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What is the role of nutrition in the coaching process?
Nutrition is the biochemical and physiological process by which an organism uses food to support its life. With the availability of cheap, convenient fast foods, eating healthy while balancing daily hectic lives poses many challenges. There’s an array of misinformation and conflicting messages that can leave the public feeling overwhelmed or confused about what to eat or what not to eat.
With an abundance of experts in the health and wellness field today few seem to agree on the best way to promote health.
There of course lies the problem. Everyone is left feeling overwhelmed and confused about the necessary steps to improve their health.
Working as a Nurse for 20 years I too was confused by the conflicting views. I have studied science my whole life. It was clear to me much of the information out there was misleading.
I stopped looking outside of myself for answers and went back to the science. That’s when real change happened in my life.
There should be an understanding of the differences between health and wellness. Health is a state of being whereas wellness is a lifestyle with many components. Healthy is not just the physical, it comprises the mental and the social well-being also. True wellness aims to enhance well-being in all areas of one’s life.
Nutrition coaching is an integral part of the health and wellness coaching process. It’s providing guidance and helping clients make positive changes to their eating habits through education and planning. The coaching process provides clients the support, structure, guidance, and accountability they need to make the lasting and sustainable changes necessary to reach their full health potential. A healthy lifestyle is one that combines, daily movement, stress management, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep.
There is no generic solution for a population. Individuals need a tailored approach to their unique needs.
“The Groundwork for all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt