How to shift into the coach mindset

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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How to let go of the expert role

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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How to embrace the coach approach

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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How to become a wellness ally

  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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What is a health and wellness coach?

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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What a client may look for in a health coach

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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The role of a health coach in lifestyle medicine

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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The three stages of the health coaching process

Are you a new coach who’s not quite sure what the coaching process looks like? Do you have the outline of a 6-month program but not quite sure how to implement it? There are many different ways to view the coaching process and many more methods and approaches. This three-stage process might shed some light…

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Why I want to help you uplevel your skills

I’m currently employed by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) as a Coaching Circle Facilitator. For the past six years I’ve helped close to 1000 students practice their coaching skills, get clear on a coaching framework and boost their confidence by providing them valuable feedback and mentorship. After completing the Health Coach Training Program with…

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Two turning points in my health coaching practice

I know what to feels like to get to the end of a health coach training program and feel like you’re just not ready to start coaching. “I don’t know enough. I’m not smart enough.” “What if the client asks me questions I can’t answer?” “I’ll just wait until I get all my marketing in…

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