Very often when I introduce myself to people as a health coach, I get confused staring as an immediate reaction, followed by the most common question: “So, are you a nutritionist? Can you help me lose weight?”.
The answer to the question is “No, I am not a nutritionist, and yes, if weight loss is one of your health goals I can help you achieve it.”
But as simplistic as the above answer may sound, there is a lot more to health coaching that people need to know.
In the age of social media, our society has driven people to only show others their shiniest, happiest moments, ones that will attract their envy. We tend to believe that we need to deal with our own problems alone and in secret, all of this for fear of not fitting in, of being different, of being judged by others.
For many this secretiveness and loneliness, this keeping everything inside, is too much to handle and it brings up a sense of despair, loss, and depression that push individuals to give in to unhealthy behaviours.
Needless to say that this causes people to feel guilty about their behaviours, that guilt then causes them to repeat the same behaviour in search of a temporary placebo, and the vicious spiral spins, over and over again.
As you might notice, I am talking about the generic concept of unhealthy habits. Health doesn’t only concern the way you eat or the physical training you do during the week. Unhealthy patterns might be of very different nature, from overeating or undereating, to smoking or drinking, from drug abuse, to compulsive shopping, to abusive or toxic relationships behaviours, etc.
When someone is lost in this self-inflicted shame and guilt spiral, all they need might be someone who can help them recognise patterns and break them. A health coach will work with each individual to empower them to start modifying what is the root cause of the issue, supporting the process of self-growth and discovery that will lead to being able to avoid the same destructive behaviours.
Working and sharing your vulnerability and health concerns with a health coach will allow you to find your own way of dealing with your challenges, having in front of you a practitioner who will actively listen and support you and keep you accountable for the changes you decide to implement in your life.
Health coaching is all about deconstructing unhealthy habits and substituting them with new healthy ones that will bring each individual to the maximum of their potential. As Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition), would say: “It’s really a matter of taking your health into your own hands and finding what works for you. That’s what I call ‘Bio-Individuality’. One person’s food is another person’s poison.”
If you feel that you are stuck in a situation that doesn’t really make you happy and you want to change things in your life but don’t know how to do it yet, book a free initial consultation with me and I will be happy to give you some insights and offer you a personalised programme so we can work together towards your best life.