In the 21st century we’re seeing an emergence of a wellness revolution and the rise of a new career — the holistic health coach. When one of our contributors, Jenna Moore, a health and beauty editor, became ill, she shifted gears and trained in the field.
You Are What You Eat
“I had pulmonary emboli (multiple clots on the lungs), which I discovered is a common cause of sudden death,” says Jenna. “It was a tipping point for me and I enrolled with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York. During my studies I learned you can reverse many conditions by changing your diet. Traditional medicine is turning more to this way of thinking also. My GP is looking to work with health coaches to help bridge the gap between medicine and lifestyle. Incidence of allergies and asthma are rampant and we have pandemics of obesity and diabetes.”
What Does A Health Coach Do?
“We’re not dieticians, we’re more like mentors,” says Jenna. “We look at the entire picture: relationships, exercise, career, and spirituality along with food because they’re all intertwined. It’s an approach that delivers phenomenal transformations.”
“I’ve always been a champion of women’s health, and I focus on women aged 40-plus, hormone balance, weight management and clear skin,” says Jenna. “I have knowledge of skin physiology, skincare and ingredients, but I can now advise on nutrients for great skin also. Plus I’ve been on a personal rollercoaster with hormone balance and weight management and have turned it around so I’m able to use the voice of experience.”
The Link Between Mind & Body
What you eat is the cornerstone of your life. For example, you may be experiencing relationship friction; the trouble may not be the relationship per se but point to sugar, which is related to mood swings. Or your liver might be overloaded triggering anger. “It sounds simplistic, but change your food and you become ‘nicer’,” says Jenna. “A lot of people don’t know this, and really it’s not rocket science. However, for everyone who doesn’t know the mental-nutrition connection there’s another one who does, they’re just not doing it.
“This is the best thing I’ve ever done, I can guide people down the path to vitality. It’s not about food restriction, diets are way too rigid and punishing, it’s about nutrition and savouring food — weight reduction is a byproduct. I was in awe of my lecturers — people like Dr Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington. Their knowledge blew me away and I soaked it up like a sponge!”
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