Think, April 19, 2018

What Is Health Coaching And How Can It Help Me?

The simple answer is: it’s a way to help you get from where you are to where you want to be, with a strong focus on nutrition, movement and mindset. What makes it unique is it’s a very holistic approach that considers many aspects of health and wellness to help you achieve your goals.

There are many different types of health coaches; some are more focused on diet and hormone re-balancing; others are more inspired by helping people make positive changes through the subconscious mind and by manifesting; others are more like traditional personal trainers – focused more on the exercise side of things but can also advise and guide you on diet and nutrition; and others sit closer to spiritual and thought leaders – helping you with your deeper connection and life purpose.

Basically, it’s about helping you move from here to there, even if you don’t completely know where ‘there’ is yet.

Mon Richards Health coaching

They can help you make powerful shifts or help you through challenging times, enable you to drop back to your pre-pregnancy weight and energy levels, or help you drop the extra 10kgs that’s crept on over the past 2 years.

Health Coaching isn’t about quick fixes or fad diets – it about helping people make longterm, sustainable positive life changes.

Something to keep in mind when working with a health coach –  they don’t (and shouldn’t) diagnose; they can advise and educate but unless they have specifically had functional medicine training (or are a qualified medical practitioner) they should steer clear of diagnosing you with any sort of disease. They can of course connected you to a range of different health professional should you need extra support – for example functional medicine doctors, chiropractors, psychologists.

As a Health Coach, my focus is primarily on supporting women so they can function at their best. Here are a few ways I can help:

— If you’ve gained weight and can’t seem to get rid of it no matter what you you try
— If you are considering a family and want to get your body in the best possible condition to nourish your growing baby
— If you are recovering from pregnancy and birth and looking to get back to feeling more like ‘you’
— If you feel overwhelmed, can’t seem to shake off your fatigue, wake up exhausted or feel constantly run down
— If you can’t sustain healthy eating for more than a few days or weeks
— If you can’t sustain a fitness or exercise program for more than a few weeks
— If you have a turbulent relationship with food and don’t feel like you are in control of your cravings and emotional eating
— If you generally don’t feel ‘healthy’ despite doing all the things you think you should be doing for your health
— If you are looking to grow your business / make positive life changes but don’t have the energy / motivation / health to get you there
— If you realise you simply can’t keep going on the way you are now
— If you have come to realise that you can’t do it alone (if you could do it all by yourself, you would have done it by now)
— You have been advised by your doctor to see a Health Coach
— If you are pumped to move into the next phase of your life, if it feels like something is really calling you, but you need the solid foundation of good health to help get your there

If you are interested or even just curious, read more about my health coaching services here, or click here to set up a free consultation to see if one of my programs is right for you. I’m always happy to answer any questions you have about health coaching in general, or working together to help you achieve your goals.

Image credit: Bas van Est

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