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What Exactly IS a Health Coach?

 

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The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, defines a health coach as a supportive mentor and wellness authority helping people to get fit and healthy through food, behavior, and lifestyle changes by tailoring individualized wellness programs to educate and meet clients' unique needs and goals. 

 

Certified Health Coaches, like me, help to navigate the world of contradictory nutritional advice, since we are educated by experts on nutrition, learning hundred's of dietary theories and lifestyle balancing techniques. With this, we coach on how to successfully lose weight, gain energy, balance hormones, relieve inflammation, celiac disease, autoimmune dysfunction, and many more.

What makes an Integrative Health Coach unique is we emphasize health beyond the plate as we approach wellness through primary food. Primary Foods include, relationships, exercise, career, hobbies, and spirituality. They are just as important to your health as the food you eat (secondary food). Health Coaches understand this and take a holistic approach to supporting the whole person.

As a partner and coach, we will begin by taking an overview of our clients' lifestyle and nutrition to identify areas that need attention. Then look to see where they are now. What roadblocks are in the way. Then assist in establishing clear, concrete, interactive measurable goals. And importantly, we support in connecting to the client's own inner wisdom and help them discover how to fuel their bodies and become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves . 

To add, we know everyone is different and health coaching isn’t about one diet or one way of living. Instead, Integrative Health Coaches focus on bio-individuality – the idea that we’re all different and have unique dietary, lifestyle, emotional, and physical needs. This means that we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness. 

Health Coaches are having a profound impact on the healthcare system. Today, 70% of deaths each year are caused by chronic illnesses, but only 3% of our healthcare dollars are spent on preventive care. Health Coaches
are filling this vital gap and many physicians are starting to partner with health coaches for their patients who need to change their behaviors in order to improve their health and keep lifestyle-related illnesses at bay.

While the average visit with the doctor only lasts eight minutes, the average health coaching session is 50 minutes – an in-depth conversation creating a thriving vision for your life. Plus, the simple act of having someone listen to how you’re feeling releases stress and tension – two of the major causes of chronic disease and weight gain. 


Health coaching is more than just a niche in healthcare; it’s a powerful movement for change that is creating a better world. Health Coaches are revolutionizing the healthcare system through the power of nutrition, the concepts of bio individuality and primary food, active listening, goal setting, and other techniques unique to health coaching to take a holistic an
d proactive approach to health.



I have a passion for starting with mindful eating. I believe getting our thoughts straight as to what is causing the health problem is the first step to optimal wellness.  

To start Living Truly Healthy & Happy click lynnecampanaro.com and schedule a free discovery session to discuss your objectives, struggles, and a plan of action. One of the best parts of most health coaching practices is the convenience. We can meet face-to-face or collaborate from the comfort of your home via telephone or video chat. 


 


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What Am I Really Hungry For?

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The first step to reaching our ideal weight

is to find out WHY we eat when we're not

hungry. Being MINDFUL will do this. If we

make the effort to discover why we eat

when we do, we will learn more than how

to shed a few pounds, we will learn about

what is going on inside our heads and

hearts. Next time you are headed to the

refrigerator and realize that you are not

hungry but really, really  want to gorge on

those last six brownies topped with dark

chocolate chips (my fav), HALT and ask yourself, what is going on with me? Why do I want to eat?

 

Much of the time, not understanding what is bothering us leads to overeating.  It

could be stress at work, or the cute guy from the coffee shop who didn't call, or

perhaps your children's rebellious behavior. Maybe the reason for eating is as simple

as boredom, and reaching for a tasty treat offers an exciting solution (at least for our

taste buds).

 

However, at best it is a temporary high to fill a void. Shortly after, the same feelings

pop up, with the addition of a bloated pang of guilt. If you are hungry, eat, but make

it special. Put it on a pretty dish, then really pay attention to what you are putting into

your mouth. Eat without distractions around you -- no cell phone, no TV, no

computer, no books, no newspaper. MINDFUL eating is learning to use all your

senses to get the most out of your food. Smell the food. Look at the colors of food.

Think about where it came from. Think about how it feels on your lips and in your

mouth. Savor the food's taste, and chew deliberately.

 

Our lives are all super busy, but how about starting to PRACTICE mindful eating a

little each day? Starting today, let's listen to our bodies' wisdom and explore, instead

of ignoring what we really need and shoving away our not-so-good feelings.

