How Does a Nutrition Coach Help?

Are you curious how a nutrition coach can help you? Are you ready to prioritize your health? Would you like to have more energy to work and do the things you love? Would you like gain confidence and increased self worth; better mental health? If you answered yes to any of these questions but you’re not sure how to get started, a coach may be just what you need to take that first step on your personal path to health & wellness.

As your coach, I begin with an assessment. I want to know more about you beyond the standard height, weight and age. I want to know your ‘why.’  I want to know about your dieting history, if you have any injuries or ailments that might affect reaching your goals. I also want to know about your support system at home. We’ll review your responses and identify 3-5 things we can begin working on. Together, we will design a realistic plan that fits into your life and is manageable and attainable.

We will work on your foundation fixing any “cracks” that exist that are holding you back from reaching your goals. If you’ve been restricting calories for many years, we will find your true maintenance calories and work on reaching that number. Doing this will benefit you in terms of your satiety, energy levels and mood. It may sound scary to eat more calories than you have been accustomed to but you’ll quickly feel the benefits!

Your habits will come into play too, whether you believe them to be “good” or “bad” habits. Your success will depend on you and the efforts you put in to the coach/client relationship. If you are willing to address your habits and adjust and add new habits, you will see success.

Once you have mastered the basics we will move on to more advanced skills. This might look like starting to track your food or your habits; it might be that you’re beginning to add a strength training routine to your week or you’re adding an aggressive daily step goal. We will layer skills week by week, building habits as we go.

Ultimately, a coach aims to:

Educate:

Nutrients: macro and micro nutrients for overall health and performance; building a plate with a focus on meeting protein requirements; eating a balanced diet full of nutrient dense foods

Food choices: using food as fuel and not for feelings; choosing whole foods over packaged processed foods; label reading; proper hydration; tracking foods and journaling feelings and emotions.

Empower:

Goal setting: setting small goals that are attainable and manageable; reaching goals, reassessing and setting new goals; self awareness, problem solving, mindful eating, decision making, positive reinforcement. When you are in tune with what makes you feel your best it’s easy to make the right choices.

Change:

Accountability: committing to the plan and process and having accountability to yourself and to your coach; coping strategies for the times you might fall off track; stress management; positive self talk; lifelong sustainability. Shift your focus on how you feel rather than how you look. Be willing to change your thoughts and continue moving toward your goals even when it feels hard.

Grow:

Goal expansion; skills building; mindset development; self reflection; long term planning; positive habits; lifestyle integration and lifelong learning. Understanding that the external transformation may be slow but it is meant to be sustainable.

Working with a coach is the best way to learn about where you are right now and where you want to go. As a coach, I have been educated but I’ve also learned in my own life (sometimes the hard way).

By committing to your journey everything begins to fall into place. Together, we will create an environment in which you can thrive! If this sounds like something you’d like to talk more about, set up a discovery call.