If your doc or friends don’t have a health coach to recommend, here are quick tips to help you understand from what to start:
Some coaches have done the minimum amount of training offered through a for-profit certificate program. Others may have a degree in health coaching, sports medicine, psychology or nursing.
INTERVIEW THE COACH
Ask how long she’s/he’s been practicing, whether she/he has had any clinical supervision and what her/his philosophy is. Some coaches are very holistic, while others like to focus on a specific problem, such as weight loss. Finally, ask if she/he has worked with people like you. If you’re a mom in your 30s, you might choose a coach who enjoys working with a similar client base.
LOOK FOR RED FLAGS
Does she/he push supplements and products? Talk more than you do? Or, worst of all, tell you what to do? Any health coach who encourages you to cut out major food groups, corrects your doctor’s advice or suggests in any way that she/he plays the same role as a doctor is not someone you want to spend money on.
HYDRATE WHEN YOU WAKE UP
Squeeze a wedge of lemon in water first thing in the morning. Not only will it help rehydrate your body, but it makes contributing to your health one of the first actions of your day.
CHANGE HOW YOU TALK TO YOURSELF
Questions like ‘Why do I always?’ or ‘Why can’t I ever ?’ only perpetuate the feeling of being stuck and no one enjoys being stuck. Instead, recommit to moving forward, with questions like ‘What makes this change important to me?’ or ‘What about this change makes me feel good?’
ADD ONE HEALTHY FOOD AT A TIME
Pick one unhealthy food or drink you consume regularly and replace it with something better for you. For example, if you drink soda daily, swap it for herbal tea. You won’t feel as deprived if you focus on a single change.
ACT LIKE A SCIENTIST
Think of behavior change as an experiment. When you set goals, review them from time to time and ask yourself what went well, what didn’t work, what needs to shift and what you learned. From this viewpoint, obstacles aren’t failure they’re learning opportunities.