Four Signs You May Need a Health Coach

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How do you know if now is the right time to hire a health coach? The main thing is that you have to be at a point in your life where you want to make a change, and are willing to work at it. But other than that, there are four common themes that bring people to a health coach. 

1) You just got diagnosed with something. For example, if you have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, you would greatly benefit from reducing inflammation in your body. There are a lot of ways to do that, and a health coach is trained in working with clients on this topic. If you have been told you need to lose weight, may need blood pressure medicine, or are pre-diabetic, this is a great time to consider recruiting the support of a health coach. One note: Health coaches do not replace doctors. But, we can support you as you work through the treatment plan your medical team has outlined for you. Depending on what you’ve been diagnosed with, it may be best to get a handle on things with your medical team first. Then, reach out to a health coach for support with any recommended diet or lifestyle changes you may need to implement. Health coaches don’t diagnose or prescribe, but can certainly support you through many health conditions.

2) You know something needs to change. Things like stress, sleep issues, overeating, coffee or sugar addition, and serious cravings all fit in this category. You may have an “aha” moment when you finish off that potato chip bag (or package of Oreos), or when you can’t zip your pants any more. You realize you cannot keep treating your body this way and stay healthy. These are all things that you may benefit from additional support. You have tried to curb your habits, but nothing has stuck. Or you don’t know where to start. A health coach can provide the accountability and tools needed to break through your habits, while helping you create new and healthy habits.

 

A chronic health issue could also be a motivator. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with the same health problems forever, and you feel motivated to try something different so you can get your life back. It could be a thyroid problem, or hormone imbalances (hello monster cramps each month!) Health coaches are also great at supporting you and helping you conquer certain symptoms you thought you’d always have to live with.

3) You keep losing the same 5 pounds. Putting it on is easy, and sometimes taking it off isn’t too hard. But repeated cycles of weight gain and loss are tough on your body. Chances are you are cycling through healthy habits and then falling back into less than healthy choices. Working with a health coach, you can lose that 5 pounds, and then keep them off (and lose more if you need to).

4) You have no energy. Our bodies have a funny way of saying when enough is enough. Sleep becomes the one and only priority, brain fog prevents us from being effective in our work or relationships, and it can be hard to turn the tide back in the other direction. A health coach can support you with both diet and lifestyle shifts to boost your energy and get you on the right track.

If you have one or more of these “reasons,” it may be worth checking into health coaching. I offer an absolutely FREE sample session to anyone who is interested in exploring health coaching. Reach out to me to schedule a session today!

Mindfulness and Your Biggest Food Cravings

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Let’s talk about one of my former weaknesses from before my Health Coaching days - brownies. I have always had a bit of a sweet tooth, and loved to bake. After a long day, I would find solace in whipping up a batch of warm, flavorful brownies. There was something about the process that gave me peace, but ultimately the timer would go off and I would be overwhelmed with the desire to have a taste. And then another taste. And another. You get the idea. Once I got started, it was hard to stop. Sometimes I would go to bed with a stomach ache because I overdid it so much. After awhile, I knew I needed to do something different.

It’s easy to overdo it when we are faced with our favorite foods. They bring us happy memories from our childhood when we would stir together a batch of cookie dough with our family. Or remind us of celebrations. Many times it has very little to do with the food itself! For me, the warm and chewy brownie was the ultimate treat. The smell, taste, and texture gave me all kinds of good feelings.

So, what did I do? I started eating more mindfully. If I asked myself why I was craving that brownie, I would struggle to come up with a reason that had anything to do with the brownie. A lot of times, I was stressed out. Or tired. Or just looking for an outlet. Also, I realized that if the brownies were in the house, I would eat them regardless of whether I was hungry. So I stopped having the ingredients on hand and instead, took a walk. Or made a cup of tea with a drizzle of honey to satisfy my craving for sweets. 

If I was really wanting a brownie, I took on a new approach. I made a new personal rule that I could only eat brownies from a bakery. I’m talking super delicious, super decadent brownies that cost way too much to justify on a regular basis! As a health coach, I’m all about sustainable change. If you tell yourself you can never have a brownie - or whatever your weakness is - ever again. You will certainly fail at some point. If you give yourself permission to indulge once in awhile and have some parameters around it, you may find you don’t even want it.

What’s your biggest food craving? Next time you are craving it, consider asking yourself the following question: "why do I really want _____?” Consider that answer, and dig deeper. Ask yourself again, “why?” Think about what might be a good alternative. If you are craving something for an emotional reason, you will never fulfill that need with that food. You need to address what’s underneath the surface. Staying mindful of your food choices can be a good start and help you stay on track with your health goals as well!

Need help with your cravings? Set up a free one-on-one phone session with me and let’s talk about it!