Friday, 25 November 2016 14:44

The Health Coach Difference

The Health Coach Difference

Health coaching is a relatively new profession, but the idea behind it is really rooted in how we, as human beings, operate. As a health coach, I help you work with your unique body, and take into consideration how everything in your life affects your health and wellness.

At the first glance, you may think what a health coach does is not much different from a conventional nutritionist or dietician, or a diet program. However, there are some subtle nuances that make our approach superior in terms of creating positive changes that last – instead of delivering a Band-Aid solution.

As a health coach:

  • I work with the concept of bio-individuality. My approach is client-driven. Instead of getting a one-size-fits-all meal plan based on a cookie-cutter approach or one fad diet, I create customized plans for my clients based on their individual circumstances, lifestyle habits, health condition and other needs. 
  • I approach nutrition as “whole foods”, instead of compartmentalizing them into individual nutrients such as calories, carbs, proteins, fats etc. Why? Because the synergistic relationship among these various components when they are ingested in the form of whole foods deliver much more benefits than when they are taken as individual nutrients.
  • With my health coaching program, during which I work with my clients over several months with sessions that last approximately 60 minutes, I am able to be with them every step of the way so that we are able to look into lifestyle choices and work on changing habits, resulting in meaningful and positive behavioral changes that last for a long time, delivering long-term health benefits.
  • My coaching is goal-, action- and result-oriented. My approach focuses on implementation and integration so that healthy changes are integrated into your life. We live in the age of information overload – you don’t need more information, you need to know which information to use and how to make them work for your life.
  • Instead of treating the symptoms, I work with my clients to get to the underlying causes of their health concerns. We look at how issues such as stress, emotional distress, physical activities, lack of “soul nourishment” etc. affect our overall wellbeing. I help my clients cultivate the awareness to improve all areas of their lives.
  • I support my clients to work with their body on healing itself so that they can eventually reduce the amount of medication that they rely on.
  • Instead of forcing my clients to stick to some “plan” which does not work for them, I first listen to my clients’ needs and concerns, then work with them to get over blocks or resistance, making any behavioural changes they make, stick.

My programs are available in person in my office in Owen Sound or online across the country.  Digestion, Food Sensitivities, Energy and Hormone Balance, Weight Loss and Wellness. 

 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016 20:15

What does a Holistic Nutritionist do?

What does a Holistic Nutrition Consultant do?
Those trained in holistic nutrition evaluate their clients’ nutritional needs by identifying symptoms that may indicate health imbalances. They develop individualized health plans, which include nutrient-dense whole foods, lifestyle recommendations, and naturally sourced supplements, in order to bring the client’s health back into a state of homeostasis.

What will my sessions look like?
A Certified Holistic Nutritionist will create individualized meal plans and recipes for their clients, assist them in understanding food labels and provide them with grocery shopping advice. Each client’s stress levels, exercise routine, quality of sleep and relaxation, and overall lifestyle habits and practices, including smoking or alcohol consumption, are assessed. Deanna will dig a little deeper and help you to discover your triggers to overeating and work to address them if that is something that you struggle with. A Certified Holistic Nutritionist's client's progress is monitored and guidance is given to help them to achieve their health goals, but most importantly they educate and empower their clients, encouraging self-responsibility on the journey to health.

How do Holistic Nutritionists differ from a dietitian?
Unlike Dietitians, those trained in holistic nutrition are self-regulated and choose to forego a degree in Dietetics, rather their comprehensive training focuses on the sciences, bodily functions and symptoms, whole foods and quality food production, naturally sourced supplements, healthy lifestyle practices, and the body-mind connection.

What is the Education?
At CSNN, students complete 17 courses and are tested in each one. They are also required to prepare 14 detailed case studies, write a comprehensive three-hour national board exam, and must obtain an overall 80% average in order to graduate. CSNN Graduates follow a strict Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics, which gives them the ability to work collaboratively alongside both allopathic and alternative healthcare practitioners.

Is there any upgrading?
Deanna has furthered her education and completed her Electrodermal Screening education with world renown Naturopath Dr. Robert Cass at The Academy of International BioEnergetic Sciences in London, Ontario and Continued with a Raw Nutrition Course as well as a Sport's Nutrition Course.

What is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant qualified to do?
After completing the Natural Nutrition Diploma Program, graduates are knowledgeable in all functions of the body, including the digestive and intestinal systems, the immune system, food intolerance and allergies, the causes of inflammation, and blood sugar regulation, to name a few. As a result, these professionals are a valuable resource for corporations, as they are able to lessen employee and healthcare plan costs and decrease sick days by reducing the effects of stress and many common health conditions.

How is information gathered?
Client information is obtained through consultations and questionnaires, thereby recommendations are tailored to each individual’s needs.

Will Deanna communicate with other members of my health care team?
Yes, if permission is granted to contact other members of your health care team.

How will I feel working with a Holistic Nutrition Consultant?
You will feel supported and confident that you are getting individualized nutrition to support your needs.

Will Deanna give me the Canada Food Guide?
NO, you will get a personalized meal plan designed to suit your lifestyle, family and health conditions including recipes, menus and specific foods to bring your body back into balance.

Will a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant recommend against medications that I am currently taking?
NO. Medications that are prescribed by your doctor must be taken as prescribed. It is out of the scope of practice for a Certified Holistic Nutritionist to recommend that medications are stopped.

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