why do we need health coaching?

Research continues to support the use of lifestyle change involving exercise, spiritual practice, diet, and other behaviors for conditions such as chronic stress, weight loss, migraine headaches, constipation, arthritis, as well as many others.

Nearly 80 percent of preventable disease risk factors are influenced by behaviors like smoking, chronic stress, poor diet or lack of exercise, yet we are unsuccessful at changing these behaviors.  

Traditional medical professionals play specific roles in contributing to an individual’s overall wellness, the current healthcare model fails to bring about lasting healthy lifestyle changes. Physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals serve crucial functions but may not have the time or intent to discuss other factors that prevent patients from carrying out their well-intentioned recommendations. 

The medical model is more disease treatment focused than disease prevention focused. While that is changing, traditional health care providers, often do no that have the time or the tools to help their patients make the changes they need or desire.  Health coaching fills the void.  

We are what we eat. Good health depends upon a healthy diet, and as such, learning and understanding basic concepts in dietary nutrition is a large part of Health Coach training. 

Health coaches are trained to help clients nourish themselves with the primary foods of life, including spirituality, career, physical activity, and relationships. 

Health Coaches help clients develop targeted goals and a viable plan for carrying out regimens prescribed by their medical professionals, as well as enacting basic, health-supportive modifications and habits.

why does health coaching work? 

what makes it different from other diets?

By supporting real-world lifestyle and behavioral changes, Health Coaches play a crucial part in health maintenance, disease prevention, and even disease reversal – supporting the concerted mission of all healthcare professionals to increase health and quality of life.

Health coaches do not diagnose or treat; but rather, assess a client’s overall well-being while allowing the client to drive the conversation and determine areas of desired focus.  In addition to specific goals, focuses on teaching clients to eventually be self-sufficient by learning to observe the body’s responses to various lifestyle and dietary modifications and choosing health-promoting behaviors that work for them on their own

Diets are a short-term prescription not a long-term solution.  They work for a while but they are usually not sustainable because they do not address the underlying life issues that get in the way.  Health and even weight is not only about food, it is related to stress, work, life, relationships, taking care of yourself, and happiness.  Diets usually only address the food.  Health coaches help you manage it all.  

See the about section for more information on my coaching philosophy and services. 

. . . but you don't have to take my word for it!

I’ll never forget the day I had whipped myself into a frenzy about lab test results I received. I was scheduled to go into a work meeting and knew I had to get a grip.

Fortunately, Becky provided much needed context for the test results, reminded me to use my 4-7-8 breathing (ask her about it . . . very useful), and dug into researching my questions. I was able to calm down, focus during my meeting, and was very relieved by her resulting research.

There’s a lot to like about Becky’s coaching. In particular, I like her broad view of health and nutrition. She focuses on the physical body (and, as a pharmacist, brings a unique talent to doing so), but she also recognizes your mindset, beliefs, and attitude are a significant component to achieving your health and nutrition goals.

I’d recommend Becky to anyone who needs help making a plan to manage their whole health!
— Tracy
Becky’s coaching has improved my life in many ways. Thanks to her advice I have stopped taking prescription medication for acid reflux and replaced it with apple cider vinegar. The vinegar very quickly alleviated my reflux whereas the medication did not.

I also learned the benefits of gluten-free eating. It has increased my energy level and helped me lose a few pounds.
— Diane
I had trouble with hip pain and leg cramps. I did not sleep well and I took naps frequently. I don’t like to take medication. Becky suggested I try magnesium oil and the MELT Method Hand and Foot Treatments. Becky showed me how to do the hand and foot treatments and then I used the video to practice. It is a little confusing at first but once you get the routine down it is easy. It takes about 20 minutes.

After about two weeks applying magnesium oil twice daily, my hip pain decreased substantially and nightly leg cramps were nonexistent. I now apply the oil just once a day.

The MELT balls have definitely been a great benefit. I use MELT every other day. I am now able to get up from a stooping position without holding on to anything. I previously had hip pain getting in and out of the car, it has disappeared. My balance is greatly improved. I do not feel the need for a nap in the afternoon, therefore I have more energy.

I highly recommend both treatments. My quality of life would suffer if I would have to do without Mag Oil and MELT. I highly recommend Becky too, but that is biased. I am her mother.
— Suzanne