Benefits of Working with a Health Coach

Personal trainers, doctors, dietitians, CrossFit, trendy diets and fads, it’s difficult to know which course you should pursue to achieve your fitness and weight-loss goals. Have you ever scrolled through your Facebook feed and seen your friends boast or promote one diet or exercise over another? It can be overwhelming and contradicting.

While many of the aforementioned avenues offer many health-related benefits, only one professional can provide a well-rounded, customized plan that will cater to your needs, abilities, and goals. This professional is the Certified Holistic Health Coach. Yes, folks, that is what I am and I am proud of it! 

Obesity is one of the largest health concerns in the United States with 67% of the county’s population who are overweight or obese. That’s a staggering number that has led to 1 in 3 Americans who will develop Type 2 Diabetes or cancer. We all possess the ability to fight this growing problem with our own lifestyle choices. However, too many people are uneducated when it comes to healthy living. Many adopt the mindset that it’s too difficult to stay healthy or that healthy foods and gym memberships are too expensive. If you have had this thought, think about the bigger picture. Would you rather spend a little more money now to educate yourself on health and wellness and get in shape? OR would you rather spend that money on health bills down the line? Your call but I would go with the first option. 

So here are a few reasons why a health coach is beneficial:

1. Health Coaches Have Well-Rounded Knowledge

Have you ever found yourself frustrated by not getting the direct answers you’re hoping for? Your doctor already has a lot of his or her plate, so when you ask what you should do to be healthier, you may be faced with the broad, generalized answer, “Diet and exercise.”

That’s all well and good, but you most likely want specifics. Which foods will best help you attain your ideal weight? Which diets are proven and which are fads? How can you know?

Sure, there may be a diet or exercise program your doctor recommends, but the truth is it’s not their field of expertise. And it most likely is not the best program or diet for your unique case.

Health Coaches not only customize a diet plan catered to your goals and health concerns, but they encourage small changes to attain a healthy lifestyle. You’ll be able to find a plan that is made just for you. Based on your body type, your past experiences with weight loss and exercise, your Health Coach will get to know you inside and out in order to find the best plan for you.

2. Health Coaches Tailor Plans According to Your Needs

There are hundreds of diets and exercise plans out there; no doubt you’ve seen them.

Overwhelming, right?

Many other health professionals will recommend one and then expect you to follow that plan as outlined. The truth is that not one diet is meant to work for every individual. How many times have you attempted a diet or exercise regimen only to find minimal results? As a result, you’ve most likely felt disheartened and discouraged. Understand that we all have different needs, obstacles, and health concerns. The key to achieving your goals is to follow a plan that is catered to you.

Your Health Coach will take the time to get to know you, your habits, your current diet, your health and wellness goals, what history you have with previous diets and exercises, and then they will work with you to outline a plan designed to help you reach your goals. Sarah Haskins continues:

“We help you implement small changes, little by little, at a pace that’s comfortable for you so you can meet all your health goals. We work with you to help you discover your bio-individuality. There is something that will work for you -- the trick is finding it.”

3. A Health Coach Is Your Friend

How comforting is it to know that your Health Coach will be your colleague and not just someone who will crack a whip? Health Coaches are not drill sergeants; we are supportive mentors and to lead by example.

 A Health Coach will inspire and motivate you to achieve the goals you have established together. You’ll have a friend and confidant throughout your journey.

4. Emotional Support And More

Perhaps you’ve wanted more than just information on healthy eating. Fortunately, Health Coaches place a strong emphasis on improving your overall wellness. This means that you that you’ll receive so much more than physical health tips. As reported by Yahoo Beauty:

“Health Coaches look at exercise, eating, wellness, and food not just as calories and weight loss, but also on emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual terms. An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who’s providing services in this area knows about various aspects of his or her clients’ lives like state of mind, health history background, as well as sleep patterns.”

The ultimate goal of your Health Coach is to improve your quality of life through effective and healthy habits and changes. In order to accomplish this, there must be a strong focus on the overall health of the individual. It could be that the reason previous diets or routines were ineffective was due to emotional or mental stressors. Your Health Coach will dig deep to discover why previous attempts have failed, which will indicate the paths that should work in your individual case.

With a Health Coach, you can rest assured that you’re receiving so much more than just informative guidance; you’ll be receiving a friend and mentor.

Other Benefits To A Healthy Lifestyle

We’ve established the benefits of seeking out a Health Coach, but why should you want to improve your health beyond the obvious reasons? Some people simply accept the mindset, “Well, I gotta die of something, right?” This response may get the occasional chuckle, but there are more benefits to being healthy than a prolonged life.

