What is a Health Coach?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Thank you all for the encouragement on my health coaching endeavor! Week one is complete, and I am already learning so much.

To be honest, I only recently heard about health coaching. Since moving to Philly, I've met a handful of health coaches and I was intrigued by what they did. After some research and talking with some established health coaches, I knew this was what I wanted to do.

There are a lot of different types of wellness coaches out there and it can be tricky to know who to work with and what the benefits are. What even is a health coach? Can a health coach help me?

I'm only at the beginning of my training and am not exactly sure how I'll shape my practice, but I wanted to share the basics of health coaching. If you're curious if working with a health coach is right for you, or if you are considering becoming a health coach yourself, read on.

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WHAT IS A HEALTH COACHING?

In a nutshell, a health coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority, providing guidance and inspiration to those who hope to cultivate positive health choices. A health coach doesn't tell a client what to do, instead they support their clients to achieve their health goals, such as improving energy, finding freedom with food, and helping tame autoimmune diseases. 

While nutrition is a core concept in health coaching, even more important are what we call "primary foods." Primary Foods include elements such as spirituality, career, physical activity, and relationships that feed your soul and your hunger for living. You can eat all the kale you want, but if any of these areas are suffering, your health won't be in a good spot. A health coach, evaluates the holistic person before even digging into their eating habits.

HOW CAN A HEALTH COACH HELP?

From my experience, health coaches have their specialities and passions. Common areas health coaches help with may be: food cravings, sleep, energy, stress management, and digestion.

As a health coach, I hope to help women:
  • Learn to trust and listen to their bodies
  • Develop confidence in themselves and their bodies
  • Reduce anxiety/stress and find a healthy work/life balance
  • Live in complete food freedom
  • Improve their mindset and find joy in everyday life

If someone is looking for more energy, is tired of digestive issues, or an unhealthy relationship with food, a health coach could be there to help. Again, the health coach doesn't diagnose or fix the issue, but they help guide the client to help them reach their health goals.


WHAT A HEALTH COACH IS NOT

A health coach is not a dietitian or nutritionist. While they may be very knowledgeable about nutrition, they are not qualified to manage acute nutritional needs.

A health coach isn't a psychologist or therapist. While they can help clients improve mindset, they are not qualified to work with people with psychological disorders.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

I won't be taking clients for several months, however if you feel that a health coach could help you, send me an email and I can make some recommendations. 

If you think being a health coach is up your alley, and are interested in IIN certificate program, I would be happy to chat with you (I can offer you a tuition discount, too!).


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