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Wear the Health Coach Hat_Final

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>> Hi, how are you feeling so far with all of this emotional eating talk? In this lecture, we're going to talk a bit about wearing the Health Coach Hat, you know, your role in guiding clients through this complicated web. Imagine you have a client like Thomas who you met in this module's case study. In order to work with Thomas, it's important to ask yourself a few questions. One, what's your relationship with food? Coaching clients through emotional eating involves having some difficult conversations, but remember, awareness is your ally. Putting in the work yourself helps you provide more grounded support to others. You're not supposed to be perfect. You're supposed to be human. That's what your clients relate to. They come to you for support and guidance. They also come to you because they need someone to listen and empathize. And you know what? It's probably easier to do all of this if you understand the role that food and eating place in your life, right? Gaining insight into your own relationship with food and with yourself makes you more authentic and strengthens your confidence in coaching others. This might mean moving out of your comfort zone, and that's okay. Know that you're exactly where you need to be. You chose to pursue health coaching for a reason, so keep returning to your why. This course is the perfect opportunity to learn how to work with your fears and doubts around food and eating habits. Throughout this course, we'll provide plenty of opportunities for you to reflect on all of this. And as always, you have ample support via your course mates and course moderators in the Facebook group. Two, what biases and assumptions do you carry into the session with you? No matter what we tell ourselves, we all have biases and assumptions. What does healthy mean to you? What does it look like? We have a whole module on this later in the course because it's a very important aspect of coaching. For now, think about how your beliefs currently impact your coaching approach and the way you think about emotional eating. Three, how can you coach beyond the food itself by focusing on the why and how? Emotional eating is a mixed messy bag, but it's a legitimate bag. People eat emotionally for a reason. One of your jobs, as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, is to shed light on connections that your clients haven't been able to see for themselves. This means exploring the roots of current eating habits. Remember, you're not a therapist, so this doesn't mean deeply analyzing childhood memories. However, it does mean approaching emotional eating with a sense of nonjudgmental curiosity and exploring the why behind emotions, thought patterns, and behaviors. What are the bio-individual, cultural, and social factors that contribute to current eating habits? I'm sure if given the choice, most, if not all, of us would choose the quick fix band-aid approach. Who doesn't like simple and easy solutions? However, sustainable change won't happen until you do the inner work. Focusing only on the food itself, especially in the beginning, ignores all of the important pre-work. Yes, this means asking high-mileage questions. Again, we're here to help build your confidence in this area by providing plenty of practice opportunities. Think about Thomas, as his Health Coach, would you dive right into his daily food intake? If not, where might you begin? What's the bigger picture for Thomas? What are his values? What motivates him to approach health the way he does? Is it working for him? It might be helpful to remember some of the bigger picture elements of coaching, which brings me to the next question. Four, how can you incorporate IIN's philosophy into your emotional eating coaching? Here are a few things to keep in mind. Remember that your client leads the dance, you follow the lead. Guide through nonjudgmental and neutral language that promotes healing food relationships. Use a bio-individual lens by remembering that everyone is doing the best they can based on their unique resources and experiences. Support clients in thinking big picture and connecting with personal values by integrating nourishment from all primary food, including relationships, physical activity, career, and spirituality. Empower clients to self-heal and develop sustainable, health-promoting habits that work for them. And when it comes to nourishment from both food and primary food, focus on more or less versus all or none by implementing crowding out strategies. Emotional eating is often a microcosm of a client's life in general. This is a fascinating concept to think about. How you do one thing is how you do everything. How do you shop? How do you relax? How do you unwind? How do you exercise? How do you work? How do you show love? How do you eat? Again, we are here to share ideas and suggestions that you can use as guidelines. Ultimately, we want you to feel confident navigating this material by thinking for yourself, that's the goal, which brings me to the last question for today. Five, are you staying within your scope of practice? As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you can help clients figure out how to stay accountable to their goals and how to navigate all of the other information that surrounds them, your source of education, inspiration, and support. You're the bridge between your clients and other healthcare providers. You're there to guide them and to advocate for them. Your role is not to diagnose or prescribe, create specific meal or treatment plans, or provide treatment for mental illness or eating disorders. If a client is actively recovering from an eating disorder, you can work with them if you choose but only from within your scope of practice. Provide general support as you would with any client, and whenever possible, work collaboratively as part of a client's treatment team. Here's a quick recap of today's lecture. When wearing your Health Coach Hat, consider the following five questions. One, what's your relationship with food? Two, what biases and assumptions do you carry into the session with you? Three, how can you coach beyond the food itself by focusing on the why and how? Four, how can you incorporate IIN's philosophy into your emotional eating coaching? And five, are you staying within your scope of practice? Okay, are you ready to practice this material? This week, sit down with a coaching partner, a family, friend, colleague or course mate, ask your partner to describe the last time he or she ate emotionally. You can start by explaining the basics of what you mean by emotional eating or use a personal example to help create a safe space if that's helpful. Guide your partner through high-mileage questions in order to move through the experience together side by side. You can find this practice exercise in the Skill-Building Activities section of your Learning Center. Share any insights in the Facebook group making sure to keep your partner anonymous and compare the experience your partner shared to other experiences shared in the group. Take a look at the handouts, and thanks for tuning in. Until next time.

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