Save On Medical Bills

○ healthy lifestyle means less visits to the doctor. If you are overweight or obese, then you are subject to other diseases that can increase your medical expenses rather quickly. Contrastly, if you engage in a healthy lifestyle, you’ll have a better chance warding off harmful diseases.

Increased Energy

○     Sure, you can experience a sugar rush from candy and desserts, but you’ve surely felt the energy crash that inevitably follows. Saturated fats tend to drain your energy levels, and if your diet consists of many sugars and saturated fats, then not only will you experience significant weight gain, but your energy will slowly decrease. When you base your diet and lifestyle on healthy choices, you’ll experience more energy and vitality than ever before. More energy for quality time with family and friends.

Less Stress

○     It’s no secret that regular exercise can be therapeutic and reduce stress, but healthy foods (such as foods high in Vitamin C and Magnesium) can help moderate your cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone. When you’re stressed or in a chronic state, your body quickly breaks down protein. If you have sufficient protein in your diet you can help the body maintain those cortisol levels as well.

Improved Self-Confidence

○     When you change your habits and lifestyle to become more health-oriented, your own self-worth increases, especially as you see results in your physical appearance. It’s easy to be hard on yourself when you constantly feel tired or out of shape. Start today on your path to a healthy lifestyle and watch your self-confidence grow as a result.

 

So there you are, some of the many reasons why Health Coaches are very beneficial. We are here to help those people that feel lost and just don't know where to start with their health all the way to those that just need a little nudge in the right direction or motivational support. Whatever your reason is, it doesn't hurt to reach out to a health coach for an initial free health consultation to discuss your health goals. Its almost 2017, start it off right by making a resolution to take control of your health not only for yourself but for your loved ones as well. 

 

Happy Holidays!

XOXO

Lisa Catherine

Source: http://www.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2...

5 Ways To Stay Fit During The Holidays

Between travel, shopping, baking and eating it seems next to impossible to stay fit during the holidays, right? WRONG! I have heard from countless people (you may be one) "I will start eating healthy and working out after the holidays." Why are the holidays an excuse to neglect our health? Yes, we should be thinking of others during the season of giving but we can't forget about ourselves. You can only help others when you are happy and healthy. If an airplane were to crash, aren't you supposed to put your air mask on before you help others? You would be useless if you didn't. Same goes for your health. 

So if you are one of those people that put your health off until the New Year, here are a few helpful tips to stay fit and healthy during the craziness of the holidays.

1. Schedule it!

Make working out a priority! Pencil it in your calendar. I like to workout as soon as I wake up so that I know I get it done. If I don't do it in the morning, something always happens to come up that seems more important. A lot of people like to work out after work. It is a personal preference. Whatever your preference is, just do it!

2. Set a Challenge

Setting a challenge or a personal goal is extremely motivating! I hold group fitness and nutrition challenges every month to help motivate people to set goals and achieve them! Striving to reach a goal is so much better than just working out without any type of goal in mind. Challenge yourself!

3. Sightsee

If you are traveling over the holidays, take this time to sightsee! Go biking, walking, or hiking and take in the sights around you. Get the family in on it too! This is a fun way to get your exercise in.

4. Baby It's Cold Outside

Sometimes Mother Nature brings some pretty crappy winter weather. If you don't want to leave the house, pop in a workout DVD. DVDs are, also, great to bring with you while you are traveling. There are SO many amazing workout DVDs out there! If you need help deciding on one, you can always ask me:)

5. Friends Who Exercise Together, Stay Together

Grab a workout buddy. Whether it be a walking buddy, running buddy, biking buddy, yoga buddy, whatever! If you have a friend to workout with, you both can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.  

 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Stay healthy, have fun and, most importantly, be happy! 

Best Wishes,

Lisa Catherine

 

The Healthy Bride

I am SO excited to announce the launch of my new Bridal Wellness Coaching services!! This idea was inspired by MY wedding photographer and good friend, Lauren Mudrock. We had just attended a local networking event in King of Prussia together and were discussing ideas for both of our businesses. I love bouncing ideas around with her. She is such a creative women and her ideas truly mean so much to me. As we were walking back to our cars, Lauren looked at me and said "Lisa, why don't you market your business to brides." I looked at her like she had just told me I won a million dollars. I immediately got so excited! It was such a huge "ah ha" moment for me. At that moment I knew that this is exactly what I am meant to do!

