So, with all my posts on Instagram, Facebook and even around here, you may no doubt be wondering….
what exactly is a Health coach?
Well, I thought it was time to define it for you and give you some insight into my chosen profession.
If I were to define it in a few words, a health coach is a life coach but with a nutritional bend.
According to The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, my alma mater, “ A Health Coach is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their clients’ needs.”
Hence a Health Coach is someone who supports you and holds you accountable for the changes you wish to make in your life such as:
disease prevention or even just eating more mindfully and incorporating healthier eating habits.
An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is someone who treats clients based on the philosophy that food is medicine and to live nutritiously one needs to take care of what’s ON the plate as well as what’s OFF the plate. Therefore the food you put in your mouth matters as much as the food that feeds your soul e.g. relationships, spirituality and physical activity are all the foods that are off the plate.
This holistic approach to health is one that is certainly needed today since chronic disease is at an all time high (45% of the population) and obesity (1 in 3 adults) is not limited to a small percentage of the population any more. It is more needed now than ever before to educate the public on healthy living and to be proactive as far as their health is concerned, rather than reactive, as is the case.
here are some things to consider that a health coach is not:
- A health coach is not a doctor;
- He/She does not prescribe medication.
A health coach isn’t a medical doctor but does something extremely valuable and effective. He/She gives the client an empathetic ear to listen to their issues. They often work alongside doctors and other health professionals to help patients achieve their health goals.
As the health care industry evolves, with the focus on holistic living, Health Coaches are showing up in wellness spas and gyms. They even have a presence is schools and hospitals.
So, now that you know more about what health coaching is all about, let me ask you, have you got some health goals that you need to achieve? Have you tried losing weight but are unable? Or do you feel tired and fatigued but don’t know why? Is there an auto immune condition that you need to reverse? I have a course that you may just be interested in taking to Jumpstart your journey to wellness.
Or, you may be someone who wants to help others achieve health success. Either way, health and wellness is an absolutely integral part of our life journey and can’t be taken for granted!