Why health Coaching?
"The Importance of Health Coaches in Combating Chronic Disease"
“Health coaches support patients in making lasting diet, lifestyle, and behavior changes, free up physician time, and improve patient outcomes.”
“…most doctors, nurses, and physician assistants aren’t trained in behaviour change. Instead, they are trained in the “expert” model of care, where they simply tell patients what to do and expect them to do it. This works when the patient is facing an acute health issue, but it fails miserably for long-term behavioural changes like managing stress, starting an exercise routine, or losing weight. For most people, information itself does not change behaviour. Behaviour change happens at home, not in the clinic.”
~ Chris Kresser
What is Health?
“Health is a state of resilience and positive gain, resulting from an individual’s ability to adapt to challenges in the totality of their bio-psycho-emotional-social-existential-spiritual environment throughout their lifetime.” ~ UKIHCA 2021
What is Coaching?
‘…coaches aid clients in creating visions and goals for ALL aspects of their lives and in creating multiple strategies to support achieving those goals. Coaches recognise the brilliance of each client and their personal power to discover their own solutions when provided with support, accountability, and unconditional, positive regard.’ ~ Patrick Williams
‘Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. ……. ‘The underlying philosophy behind coaching is that we humans have immeasurable resources of energy, wisdom, ability and genius waiting to be set in motion. We can create the life we want faster and more easily by partnering with a coach who helps us utilise these resources to facilitate change and realise our potential.’ ~The Institute for Life Coach Training
What is Health Coaching?
‘Wellness coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behaviour change by challenging a client to develop their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action.’
Health coaching connects the dots between YOUR present situation and YOUR wellness vision and helps YOU bridge the gap by taking results-focused, measurable steps that work for YOU.
Your coaching program evolves with YOU. It is not a cookie-cutter template plan that is set in stone. Quite the opposite. The sessions reflect YOUR current life and situation, taking into account YOUR habits, desires, vision and areas that YOU need more support with. Every session ends with YOU having clear, low-stress points to action that build upon one another. It’s the small, sustainable actions that create momentum and facilitate the big changes over time.
What does Holistic Health Coaching cover?
Holistic health coaching covers all pillars of health & wellbeing – body, mind and soul:
FOOD – physical food, thoughts, beliefs
LIFESTYLE – habits, movement, sleep, stress, career satisfaction, joy, spirituality (as relevant), life experiences (as applicable)
ENVIRONMENT – relationships & social life & physical home environment
What type of Health Coaching do you offer?
I practice a holistic, functional and sustainable approach to health and wellbeing.
Holistic – our body functions as a whole organism. Yes, we do know about the different organs & systems and their specific functions, but they all work together in synergy. This means that most of the time imbalances do not just concern one particular area (despite us feeling discomfort in that particular area). Mind, body and emotions are super tight buddies too.
Functional – it’s important to find out why we feel unwell, unhappy & unbalanced and get to the root cause, rather than just address surface level symptoms. Putting a plaster on the problem will only ever bring temporary relief whilst the issue continues to persist and/or get worse.
Sustainable – the best results, that last, are experienced when changes happen gradually and with minimal stress. Our body and mind need time to integrate the new and let go of the old. There is not much point in making drastic changes for 2 weeks, then crash (get fed up, exhausted, fatigued, overwhelmed etc.) and go back to our old habits. The pull of the old structure, aka the path of least resistance, is strong!
Does Health Coaching focus only on food?
Not at all. We are dynamic human beings and there is much more to optimal health than physical food.
Food can be a great starting point for most people and it is a VERY important piece of the wellness puzzle, but solely focusing on it is never enough. There are plenty of people eating healthily that are sick, miserable, unwell and unhappy.
What foods can I eat if I choose to work with a Health Coach?
This is and will ALWAYS be up to You.
We are aiming for the ‘sweet spot’ with food. That oasis where your body feels nourished, energised and works at its best, which will be largely down to the foods you eat. You know what they are (or will find out). They serve you well and you’re at peace. Your mind is not occupied with meals, diets, calories, shoulds and should not’s. You have the mental clarity, zest & vitality to focus on what’s truly important to you in life. And you have the physical strength to match it. Yes, this is the sweet spot and it is different for everybody.
Does Health Coaching promote a specific diet?
Absolutely NOT. We are all unique and there is no one way of eating that works for all. Health Coaching honours the individual in YOU and YOUR unique body, needs, desires and life circumstances.
There are plenty of foods, tools and lifestyle rituals that would be perfectly suited for YOU at this stage of your life journey.
Will I be asked to follow advice, plans, programs etc. I may not agree with?
Absolutely not. In fact, you will never be ‘asked’ or ‘told’ what to do. The coaching sessions are a safe and nurturing environment to:
- Fully focus on YOU, YOUR needs and YOUR way of wanting to do things
- Explore different ideas and suggestions that may work for YOU
- Think without any distractions
- Get in touch with YOUR needs
Do the coaching sessions follow a specific coaching program?
