“I lost over 100 pounds on my own. And then it started coming back. It was embarrassing and shameful to think I was destined to be among the 95 percent of people who regain all their weight. I envied the healthy and active people who seemed to have it easier than I did. Working with Colleen gave me the tools and skills to transform my relationship with my body and my understanding of food. She encouraged me to trust my intuition. She challenged me to break my own rules (because they were holding me back). Now, for the first time in my life, I am happy with myself and so very proud of who I’ve become. I would never have believed this was possible without Colleen’s support.” – Missy B
What is health coaching?
When you go to see your doctor, you are told what is wrong and how to fix it. When you take a class, you are told what you need to know and how to apply it. But if knowledge actually led to health and happiness, chronic illness and stress wouldn’t affect so many of us. Most of us have at least some idea of what we need to do, and absolutely no idea why it’s so hard to do it! Coaches provide support and accountability, and draw out personal motivations for change and individual solutions that will work.
Coaching is not therapy . . . Therapy tends to focus on fixing problems by exploring past issues. Coaching focuses forward. It’s based on exploring current situations and then creating an action plan with goals that will manifest each individual’s vision for their ideal reality. Coaching isn’t interested so much in the why, but the how.
I have been a single mom since shortly after my children were born. For 10 years, I worked in a high stress job and spent all of my time taking care of my kids. Fourteen months ago, my weight hit an all time high. I was five feet tall, 165 pounds, and needed Spanx to squeeze into my biggest clothes. So I spent a year going to a personal trainer 3-4 times a week, and cut back on unhealthy food. When I didn’t loose any weight, my doctor referred me to a metabolic specialist, who found that my triglycerides were at 602, and my total cholesterol was at 347. A genetic test indicated that I don’t metabolize cholesterol very well. Statins were prescribed, and I was told I’d need them the rest of my life. But even at small doses, the side effects were immediate. Muscle fatigue, cramping, flu-like symptoms, daily exhaustion, and several severe depressive episodes were debilitating. I tried at least five different statins and each was as bad as the last.
I couldn’t live this way. So I did my research and made a decision. I believed that if I changed my lifestyle, cleaned up my diet and lost weight, I wouldn’t need those drugs. But I felt like I’d already tried everything! Even my doctor believed I’d always need the statins regardless of my efforts. It seemed hopeless.
And then I started working with Colleen. Unexpectedly, most of our sessions were not spent talking about what I should and shouldn’t eat. Self-defeating thought patterns were my greatest challenge. Colleen helped me get out of my own way and overcome my fear that things would never change. Every small step gave me the confidence to take another. I just needed someone else to believe in me until I could believe too. The weight was slow to come off and I had to push through frequent plateaus. But I now weigh a healthy 118 pounds. My cholesterol and triglycerides have dropped into the normal range—off the statins!—and continue to fall. And I have no fear that I can’t sustain this. Colleen didn’t just help me lose weight. She guided me to a completely new perspective. Her coaching style – combining both nutritional and psychological counseling – has been instrumental in my success. I know that I did the work, but I give Colleen all of the credit. And now that I have the knowledge (and the energy!) I will pay this success forward, starting with my kids! –Anna M.
Do you want to feel great in your body?
Are you ready to accomplish new goals in a way that’s empowering and exciting?
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I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship(s) cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
As we untangle the causes and effects of your habits and beliefs, you’ll get in touch with your own needs. This self-awareness will lead to self-autonomy. You won’t fall prey to the confusing (and expensive) array of latest magazine articles, fad diet books and miracle medications. You’ll learn how to tackle issues when they arise (before they become problems) and make good decisions for yourself.
Let’s define what you value most from your well-being. We’ll use these visions to motivate specific actions that bring you closer to where you want to be. As your coach, I will not dictate a diet for you, but together we will explore why some foods make you feel better than others and how to strategically use that feedback. We’ll co-create your health goals within reasonable time frames. I’ll provide actionable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working toward, as well as resources, support and accountability you’ll need.
How would you feel to have the undivided attention of a trained professional? Our healthcare system is overburdened, relying on too-short appointments and the quick-fix promises of medications that may reduce symptoms, but neglect to identify and correct the underlying problem. As a health coach, I provide a supportive environment that allows you see how your health is an expression of everything you think, do and eat. My education has exposed me to the most cutting-edge dietary and behavior theories. Using highly effective coaching techniques, I will help you find the right nutrition and lifestyle that will allow you to accomplish your goals.
Traditional approaches to weight loss and good nutrition focus on cutting calories and obsessing over carbohydrate, fat and protein ratios. If dieting worked, it would be easy for most people to lose weight and keep it off. Instead, it seems the harder we try, the harder we fail. I coach my clients to listen to their bodies instead of relying on research. We’ll explore unconscious habits and implement small changes that will quickly compound. Maybe drinking more water reduces your desire for coffee. As a result, higher-quality sleep leads to a faster metabolism. Suddenly you’ve got more energy to cook a healthy dinner after work or get outside for some play time. As you begin to feel better, you’ll look forward to the rewards of taking the next step.
An Integrative Nutrition Health Coach is a guide and mentor who empowers you and provides ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness.
It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat that affects our health, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these primary foods are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.
Many nutrition experts give their clients a list of foods to avoid and foods to eat, which explains why so many people are turned off by nutrition. My approach is different – by eating and drinking foods that are good for you, you will naturally have less room and desire for unhealthy foods. Simply put, you will crowd out the unhealthy food in your diet. This takes a little practice to make happen, but I will support you along the way.
The concept of Bio-Individuality is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background.
Cravings play a critical role in understanding what your body needs and shouldn’t be ignored. When you learn how to deconstruct your cravings and understand what they’re really telling you, you will be able to reclaim a sense of balance and harmony.
Integrative Nutrition Plate
The Integrative Nutrition Plate emphasizes the importance of local and organic produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and water. It shows you how a plate should appear at mealtime and emphasizes the importance of proportions and portion size. To complete the picture, the plate is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal health: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality. I’ll introduce you to some of the healthiest foods on the planet and teach you how to find what’s healthiest for your unique body!