Frequently Asked Questions
Q: So how does this work exactly?
Everyone is different and the process is highly customized, which is why it all may seem a bit vague. However, the initial steps are the same across the board –
First we will set up your FREE Clarity Call in which I will have you fill out a Health History form to provide to me before our call. You’ll fill me in on where you are currently and where you want to be. I’ll either fill you in on how I can get you there or provide you with a referral for someone who could best serve you. The call typically lasts about 45 minutes.
When we decide to partner together, we’ll schedule your Timeline Review Call next. This is one of my favorite parts! It’s when we’ll really get clear on the how and the why for your next steps in becoming the healthiest version of you! You’ll leave the call with tangible next steps (as always!) and then we will transform together.
Q: What does a health coach do?
- Guide conversations to allow clients to explore areas they feel need attention
- Make recommendations for basic, health-supportive behavior changes
- Encourage clients to adapt healthy behavior changes and to hold themselves accountable for their choices, while supporting them in those decisions
- Recommend that clients consult their doctor or medical practitioner before changing a medication, making major dietary changes, starting a new fitness routine, or making any potentially harmful behavior changes
- Refer to the appropriate medical professional for proper treatment of medical issues
Q: What is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)?
A holistic health & nutrition school focused on training health coaches to change lives, including their own. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) was founded in 1992 by Joshua Rosenthal. Once a small classroom of passionate students in New York City, it is now the largest nutrition school in the world. Through its innovative online learning platform, Integrative Nutrition has provided a global learning experience for ~100,000 students and graduates in over 150 countries worldwide.
The IIN program is holistic in that they encourage treating the whole person in regards to health and wellness. Students are exposed to more than 100 different dietary theories to discover the importance of high quality, nutrient-dense foods. While good dietary nutrition helps build the foundation for wellness, it’s not the only pillar. A core principle at IIN is that nutrition extends far beyond food – nutrition comprises all things that nourish the body. Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches are trained to help clients nourish themselves with the primary foods of life, including spirituality, career, physical activity, and relationships. Research continues to support the use of lifestyle change involving exercise, spiritual practice, diet, and other behaviors for conditions such as chronic stress, weight loss, migraine headaches, constipation, and arthritis, as well as many others.
Interested in attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition or becoming a health coach yourself? Email me at email@example.com to pick my brain or find out how I can save you money on your tuition.
Q: How is a health coach different from a nutritionist or registered dietician?
Many people don’t have intensive medical conditions but really need guidance with their health. This support doesn’t have to come from a nutritionist or registered dietitian, especially when often what people need is accountability and coaching to implement changes. Health coaches know how to live in a healthy manner, incorporate health foods and exercise, and help people find balance. Health coaches work in an ongoing coaching plan to support client goals. While dietary nutrition is discussed, there’s a larger focus on non-food forms of nourishment like career, relationships, physical activity, and spirituality. They assess a client’s overall well-being and together come up with recommendations to help enact basic health-supportive modifications.
Q: How is a health coach different from a life coach?
A life coach is an adviser who helps clients achieve goals by working through problems and making decisions. Like health coaching, life coaching involves examining a client’s life right now to identify obstacles or challenges to living a fulfilled life and then choosing a course of action. Both professions are rooted in the belief that clients already have many of the answers to their questions and simply need guidance on discovering those answers. However, while life coaches have general training in a wide variety of areas, IIN trained health coaches receive intensive training and specialize in aspects of life that impact a person’s health. An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach focuses on nutrition, physical activity, relationships, career, and spirituality. These elements can impact markers of health such as stress, weight, and energy levels. The relationship between food and lifestyle and how they both affect health is the primary focus of a health coach.
Q: How is a health coach different from therapists, psychologists, and mental health professionals?
While Health Coaches, therapists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals all specialize in listening, their approaches to working with clients differ. Unlike a therapist, who uses mental health tools to analyze, diagnose, and treat mental health behaviors, a health coach simply serves as an active and supportive listener, utilizing core coaching skills to ask questions that allow clients to discover their own challenges and solutions. While a therapist often explores one’s past to examine unhealthy thought patterns and influences, a health coach focuses primarily on the present and future. Health coaches highlight clients’ strengths and help them to make immediate lifestyle changes to work toward their goals.
Q: Is it okay to share your recommendations with my doctor?
YES! And it is crucial to always consult with your doctor before making any health or lifestyle changes.
Q: Are payment plans available?
Of course! Helping you achieve your goals and live your healthiest life is my #1 priority. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can discuss your current situation and develop a payment plan that works for you.
Q: If I start working with you should I stop going to my doctor?
NO! At the end of the day your doctor always knows best. Health coaches and doctors often work in harmony with one another in order to help you achieve a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Think of me or your health coach as the cherry on top to the services you receive from your doctor. Please be sure to run any recommendations by your doctor before implementing them into your daily life.