Have you ever gone to the doctor only to be told that you need to lose weight?
- Make lifestyle changes?
- Quit smoking?
- Manage your stress better?
- Make dietary changes?
Although your doctor may be well-intentioned about looking after your health, sometimes they don’t give you protocols or solutions to accomplish what they want you to do.
When your sick and feeling bad or have been given daunting news about a chronic condition, it’s tough to do research and figure out what to do on your own.
It can be scary! And you can feel hopeless and unsupported, which doesn’t help your condition at all. In fact, it makes it worse.
Today’s Medical and Holistic Landscape
The wonderful thing about today’s medical and holistic landscape is that we can diagnose and treat millions of conditions and diseases. Not only that, but scientists, researchers, and practitioners have come up with millions of ways to treat these diseases and conditions.
The problem is that it can be overwhelming to sort through all of the options to understand which ones are real and which ones make promises like the mythical unicorn. But, then, once you’ve sorted out the real prospects, there are still so many options that you don’t know how to choose the one that is best for you.
You Don’t Have to Worry About That Anymore
More and more people need support sorting through their health issues, and many providers seem to have less and less time for the patients. This situation has opened a brand new field – Health Coaching.
A Health Coach’s job is to help you develop, adopt, and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. They are highly educated guides in nutrition, health, wellness, bio-individuality, and mentoring.
The Do’s and Dont’s of a Health Coach
Although health coaches are highly trained in diverse areas, and they may even have had a prior life as a doctor or nurse, health coaches are different from medical professionals.
Let’s quickly define what health coaches are responsible for and what they are not responsible for.
What Health Coaches Do
Health coaches can fill gaps that doctors and nutritionists don’t have the time or resources to fill.
- Help you identify, achieve, and maintain health goals
- Educate and support you to make lifestyle and behavior adjustments
- Meet you where you are at
- Offer fresh perspectives and guidance and challenge you to grow
- Support you in implementing small changes at a comfortable pace so you can meet all your health goals
- Help you integrate your doctor’s orders into your real life
What Health Coaches Don’t Do
Health coaches are not doctors (although some do have medical degrees).
- Diagnose conditions
- Prescribe medications recommend lower or higher doses of your current medications
- Set unrealistic expectations
- Boss you around or tell you what to do
It’s a Different Type of Relationship
The relationship differs from the doctor/patient relationship, where the doctor has all the answers. Instead, the health coach/client relationship is more of a partnership.
Although health coaches are wellness authorities, they are not the authority on “you.” Instead, they work with you to help you discover your bio-individuality. And then offer support, mentorship, and education to help you reach your goals.
More Like a Sports Coach
The relationship between a health coach and a client is more like a sports coach (but not as hardcore). They can help anyone excel at living their life, even if they have chronic medical conditions.
Like Talk Therapy
The coaching process is like talk therapy, except that the person being coached is in the driver’s seat. The client creates their own goals and strategies on how to arrive at these goals.
What About a Life Coach?
You may wonder what the difference is between a health coach and a life coach. Rightly so. They are very similar, except that a life coach doesn’t just focus on health.
They also work with their client’s on career issues, executive coaching, and professional effectiveness. In addition, health coaches focus on a wide variety of health issues like:
- Weight loss
- Stress reduction
- The management of chronic conditions
- Improving diet and exercise
- Tobacco cessation
- Adjusting to a life-altering health event
They can help you increase energy, lose weight, become healthier, and improve overall wellness.
Help Is Out There
Do you feel like you are stuck in a vicious loop?
- Can’t figure out how to start changing your life?
- Are you ready to address your whole health?
- Do you feel like you’ve tried everything, but nothing is working?
You have options, and there is something out there that will work for you – the trick is finding it. At Living Well Dallas, our health coaches also work hand-in-hand with our Functional Medicine practitioners and nutritionists to help you implement the necessary changes to help you get and stay well.
Contact Us Today
At Living Well Dallas, we take the time to:
- Listen to your concerns
- Help you discover where and why you are struggling
- Help you navigate the world of contradictory nutritional advice to figure out precisely what works for your body
We understand that life happens. And we work with you and support you in every way we can to achieve optimal wellness. Our coaches will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you and help you make gradual changes that support lasting habits.
20 Minute Complimentary Call
Have you come to realize that long-term success in all areas of your life relies on good health? Are you ready to change your mindset so that you can heal?
Contact us today! We can have a 20-minute phone or video appointment to discuss:
- Specific, individualized health and nutrition needs
- How we can guide you to get back on track to a healthier lifestyle