What’s Health Coaching?
Becoming healthy is all the rage these days. Many Americans, disillusioned by the onslaught of the Pharmaceutical industry, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), and the Media’s barrage of reminders about our country’s steady hill climb of obesity and diet-related diseases (Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.), have begun to look for ways to step out of the cycle of malady and poor health and into a lifestyle that will prevent the worst from happening later down the road.
What many people are learning, though, is that making long-term changes to one’s diet, physical activity, and lifestyle is usually easier said than done. With the popularity of fad diets and our willingness to shell out the bucks for the newest promise of flat abs in 30 days, a lot of us in Western Society are not equipped with the mentality of “long-term” anything. As a result, we are struggling to make the changes we know on an intellectual level to be necessary to avoid disease and impaired health, as we get older.
This is where the Health Coach steps in.
Health Coaching is different from traditional medical advice in that it works to map out the steps required to make healthy changes that are both successful and lasting. A Health Coach offers individualized assessments, guidance, and support to people based on their unique goals, schedules, and health concerns. Another thing that makes a Health Coach unique, is that she helps the client dig to the root causes of their health concerns, often uncovering hidden factors in other areas of the person’s life.
For example, if a you are dealing with low energy, the Health Coach may help you discover that poorly managed stress at work is affecting your sleep and causing fatigue during the day, or that a negative personal relationship is impacting a positive outlook and leading to mental drain. Whatever the individual situation may be, a Health Coach works step-by-step with you over time to address all areas of life inhibiting change. Not just diet and exercise but also stress levels, career, sleep, relationships, personal fulfillment, and self-image, amongst others.
Even a person who regularly visits their medical doctor does not get the sort of attention and support that a Health Coach provides. Instead of prescribing a medication or recommending a generic health program, a Health Coach focuses on you, your needs, and your personal health.
When was the last time you talked with someone about your health and received the personal attention you deserve?
It’s rare for anyone to get an hour to work on their nutrition and goals with a trained professional. As a Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve all of your health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you.
Most approaches to nutrition dwell on calories, carbs, fats, proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline. No one diet works for everyone. I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. I will also help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.