Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how coaches can best encourage clients to change behaviors. One of my coaches has been emphasizing encouragement, and I have to agree. Often when we are learning something new, it’s most encouraging to have our coach show us how to change. And it’s even better when a coach can model that behavior for us. I don’t know about you, but just telling me I should change isn’t the same as showing me how easy change can be.

Given all of this, it’s kind of funny that I have a coach/client relationship in my own home. Who is my client? My darling husband (DH)! While he’s 100% supportive of my career, it’s been a slower path for him to make substantive changes in his own health-related choices. As with my other clients, I focus first on introducing foods that are less processed.

Popping on the stove!

Here’s a recent example — microwave popcorn! We both enjoy popcorn as a relatively healthy snack. But my DH has been buying microwave popcorn for years. Gosh it’s just so darn convenient! But then you look at the list of ingredients, and even read things online that may scare you.

On the spur of the moment, I bought some organic popping corn a few weeks ago. I love popcorn popped on the stove, and I thought I might be the only one making the effort at home. No problem. I brought it home and popped my favorite recipe right away. Not surprisingly, the smell drew some interest and we shared the freshly popped goodness. Just a day or so later, DH asked me to remind him how to make fresh popcorn. (Yay!)

But the best part of the whole experience was hearing my darling husband say, “Y’know … we probably should give away all that microwave popcorn. It’s just nowhere near as tasty as the fresh stuff. And it’s all full of chemicals and other yucky stuff!”

So this health coach was reminded again … show me the new way … don’t just tell me!

Here’s my popcorn “recipe” … Really just guidelines.

1/4-1/3 cup unpopped popcorn
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
Seasonings – I like fresh cracked pepper and sea salt

Pick a large saucepan with a tightly fitting lid. Warm your oil with one piece of unpopped corn over medium to high heat. Be sure the lid fits tightly to keep heat and oil in the pan.

When the oil is hot, the single kernel will pop. Before you add the remaining popcorn, add your seasonings to the oil. Then add the remaining popcorn and close the lid again. Shake the saucepan a bit to get the oil evenly distributed. The popcorn should begin to pop, and you’ll want to keep a close watch over its process. Do not leave the stove while the popcorn is popping! Shake the saucepan occasionally during the whole cooking process.

When you stop hearing popping, the popcorn is finished. You should have a saucepan full of popped popcorn within 4-5 minutes. Pour it into a bowl (or bowls if sharing) and enjoy!