Health Coach or Fitness App?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in On My Soapbox, Questions Clients Ask, Wellness Ideas | 0 comments

Someone recently asked me, “Why would I hire a health coach when I can download a free fitness app to keep me on track?” And, you guessed it, I have an answer to share with all of you!

Don’t get me wrong—I love fitness apps like LoseIt and MyFitnessPal. In fact I think that these apps are the food diary of the twenty-first century. I remember my first venture into Weight Watchers back in 1990. We received a small paper booklet every week and were told to write everything we ate in the booklet. Then a few years later a calculator-type tracker was available—for about $75 I think.How things have changed! Now these FREE apps have millions of entries in a database that users can continually add to. The apps can tell you all kinds of different nutrition information about that snack or restaurant meal. They approximate your home-cooked meal’s nutrition value with ease. Lots of advantages … including all the things an app will tell you about calories burned during your day. You can even count the calories involved in cooking your dinner!

App or Coach

So what does a health coach offer that’s different? I can only speak for my approach, but one thing a health coach does is consider each client as a wholly individual being. The health coach does so much more than focus on calories in and calories out. Even the prevailing health wisdom is calling that an outdated approach.

While every health coach has an area of expertise or specialization, they know how to incorporate that knowledge into the reality of a client’s day. For example, I work primarily with people who are interested in addressing chronic pain and inflammation through holistic and nutritional means. There are some very specific steps towards this goal, but based on my experience I can determine whether or not those steps apply to you.

A few days ago, I was working with a young woman who contacted me because food shopping and knowing healthy from unhealthy was very difficult for her. After four sessions, including a grocery store tour together, we reached a really important moment. It started innocently enough with a conversation about how great the grocery store tour was for her confidence. And all of a sudden, my client was making connections about her food-related childhood experiences and the fear she feels today. It was a tissue and tears moment, and it cleared away a lot of her tension about food.

This story is a perfect example of what health coaching offers that ISN’T available in a free app. Health coaching offers recognition that each client’s needs are individual. It offers a place to discuss not just what to eat but why to make adjustments. Together clients and health coaches create sacred space where big emotional connections happen. The coach shares practical tips like recipes and lessons in label reading—in a way that’s easy to absorb.

Most importantly the health coaching relationship offers trust, hugs and love—invaluable encouragement!

 

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute get acquainted call. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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Fabulous GF Cornbread

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Cooking at Home, Gluten Free, Recipes | 0 comments

If you were considering going gluten free, what would be the hardest food item to give up? My guess is that at least 50% of us would say bread! Tasty gluten-free bread is the Holy Grail of the GF eater. Either the bread crumbles before it reaches your mouth, or it is just to bland to even swallow. My strategy has been to find non-bread items to replace the outsides of my sandwiches with – for example, a GF wrap or tortilla. It keeps my disappointment level to a minimum. But there are some days when nothing but a bite or three of bread will satisfy!

A client of mine shared this terrific recipe with me. She is vegan and also eats mostly gluten free. I have to say this is probably the best gluten free bread I have tasted. Of course, you can’t make a sandwich with it … but it tastes and feels EXACTLY like cornbread made with white flour. The recipe is modified from one in Jane Brody’s Good Food Gourmet.

Here's the 8 x 8 pan version.

Here’s the 8 x 8 pan version.

 

 GF Cornbread

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup millet flour (or 1/2 cup millet flour and 1/2 cup sorghum flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 tablespoons oil (can replace with 3 tablespoons apple sauce)
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 cup buttermilk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
1 egg (for vegan, replace with 2 tablespoons ground flax and 2 tablespoons water)

Mix dry ingredients gently. Add wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 inch pan.

If using oil: Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until golden brown and tester comes out clean.
If using apple sauce: Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown and tester comes out clean.

Can be used to make corn muffins (makes about 11). Bake muffins at same temperatures for a few minutes less or until golden brown and tester comes out clean.

And these are the finished muffins!

And these are the finished muffins!

Let me know what you think when you try the recipe!

 

Looking for support in going Gluten Free? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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A Major WOW!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Here’s another fantastic testimonial from a 2012 client … I hope you find it inspiring as you make your resolutions and 2013 wellness goals!

“After receiving negative blood work, I consulted with Barbara to find solutions to lose weight, reduce my cholesterol intake and triglycerides. After 9 months of coaching, I lost 40 pounds to reach my goal weight of 195 lbs., reduced my cholesterol by 20 points, and halved my triglycerides — a major WOW!

It is my hope with continued coaching — and I’m sure there won’t be any issues — that the weight is off for good. My weight loss and other positive health changes were the result of Barbara suggesting healthier choices in my eating habits and not by a “quick weight loss scheme.”

For this, I’m grateful.”

– Cris G, Lancaster, PA

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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My New Year’s Message

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Happy New Year to all of you!

This morning, the first day of 2013, I received a wonderful message from a health coaching client. Now THIS is the way a health coach wants to start a new year!

“Happy 2013! Today I weighed 298 down 40 lbs from 2 years ago today! My blood pressure medicine was cut in half. Goal is to lose more weight, exercise more and get off my meds completely. THANK YOU for all you taught me! I am eating greens and things I never ate before. Took slow steps to get where I am but it is working. Happy Happy New Year!”

Everyone has goals and today is the day we all talk about them. No matter how slow or fast your journey towards your goals progresses, it’s a wonderful thing to move forward. What are your goals and how do you plan to make them reality in 2013?

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy?!?? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

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Well … isn’t that Pinteresting …

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in On My Soapbox | 0 comments

If you’ve been spending time on the latest online social networking site, you know just what I mean … Pinterest is a pretty fun spot for all kinds of information. Just in case you’re curious what has been catching my eye, here are links to a couple of my Pinterest boards:

Healthy Food … Mostly – lots of great recipes and general food information

Nutrition Infographics – taking nutrition data and turning it into cool infographics

Truffles with Energy – lately I am obsessed with finding the perfect energy truffle recipe

Live Healthy – green, sustainable and just plain smart ideas

Clean & Cheap – ideas about how to make your own cleaning products using every day (less chemically-driven) materials

I’m also working on a new board that captures a lot of Anti-Inflammatory food and lifestyle suggestions!

I’d love for you to follow any of these individual boards. Or if you’d like to know more about me – what I love and what I find pinteresting – then follow all my boards!

Ready to get started feeling less pain and more energy? The best way to determine what program is right for you is scheduling a FREE 45-minute initial health and wellness consultation. Simply call or email me today to get started!

 

 

 

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