What is a Health Coach and Why You Should Hire One

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Since I launched my holistic health coaching business, the biggest question that I’ve gotten is, “What is a health coach?” And “Why would I need one?” These are great questions. Well, here is my definition of a health coach and 5 reasons why you may want to hire one.

According to Wikipedia, health coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action. I would add to that in saying that a health coach serves as a guide to take you where you need to go. A health coach helps you identify your goals and helps you implement a strategy to meet those goals. A health coach helps you improve your self management and to stay motivated throughout the process.

What a health coach isn’t;  A health coach does not define your goals for you or put you on a diet. A health coach is not a personal trainer. A health coach does not give medical advice and is not a medical doctor.

So now you now know what a health coach is, so do you need one? Here are 5 reasons you may want to hire a health coach.

A health coach will provide you with the support you need to make lasting changes.  Perhaps you need a little jump start to lose some weight or reduce stress in your life, but you don’t know how to do go about it.  A health coach will guide through the process to get you on track and motivate you to make lasting changes.

A health coach will serve as your guide to make small incremental changes without overwhelming you.  You have a busy life. We get it.  Change is tough.  We’re not here to turn you into a vegetarian(unless you want to be one of course). We want to help you make those healthy changes without totally disrupting your life. We offer easy to follow guidelines you can commit to.

Health coaches base their work on bio-individuality. We develop a plan tailored to your individual health challenges and goals.  You know that you have guidance tailored to your own needs and results.

Health coaches assist in evaluating all areas of your life. Many times issues such as weight loss can be symptoms of other events in your life. A health coach focuses to create balance in these areas and to create harmony which leads to a healthier and happier you.

Health coaches are certified and professionally trained to assist you in making the best choices for your health and happiness. Your doctor can’t do it all.  Health coaches are trained in over 100 dietary theories. In turn we focus on Primary Foods-career, relationships, and spirituality. And Secondary Foods-nutrition and exercise. We serve as an additional resource to your doctor’s recommendations.   

So now you have the details. Is a health coach in your future?

Why not take the first step and sign up for a free health breakthrough session with me today? Together we’ll map your personalized program and get you on the right track to health and happiness. You can contact me at www.kriyaliving.com or 303-596-5952.

Have a healthy day and namaste!

Bruce

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Technology Overload. Why Unplugging At Least Once A Day Will Make You Healthier And Happier

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I remember when I was growing up, my parents would yell at me for watching too much TV or talking on the phone too long. “Go outside! It’s a beautiful day!” They would say. Wow, they would be pulling their hair out in this day and age. We are uber connected in every aspect of life and it’s depriving us of relaxation and peace and it’s piling on the stress. I’m guilty. Guilty of stressing out when I can’t find my phone. Guilty of being a prick to the tech support guy when my internet connection is down. Guilty of being a technology addict. But amidst all of the online chaos, I found a way to unplug. I found peace letting go and I’m healthier and happier for it.

I know there are others out there like me. I’m here to help. Here are three ways that you can unplug from your technology addiction and you will be healthier and happier.

Just Walk Away-I love this.  Twice a day I take my dog for a walk. I get up from my laptop. I put my phone down and go for a walk.  I enjoy the fresh air, hanging with my dog and just being mindful of the world around me. It clears my head,relieves stress and re-energizes me for the rest of the day.  If you’re at work, go outside for a few minutes. Walk around the building. Go get a healthy snack. Just walk away!

Sit in Silence-Meditation has many health benefits. When you’re mind is tired,stressed and overloaded, take a few minutes to let it all go.  Sit in silence and clear your head.  Just listen to your breath and nothing else. Once again you will return to your tasks energized with a clear mind and ready to go. Here is a great link for short meditations to get you through your day.

http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/mindfulness-exercises.html.

Exercise-Many benefits here.  Go for a run, or a bike ride. Attend a yoga class.  Whatever your method is just do it and leave your technology behind.  You will return to your daily activities focused and stress free.

So what are your methods of unplugging?

I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here.  Whatever your methods may be, just commit to it and you will be better for it.

Having trouble unplugging? Come see me! We will discuss what’s getting in your way and develop practices that will help you unplug.  Schedule a free consultation at www.kriyaliving.com.

If this post has been beneficial or not, I would love your feedback.

Now it’s time to go walk the dog.

Namaste Y’all!

Bruce

Why I’m Not Eating Healthy For The Super Bowl

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As a health coach I make it my mission to live a healthy lifestyle and to promote that lifestyle to others. I walk the walk and talk the talk and I’m damn proud of it.

On Super Bowl Sunday I’m taking the day off.

Whaaaat? For shame Mr. Health coach!  How could you?

Well, why not?

There are a few things that I’ve learned as a health coach that go beyond just nutrition.  The primary foods,  happiness, relationships, self confidence, all these play into a healthy outlook.

Here are a few healthy things to do on Super Bowl Sunday that have nothing to do with food.

 

Go to a party-Be with loved ones and friends.  Share the ups and down of the game.  Laugh and cry.  Just live baby! We are social animals, take the time to interact and share the experience.  You will be better for it.

 

Put life on hold-Be mindful and live in the present.  It’s the big game! Enjoy the moment.  You will be happier.  You can get back to life later.

 

Let off some steam-Be bad, but not irresponsible bad.  If you drink, have a few drinks.  Eat a dozen chicken wings in ranch sauce. Scream at the TV!  Flirt! Tell dirty jokes. There is too much stress in our daily lives.  Let it go on Sunday.

 

My focus is always on eating and health and I’ve worked hard at it all week.

This Sunday my team is in the big game.  I’ve waited for this moment for a long time.  I’m going to let it all hang out and so should you. Your mind will thank you and your body will recover.

 

When Monday rolls around and you feel that need to re-focus, come see me for a free health consultation at http://www.kriyaliving.com.  We’ll get you back on track.

 

Enjoy the Super Bowl and Go Broncos!

 

Bruce