When I tell people that I am a nutrition coach I get mixed response. Usually people say, "Wow, that's cool" but they still have this look that tells me they don't really know what that means.
Forget what you think you know about nutrition coaching and let me tell you what my experience has actually been.
When I take on a client they are generally looking for someone who can tell them what to do, someone who can "fix them", someone who can give them a meal plan, or someone who can play the role of the personal food police.
But that isn't how a good coach rolls OR how Precision Nutrition trains their coaches.
A good nutrition coach is 1-part nutritionist, 1-part life coach
A good coach knows that telling people what they are doing wrong and what they should do actually creates resistance in the client.
Also, telling people what to do all the time doesn't nurture autonomy- an important ingredient to long-term success.
People have lives and people are busy. A good coach helps the client learn how to manage those other crazy busy parts of their life so the client can actually give the time they need to their health without feeling like their whole world just got blown up.
And I believe there are too many programs out there that do "blow up" people's lives, and they end up exhausted and fed up because it isn't sustainable for the long-haul plus, they haven't learned how to integrate the essential basics into their real-time life.
Nutrition coaching uncovers the broken parts of us, not cover them up.
I've had clients cry to me, tell me family drama, cuss at me. I think even hate me (temporarily). Why? Because junk gets dug up, wounds get revealed and it's an uncomfortable process.
Change is always an uncomfortable process.
And if we can get comfortable with being uncomfortable, then we can stop burying our emotions with food.
Healthy eating begins in your head, in your thoughts and in your beliefs (plus a bit of sound nutrition education).
In Pn coaching we spend a lot of front loaded time clearing headspace because if we can't work through some of your thoughts and deeply-held beliefs then we we'll never make long-term progress.
But I'm still surprised at how many people still give into the latest health product marketing ploys, looking for the "magic bullet", and how we believe a product or recipe is healthy just because it is labeled so.
But I'm even more surprised at how we turn a blind eye to how poorly we feed our children, how much sugar and processed junk we eat on a daily basis, and how we've lost so much time in our daily busyness that we can't even take 30 minutes to make dinner, let alone 3 minutes to make our bed.
So this is where education comes in. I educate clients about what healthy eating actually looks like, how to simplify and whittle down life demands so they can actually take time to read a food label, prep some veggies, and cook dinner for their family.
I've helped clients develop life skills to work through these and other issues including things like making grocery lists, navigating a grocery store, food prep, cooking techniques, trying new foods, reading food labels, managing sleep and creating a bedtime routine, managing stress, mitigating and counseling with loved ones, and being their own person, a person that doesn't blame their weight gain or inability to eat healthy on people or circumstances.
Skills and habits will always trump meal plans.
Here's the kicker- without skills like:
So. Here we are again. What is nutrition coaching?
Nutrition coaching is a coach working as a guide for healthy eating and lifestyle management with the goal to make the client the expert of their own body for the rest of their life.
That truly is the essence of nutrition coaching, and it works. You just have to trust the process.
Interested in working with me?
I love movement and habits that promote health and lifetime wellness. I also like stretchy pants, being outside and good-for-you food! Follow me on Instagram @DawnBrownCoaching for more frequent updates.