Not at all. Unlike group programs, one on one coaching is fully tailored to YOU and what YOU need at any specific moment in time. There are no rules. If you want to focus on finding ways to successfully deal with stress three sessions in a row then that’s what we are doing.
You’re in the driver’s seat. I’ll run with you, but you set the pace.
Do I need to invest in pre-prepared shakes and powders so I can achive optimal health and weight?
A big fat NO. Contrary to what the multi-billion pound health industry and all sales representatives will have you believe, you do not need ‘special’ shakes and ‘magical’ meal replacements to be healthy and well. NOTHING can substitute real, wholesome food ingredients and a healthy relationship with food.
In fact, most of these so-called ‘healthy’ shakes, bars and concoctions are far from healthy – think processed ingredients our bodies don’t recongnise and unnecessary additives – and they can do a lot of harm to our physical and mental health when taken long-term.
What happens during the coaching sessions?
Session content varies, and it is unique for everyone. It depends on where YOU are at and what is important to YOU.
The sessions loosely follow a structure of addressing your concerns, what works well for you, identifying your ideal end result and together coming up with ideas for practical, sustainable and effective changes that are low stress and not too complex to implement.
Since I am also a Functional Wellness Practitioner, fully trained in the principles of Functional Medicine, the sessions have some elements of education. Our work together involves a deep dive into how YOUR body functions, which is blended within the coaching structure. See the HOW I WORK section of the My Story page here for more information.
You leave the session having chosen one or two areas to focus on, and this builds upon the previous actions steps, as appropriate.
Do I need Health Coaching if there is a lot of information available online and in books?
We live in a world of information – articles, blog posts, books, interviews, podcasts, social media shares, programs, You Tube videos etc. And a big chunk of it is free. We all have access to knowledge, more than we’ve ever had. Yet we are all overloaded and quite confused about what to do with it.
We don’t necessarily need more information, but CORRECT & APPLICABLE information, insights, tailored support, and loving communities. What is largely missing is the STRUCTURE of applying the information. Random bits of info typically make little sense and don’t tend to lead to results.
Functional wellness covers the correct information applicable to the specific person. Health coaching is about creating the desires transformation.
- Creating a safe space for being, thinking, exploring what matters to YOU
- Offering a loving, supportive environment
- Setting up a structure of support and accountability
- Building awareness about all things health and wellness
- Helping YOU navigate through information vital to You
What can I expect to achieve with Health Coaching?
Health coaching helps YOU create a foundational structure for optimal health for YOU. You feel empowered and in control of YOUR health. As a general outcome, you can expect to:
- Create a way of living and eating that hits the right spot for YOUR unique body and life
- Deepen YOUR understanding of YOUR body’s nutritional needs and how food affects YOU
- Gain clarity and knowledge around food – how, what, when, etc.
- Discover lifestyle habits that work for YOU and those that are not so helpful
- Uncover what stress means for YOU and how to deal with it
- Become aware of areas in YOUR life that you need to bring more balance in
- Understand what safe movement can do for YOU and YOUR body
- Find out more about how YOU can achieve optimal sleep
- End the confusion around health and learn how to navigate health information with ease
Can you guarantee that Health Coaching will work for me?
Health Coaching transforms lives. It can transform anyone’s life. That’s a fact.
The catch? Coaching (as with most things in life) only works if you do. You get out of it what you put in.
As most of the changes happen outside of the coaching sessions, I can’t guarantee that you will take action towards creating your desired outcomes, and I cannot influence your actions in any way. YOU are in the driver’s seat, and YOU have the power to change your reality. Not much will change unless you take the appropriate, consistent action steps.
I can guarantee that during our time together, you will have everything you need in the form of resources, support and accountability to make changes happen. You will see results if you choose to play full out and take action. The results will be specific to YOU and based on YOUR unique goals, the pace of making changes and your current state of health.
Is there support between the live sessions?
You have access to me via a messaging platform within your private app. You may ask clarifying questions about a topic that was discussed during the sessions, or share updates and reach out for extra encouragement. You are never on your own.
Does Health Coaching replace my doctor’s advice?
Not at all. You should always continue to work with your prescribing medical practitioner (if you have one) and bring any doctor’s recommendations to the sessions so we can find the best way (for you) to implement them.
Health Coaching combined with Functional Medicine Principles helps YOU create a solid foundational structure for optimal health. Illnesses & diseases thrive in a compromised environment. Health Coaching enables you to create the right internal and external environment for YOU to thrive in, in the form of lifestyle habits and practices with the aim to reduce the need to seek medical help as often. Robust health (see question #1) repels disease.
In that sense, Health Coaching partly acts as a preventative measure. In contrast, medical treatments and advice typically happen after YOU get sick (Health Coaching helps with implementation here along with lifestyle changes).
‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ Benjamin Franklin
‘If a fish is sick you change the water not the fish.’
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