This article is the third in a series of nine which focus on areas that I explore with my health and wellness coaching clients.  Our health and well-being are so much more than just what we eat and how active we are, even though that is certainly part of it.   What changes would you like to see in your life?  Whether its nutrition, being physically active, reducing stress, being more in-tune with your mind body connection, or being more aware of your environment and its impact on health and wellness, there is always an opportunity to explore potential areas for change.   This month’s focus is on food and nourishment.  With this year coming to an end and January right around the corner and an opportunity for a fresh start, it is a great time to talk about this dimension of health and wellness.

 

Nutrition is a vital component of overall well-being but can often be a confusing and overwhelming topic. Health coaches, unless they are registered dietitians, can help individuals explore this dimension of health and wellness and offer general guidelines for healthy eating and coaching around behavior change in this area.   In my experience, many people know which foods are healthy and which are not but struggle with healthy eating habits and making change.  Below are tips and resources that I share with some of my health coaching clients.   Including mindful eating in the discussion is important as so much of eating well can be not so much how much we know about eating healthy, but our behaviors.

As we enter the holiday season and into a new year, what changes might you like to make with food and nourishment?   Consider working with a certified health coach to explore this area further.  Or seek out a dietetics professional if you require more specific expertise.  If you don’t know how to find either, visit the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching at https://nbhwc.org/find-a-certified-coach/ or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at https://www.eatright.org/find-a-nutrition-expert.  Continue to educate yourself in this area as well.  Here’s to a healthy and happy holiday season and a new year ahead that might include a new journey in eating healthy and well!

Tips

General Nutrition Resources:

Mindful Eating Resources:

Sources and Citations:

A Time to Bloom Health and Wellness Coaching, LLC https://atimetobloomcoaching.com/

Vanderbilt Health Coaching Program, Resources for Health, and Wellness Coaches. https://www.vumc.org/health-coaching/health-coaching-program

Wansink, B., Johnson, K. The clean plate club: about 92% of self-served food is eaten. Int J Obes 39, 371–374 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ijo.2014.104