quiz: do you need a health coach?
“health coach” is a relatively new term that’s becoming more and more mainstream every day. however, when i tell someone that i’m a health coach, 9 out of 10 times that statement is answered with, “a health coach? what’s a health coach?” it dawned on me that some of you reading my blog might not be familiar with what a health coach is either… and so, this post was born!
so, what is a health coach? the answer is actually pretty simple. i always describe a health coach as someone who works with clients to address their health concerns, help them establish goals related to their overall health and wellness, and then ultimately acts as an educator and support system as they make lifestyle changes and work towards their goals. in addition to addressing concerns around diet and physical health, a health coach will also look at other aspects of a person’s life, including relationships, work-life balance, physical activity, hobbies and spirituality, to see how these things might be contributing to their health issues.
as a health coach, i don’t push one particular diet, prescribe rigid diet plans, count calories or suggest that clients make dramatic lifestyle changes all at once. instead, i work with clients over an extended period of time [typically six months, but sometimes longer], looking at where their life needs balance and making suggestions for small, manageable changes they can make and stick to over time.
to give you an example, if a client tells me that their goal is to lose 20 pounds, the first thing i would look at is their diet. if there are major issues, like they eat mcdonald’s every day and drink soda with each meal, i’m not going to tell them to immediately stop eating mcdonald’s and drinking soda [even though they should] because even if they did this, it. would. not. stick. instead, i’d suggest that they try replacing one soda per day with a glass of water or, if they are feeling adventurous, a green juice. and then if that goes well, maybe we’ll try replacing one burger with a vegetarian sandwich and so on.
as they make progress, we’ll keep making small changes that they can maintain. and, best of all, i’m there to guide and support them throughout the entire process and hold them accountable. this approach might not get you results overnight, but it will get you results that last. it’s about creating a new, healthy lifestyle, not crash dieting, losing the weight you wanted to lose and gaining it back when you finally decide to binge on everything you have been depriving yourself of.
so, do you need a health coach? take this quiz to find out!
- do you have health concerns that do not require medical attention, but you don’t know how to address on your own?
- do you feel like you are constantly trying the latest fad diet, with minimal results?
- do you feel like you have made changes to your diet or routine that are supposed to make you feel good, but don’t?
- are you lacking balance in [any aspect of] your life?
- are you ready to make lifestyle changes to improve your health, but aren’t sure where to start?
if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, working with a health coach is something that will help you to reach your goals and live a happy, healthy, balanced life.
if you’re ready to take this step towards creating a life that you are obsessed with, email me at email@example.com. if you mention this blog post, you will receive one month of free health coaching [in addition to your free initial consultation] when you sign up for a 6-month program. not sure if working with a health coach is right for you? email me with your questions! i’d be more than happy to chat with you and see if this might be a good fit.
i can’t wait to hear from you!
image courtesy of steph brescia photography
3 life lessons i learned from my dog
about a week ago, my family dog, rollie [pronounced rah-lee] passed away. it was a rough week for us, but knowing that he is in a better place, chasing all of the squirrels, and eating all of the ice cream he could have ever dreamed of is comforting. i went home last weekend and it was so weird walking up to my front door and only being greeted by our other dog, rex. we got rollie when he was only eight weeks old and he was a true member of the family to us, not just a pet, and the house definitely felt empty without him there. as you can see from the picture below, he was also really good at posing for selfies.
i am obsessed with dogs and as a dog lover [i often say i like dogs more than people], i don’t see dogs as inferior creatures or things that we can just throw away like other possessions when we get sick of them. dogs are highly intelligent [probably smarter than many people i’ve come in contact with], can feel like we do and i think that we can all learn from them in some way. here are three important life lessons i learned from rollie.
- be persistent. i have never met a dog as persistent as rollie was. quite often, he was persistent to the point of being annoying, especially when it came to begging for food. he would position himself in front of you, as close as he could physically get and just stare. it didn’t matter if it took you three minutes or three hours to give in. he waited until he got what he wanted and 99% of the time, he did just that. when it comes to what you want, what you really desire deep down, be persistent when going after it. stay focused, keep yourself motivated and don’t let setbacks get to you. it may take days, months or even years to reach your goals, but if it’s what you really want, it’ll be worth it.
- be accepting of others, no matter how different they are from you. rollie loved everyone. people, other dogs, cats, baby bunnies… you name it. he was best friends with our cat, sadie, greeted everyone with a wiggling butt [he was an australian shepherd, so he had no tail to wag] and was interested in everything around him to a fault. just because someone has different views or interests than you, dresses “weird” or comes from a background you don’t understand doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with them. give everyone a chance and try not to pass judgement immediately. you never know how important they could end up being to your life path.
- be excited. all the time. about everything. rollie was one of those dogs that was always happy and bouncing off the walls, even in his old age when it was hard for him to get around. breakfast time? so excited. time to go outside? omg yes. going for a car ride? BEST DAY EVER. if you applied this level of excitement to every little thing you did every single day, especially the things you don’t enjoy doing, i guarantee your quality of life, stress levels, and overall outlook on life would improve drastically and every day would feel like the best day ever.
rollie kept us on our toes, brought us so many laughs over the years [and was seriously the cutest puppy ever… just look at that face!] and will be missed so much. rest peacefully, rollie boy. thank you for inspiring this post and being the best dog any kid could ever wish for.
