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Aligning Information with Inspiration

I’m a Clinical Nutritionist. Sounds very . . . . . clinical, doesn’t it? In an “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV” kind of way. I’m also a Holistic Health Coach. Less clinical, more earthy-crunchy, but begs the question, what does a Holistic Coach DO exactly?

I have so much information to give as a nutritionist: what to eat, what not to eat, what supplements to take, what supplements not to take, what’s the best diet for weight loss and the list goes on and on and on. The problem is, it is just information. Very, very good and sound information, but what good is information if you are not ready to use it? Sometimes it can complicate and frustrate well-meaning people who are hungry for change.

If it were as easy as giving good nutrition and lifestyle information then everyone would be living their perfect life and be healthy and thriving. There would be no disease, obesity or diabetes because everyone has the information and would be using it to their full advantage. If only it were as easy as information giving.

The truth is, life is complicated. So many of my sessions start with “I know what to do but I’m just not doing it” or “I’m addicted to sugar” or “I can’t lose weight like I used to.” Sometimes clients even confess their nutritional sins about succumbing to sugar cravings, eating a bag of chips every night or feeling guilty about eating this or that forbidden food. They have the information, they just can’t follow through for some reason.

I will say it again. Life is complicated. Nutrition is not. However, in order to understand the simplicity of nutrition, one must un-complicate their life. There is no magic nutrient, food, vitamin, or diet, only ones ability to live in alignment with who they desire to be. Wait . . . . . what?!?

Sometimes it’s about diet, supplemental nutrition and meal planning, yes. But sometimes, a lot of the time, it’s about first figuring out what it is you truly want and aligning your thoughts and actions towards that desire. What good is nutritional information if you are exhausted, unhappy, chronically busy, hate your job, unmotivated and uninspired? Not that everyone has all of these issues, but everyone struggles to some degree.

Here is where coaching comes in . . . . I know you have been anxiously awaiting to hear what a Coach does!

Coaching can help clarify what your desires are and help you take steps to build momentum in that direction. The first step is to ask yourself “what is it that I really want?” Try to be as clear about it as you can. Try to avoid the running mental list of what you DON’T want. Like:

  • I’m overweight and struggled most of my life.

  • I have no willpower.

  • I don’t sleep well and I’m always stressed.

  • I don’t like my job.

  • My marriage is not making me happy.

In other words, we get really good at making lists of our limitations and what we don’t want.

Then there’s the “I used to list.”

  • I used to weigh 125 pounds when I was 25.

  • I used to go to the gym everyday.

  • I used to have flat abs and toned arms and ran 5 miles.