Why You Need to Work With an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

More than 65% of Americans are overweight, and it's estimated that by 2020 half of all Americans will have a chronic disease.

Did you know that over 80% of disease is preventable through nutrition and lifestyle choices like quitting cigarettes, eliminating (or reducing) chronic stress, improving dietary choices, exercising regularly, and making sleep a priority?

Of course you know that. Most people do.

The problem is, people don't change what they do in life based on what they know. They change based on how they feel.

What many people struggle with most is knowing what change will actually make them feel better, or believing that nutrition has that kind of power. They might think, "why didn't my doctor just tell me to eat more bananas instead of giving me this prescription that doesn't seem to be helping?"

The answer is that their doctor only received about 12 hours of training in medical school related to nutrition, they really don't have time to coach patients on how to implement eating or living healthier, and they don't get paid from the food industry to push bananas on their patients.

Change is hard and it's scary, too! A lot of people fear the necessary change would be too painful, expensive, time-consuming or overwhelming to maintain for any length of time.

That's why diets are so popular. Diets, for the most part, tend to be short term commitments. I've been trained in more than 100 different dietary theories and I can assure you diets don't work. They may help you to lose weight temporarily, but they are typically not sustainable or healthy to continue long-term.

Why You Need to Work With an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

The Standard American Diet of convenient, fast, sugar-packed, preservative-filled, and processed food is causing chronic illness at an alarming rate.

Traditional medical professionals play specific roles in an individual's overall health and wellness, but the current healthcare model that rushes patients through their office with a diagnosis and a prescription drug, fails to address the root cause of illness, nor does it bring about lasting healthy, lifestyle change.

Physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals definitely serve important functions, but they may not necessarily have the time to educate their patients on the power nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices can have on their health, nor do they have the time to coach them to successful behavioral change.

This is where working with an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach can be very valuable.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches are trained in many aspects of nutrition (both on and off the plate), dietary theories, healthy living, holistic health coaching, and they often specialize in a particular niche of health and wellness.

My specialty is hormone health. I've received training in:

  • how the endocrine system works
  • cortisol and thyroid imbalances
  • the 5 most common female hormone imbalances
  • how genetic mutations affect hormone balance
  • hormone balancing foods and how to use nutrition to bring balance
  • vitamins and minerals for hormone health
  • insulin resistance
  • blood sugar balance
  • the entire adrenal system
  • HPA Axis abnormalities
  • the impacts of stress on our brain and our overall health
  • common gut health conditions and how to overcome them
  • male hormone health
  • the thyroid gland
  • perimenopause
  • menopause

and so much more!

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I do not compete with other healthcare providers. Instead, I compliment all health professionals, including dietitians, nutritionists, doctors, and mental health professionals.

I help my clients develop health goals based on what's most important to their unique health circumstances and personal desires. Together, we create a viable plan for carrying out regimens prescribed by their physician. I then work closely with my client to help them put into practice health-supportive modifications and habits.

It doesn't end there, though. Private coaching sessions are one hour in length and are scheduled every two weeks for as long as a client feels they need my support, mentoring, and encouragement - usually ranging between 4 months to 6 months, or longer.

Health coaches provide a listening ear, nutritional guidance for foods that nourish a client on the plate as well as wisdom for lifestyle changes that nourish a client off the plate. There is no cookie cutter approach to working with a client. Each client is unique and their needs/desires are different. Sessions can take place in person or via phone, zoom call, FaceTime, or Skype which is nice because you don't have to live close to a health coach to benefit from working with one.

Health coaches can be found working in many settings. Some coaches are self-employed and work from home, while others work in wellness centers, doctors offices, chiropractic offices, gyms, or spas. I am currently working from home, but I also teach Cardio Kickboxing classes and host health workshops and group coaching programs at a local ATA Martial Arts school.

Are you, or does someone you know struggle with any of the following:

  • hormone imbalance
  • increased digestive distress
  • brain fog
  • excessive fatigue
  • lack of energy
  • sudden anxiety troubles
  • difficulty coping with stress
  • poor exercise recovery
  • unexplained weight gain
  • trouble losing weight
  • feeling unusually irritable
  • feeling like something is "off" but you can't figure out what
  • night sweats
  • feeling tired but wired
  • trouble sleeping
  • irregular periods
  • lack of libido
  • dry skin or brittle hair and nails
  • skin rashes
  • acne
  • infertility

Any of these symptoms are a sign that your body is out of balance and needs some nourishment to bring it back to optimal health. I can help guide you through this process!

Are you ready to work with a health coach?

Apply for a free consultation to see if we would be a good fit to work together.

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Rosann Cunningham

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Author at Rosann Cunningham
Rosann is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in hormone health. She is also a fitness junkie, with a specific passion for mixed martial arts style kickboxing and is trained in Krav Maga - a military self-defense fighting system. After a Hashimotos diagnosis which turned out to be a very wrong call, Rosann became her own health advocate and fought her way back to optimal health and wellness. She is determined to help her clients dig deep to find the root cause of their hormone health struggles, so they too, can thrive and live the abundant life of health and happiness they deserve. Rosann believes nobody should be a victim in life or in their health, so in her coaching practice she loves to integrate a martial arts style and sense of accountability.

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