There are so many holistic health coaches available. But regardless of this statistic, there’s still plenty of confusion as to what their job really entails.
Let’s break down what a health coach is, what they aren’t, and how working with a coach can benefit your health.
What a Holistic Health Coach Is
A holistic health coach is someone who meets a client where they are and helps guide them to where they want to go.
They support the client by using expert resources and recommendations that empower and inspire the client to make their own decisions for a sustainable outcome.
What a Holistic Health Coach is Not
A holistic health coach is not a nutritionist, doctor, dietitian, acupuncturist, medical worker, etc. They don’t treat, heal, cure, prevent, or diagnose. All of those things are out of their scope of practice.
If you start working with a holistic health coach and they are telling you they can treat, heal, cure, etc., you may want to look elsewhere for guidance.
5 Ways a Holistic Health Coach Can Help You
1. Uncover The Root Cause and Reach Your Goals
Health challenges and goals can feel like a scattered 500 piece puzzle – talk about stress. Just when you think things are coming together, something comes up, and you can’t seem to figure out how you’re going to get to the end result you desire.
A health coach can help you piece things together in a manageable way and help you create sustainable, lasting change.
2. Become a Better Consumer
Reading labels, choosing organic when possible, going gluten-free or dairy-free, non-GMO – it can be overwhelming for anyone transitioning to a new whole food lifestyle. Your health coach will help make sense of it all and help reduce confusion around the best options for you.
3. End the Overwhelm
We’re all capable of using Google for health concerns, but do you really want to feel stressed out trying to understand it all?
Not to mention, going the Google route is rarely a good idea. You’ll start thinking it could be one thing, and then “Oh, maybe I have this 18 letter long word I’ve never heard of.” Or, “Oh sh*t, I think I might actually have this.” Please don’t do this to yourself.
A health coach can provide you with RELIABLE resources and eliminate irrelevant information (sadly, there’s a lot of it out there).
4. Prepare You to See Your Doctor
Doctors appointments can be nerve wracking. You go into the appointment with every intention of taking mental notes, but then they start talking and it sounds like a foreign language you didn’t even know existed.
It’s easy to often leave an appointment feeling more confused than when you entered.
A health coach can help you have a successful appointment and give you the tools you need to feel more empowered.
5. Support Your Decisions
When it comes to our health, we all want to feel understood and supported. A health coach will take you from where you are to where you want to be based on YOUR decisions.
A health coach is not going to force you to diet or do something that is truly not going to work for you in the long-term. They’ll help you stay focused on your goals and coach you until you achieve them.