If you can relate to any of the following statements, then Nutrition Coaching is for you!
- “I’ve done all the right things, but I’m not getting the results I want.”
- “I exercise and eat pretty well, but it isn’t enough and I don’t know what else to do.”
- “I know what to do, but I seem to sabotage myself…”
- “I know I shouldn’t, but I find myself snacking before bed even though I’m not really hungry.”
- “I do great during the week, but on the weekends I go off the rails a bit.”
- “I need accountability.”
- “I don’t have the support I need at home.”
If you expect me to tell you what to eat, and then get upset with you when you don’t eat your broccoli and chicken, you’re mistaken! There is no “perfect” or “one size fits all” nutrition program that works for everyone.
Be wary of these scenarios when searching for your Nutrition Coach:
- Specific foods you have to eat or completely eliminate from your menu
- Canned messages or statements designed to coach to the masses instead of giving you a personalized plan to help you meet YOUR goals
- Promises that you will lose X amount of weight in a certain amount of time
- Protocols that require you to use supplements
- Complicated recipes or workout routines in order to comply with their program
- Feeling worse after your session than you did when you began
Positive attributes of a reputable Nutrition Coach:
- They have experience, education, and passion for helping others
- Asks questions specific to your circumstances, goals, desires, and challenges
- You can be honest, open, and authentic with your Coach
- They offer unique and personalized coaching practices that resonate with you
- You feel heard, understood, and are receiving coaching that empowers you to meet your highest goals
- You feel better after your session than you did when you began
How I coach:
- I am an intuitive coach
- Offer whole-person coaching techniques for the mind, body, and spirit
- Modify and balance your nutritional intake based on your own unique body wisdom
- Recognize and bring to light the “why” behind the “what” you are eating and craving
- Explore and identify your highest goals
- Help you implement changes to achieve them
- My synergistic approach combines eating psychology, nutrition, and movement to help you heal your relationship with food and live a vibrant life full of energy and purpose!
The following portion of this post is shared in collaboration with my Peer Coach, Laura Wall. You can learn more about Laura at: http://www.laurawall.us/
Have you ever thought to yourself:
“I really need an online nutrition coach right now!”?
Nope, me neither.
What I did say was:
“I think I am eating right, and I am exercising, but I can’t seem to figure out why my body isn’t changing like I had hoped”
Flashback to 2012. I had just become a personal trainer, I had hired a personal trainer to train me in the gym, and I was studying to become a nutrition coach. Each week, I would lift weights two or three times. Each day, I would eat several healthy meals based on what I read in my nutrition coaching textbook.
I kept records and charts. I’m a bit of a nerd, so I tracked everything on a spreadsheet and a calendar.
And I was stuck. All of my methods of measuring for change (scale, jeans, caliper, mirror) were showing very little movement. I mean, I had changed some, but I had reached a point where I was not seeing the results that I thought I was working towards. I was working really hard and was frustrated.
Which finally brought me to my next step: getting over myself and asking for help.
I needed someone to look over what I was doing and see what I was not seeing. I needed someone who had some experience (more than me) with this nutrition stuff. And most of all, I needed someone to guide me out of this stuck place and help me find my way to my end goal.
That’s really what a nutrition coach is – someone with knowledge about nutrition, but more importantly about how to making changes especially when you are feeling stuck.
Maybe you need more accountability or support, or just another set of eyes on your page.
A nutrition coach is much like a tour guide. You are the one in charge of the destination. They are there to show you the path with options to side roads, scenic detours, the “long way around” and shortcuts. They help you avoid the major pitfalls, and offer you some tools (kind of a like a Swiss army knife) if you do get stuck in one place. They are able to see the big picture and your potential. They offer encouragement, support and insight, as someone who is observing (but not judging) your process.
Okay, so now you are thinking “perhaps I could use a little bit of help here…”, but how do I know how to find the right coach, and by right, I mean right for you. The right fit. “But wait,” you say, “There are so many fitness experts out there telling me nutrition stuff, how do I know what’s right for me?”
I agree with you. There are a lot of seemingly expert opinions out there about how to lose weight and get healthy. And many of them tell amazing stories of nearly overnight weight loss success. Be sure to check the fine print, many times it reads “results NOT typical.”
The biggest difference between a reputable Nutrition Coach is process vs. product. A reputable Nutrition Coach’s focus is on helping you change your behaviors to reach your highest version of yourself through an interactive conversational process. The others are focused on selling you products or programs. A professional nutrition coach wants you to develop autonomy; others want you to develop dependence on them and their products.
Still wondering if having a Nutrition Coach might be right for you?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What do I need right now to move forward?
- Do I need support, accountability, encouragement, solid information, guidance through a plan?
- How would I feel if I were not alone in this process of figuring out what’s right for me, my health, my body?
- What might it be like to have an expert guide to help me reach my health and wellness goals?
The truth is, there is hardly anything that we truly accomplish alone. We all need help, support and encouragement to be our best selves.
(The above is an excerpt from Coach Laura Wall’s Blog Post)
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