The support of a coach
Studies show that having ongoing support from other people is one of the best ways to change habits. Whether it’s an exercise buddy, a smoking cessation support group, a de-cluttering mentor, or a household member who really understands and appreciates your new approach to eating, having this support often makes all the difference between creating a habit change or missing the mark, becoming frustrated, and eventually giving up.
Group support is one of the reasons that group health classes can lead to lasting results. And yet, group classes aren’t for everyone! Some individuals do better with a one-on-one relationship with a coach or an expert. When you partner with another individual to address your goals, you may experience a sense that a burden is lessened, that the responsibility and accountability are now shared — and it is easier to build trust with one person than with many. The total tools and resources available to you increase. Adding another set of eyes increases the perspectives from which you can view the topic. So you gain a clearer understanding of what you want, what’s getting in the way, and how you might change your approach to get there. You have someone to talk to, who is worth talking to! Simply put: you and your goals gain a good friend.
In the worlds of coaching, mentoring, and facilitating, there is a lot of discussion about avoiding the “expert” role. The idea, in part, is this: every person already holds the wisdom they need for achieving their goals. No person can find answers about themselves from a source outside of themselves. Plus, no one likes to receive unsolicited advice, and it is important to acknowledge the great work they have already done. Now, if the solution were as simple as having someone to listen, while you talk through your issue, we all would have done that by now. A great coach is someone who honors the client’s own insights by asking the right questions, holding up a mirror at the right moments, choosing the right aspects to focus on, and facilitating the process: in this way, a coach can help to keep re-directing a client away from their distractions and toward what they already know. It sounds great, and there is undoubtedly a lot of value in this approach.
However, there’s also value in consulting an expert. Particularly when it comes to health issues, there are some things that can’t be learned from our prior efforts or our bodies’ innate wisdom. (Not to EVER knock the body’s innate wisdom! Nature rules. We are amazing creatures and can learn to tune into what our bodies are telling us.) Because we live in an artificial environment, many of our natural checks and balances have been hijacked. Sometimes it does require formal scientific evaluation to figure out how to temporarily “outsmart” the corrupted signals that the body may be sending. Sometimes we just need to get real about what the science actually shows.
So I strive to walk the line: to function as a coach when you need a coach, and as an expert when you need the facts. I love studying and teaching nutrition and other aspects of lifestyle medicine. I have accumulated a great deal of knowledge and have been thrilled with the improvements this has made in my own life. I am immensely honored to be able to contribute my knowledge and experiences to your journey. But, ultimately, YOU are in charge of your own body, your path through life, and the degree to which you opt to take control of your health. Here’s how I can help.
When you decide to hire me as a consultant on your health, I am truly, completely at your service. I educate myself about you (your health history, family history, concerns, habits, challenges, goals), and I educate you about your conditions (from basic definitions through what the science says about how they relate to food and activity). I translate what the science actually shows, and teach you how to address your concerns using the least invasive, most health-promoting tools first. I teach you how to identify bad nutrition advice and go straight to the best way of eating to optimize both your short-term and long-term well being. (While there is not a one-size-fits-all diet, and different conditions do require different ways of eating, there are also nutritional truths that apply to all human bodies!) I help you make sense of what your doctors have said and evaluate the strength of the evidence for their recommendations. And I prepare you to communicate effectively with your healthcare providers so that you are not just a member of your healthcare team, but the boss of it.
As a Concierge client, you have unlimited access to me by phone and email, and no limit on the number of in-person appointments you can attend. Your fee for an entire year of assistance is only $450. (And you’ll most likely reduce your healthcare spending by implementing my recommendations!)*
A large proportion of American adults are beginning to show signs of chronic illness starting in their 40’s and 50’s. A decade later, their list of diagnoses and medications is growing. I see clients of all ages who are on multiple medications and have been told they’ll have to take them for life. I disagree! Most of what’s preventable is also reversible, if you understand where to start.
Other people I see report that they are very healthy, except for this one thing. For example,
- Recently diagnosed with (pre)diabetes
- Doctor just recommended a statin, blood pressure medication, or other questionable drug
- Unable to get pregnant
- Worsening arthritis
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fed up with overweight and dieting
- Irritable bowel or undiagnosed digestive symptoms
- Lupus, fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis
- Allergies or asthma
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome, uterine fibroids, other problems with menstrual cycle
- Suffered a stroke or heart attack
Did you know that each and every one of these conditions — and many more — are related to food?
Could your health condition respond to actions that you can take? Is it possible to reduce or eliminate your medications? These are questions for a one-on-one rather than a group setting, and I’d be happy to help you investigate them. Just call me to discuss it.
Standard pricing is $140-$180 for a new client intake visit, with followups ranging from $45 to $75 and up, depending on the complexity. Each and every client receives a written visit summary with notes for suggested resources and references. I use almost no commercial products, so you can rest assured you’re not going to be subjected to a sales pitch for supplements or anything else!
This is the simplest, fastest way to get started on your health goals. To use Quick-Coach, you don’t even have to have a new client intake visit ($140). You simply fill out a history form, start keeping a food journal, and agree to start reading one book that I recommend for you. If you’ve already read one or more of the books on my list, you can skip that part! Each week, I will review your journal and offer helpful suggestions over email. If you need recipes, ideas, product recommendations, or personalized help with choosing a meaningful goal, you get it fast – no need to wait until a next appointment. By signing up for 6 months or a year of Quick-Coach, you are giving yourself a chance to establish a positive habit, and you are gaining a system for accountability: enormous benefits at a negligible cost.
**December 2015 special!** If you sign up for a Quick-Coach service by December 31st, take 15% off!
If you sign up for 12 months, you also receive the rest of December for free. So your service starts now, and continues through December 31, 2016. A great first step toward lifelong health!
Which is right for you?
Concierge clients are encouraged to call me at ANY moment that you need support or have an urgent question. Concierge clients may attend my other classes and events at 50% off, and Standard clients attend at 20% off. Quick-Coach is an email-only program, which can be started any time, and makes a helpful addition to other classes and services.