You Can Become a Health Coach Too!

Find out about how you can become a Health Coach, or start an exciting career in the Health and Wellness field.

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What is a Health Coach?

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The role of a Health Coach is to partner with our clients to help them discover how to reach new levels of health, happiness, and fulfillment. By educating our clients on nutrition and health, we can be a part of lasting change in that person’s journey. Health Coaches are not Doctors or Nutritionists, but can pick up where they leave off, coaching them through lifestyle change, giving them the support and direction they need after they leave the doctors’ office.  A doctor can say “eat healthy” and a Health Coach can show them how.  A Nutritionist can give them a list of things to eat and to avoid, while a Health Coach can help them discover what foods are right for them, using the very important concept of bio- individuality.  To quote Joshua Rosenthal, Founder and Director of Institute for Integrative Nutrition, “one person’s food is another person’s poison.” Each one of us has highly individualistic nutrition requirements based on genetics, blood type, ancestry, metabolism, and so forth.

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 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.  My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins.  It is not to create lists of restrictions, or good and bad foods.  Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.

Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy.  As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.

Contact me for a free initial consultation!

HealthCoachLaurel@gmail.com

(805) 296-5825

Is Gluten-Free Just a Fad?

Gluten free products are popping up all over the place.  The demand for gf items in stores and restaurants is growing rapidly.  Do you ever wonder what the deal is with gluten?  I suffered with severe IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) since birth.  It was often debilitating, and kept me from enjoying many events and activities because I was stuck home in excruciating pain.  I also suffered from chronic headaches, so Excedrin was a nightly necessity for me.  I tried to avoid foods that I thought might be causing the tummy trouble including dairy and fried foods.  I suffered even when I thought I was eating really healthy foods.  Almost one year ago, I  decided to take a friend’s advice and go gluten free.  In doing so I stumbled upon an amazing discovery.  Since the removal of wheat and other products containing gluten, I noticed that my symptoms were finally gone…even the headaches!  I decided to do some research on gluten, and found that it can be a serious trigger for IBS sufferers.  Watch this video from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to learn more about gluten, and decide if a gluten-free diet is right for you.

Behind the Gluten Controversy

Eden’s Favorite Juicing Recipe

This is a delicious and sweet juice that my daughter Eden and I just love.  The boys like it too, once they get past the color.    If you have a juicer this only takes a few minutes because it only has a few ingredients.  Beet juice supports healthy blood circulation throughout the body including brain, heart and muscles, and is also known to lower blood pressure.  Carrot juice is packed with beta carotene,  which turns to vitamin A in the body.  Studies show Vitamin A to play a large role in Cancer prevention, and is extremely beneficial to the liver for it’s cleansing effects.  It also strengthens bones and teeth.  This juice is loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, but these are only a few of the many benefits. Your body will thank you!

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Eden’s Pink Juice

1 apple (we like Pink Ladies, Galas, or Fujis)

1 purple beet (save the greens and saute or steam for a delicious side dish)

1/2 inch slice of ginger

4 or 5 carrots

3 or 4 kale leaves

Serve over ice if desired and enjoy!

Hello Friends

I am so excited to begin this new journey as a Holistic Health Coach and Personal Trainer.  As I complete my training at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and begin to build my practice, this blog will allow me to share with you helpful health and wellness articles, recipes, fitness tips, as well as special experiences on this new adventure.  Please sign up to receive my blog posts.  It is my hope that I can help to inspire others toward a Lifestyle Divine!

Blessings,

Laurel