Sometimes, things may get blown out of proportion, but being in tuned with our

eating habits and what is going on with our hearts helps both our well-being and our

waistline. Instead, Journal it out, give yourself a manicure, ring an old friend, go for a

walk, work on that neglected project, or pray, etc. Simply say: I am not going to let

this baloney bother me! Most of all do not stuff it. When we face our troubling

situations, we become stronger and satisfied.

 

Thoughts? Questions? Feel free to comment below or click here.

 

I would love to share more, so click here to keep in touch for more MINDFUL eating

inspiration, and to get a free copy of 14 Loving ways to Nourish Your Soul.

 


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Why Does Coaching Work?


 

If you want to know a deeper explanation of how a health coach can help you reach your health, weight, and overall wellness goals. Read this… I found this little treasure of an analogy from a blog by Brooke Castillo, The Life Coach School, June 2, 2011

Why Does Coaching Work?

Is the coach of the Lakers (I think his name is Phil Jackson) a better basketball player than Kobe?

Why is he able to coach Kobe?

One student replied:

I asked my husband and he gave a brilliant answer that I believe is true.

He said, immediately, “Kobe’s in the game. Phil Jackson is outside of the game. Kobe is too caught up in the game to coach himself. The coach shows him when he’s not following the game plan or missing something. It might just be something Kobe Bryant doesn’t see at all and the coach can say, ‘Look – think about this or think about that. You need to get in the game plan.’ Being on the outside is a valuable advantage point. That’s why coaches walk up and down and look around the court or the field. It’s not always easy to see what’s going on. You can’t play your best game unless you know what’s going on between you and your opponent.”

In coaching, the opponent is our peanut brain. We are our opponent because we are fighting with ourselves. The coach helps you understand that. The coach helps you understand yourself because they observe you.

Let me know if that analogy just hit me in the head, like a big AHA moment. Is it much clearer know? Let me know in the comments below or anything else you may think or have a question about. 

So long, for now, my friends :)

 


 


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Don't Fret, You Can Still Eat Pasta

If pasta is one of your favorites, don't fret! It can still be eaten without worry. We just need to switch things up a bit, so we are not eating empty calories. Instead of white overly processed pastas, which are made from refined wheat flour and has had most of its fiber and other nutrients removed, use whole-grain pastas. They have their fiber intact and will consequently help keep you feeling full longer. Today there are many varieties of healthy whole-wheat, whole-grain, or spelt pastas, or one of the newer gluten-free varieties made from brown rice, corn, or quinoa to try.

Here are some delicious ways to prepare your favorite pasta dishes the True Healthy Happy Living way:

On the South Beach Diet, they suggest on Phase 1, which is a very low carb to no carb phase, is to have a non carb spaghetti meal. They do a "friendly" swap. Exchange pasta for a small spaghetti squash. Cut it in half, remove the seeds, microwave or bake it, then use a fork to scrape out the “spaghetti-like” strands. Serve with tomato sauce or steamed vegetables and a little freshly grated Parmesan. I love to use my veggetti and spiralize zucchini and do the same as above or I make a shrimp scampi over zoodles (spiraled zucchini). So delicious and my significant other even raved about it. 

If you are not fully voiding carbs, go for healthy pastas. Purchase a whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta and the other above suggestions at the supermarket. You can find many styles of whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta, including penne, rigatoni, spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, fettuccine, and elbow macaroni in most supermarkets. Look for brands with 3 grams or more of fiber per serving and stick with 1/2 cup cooked as a healthy portion. If you are a homemade sort of person feel free to make your own whole grain pastas. There are many recipes on the internet. Check this whole-wheat spinach pasta recipe. http://www.blendtec.com/recipes/whole-wheat-spinach-pasta

Choose the right add-ins and your healthy pasta can be even more nutritious. Toss in some tasty vegetables. Choose what’s freshest at the market. Low fat cheeses, such as part-skim mozzarella or reduced-fat goat, or use freshly grated Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago. You can also mix a a tablespoon of part-skim ricotta into your sauce for a creamier texture. Or a lean protein, such as turkey meatballs, shrimp or other shellfish, or grilled chicken or turkey breast, are all healthy choices.

Stick with tomato, pesto, or other vegetable or herb-based sauces. Make your own tomato sauce, using fresh tomatoes or tomato purée, tomato paste, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh or dried basil, oregano, and freshly ground black pepper. Maybe a pinch of red pepper flakes. Or, if you prefer to purchase canned or jarred tomato sauce or the other suggested sauces at the supermarket, be sure to choose reduced-sodium varieties with a minimum amount of added sugar (ideally 3 grams of sugar, or less, per serving). And as always, go for products without artificial ingredients and preservatives.

Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.



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