by Andria Greenidge
Why are chronic diseases so rampant? What can we do to ease or even remove the pressure from our health-care system? Is my health my responsibility or my doctor’s? Do I want a quick but temporary fix or a slower but sustainable route to health and wellness? Is there anything I can do to ensure optimal quality of life or am I doomed, no matter what precautions I take? Are my genes to blame?
Intuitively, I have always known that a large number of dis-eases and conditions are preventable. As time passed, the urge to take action, to play a role in halting if not reversing the spread of chronic dis-eases grew stronger, eventually leading me to enrol in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I received certification as a Health Coach.
At IIN, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with teachers such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine, Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine, Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Centre, Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University, as well as many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
Now let me be clear, I am not a doctor, nutritionist or health-care provider. What I am is a Health Coach! What is that you ask? Well, as a Health Coach, I offer guidance and inspiration to help my clients shift their behaviour to healthier habits by making step by step changes to their diet and lifestyle. My clients learn about new, healthy foods and the concept of primary foods (relationships, career, physical activity, spirituality). After of all, let’s face it, eating all the broccoli in the world will not make you healthier if your life is filled with stress.
As a result of our partnership, clients develop a deeper understanding of the foods and lifestyle choices that work best for them, and can implement lasting changes that increase their odds of succeeding at losing weight, eating healthier, sleeping better, having more energy, lowering stress level, understanding and reducing or eliminating cravings, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
Instead of prescribing one diet or say, one way of exercising, as a Health Coach I focus on teaching clients to become self-sufficient by observing their own unique responses to various modifications and choosing health-promoting behaviours that work for them. I am a guide and mentor who empower clients to take responsibility for their own health, and support them to implement and sustain lifestyle behaviour changes that will contribute to the achievement of their personal wellness goals.
Working with a Health Coach provides the motivation, individualized attention and accountability you need to turn your good intentions into positive actions. A study done by Duke University showed that health coaching helped people with diabetes take their medications on schedule, exercise regularly and control their blood sugar better. A study of nearly 175,000 persons published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that participants who were coached via telephone, spent less money on medical care and drugs and were 10 per cent less likely to be admitted to hospital.
So, are you ready to take control of your health and wellness?