Questions & Answers
What does a Health Coach do?
A Health Coach is a sportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. They are guides in the field of nutrition, wellness, bio-individuality who are trained in various dietary theories and lifestyle coaching techniques to help you discover exactly what will bring you success and what is holding you back. The focus is not only on nutrition but rather all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, helping you implement adjustments to meet your health goals sustainably. A Health Coach guides you to discover you bio-individuality, navigates through the world of contradictory nutritional advice to figure out exactly what works for your body at a particular stage of your life, thus achieving your optimal weight, increasing you vitality and energy, becoming healthier, happier, more fulfilled version of yourself.
What does a Pregnancy Health Coach do and why do I need one?
A Pregnancy Health Coach is a supportive mentor, equipping expectant mothers with the necessary information and tools that cultivate appropriate health and lifestyle choices. With a Pregnancy Health Coach, you will explore the stages of pregnancy and how to create a healthy womb environment for your baby. You will learn to prepare for the emotional, hormonal and physical changes your body will undergo during gestation. Your Pregnancy Health Coach will provide information on how to achieve optimal nutrition during pregnancy and beyond, enhance baby's growth and brain development while minimizing health issues, how to appropriately deal with cravings and understand their meaning. You will be shown simple exercises that help alleviate strain and increase the likelihood of an easier delivery and faster recovery. A Pregnancy Health Coach will discuss with you how to make a smooth transition from pregnancy to motherhood. You will gain knowledge about ways to create a lasting bond with your new-born, nurture relationships and stay connected with your partner.
What is the difference between a Health Coach, a dietitian and a nutritionist?
A Health Coach is a certified and accredited professional who acts as a sportive mentor and motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. They are guides in the fields of nutrition, wellness and bio-individuality who are trained in various dietary theories and lifestyle coaching techniques. The focus is not only on nutrition but on all aspects of a healthy life. They may suggest dietary, lifestyle or self-care changes, may assist you with guided "healthier shopping" grocery store trips and pantry makeovers or engage in discussions on issues such as relationships, career or life purpose and fulfillment.
Whereas a registered dietitian or a nutritionist often meets with clients to provide information regarding diet only with very little follow up or accountability, most Health Coaches understand that it takes time to imprint lasting positive changes on habits, and so they intend to have sustainable relationships with their clients. A Health Coach is however not a medical professional and therefore cannot prescribe a treatment procedure or allopathic, homeopathic, herbal medication or supplements. The ultimate benefit for someone working with a Health Coach is the ongoing support and guidance that doctors are rarely able to provide.
A Registered Dietitian is a licensed and regulated health care professional who has had in depth training in the biology and biochemistry of the human body and deals with dietary disease management. Registered Dietitians are overseen by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and must therefore follow a strict set of guidelines in terms of the recommendations they can make to patients. While this ensures a certain level of standard practice, it leaves less room for individualized support and does not take into account the non dietary aspects of life that facilitate or prevent healing (such as stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, strained relationships).
A Nutritionist may work as a research scientist or a health and wellness educator, who focuses on nutrition education only. Be aware that there are many individuals who market themselves as "nutritionists" with very little or no training whatsoever in nutrition. They may be selling "nutritional products" at a health or fitness center. There are no specific requirements for nutritionists. Many different professionals, with a wide range of experience in wellness and nutrition, call themselves nutritionist.
It is important to note that Health Coaches do not compete with other healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses or dietitians; rather, we complement their work and share their mission of increasing the health and quality of life of our clients and the world.
Why use your services, attend workshops, seminars, webinars, retreats or book a private consultation since you already offer so much advice and value for free on your website?
Here are a few reasons why we believe you will get better value by attending our workshops, seminars, webinars, retreats or booking a private consultation.Although we do offer a vast amount of health, nutrition, weight management and lifestyle advice on our blog, that advice is general and might not be suited to your specific needs, it is not systematized and you will not gain in-depth knowledge as you would at our events. Additionally, in person we will address any concerns and answer questions arising from and pertaining to the topic of the event discussion. An article or a video might provoke your interest, but do not hold you accountable or motivate you - when you work with us we do. Attending a planed event will prepare you psychologically to learn and create an action plan for your journey to success.
Is the information provided in your workshops, seminars, webinars, retreats and private consultations practical, easy to understand, follow and apply?
The information we provide is delivered in a client centered manner, it provides step by step actionable advice. You might find that implementing changes and creating new healthier habits can be challenging at times, we encourage you to accept that challenge. We want you to feel like a winner. When you feel that someone else is making all the effort on your behalf and makes it all too easy for you, you don"t get to experience that pride in yourself and your achievement.
I want to lose/manage my weight, but do not want to compromise my health?
The Health Coach academy works with all aspects of your being, including nutrition, active and balanced lifestyle. We help you identify the areas that have been neglected, guide you to examine your stress levels, pinpoint their root cause and equip you with the tools to manage them. When you address the troublesome areas in your life and make adequate changes to you diet and lifestyle habits you will become healthy, happy and reach your ideal weight naturally.
How would you describe your coaching style?
The Health Coach academy, our team of leading industry professionals and staff members share a passion for spreading our knowledge. We are forthcoming with information, encouraging of your progress and motivational in our approach. We treat all of our clients with appreciation, gratitude and respect, while having a friendly and open disposition. We mentor and inspire an inner journey in each individual in a way that are best suited to their needs, outlook and personality.
You can get to know a little bit about our style from our blog, by subscribing to our newsletter, following us on Facebook or watching our amazing educational videos. It will make you feel better connected to us, what we are about and how we do things.
Do you offer coaching to couples or families?
It is really important that the whole family or household is on board with the journey to a healthier lifestyle, however it needs to be a shared goal and desire. If you want your partner of family members on the same page as you, be an example for them. If they want to join you for your private coaching session they may. If they want their own action plan and work towards their own goals, they will need to book their own session and work 1-on-1 with us.
How often do you check and respond to emails and may I write to you to ask you about my health, nutrition and lifestyle concerns?
We typically reply to correspondence daily. Emails containing questions on operational information are more than welcome, however should you have any questions relating to achieving your personal health goals, please kindly book a private consultation, that would allow us to answer in depth, equip you with the necessary tools and set you on the road to success.
Are the prices on you website up-to-date?
All prices displayed on The Health Coach academy website are current and up-to-date.
Do you have set hours of operation?
Our working hours depend on the schedule of classes, workshops, seminars, webinars and retreats. However, bookings for private consultations can be made between 08:00 and 18:00 on weekdays and 08:00 and 15:00 on Saturdays ,though subject to availability.
Do you accept online payments?
Currently, we only accept EFT payments, all payments must be done prior to delivery of services.
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