Why Hire a Health Coach?
As of 2012, about half of all adults--117 million people--had one or more chronic health conditions, and that number continues to grow. Health coaches can offer the guidance and motivation these individuals need to overcome their challenges and regain a greater level of health and well-being. As a health coach, Ashley's goal is to inspire and support clients to create sustainable lifestyle changes that allow them to be healthy, feel good and live their best life now! You don't have to be sick to benefit from working with a health coach.
What does a health coach do?
Health coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle, nutrition, and behavioral adjustments. Health coaches utilize evidence-based skillful conversation, clinical interventions and strategies to actively and safely engage client/patients in these health behavioral changes. They are considered highly educated guides in the fields of nutrition, wellness, bio-individuality and mentoring.
What education does ashley have as a health coach?
I am certified to work with clients as a health coach, and I have received my education from one of the world's largest nutrition schools, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. During my education, I have learned over 100 different dietary theories, self-care and stress management techniques, and was exposed to cutting-edge science and research within the fields of nutrition and healthcare led by some of the country's leading holistic health and wellness experts.
Some of my teachers at IIN included:
- Dr. Walter Willett, Chairman of Nutrition at Harvard University
- Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center
- Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Dr. Deepak Chopra, Bestselling Author + Integrative Health Expert
- Dr. Mark Hyman, Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine
- Dr. Marion Nestle, Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition at NYU
My education also covered: sleep problems, cravings, anxiety, stress management, relationship building, and personal development. I have experience in recipe development related to a wide-range of regimens including: weight loss, gut health, gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, paleo, vegan, and plant-based.
What is the wheatgrass warrior approach to health coaching?
My mission is the empower clients to make positive and lasting changes to their health. As someone who has navigated the challenges of chronic illness, I have a deep understanding of what it is like to have your life completely turned upside down by a health issue. I look at each individuals's unique needs and help them design a plan of action to achieve their goals. Living a healthy life is not simply limited to eating well, but it also encompasses relationships, and our mental health.
overcoming chronic illness + health challenges
There is the familiar adage: “Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for a lifetime.”
This old adage demonstrates the difference between "fixing" a patient and coaching a client. Medications can be life-saving and beneficial for acute issues, but chronic conditions often require more than just medical intervention. The problem with ONLY utilizing the "band-aid approach" is that it doesn't provide patients with all the tools they need to really thrive on their own. Hiring a health coach is the perfect compliment to your regular medical care. As a health coach, Ashley helps motivate clients to figure out "how to fish" for themselves so they can live a healthier, more rewarding life.
How is a health coach different than a registered dietician or nutritionist?
Health coaches can compliment the work of a registered dietitian or nutritionist, and often team-up with these practitioners to provide the best possible support for a client. Working to become a registered dietitian or nutritionist requires a bachelors degree, and an additional two years in school, plus an internship. You also must take a test to get your license to practice in most states. Registered dietitians teach based on the American Dietetic Association and the USDA guidelines for what we should eat, which is not based on an organic or holistic mindset.
As a certified health coach from IIN, Ashley studied nutrition and wellness from a holistic approach, which includes a year of classes and lectures from some of the top health and wellness experts in the country, and over 100 dietary theories. Health coaches also acquire knowledge regarding how to help individuals balance other important aspects of their life such as: career, physical movement, spirituality, stress management, and relationships. Health coaches often work as a part of team of practitioners which can include nutritionists, registered dietitians, primary physicians, chiropractors, psychologists, etc.
Does a health coach offer meal plans?
No, for several reasons, I do not offer meal plans. Within the scope of my practice as a health coach, I do not offer complete individual customized meal plans. But, I also don't believe meal plans are the most effective way to lose weight and improve your health. My practice and education emphasizes the concept of bio-individuality and I will give you the tools and knowledge necessary to effectively piece together and tailor your meals to meet your own needs and health goals. As a recipe developer, and through my strong foundation on dietary theories, I am also able to offer hundreds of healthy recipe suggestions and options.