3 reasons why balance is better than perfection
in my early 20s, being “perfect” was something that i strived for. this desire manifested itself most prominently in my quest for the perfect body through a strict, vegan diet that eventually morphed into orthorexia. while i had the best of intentions, i became so obsessed with being perfect and healthy that i completely lost sight of who i was, how to take care of myself and how to enjoy my life… the biggest problem was that i didn’t even realize it.
eventually, as quite often happens in these cases, i reached a point where i just couldn’t do it anymore. i was exhausted, stressed out and just generally miserable, even though i had reached a weight i considered “perfect” and had the healthiest diet of anyone i knew. i decided to seek help and was able to work through my issues in a way that was healthy, productive and sustainable. in the years since, my goal is no longer to be perfect, but to be balanced. i work to maintain a lifestyle that makes me happy, keeps me healthy and doesn’t create unnecessary stress in my life. do i have my moments? of course. who doesn’t? but, the difference is that now i know that happiness is achieved through balance, not perfection. here are 3 reasons why balance is better than perfection:
1. balance doesn’t allow for “cheat days” because it’s impossible to cheat. when you are working around the clock to maintain a perfect diet and avoid “bad” foods, a well intentioned “cheat day” can easily turn into a full-on binge where you inhale every cookie within a 10-mile radius because, “it’s okay, i’ll be good the rest of the week”. when you’re balanced, you eat the cookie if you want to eat the cookie no matter what day of the week it is. you skip the gym to go to happy hour with your girlfriends if that’s what you want to do. and you know what? it’s fine. one cookie or one skipped gym session isn’t going to derail everything you’re working for. eating every cookie in the tri-state area? that could cause some problems.
2. balance alleviates stress and anxiety. letting go of the idea of perfection is seriously liberating. as soon as i stopped trying to be perfect, the feeling of anxiety that always consumed me was just not there anymore. i could go about my day without spiraling into a panic over what i was eating for lunch, when i was going to be able to make it to the gym or if the shirt i was wearing made me look fat. when you’re not stressed out over trivial things, you can focus your energy on things that are important, like spending quality time with your friends, getting work done productively and accurately and pursuing hobbies that you are interested in.
3. balance is sustainable. when i was attempting to maintain a strict vegan diet, i had this terrible habit of getting drunk, housing an entire pizza and spending the next day mentally bashing myself and swearing that i would never do it again. i’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out that it did happen again. many, many times. what can i say? i love cheese and was forcing myself to completely avoid something that i really enjoy, all in the name of trying to be perfect. now, i maintain a mostly vegan diet and when i feel like having a slice of pizza, i eat the damn slice of pizza and i rarely go overboard. when you deny, deny, deny all the time, you’re bound to overdo it when your self-control eventually wears thin, and this goes for anything, not just food. perfection is not sustainable over a long period of time… listening to your body, however, is.
so, here’s the thing. “perfect” doesn’t exist. and the chances of you being happy, healthy, enjoying life and maintaining the lifestyle you’ve created in the pursuit of perfection are slim to none. you’re allowed to be obsessed with green juice and yoga while also being obsessed with pizza and taking naps. i am. and not only is it okay, it’s normal and nothing to be ashamed of. once you let go of the idea of being perfect and find a level of balance that you can maintain, your life will take on a new form and you will be the happiest, healthiest, most perfectly imperfect version of yourself possible. i promise.
if you’re struggling to find and maintain healthy balance in your life, i can help! as a part of my health coaching practice, i help my clients to develop healthy habits that allow them to live a happy, healthy life in a way that is realistic, maintainable and allows for those necessary indulgences every once in a while. If you would like more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about my services and to schedule your free initial consultation!
photo courtesy of steph brescia photography
welcome to bananas + bellinis!
hey everyone! i’m kelsey and welcome to bananas + bellinis, my health and wellness blog dedicated to showing the world that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and that, like the tagline reads, it really is okay to chase that shot with green juice.
my main focus may be health and wellness, but i promise to never tell you what type of diet you should follow, to only eat “good” foods and avoid “bad” foods at all cost or to exercise like a maniac five days a week or not bother exercising at all. it’s impossible to maintain that level of perfection and the good news is, you don’t even need to.
while I do have a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and things like yoga, green juice, organic beauty products and avocado toast make me really happy, i think that living a balanced life is more important than being perfectly healthy at all times. i love being healthy and taking care of myself, but i also love pizza, cupcakes, margaritas and the occasional evening [or maybe the occasional day] laying on the couch binge watching netflix. After all, if you can’t let loose [or maybe just be lazy], have fun and indulge every once in a while, you’re not really living your life anyways.
here, at bananas + bellinis, in the spirit of balance, i will share with you my favorite recipes [both healthy and indulgent!], natural beauty and self-care secrets, tips for living your healthiest, happiest life and anything else i stumble across along the way.
thanks so much for stopping by… see you again soon!
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