Why Do You Need a Health Coach?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Questions Clients Ask, Wellness Ideas | 0 comments

Have you ever heard about health coaching and wondered why it would help you? It’s a pretty new field in wellness and health care, so you probably aren’t alone! My answer is simple … so simple that I wanted to tell you “face-to-face.” And it takes just 45 seconds to watch this video. (It’s my first one ever … so be gentle with me ok?)

I specifically help people living with chronic pain and inflammation make simple nutrition and lifestyle changes that minimize their pain and maximize their energy! Why, because I know just how you feel … and I’ve worked hard on developing some solutions for myself that I’d like to share with you!

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 Gluten Free Story … So Far …

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Gluten Free, On My Soapbox, Wellness Ideas | 0 comments

Lots and lots of people are out there in the blogosphere and health world talking about eating gluten free. I’ve been listening to them for years—have you? Well, I finally joined onto that bandwagon. Here’s a little bit about why I did, and more importantly what it did for me.

Every time someone brought up eating gluten free, my  response was the same. “Maybe someday I’ll change but I’m not ready right now.” Honestly that’s just a nice way of saying … give me a good enough reason and I’ll consider if it would be worth it to me. I love bread and all things wheat, so being gluten free sounded like a small bit of hell right here on earth. But just in case, I eliminated processed breakfast cereals and limited my bread consumption … okay but I still had the occasional pizza or subs or cookies or cakes. I definitely found that the more healthy, clean, unprocessed choices I made, the better I felt. But gluten-free … nope, I wasn’t ready yet.

Well, about 3 months ago things started to shift. As you know, my primary health coaching focus is working with people who live with pain and inflammation. Since that’s my everyday world as well, I spend a lot of time researching this type of information. When I read a great book hoping to gain some insight for a newly diabetic family member, the connections really started to click. What? A book about diabetes talked about gluten? Yup – and inflammation … and the connection between the two. And I found an article that seemed credible covering the connection between autoimmunity and gluten. And I read another book about the connection between thyroid issues, autoimmunity and gluten too. More reading and more credible, scientific connections ensued. And I decided to it was time to give gluten-free living a try.

Making pizza with a cauliflower crust ... no gluten here!

Making pizza with a cauliflower crust … no gluten here!

Know what really flipped the final switch? Well I just happened to stand on the scale one morning. The previous evening I’d had two small pieces of pizza and a few baked, breaded shrimps. Shocker – the scale showed I had gained four pounds overnight. Nothing else in my food the day before was inflammatory. But four pounds of water/inflammation packed on just from a “moderate” serving of wheat-based stuff. You should know that I’m not super worried about my weight – it’s healthy and I’m fitting in my clothes. That’s another reason why four pounds overnight just seemed crazy.

So with all of this information, I figured maybe there is some truth to the connection between gluten and inflammation. And I thought to myself, “let’s give it 4 to 6 weeks and see how I feel. If there’s no change, I’ll just go back to gluten.” And how long did it take to see and feel a difference? Not 4 to 6 weeks but 4 to 6 DAYS! Truthfully, I am still finding things that have changed … and it has been about 10 weeks now. Here’s what I noticed:

  • Flexibility (what I noticed first … and as a massage therapist this change is very helpful … plus it’s easier to get on the floor and play with the grandkids)
  • Major reduction in morning stiffness, especially in my hands (again, so helpful when I have early morning clients)
  • Strength or more muscle soreness (I think keeping my muscles strong will ultimately benefit my joints, so this is important to me too)
  • Major changes in how clothing waistlines fit (small weight change too, plus every single piece of clothing is looser & all muffin tops are gone)
  • Less swollen feet at night (I stand for up to 8 hours each day, so this comfort level change is huge)
  • Less wildly uncontrollable hunger (I used to say my stomach was really a headless monster but not anymore …)
  • Less irritability, especially around hunger (this is huge because I have been attributing irritability to hormone changes … maybe not so much)
  • Calmer emotions even in times of great stress (so I’m in the sandwich generation and a small business owner … need to be calmer every day)
  • Less brain fog – not “losing words” or my train of thought at all (super helpful and makes me feel a lot less crazy)
  • Changes in muscle definition and general tissue quality (now you can see my muscles, plus they feel looser and less tense to both me and my massage therapist)

I can’t say for sure that going gluten-free will help you with these issues. (But I would wish good changes of any type for you!) I can’t say for sure that I will always experience being gluten-free as a positive force in my life. But I am hopeful … and that makes all the difference each morning when my feet hit the floor. Don’t be surprised if you see a few gluten-free recipes peaking up here, and some more conversation about the benefits. After all, sharing information is what I’m all about!

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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Let’s Do This!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Testimonials | 0 comments

Amazing testimonial from my dear friend and client Mike Ridgeway!

Let’s Do This!

Four years ago I made the best decision of my life. It wasn’t about a job, it wasn’t about a relationship, and it wasn’t about Dream Ride Projects, but that decision would have a profound impact on all three areas of my life.

My body had been ravaged by injuries sustained by three consecutive accidents while bicycling. These were not “career-ending” injuries, but nagging injuries that left scar tissue to linger and cause me chronic pain and the inability to enjoy my passion for bicycling and life in general.

Barbara Searles, my massage therapist and now a dear friend and respected colleague asked me to try a new therapy she had learned called Myofascial Release.

Mike and I getting ready for a RAAM training ride in 2008

It’s now been four short years since that fateful day I said to Barb, “Let’s do this.” Four years of faith and persistence, four years of healing, both physical and emotional healing from those injuries and even some additional past injuries.

Myofascial Release has done exactly what Barb promised me it would. It has helped my body get back to “healing itself,” making itself right again, and helped given me back my passion for life and my commitment to my community. It’s actually been a short four years, really, in the big scheme of life, A Blip.

But here it is, I’m Back! I’m back doing the things that energize me and support my life’s purpose. And everyone will benefit from that, I promise! Thank You Barb Searles, for your dedication for your craft, and to your clients, like me who do place a little bit of our faith in your commitment to help us heal ourselves, when we chose to make that decision.

This year I’m back on the road to accomplish one of my life’s passionate pursuits, a third Race Across America (RAAM) finish. I’m dedicating my training for RAAM 2013 to Barb Searles, who helped pull me back from an abyss. My therapist, my colleague, and my Friend.

“LET’S DO THIS BARB!”

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