You may have heard the term “health coach” pop up in nutritional circles and have seen it in magazines and articles. But I often find when I tell someone that I’m a health coach, that they have absolutely no idea what that even means. Health coaches are beginning to emerge in doctor’s offices, spas, gyms and private practices and offer services that fill gaps that desperately need to be filled in our health care system.
Let’s face it: it’s rare for anyone to get an hour to explore their health and life goals with a trained professional. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach I will do exactly that. I will empower you to take charge of your health and provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness.
Have you ever been given a list of “eat this, don’t eat that?” Have you tried making drastic changes to your diet, only to realise that they are unsustainable in the long run? Are you confused about one-size-fits-all approaches towards nutrition?
As health coaches, we help you implement small changes at a pace that’s comfortable for you so you can meet your health goals in the long run. Together we will navigate the world of contradictory nutrition and explore the correct food and exercise for you to truly honour your individual needs.
Here are some of the core principles of health coaching:
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. You can eat all the kale in the world, but if your primary foods aren’t taken care of, you will never be truly healthy and happy.
The concept of bio-individuality is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle and personal preferences.
Many nutrition experts give their clients a list of “good foods” and “bad foods”. My approach is different – by eating and drinking foods that are good for you, you will naturally have less room and desire for unhealthy foods. Simply put, you will “crowd out” the unhealthy food in your diet.
Cravings are there for a reason and shouldn’t be ignored. When you learn how to deconstruct your cravings and understand what they’re really trying to tell you, you will be able to reclaim a sense of balance and harmony.
Stefanie is a holistic health coach & the blogger behind Wholesome Stef. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, it is her goal to help others with their own struggles. Feel free to send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or read her personal story here, here and here. Check out how you can work with her and email her today for a free initial health history consultation.