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Health coaching is a form of assessment or guidance that considers various health needs in regards to diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplements
Nutrition is just one of the most important part of a healthy lifestyle. Without proper nutrition, one does not have enough energy to make it through the day. Also, health declines without proper nutrition, making one more susceptible to illness and disease.
While some patients come in for a nutrition consultation to learn more about how their food choices affect their health, others end up in my office at their doctor’s suggestion.
High blood pressure
Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Obesity or overweight
What to expect?
With most nutrition coaches, we’ll ask about your goals, objectives, and reasons for wanting to consult with a Functional nutritional coach. We’ll review your medical history, including any medications and supplements you’re currently taking. Then we’ll delve into your lifestyle to get a sense of your stress levels, sleep patterns, energy levels, exercise, and gastrointestinal function. It will be helpful for to you write down everything you ate in the 24 hours prior to the appointment (or better yet, a food diary of two to three days’ worth of meals and snacks). With that guidance, we can begin to discuss your dietary preferences and cooking habits, and identify trouble spots, like skipping breakfast or late-night snacking. From there, we’ll develop some initial pointers to help you start eating healthier.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“Within two weeks, Janine managed to clear my
scalp condition just by excluding certain foods”
— Saul, 28
Questions & Answers
How Many Appointments Will I Need?
Most patients come in for two to three sessions. If you’re ready to learn and incorporate some simple changes into your diet and lifestyle, that’s often enough to set you on the right course. But some people like the accountability of setting up monthly consults until they feel in control of — and comfortable with — their new habits. It’s not unusual for patients to schedule a refresher a year or two after the initial consult to review their goals or for help getting back on track.
Will I Have to Stop Eating Everything I Love?
Absolutely not! A nutrition consult is a partnership. Nutritionists don’t just tell you what to do to improve your diet; we can also help you set and achieve your health goals. We work flexibly, starting with changes that will have the most impact, and incorporating the tactics that make the most sense for your lifestyle. The idea is to create a plan that puts you back in the driver’s seat and on the road to better health.