a trainer’s approach of creating an individualized plan for you.
As a health coach I support you through the process of defining and achieving your goals and then by working together to create a sustainable and achievable action plan.
Who is it for?
If your goals are any of the following, I can help:
Feel better in your body
Overcome emotional eating
Beat food obsession
Improve endurance and sleep patterns
Typically, someone who is set on getting to/maintaining a healthy weight is quick to look into health coaching. That said, people often take it one of two ways. Either weight loss is the entry point, and soon they find there are other parts of life that could use a tune-up: stress management, sleep routines, personal relationships. Alternatively, a person might start out looking for a new food plan and end up transforming their entire relationship with food.
How can a health coach help me?
The time of having to do it all yourself is in the past. Programs like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig offer support, but miss the opportunity to provide individualized guidance. Nutritionists will offer more personal advice, but then you are on your own.
Preventative care is not a one-size-fits-all thing, nor should it be. A good coach can help finetune your process along the way, cheering you on, gently but firmly holding you accountable to your own goals in the process.
Can you give an example of behavioral changes you see as a coach?
It differs per individual, that’s what makes this work so amazing--it’s personalized to your health goals! For some, they really need the educational component of learning the effects of sugar or caffeine on the body. For others, their healing process begins with just being heard and validated in the daily struggle to live a healthy lifestyle. Still others are learning to connect to the body and break the cycle of unconscious eating by becoming more embodied and mindful. It is so important to honor each person’s food story by meeting them where they are.
What are your specific qualifications?
I received my certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which focuses on the study of over 150 dietary theories in order to better understand the pros and cons of each. What you find out is that as a culture we underestimate the importance of being our own healer. We have come to love being told what to do! However, there is simply no one quick answer. We need to become willing to attune with, trust, and listen to the body.
What’s your coaching style?
I have been exploring wellness all my life, while on my personal mission to evolve. Before learning to become a health coach, I studied addiction recovery, yoga, and other modalities that center on getting healthier and happier. What that means is that I consider myself a space holder for anyone looking to find freedom from food struggles. I start from a place of compassion. Most of us have been beating ourselves up for years, with no benefits or results from that approach.
Regardless of the core issue, whether it be emotional eating, food obsession, binging/restricting or general fatigue, we have to dig up the root of the problem in order to address it in a worthwhile way. I encourage the teaching by Brene Brown, “loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do”.
What motivated you to get into health coaching?
Healing my own relationship with food happened gradually over time. I used to be a yo-yo dieter, at my heaviest I struggled with real health issues related to body weight. The journey to being healthier, and getting comfortable in my skin, included lots of help from qualified professionals in the field. I had to come into a new relationship with food, and myself. Self-care tools such as movement and seated meditation replaced old habits that no longer served me. I realized my transformation was a gift, one that I could share with others.
Discover Health offers various programs to suit your unique needs. Three to six month packages are recommended, since they allow for sustainable change. Contact us today to learn more.