Do you feel you’re missing out on something?
If you’re one of the lucky 2% on this planet for whom money is not an issue and you delegate any given task (I wouldn’t blame you), then don’t read on.
Health Coaching is an example of a service that started as a trend between the rich and wealthy and is now trickling down to the average income person.
The in thing now is to be either a health coach or being coached by one. Another cost for gratifying your inner being and for being healthy. But If you’d rather spend this money on a nice vacation or on an enriching experience and still want to be healthy and at the top of your game, then here’s the deal.
Taking charge of your health is a do it yourself (DIY) must, plus doing things yourself is the hip thing nowadays. Why can’t we decide nowadays for ourselves what to eat and what to wear and use our common sense, like it has always been over the past centuries of human existence? Some might argue that you should leave it to the professionals, but this is somewhat irrelevant here because it’s basic eating and physical effort and not an open heart surgery.
So to sum it up:
- Think like your grandma or great grandma: investigate and find out what was her typical food intake for a week. Back then they were “unlucky” not to have all the processed food and packaging, where they had to go to the market with their basket to pick up fruits, vegetables and legumes. Meat was eaten occasionally about twice a week, depending on the region you come from and the culture. Portions were reasonable because they missed out on our modern over production and waste.
- Go to the library and educate yourself. Pick a few books about basic nutrients a human body needs, and in which foods these nutrients can be found. They also point out unhealthy processed ingredients to avoid. They will also brief you on how to read the labels at the supermarket. These books usually contain example of a typical daily menu. The motto to go by is “everything in moderation”.
- Start cooking. The internet is flooded with videos under a minute showing you how to throw some vegetables and protein on your baking sheet to roast in the oven for a delicious simple dinner. Crockpot recipes are a good inspiration too.
- Don’t forget to move: our bodies were created in a way to sustain all the physical effort our ancestors needed to exert in order to survive. Being too sedentary jeopardises the balance. So walk to a nearby grocery store or park at the far end of the parking lot. If you love watching TV, buy a second hand treadmill or stationary bike and you won’t even notice you were exercising while watching your favorite shows. If you want to push it up a notch, do some sit ups or push ups, use a filled bottle of water for some weight training while still watching your TV.
Leading a healthy lifestyle should not be a burden or a difficulty that warrants paying a person to coach you. Try to be smart about your choices and think positive. Health coaching is not a licensed industry as anyone can call themselves a health, wellness or weight-loss ”coach”).
Health Coaches on the other hand are taught specific strategies, techniques, methodologies and tools to help clients in the process of lifestyle transformation. If you are totally clueless and need the guidance, then by all means find a good health coach that is recommended by someone you trust and seek them out.