“Each of you is perfect the way you are … and you can use a little improvement.”
Eat less fat, oh wait, I mean more fat..wait, which kind of fat is good again?!
This is why we need health coaches. The health coaching field has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years and for good reason. There is so much information and many inaccurate “facts” in the media that it is nearly impossible to know what is real and what is truly important. Health coaches sift through the real information to find what works best for every individual. As a health coach, I know there are some different definitions, but there is a common goal of helping people heal and prevent illness through food and positive lifestyle habits.
Health coaches help you learn how to be healthy, which includes teaching new ideas, guidance, support, encouragement, and motivation. Improving your health is a very personal and individual process that requires patience, trial and error, and a commitment from yourself and your coach.
What does a health coach do?
I look at health coaching as an art. It’s the art of creating your amazing health through food and lifestyle habits that meld with who you already are. When you don’t feel well every day or when your doctor tells you to ‘get healthier’, a health coach will help you figure out the HOW. How do you fit more vegetables into your day? How do you make time for exercise or meditation? How do you make powerful positive changes that fit you? Which changes will benefit you the most?
The health coach will support you to make challenging changes, such as reducing sugar or caffeine, and will be there for you when you’re struggling or overwhelmed. Making lifestyle changes can be very difficult, but having someone by your side, supporting you unconditionally, will help you succeed.
Equally important, having a health coach will hold you accountable to your goals. It is too easy to let goals go or to keep saying ‘tomorrow I’ll start’. Having someone encouraging you, guiding you, and keeping you accountable to your goals will help you achieve them.
Why work with a health coach?
Doing new things on your own is so much more difficult. Would you attempt to build your house with your own two hands, a few books and articles from mainstream media? Highly unlikely, right? So what try to build your best life with these resources? Working with a coach allows you to work one-on-one with a master in their field. They guide you to what you need, encourage you to keep going when it gets tough, and support you in a way that family and friends can’t. A coach-client relationship is a partnership more than anything else. You are partnering in the journey to reach your health and wellness goals, which a very special kind of relationship.
Just some of the benefits of working with a coach:
- have someone who is truly vested in your success as much as you are.
- find techniques, ideas and strategies that you wouldn’t have thought of.
- have not only a coach, but a mentor and a source of knowledge available to you for all your questions.
- have constant support to make the changes you need in your life.
- get to your goals MUCH quicker and easier
How do you choose a coach?
Choosing a health coach is a personal decision, just like choosing a doctor, a therapist, or a mentor. While there are many great coaches, you should focus on a few things to make sure you find the right coach for you.
Philosophy – What does your coach believe? What do they write or talk about? Do you agree with it or does it irk you?
Holisitic Viewpoint – they believe in a holistic view of health and life. Our health cannot be whole by focusing on only one aspect of life (such as only food or only spirituality), so it is important to find someone who understands this, even if their practice focuses on just one aspect of health.
Experiences – what has their experience with health, etc. been? Can you relate to it? Do you want to walk similar path?
Training or education – A great coach does not need to be from a big-name school. It truly does not matter at all. However, it does matter that there is some form of training or continuing education to show that the coach is staying on top of relevant information, understands what coaching means, or has the expertise for your specific need (such as help with diabetes or mental issues).
Go with your gut. Most importantly, what does your gut say when you look at the coach’s website, articles, and videos? Do you feel a connection to the person, do you look forward to viewing their content?
More and more people are reaching out to health coaches for the guidance in sifting through all the nutrition noise and finding what really works for each individual person. Find a coach that you have a connection with or you admire in some way and book a trial session so you can meet without obligation. If a coaching relationship isn’t working, it’s ok, just find another coach that is a better fit.
The most important thing is to invest in your health so you can reach your goals quicker and live your life feeling great. Don’t be discouraged by the initial research of finding a coach or even some trial and error as you find the right fit. An investment in wellness is so important because your health is the foundation for everything else in life.
Since I’m sure your interested is piqued 🙂 , contact me for a free 30 minute call to start you on the right path to reach your goals.