Health coaching is a quickly evolving field, and it’s growing more in popularity. With millions of people suffering from preventable lifestyle-related diseases, Health Coaches are uniquely positioned to bring about lasting change in the lives of individuals all across the globe and help spread the ripple effect of empowered health and happiness. Health Coaches use a forward-thinking approach. The support Health Coaches can offer is both science- and experience-based; it’s a combination of traditional and modern approaches catered to each bio-individual client. In addition to supporting clients with specific goals, Health Coaches empower clients to choose health-promoting behaviors that work for them. They raise awareness and offer support as clients move in their own bio-individual ways toward the greater health they want for themselves. Coaching hopefully leads to long-term behavior change, but only because Health Coaches help clients do the meaningful work that forms a strong foundation.
What is the difference between a dietitian, nutritionist, and a Health Coach?
A dietitian – sometimes called a registered dietitian (RD) or a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) - is a food and nutrition expert who completes rigorous training and satisfies national standards to practice. Dietitians can help diagnose and treat nutrition-related illnesses. Clinical dietitians work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, in- and outpatient clinics, and private practice. They often care for individuals experiencing eating disorders, substance abuse issues, or medical conditions with symptoms that can be improved or managed with diet. Registered dietitians often collaborate with mental health professionals to screen for eating disorders. They create unique nutrition plans for their clients and help them maintain healthy eating habits based on their medical needs.
Nutritionists focus on the dietary aspect of a client’s well-being so desired health goals can be reached through food and potential supplementation, such as weight loss, biomarker improvement, and even chronic disease reversal. They create meal plans based on the client’s specific needs (e.g., a low-sodium, low-sugar, high-fiber diet for someone looking to reverse their high blood pressure), and look into whether their clients would benefit for nutritional supplements. Nutritionists aid their clients in understanding how food and supplements are digested and assimilated in the body, which helps explain why they recommend certain foods and supplements
Health Coaches focus on a holistic approach to health, exploring all the other areas of a client’s life that affect well-being. They utilize goal setting and accountability-based coaching strategies to help clients understand and address their health issues from a holistic perspective. Coaches can provide information on different types of diets and supplement options to explore, but do not prescribe these types of protocols to clients. Health Coaches often work in tandem with other traditional healthcare professionals, such as doctors, dietitians and nutritionists.
True & False
F: Health Coaches offer short-term solutions that increase quality of life as quickly as possible.
T: Health Coaches meet clients where they are. They support client-led goals and habit changes.
F: Health Coaches focus on the end point. They help clients get the results they want.
T: Health Coaches coach clients during the ongoing process of transformation. They coach clients on how to make lifestyle shifts that they can adapt based on what’s working or not working at the time. They also provide accountability and support throughout the process.
F: Health Coaches are authorities on health and wellness. They direct people on the most effective methods of achieving increased quality of life.
T: Health Coaches coach clients to be experts on themselves. They serve as guides on the side by letting clients take the lead.
F: Health Coaches prescribe nutrition and lifestyle wellness plans and programs.
T: Health Coaches empower clients to build and continually adapt unique wellness lifestyles. They use experiential strategies to help clients figure out what works for them.
Q & A
Q: Do Health Coaches coach clients based on specific guidelines for nutrition and lifestyle health?
A: Health Coaches actually believe there’s no specific way to approach health because each person is unique and continually changes.
Q: But don’t they need to know pretty much everything about health and wellness?
A: Not at all! Health Coaches know a lot about health and wellness, but they continually learn and encourage clients to do the same. Their expertise lies in coaching clients to be experts on themselves.
Interested in becoming a Health Coach? Here are 5 benefits !
Improve your own health while also helping people seeking their own health transformations.
Be your own boss and create a schedule that works for you, your family, and your clients.
Achieve financial freedom with alternative revenue streams, such as hosting virtual coaching workshops or creating wellness content for your favorite brands.
Work from anywhere, anytime, doing work you love that aligns with your heart and your goals.
Be a leader in your community by setting an example of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Stayed tuned, my 3 and 6 month 1:1 coaching program begins soon!
~Celia (Kulani) Jane