If you’re anything like me when I was nearing the end of my health coach training, I really had no idea how to explain health coaching. I would stumble and fumble around trying to find the words and ideas to explain it. And believe me I wasn’t doing a good job! In my world I’m…

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One of the top areas of confusion I’m hearing about from health coaches in my facebook group, is around scope of practice. They’re wondering things like, “Can I provide meal plans? How much info can I share? If I can’t give suggestions, then what do I do?” I had these very same questions when I…

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Are you a health coach who’s struggling to understand your role as coach? Do you find yourself suggesting action steps and telling your client what to do? Are you worried about how to provide value if you don’t give recommendations and advice? Do you stress out when a client asks for meal plans, dietary advice…

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One of the first things we need to do to shift into coach mode is to let go of the expert role. But this is really hard as a new coach. One of the reasons you likely got into health coaching is because you love sharing your health and wellness knowledge and expertise with your…

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As we move away from the role of expert, authority or teacher, we begin to embrace the coach mindset The coach approach or “advocate and inspire” model holds that clients are naturally creative, resourceful and whole. We believe and trust they have the answers inside of them. They are whole beings who aren’t broken and…

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  As we embrace the coach mindset and let go of the need for control, we work with our clients as guides, allies and advocates. We stand shoulder to shoulder along side our clients to help them facilitate their own journey of growth and change. We begin our coaching relationship by creating an alliance or…

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The need for wellness coaching Health and wellness coaching grew out of a need or gap in the traditional health care system around preventative and lifestyle medicine. Most physicians don’t have time to help patients build healthy habits and change their lifestyle on a daily basis. With 30 million preventable deaths each year, health and…

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As a new coach, it is important to be aware of what potential clients may look for in a health coach: Professional credentials. Coaches are a dime a dozen these days and many get their training through weekend workshops. Be prepared for a potential client to ask about your training and/or credentials. They might be…

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I’m sure you are aware that chronic disease rates in Canada, and around the world, are skyrocketing. About two-thirds of all deaths in Canada each year are a result of chronic diseases and they cost us around $190 billion annually. About 58 per cent of our yearly health care spending ($68 billion) goes toward chronic…

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