Hey Ladies! I am popping in mid-week to introduce you to my friend Nicole and tell you a little about what she does because I think it could be a big help to many of you on your health journey.
I met Nicole last summer at the IDEA World Fitness conference in LA. We connected when we found out we lived just 20 minutes apart and were both passionate about helping women learn to live a healthy lifestyle. Over the past year, I’ve loved reading her blog, Foodie Loves Fitness, for it’s great recipes and to learn about new hiking spots in San Diego.
Nicole is a health coach, which she will tell you all about below. Most of us know what we should be doing to live health, but it’s actually doing it and sticking with it that’s the tough part. That’s where Nicole steps in to help! Read on to get to know her sweet and spunky personality and hear about her passion.
1) Tell me a little about your journey of living healthy.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a household where exercising often and eating lots of healthy food was just part of life. That healthy living mentality stayed with me and became a bigger part of my life as I grew up and became passionate about food, fitness, and taking on a balanced approach to living healthily.
Once I started my blog, Foodie Loves Fitness, a couple of years ago, I fell more in love with food – from recipe creation and experimenting in the kitchen, to exploring farmers’ markets and knowing more about where my food comes from. For me, it’s all about having fun and being creative. That same attitude is how I integrate fitness into my life: I try all different types of workouts and love to incorporate a variety of things into my fitness regime – from hiking and kickboxing to yoga and interval training workouts.
2) In a nutshell, what is health coaching?
Simply put, my job as a health coach is to help my clients lead healthier, happier lives. Food and exercise are big areas, but together we also examine other aspects of their lives that may be helping or hindering their health, including relationships, career and spirituality.
At the end of the day, health isn’t only about diet and activity level. It’s also about your stress levels, the amount of fulfillment you feel in various aspects of your life, the quality of sleep you’re getting and much more. Health coaching educates and supports people in building new positive habits and creating sustainable lifestyle changes. No matter what my client’s health goals are, I work to support them in getting there through my individualized coaching programs.
While health coaching programs vary depending on the client and their health goals, my program always includes sessions twice a month, where we discuss what’s been happening in the client’s health, what’s going well, and what has been challenging. Together we come up with a few doable changes to implement over the next couple of weeks that will help them get closer towards their healthy living goals. I often provide informational handouts to help clients develop a deeper understanding of health topics we’ve discussed, and I also send recipe samples and other goodies throughout the program. I’m available via email and phone for additional support in between sessions, so clients can always get in touch with me with any questions and concerns. In working with me, I always strive to let my clients feel that I genuinely care about their health and want to help them succeed.
3) Since nutrition is a big part of how you help your clients, can you share your philosophy when it comes to healthy eating?
When it comes to diet, I am all about implementing a balanced approach. The key to making healthy eating a part of your lifestyle for the long term is moderation and figuring out what balance works for you. I tend to follow the 80/20 rule, where 80% of my diet is nutritionally dense, healthful food, and the remaining 20%, give or take, are indulgences that I enjoy that aren’t necessarily “health” food – like a glass of wine, a cup of frozen yogurt or a few cookies. I don’t advocate “banning” certain foods strictly for weight loss purposes because I just don’t find that to be realistic.
As my blog name implies, I’m a foodie, and I love to eat. Along with that, I was blessed with a rather slow metabolism, so I’ve always had to work to be physically fit and stay within my ideal weight range. My healthy living focus is always about finding and maintaining a happy balance. In my opinion, life is too short to not have a cupcake once in awhile if you love them! It’s all about figuring out what foods and way of eating works for the individual, because we’re all unique people with different dietary needs.
4) In your opinion, what are the top 3 benefits to hiring a health coach?
I would say, #1, having a health coach gives clients a knowledgeable, caring source to talk to and trust. Most people want to get healthier, but with so much nutrition and health information out there, it can get so confusing. Health coaches like myself are educated on a wide variety of dietary theories, health topics, and coaching methods, and are there to guide their clients in the right direction.
#2, health coaches look far beyond just the hood of the car – meaning, we aren’t just trying to offer a quick fix to cover up a health issue. We may agree on a change that the client should make, and the client may later decide that this change just isn’t working for them. It’s all about trial and error, and in that case, we simply move on and figure out a different way to get to where we want to be. Unfortunately, these days most health care focuses on putting a Band-Aid on health related issues. As a health coach, I look beyond the surface to get to the root of the problem and figure out why something is happening, then work to resolve the issue for good.
#3, health coaching is individualized to the client. All too often, you see gimmicks out there about the “best” diet or strict rules to how you should eat, exercise and live, but the fact is, you are a unique individual. My health coaching program is never identical for two different clients. It’s tailored to each person and their goals, personality, lifestyle, likes, dislikes and more. I’m passionate about health and helping people get to a happier place. Nothing matters more in this world than your health. Without it, you have nothing. I love helping people increase their quality of life by making positive lifestyle changes.
5) How does the pricing work and how can people get started?
People can get started by emailing me at Nicole@foodielovesfitness.com or giving me a call at 732-688-2052 to set up a consultation. I offer free initial hour-long consultations, in which the client brings a completed health form that identifies what their current health situation and goals are. We’ll further discuss the potential client’s health history, and find out more from each other to decide if my health coaching program is a good fit.
Typically my program is 6 months long, during which I meet with the client either in person, on the phone, or via Skype every other week for an hour. The base rate for my program normally is $195/month, with certain discount opportunities if the client pays in full at the beginning and/or signs up on the same day as the consultation. BUT, from now through July 4th, I’m offering a Spring into Summer health coaching discount, where my program fee is $25 off per month, with a total of $150 in savings! I’m also launching a free monthly newsletter next week, where I’ll be dishing out recipe ideas, healthy living tips, exclusive offers for my health coaching program and more. You can fill out your email address to subscribe below:
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