Someone reached out to me today about becoming a client because their insurance pays for a nutritionist. So it made me think that I should probably do some clarifying about what a health coach is exactly. I don’t participate with any insurance plans but Blue Ridge Hope, as a non-profit, never wants our fees to be a barrier for someone seeking help. We do offer our services on a sliding scale.
Dietitians/Nutritionist make specific nutrition recommendations, often using food components such as calories of energy, grams of protein, and milliliters of water, based on activity level, stress level, and body composition. They diagnose clients’ nutritional imbalances and concerns using the process of identifying problem, cause, and symptom in order to support pursuit of a treatment plan. People are often sent to a dietician or nutritionist by their doctor.*
As a health coach, I promote several different dietary theories – tailored to the needs of each unique client and are whole food focused. In addition to dietary habit factors, I work with client on “non-food” forms of nutrition such as spirituality, relationships, physical activity and environment (home & work). We call these things Primary Foods.
People often seek out health coaching on their own, however, doctors are looking to use health coaches more and more to help their patients. In fact, my rheumatologist has a health coach on staff!
Health coaches partner with you to inspire and co-create transformative growth. And just like a basketball or soccer coach we help strategize from the sidelines to help you become the best version of yourself. We are focused on helping you develop a healthy lifestyle where you not only feel good physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I would love to meet with you for a “Discovery Session” to see if health coaching could be a good option for you.
* @2014, 2017 Integrative Nutrition Inc. (used with permission)