As some of you may know, I will be getting married in May 2017. I love everything about planning a wedding! But I, also, know about the stressors that come along with it as well. I want every bride to enjoy every moment of planning their wedding without feeling overwhelmed and stressed. My goal is to help brides achieve their ideal weight for their big day and to feel their best not only physically but emotionally. I will push you! We will work together and achieve all of your health goals!

My Bridal Wellness Coaching services include:

  • A FREE health consultation where we will discuss what your health goals are for your engagement and long-term.
  • Twelve, 60 minute holistic health coaching sessions where we will implement a healthy diet, exercise and calming meditation practices to help relieve any stress especially closer to the wedding.  
  • A full pantry makeover.
  • A guided supermarket tour to help you know what foods are healthy and what foods to stay away from while grocery shopping.
  • Unlimited email, text or phone call support. I will check in with you 2-3 times per week to make sure you are on track!
  • Free resources such as articles, handouts, healthy recipes etc.

Lauren recently wrote this online and I wanted to share this with you. Every bride should feel beautiful and genuinely happy in their own skin and mind on their wedding day and during their engagement.

As a wedding photographer, I really want all of my brides to focus on making their wedding day as flawless and memorable as possible, especially when faced with the stress, fears, and insecurities that come with it. And the key to doing that is not what you think.

It’s NOT about everything going according to plan. It’s about feeling beautiful and genuinely happy in your own skin and mind, even when faced with the not-so-pretty side of wedding planning.
THAT is the key to a flawless wedding day.

I’m really proud that one of my own brides, Lisa, has decided to focus her energies into helping other brides-to-be get into the best physical and mental shape for their wedding day.

If you’re feeling a lot of negative stress surrounding your wedding day and need a productive and healthy outlet, follow this link to get back on the track that’s right for you :)
— Lauren Mudrock Photography

If you are interested or know of a bride-to-be that may be interested, contact me at Lisa@livingbeyondfood.com. Mention that you saw this blog and receive 10% off Bridal Wellness Coaching services!

Every bride deserves a lifetime of happiness! Let happiness and health start during your engagement:)

 

xoxo 

Lisa

Accomplish Your Goals!

Setting goals is an extremely important and necessary part of life. Each one of us sets goals each and every day (sometimes we may not even realize it). Whether we decide to achieve and follow through with them is another story. Sadly, 92% of people fail to achieve their long term health goals. We all have done it. We have set a goal and then made up excuse after excuse not to take the steps to achieve it. Slowly that goal becomes a nice idea or a faint memory. Have you ever set a goal with another person? Was it easier to achieve? Of course. That other person holds you accountable for your goals and helps you along the way. You aren’t alone in the journey. As a certified holistic health coach I am here to be that accountability partner to aid in successfully achieving your health goals. I am a coach, a mentor, an educator, a friend, a leader and a supporter. I am here to help you become one of the 8% of people that stick to and achieve their goals.

 

What is a certified holistic health coach? Well, it is just that, a coach. So many people set health goals for themselves and don’t know how to get from point A to point B. Some people have had goals for years! But that is the problem, it is just a goal right now, they haven’t taken any steps to achieve that goal. What is the point of setting a goal if there are no steps taken to achieve it? That’s where I come in. I am here to help individuals set and/or accomplish health goals. Whether it be losing a few pounds, reducing food cravings, lowering cholesterol, solving digestive issues, increasing sleep, training for a marathon, maximizing energy etc. You name it, we will solve the problem and tackle that goal (or goals) together. I am a coach, mentor, educator, friend, leader and supporter. I provide unlimited support 24/7. Seriously though, I tell my clients to call, text, or email any time! If they need motivation to get moving and take a walk, I will walk with them (if they live close enoughJ). If they need a little motivation throughout the day, I will text, email or call them. If they need to meet up outside the office to talk about something that has been bothering them, I will. I share in the happiness that others get from achieving their health goals and I am there every step of the way.

So, what makes me a “holistic” health coach? Being holistic means that I take a look at all aspects of a person’s life and see how they are connected. Food, relationships, physical activity, career, and spirituality are just a few areas that I focus on. I help connect the dots between all the pieces of your life and your health. What in life is making you unhealthy? It could be a simple answer or, many times, it is something that someone may have never thought was a problem.

There is no greater feeling as a coach and client than when we have established a goal and accomplish it together! My job and my passion is to make the world a healthy and happy place. That will only happen if each one of us makes a conscience decision to ACHIEVE OUR GOALS!

 

XOXO

Lisa