WHAT IS A HEALTH COACH?
Health coaching is an emerging and evolving field. If you’ve never heard about it, I promise you’re not the only one!
So, what even is a health coach? A health coach is the personal health advocate you never knew you needed.
Over the last 50 years, there’s been a significant rise in disease and a decline in society’s overall health. Much of the U.S. healthcare system is focused more on disease management than on disease prevention. Many of those who have made their way through the conventional medical system feel they need more guidance and support. Alternative health practitioners (such as health coaches) can provide that guidance and become a part of one’s healthcare team.
Today, there’s just as much dis-ease as there is disease. Countless people are overwhelmed and stressed, feeling unmotivated to pursue even the most desired of wellness goals.
Additionally, we’re constantly fed messages from a $70 billion dollar diet-culture, bombarding us with the newest quick-fix and latest fad diet. In particular, women are taught to believe that if they don’t fit a certain size, or look a certain way, it means something is wrong with us (especially women).
But how can we expect a one-size-fits-all diet to work for everyone? Spoiler alert- it won’t. Yet, many spend much of their lives yo-yo dieting, believing the calories in-calories theory is going to be the answer. When the diet fails, instead of blaming the approaches and diets, they blame themselves.
The key to sustainable, successful change is finding what works best for you. Everybody and every body is different. However, it can be incredibly overwhelming to know where or how to begin on your journey to a happier, healthier lifestyle.
Enter your health coach.
Health coaches work with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to facilitate and empower the client to achieve their self-determined goals for wellness. They help clients tap into their fullest potential by identifying patterns that may be contributing to health problems. Coaches encourage self-awareness and provide support throughout this process. A health coach is a personal guide on the path to making positive, sustainable change in the direction of your desired well being.
Here’s a quick metaphor: Think of a sports team and you’re the key player. Your coach isn’t going to play the game for you, but he/she is going to hold you accountable, provide consistent support , and recommend beneficial techniques to fine-tune your game.
Being healthy doesn’t have to be hard. A health coach can be the missing puzzle piece in getting you from where you are to where you want to be.
Each health coach will have his or her own area of expertise, focus, or passion. Many become coaches after navigating their own health and wellness journey, and discovering who and how they want to use their experience to help. This is what ignited my passion for helping women (and mamas!), reclaim their lives and take back their health and happiness.
I believe a health coach is SO beneficial, especially in motherhood. Too many women- too many moms- are struggling- whether it’s with losing weight, managing stress and anxiety, investing in self-care, or just feeling a little more like themselves again.
It’s important to feel a good connection with your health coach and get an idea of their approach in a coaching practice. You can learn more about my approach here.