The Health Coach Craze: Hip or Hoax?

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In our world, where the health of Americans is worsening daily despite the large amount of money spent on health care, high-tech medicine, and educational efforts, more and more people are jumping on the Health Coach bandwagon. As a Health Coach myself, I know the value as I see real life changes in my clients, who have gone from merely surviving in our hectic world to thriving.  One of the greatest benefits of the modern Health Coach is that statistics show coaching sessions over the phone tend to be more successful than in person. This means that we can get help and support from the comfort of our own home or office, without having to waste a precious lunch hour or fight traffic to get to an appointment.

Here are a few simple reasons why a Health Coach might be just what the doctor ordered:

1. You don’t understand why you’ve gained weight. 

Over the years the extra few pounds have stayed on you, but you are not eating any differently. There are many dietary changes that you need, but you don’t know where to start. A health coach will help you identify the easiest changes to make today that will make the biggest impact on your health.

2. You have cravings that you don’t know how to handle so you end up eating. 

You feel like you don’t have any control over the cravings so you just give in, every time, year after year. A health coach will help you identify the cause of the cravings and enable you to beat them.

3. The people around you are overweight or unhealthy. 

If your family and friends look like they are at an unhealthy weight or don’t feel healthy, you might be hanging around people who aren’t aware of what good nutrition changes are needed. A health coach can help you increase awareness around making good choices and not falling into the trap of eating like those around you.

4. You don’t have enough time for yourself and you are stressed out with family and work responsibilities.

There are only so many hours in a day and you simply don’t have any time to devote to yourself for pampering, exercise, or to cook. A health coach will help empower you to finally take care of yourself. If you suffer from stress, a health coach will teach you about the relationship between stress and chronic disease, how to reset your priorities, and how to get your life stressors under control.

5. Your family needs to eat better but you aren’t sure how to accomplish that with what you know or the time you have. 

There are cookbooks, diet books, commercials, restaurants, and products labeled “healthy” on the market, and you need to improve your and your family’s diet. That’s what a health coach is there for, to help you navigate the wealth of information available.

6. You are confused about whether meat, protein, carbs, dairy, produce, or GMO foods are healthy.

Every existing diet conflicts with every other diet. How can you tell what is healthy for you? A health coach will help you determine what foods are healthy for YOU and what will work for YOU. Understanding bioindividuality is key to success.

7. Nothing has worked before so you continue to gain weight or have chronic health issues. 

If you suffer from black and white thinking, chances are you have given up because nothing you have tried before worked. If you have gained weight, or if you are suffering from chronic health issues that are blood sugar-related, high cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation or arthritis, or other health issues, you may be able to improve your health quickly through food and nutrition. A health coach can help you wade through the mountains of nutrition research to figure out what works for you and your health.

8. A Health Coach focuses on your whole being. 

From exercise programming and nutritional guidance to support and motivation, health coaches take a holistic approach to working one-on-one and understand the science behind true behavior modification. With a focus on enhancing, preserving and maintaining health, and preventing illness, health coaches understand the emotional, physical, behavioral, nutritional and lifestyle factors that are needed to enhance overall health and well-being.

9. A Health Coach will teach you to become self-reliant.

While this may seem counterintuitive, the ultimate goal of a health coach is not to be the expert, but to help you to become self-reliant to increase YOUR motivation to adopt healthy habits.

YES! I want to know more. Schedule your first coaching session with me here today and take your first step to being the best YOU you can be.

(Adapted from Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT, Exercise Physiologist, American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Beth Carpenter, Mind Body Green, 2013.)

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