Health Coach

Online coaching packages for busy people – Available now!

I am pleased to announce that I have received my Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification to add a new dimension to my health coaching practice. The beauty of this program and coaching methodology is that it can be applied towards anyone whether they are just starting on their health journey or an experienced fitness enthusiast. Everything is customized based on where you are today – and where you want to be in the future.

I now have openings for my 12-month online coaching package.

This program is for you if:

  • You are tired of the diet merry-go-round
  • You’ve tried everything to lose weight and don’t know what you are doing wrong
  • You’ve had it with counting calories
  • You’re sick of food rules
  • You want to eat better without dieting and feeling deprived
  • You are ready to take control of your health
  • You want to get more active but need some motivation

This program is for you if you want to become a better version of yourself.

If you’re ready to start making gradual changes and building new healthy habits, this online coaching program may be for you! Every day, new lessons will be delivered to your email box providing guidance for achieving sustainable health improvements. Learn new habits for mindful eating, time-management, self-compassion and self-care, and persistence and consistency.

Your busy schedule doesn’t have to get in the way. Spending just a few minutes a day can help transform your approach to health and wellness, with long-lasting results. Interested in learning more? Let’s talk!

 

 

Balance, Goals, Health Coach, Integrative Nutrition

Readiness, in 2 parts

I’ve been wanting to write about readiness for a while, from both the client perspective and the coaching perspective. So here goes…

Navigating change can be exciting and terrifying at the same time, but like all things, you get out of a given situation what you put into it.

When I first start working with clients, we establish an understanding of expectations. Clients make a commitment to be coachable, to be open to new foods, concepts and exercises, to eat nourishing foods, to finding a balance between work and play, to give gratitude, and so forth. I commit to them that I will provide guidance, encouragement, and accountability in addition to information. Seems like a fair deal.

Sometimes people just aren’t ready. You need to be ready to change some things. When someone comes to me for weight loss, but doesn’t want to make changes, you have to just ask, “So how has what you’ve been doing been working for you?” I will be honest with people, that they have to put in the work to reap the benefits. And that the rewards don’t come overnight. What I offer are recommendations for small, sustainable changes, that can be incorporated over a six month period of time, or longer if needed. Expecting overnight results just isn’t realistic, and if someone is promising that, I’d seriously question what they are offering.

My clients who have made the most progress started off ready for change. They understood expectations about doing the work, about setting goals and working towards them, about digging deep to understand the “why” of their goals, and to honestly look at their nutrition and lifestyle to examine where opportunities for improvement exist. So yes, you need to be ready to commit to do the hard work.

The second part of this is my readiness as a coach. I’ve now completed my full year curriculum with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have embraced this program fully from the start and am proud of my accomplishment of sticking to my goal of graduation and having actual clients that I can nurture through change. My initial “why” for doing this was two-fold: 1. I wanted to share everything I learned through my own health journey and help people begin their own path. 2. I wanted an exit strategy from my day job to be a full time health coach.

I am accomplishing the first goal by providing support to family and friends, through my own surgeon’s bariatric support group, and with my own clients – all of which who have blossomed before my eyes in such a rewarding way. The second — well, I decided I am not quite ready to make the leap into full time. I spent sometime over the past few weeks reflecting on what I have learned through education and through my work as a coach. Right now, working with several clients at the moment, I am fulfilling my goal to help others. My plan to continue working at my day job is partly due to fiscal responsibility, but it also seems like I am striking the balance I want. I’m making a commitment to put off retirement for the time being (this will be a newsflash to some!).

In other news, I am continuing my education by embarking on a new certification in Sports and Exercise Nutrition through Precision Nutrition, which is challenging and fascinating! I am learning all of the physiological and scientific information about nutrition, metabolism, digestion, absorption, and more! I’ll be sharing what I learn along the way and will be announcing some new coaching opportunities shortly!

Do you have a similar experience about your own readiness? Please share!

 

Health Coach, nutrition

Are you ready to change?

I was at a party over the weekend and was talking about my health coach business, and the question came up about whether I could help someone eat better. It was a trick question.

The truth is that someone needs to be willing and open to making changes, no matter how big or small. Thinking about some simple things like adding in more water and greens and crowding out fast food and processed food. Those simple suggestions were met with resistance.

That tells me the person doesn’t really want help, or is not willing to commit to the changes he needs to make. Yet.

How do you know you are ready? Every journey needs to start with a single step. Maybe “lifestyle transformation” is too overwhelming. With the help of a health coach, small changes can happen over time that will eventually add up to bigger transitions. Still, you have to be willing to let go of all preconceived notions and be willing to trust the process.

Not everyone is there. And that’s okay. I will continue to model the behaviors in my own journey and hope he comes around. My nature, I’m a fixer. But I am learning not everyone wants to be helped or is ready to do the hard work.

Are you ready? Contact me to learn more about my coaching approach.