Just as a sports coach helps you excel in your sport, a health and wellness coach helps you excel in your health goals. You are in the drivers seat, you determine the destination and the route to get there. Coaches work closely with you to identify your strengths, set your goals, and develop strategies for success. Health coaches work with people on a broad variety of health issues including weight loss, stress reduction, improving diet and exercise, and reversing chronic diseases.
Whole food, plant- based (WFPB) nutrition is more of a lifestyle than an actual diet. The basic principles involve the following:
While many times this gets confused with a vegan diet, there are subtle differences. Vegan diets completely eliminate all animal products but don’t necessarily pay attention to the quality or processing of the food. Whole food, plant - based nutrition is mostly plants (some people do still have meat, dairy, or eggs occasionally) with lots of attention paid toward eating as many diverse and unprocessed plant foods as possible.Why is whole food, plant - based nutrition an important aspect of Lifestyle Medicine? One of the MOST powerful steps you can take to improve your health is to transition to a whole food, plant - based lifestyle. Lifestyle Medicine is focused on the evidence behind the root causes of chronic disease. Population studies and randomized controlled trials around the world have shown over and over again that diets that consist of a foundation of plant foods have a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers (colon, breast, and prostate), dementia, osteoporosis, and have greater longevity. Over the past 25 years, thousands of research publications have demonstrated prevention, treatment, and even reversal of some of these conditions through a transition to whole food, plant - based nutrition. So load up your grocery cart in the produce aisle and let’s get started!!!.
Hippocrates once said "Let Food Be Thy Medicine". He was one of the earliest Lifestyle Medicine practitioners! Improving lifestyle related disease involves optimizing nutrition. Thousands of studies over decades show this involves limiting processed foods and eating more plants - this is why I teach a whole food plant - based nutrition.
Moving more offers endless health benefits! Almost every system of our body benefits from regular exercise or increased physical activity. See improvement in hypertension, cardio vascular risks, insulin resistance, osteoporosis, mood, sleep, stress ... the list goes on! This is Lifestyle Medicine at it's finest!
Adequate sleep is foundational to good health through Lifestyle Medicine. Learning skills which are instrumental to a proper night of sleep can be life changing. Sleep not only plays a roll with memory and cognitive ability but has huge affects on hunger and stress hormones.
We can't eliminate stress from our live BUT we can learn how to manage it! Finding stress management techniques that work for you are first and foremost in your journey toward better health!
Research is clear that when it comes to longevity and long term health, the people we are surrounded by matters. Good social connections are key. Family, supportive friends, workout buddies, your tribe all make a difference in physical and mental health! I love that this is a component of Lifestyle Medicine!
Tobacco, alcohol, and other recreational drugs all have negative consequences to our health. Heart disease, lung disease, cancers, and other inflammatory processes can be caused by these exposures. Lifestyle medicine works to eliminate or find moderation.