"What people really need is a good listening to."
Mary Lou Casey
During our initial session, a client mentioned that she had stopped seeing one of her doctors a few years prior. She told me she always left his office feeling like a failure, having tried several weight loss programs to no avail. As she recalled her experience, I could sense it was painful. "I didn't feel like I was being heard," she expressed. "He kept suggesting weight loss surgery, and I didn't want to go in that direction. It just wasn't for me. He made me feel like I was nothing more than my weight. That went on for years. I hated going!"
I do not doubt that he meant well. However, I'm glad for my client's sake, and for those who have had similar experiences, that coaching employs a very different approach. The saddest part of this scenario is that her weight was not about food (as far as eating too many calories). I told her this during our session. She cried, knowing that someone finally realized what she had been thinking for years. And it's true. There is much more to weight loss than the old "calories in minus calories out" equation. One has to look deeper to uncover the underlying imbalances/root causes, unique to each individual.
Oftentimes, there is a combination of one or more factors, such as genetic influences, toxins, adverse food reactions, hormones, gut health, and even one's own beliefs and attitudes regarding food at the root of stubborn weight loss. A functional nutrition practitioner is trained in recognizing these and other factors and customizing a plan to address them.
There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to health and healing. Health transformation is not about the next popular trend because the body is unique, not only in what it needs but also in how it adapts to change. So, in addition to addressing root causes, my integrative and functional nutrition sessions also incorporate health and wellness coaching. Coaching is included because even the best program will be of little value if one cannot sustain changes over the long term.
My comprehensive program focuses on helping you make changes while I provide ongoing support as we address the underlying imbalances impacting your health. We will work together to facilitate lasting transformations on your journey toward restoring your health integrity.
Utilizing coaching skills and techniques, I will also help you overcome barriers that may have prevented you from fulfilling long-held health aspirations.
Coaching fosters a positive relationship that serves to empower you to make lifestyle changes. It involves thoughtful assessment and inquiry, exploration of your values and vision, building your belief in what's possible, heartfelt and honest dialogue, collaborative problem-solving, strategizing, and goal-setting. This approach is in stark contrast to one where you feel like you are being "dictated" to. Coaching creates a connection that serves your purpose and supports you as you take action.
My personal health and wellness journey, along with 22 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (including 14 years experience in incorporating wellness coaching towards lasting change), has provided valuable insights into how to connect and meet you where you are in your quest. We will create a therapeutic partnership where you will feel heard, validated, and inspired as we discover your unique path to feeling and living renewed.
Cheryl often reminds me that the process of change is a journey. I am immensely grateful for her support at every moment of this journey. She acknowledges and celebrates every victory, even those I am unable see. What a gift she has been!