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Ten Coaching Strategies: A Preview

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>> Hello. Great to have you back. In this lecture, I'm going to provide a brief overview of the rest of the course which focuses on 10 methods of supporting clients around emotional eating. In short, using food and eating based on emotional hunger. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, you can use the lenses of mindset, mindfulness, and connection to help guide clients toward healthier food relationships. You can also integrate three broad goals of self-awareness, self-nourishment, and self-empowerment. As we've discussed, helping clients unpack deep rooted beliefs and habits around food requires exploring the why and the how. It's not just about helping clients make healthier food choices. And on the flipside, it's not about spending hours and hours examining the past at the expense of focusing on the present. It is about helping clients make connections and finding what works for them. Before we begin, grab your journal and spend a few minutes writing down what you think might be helpful ways to support clients through emotional eating. Think about everything that we've discussed in part one as well as your personal experiences or perhaps other material you've read or researched. Pause the video and jot down some ideas now. How was that? Did you feel any more confident in terms of how you might coach clients or did you struggle to consolidate all of the material we've covered so far? By the end of this course, we hope to provide you not only with ideas and tools but with greater confidence and curiosity. We'll discuss specific strategies and tools for each of these 10 points later on. But for now, let's dive in. Number one, learn the language of food. This is an important piece of self-awareness, exploring the why behind eating habits. Food is a metaphor, and it's important to understand that language, what purpose does food serve for this client? What is this client's eating story? What are this client's current habits? When does this client eat due to emotional versus physical hunger? These are all aspects of learning the role that food plays. Number two, nourish from the inside. This is the mindset part of the equation. In particular, shifting from self-should to self-nourishment, and from self-judgment to self-compassion. A client's relationship with food often mirrors their relationship with the self. Therefore, developing nourishing eating habits requires developing a nourishing mindset. Number three, empower the mindset. This means helping clients unstick by letting them lead. Clients come to you for help partly because they feel powerless. They have a constant conflict between two parts of their minds, the part that knows what it should do and the part that can't seem to get a handle on it. But isn't the goal to help clients discover how they can help themselves? Ultimately, we have to take responsibility. Empowering clients to make those changes in areas like eating can affect all areas of their lives. A rather beautiful domino effect occurs when someone shifts to an internal locus of control and chooses to fit out. Clients also come to you because they're motivated to make changes. In other words, there's a lot of placebo effect going on. You might not really have to do very much except be there to provide support, accountability, alternate perspectives, and a few helpful nuggets of information. Number four, connect to the number one expert. In other words, foster greater self-awareness and self-connection so that clients can develop self-trust. Clients are the number one experts on themselves, but many of them might not realize that. In fact, for many people who feel out of control around food, there is, at the core, a lack of trust in themselves in order to make the choices that are best for them. Whatever that means, when temptation abounds, honoring physical hunger and finding alternate coping strategies for emotional hunger requires the ability to trust the body, intuition, and the truth that there will be bumps in the road, and that's okay. Self-trust includes trusting that you will figure it out, that you can find a way, and that you have what you need to change habits that keep you stuck. Number five, nourish beyond food. This is the mindfulness piece, developing health-promoting habits and coping strategies so the food doesn't become the go-to coping mechanism. It includes connecting to values, primary food, and the bigger picture. It also means incorporating self-care. We'll highlight the importance of relationships, connection with others, as these are often neglected yet highly valuable factors in need of nourishment. Number six, build a nourishing and satisfying relationship with food. This is also about mindfulness. We'll discuss in particular the importance of intention and attention. It's also about bio-individual behavior change focused on self-connection, presence, and even pleasure. Clients often come to you, at least in part, because they feel stuck around food. So while using a wide angle lens and addressing big picture challenges is important, it's also important to support clients with secondary food habits. This means emphasizing the idea that one size fits none. What works for one person doesn't work for everyone. You can apply this to your coaching as well. Some clients might connect more with the behavior behind eating habits, while others might appreciate the biological side. Some clients might do better by stopping cold turkey, while others might thrive on baby steps. As a good friend of mine once said, "never speak in absolutes." Coaching means allowing space for reflection and exploration, but it also means gently nudging your clients when they could benefit from that. In short, sometimes you have to just do it. Action can inspire and motivate more action. Have you ever had that experience? You spend tons of time thinking about making a change and looking for inspiration but never end up making the change? Perhaps you've tried things like automatically putting on your sneakers in the morning because it increases the likelihood that you'll actually exercise. Changing eating habits requires trying different things. Number seven. Find a middle ground. This is about the secondary food itself, which needs to be addressed somehow. It's not the most important aspect. But again, many clients don't realize this and they want your help. Part of your job as a Health Coach is to shed light on what mindsets and habits are and aren't working for clients so you can help them make connections that they can't yet make for themselves. We'll discuss the importance of ditching diets and focusing on sustainable habits that nourish the body and mind through the lens of self-empowerment. Number eight, Draw clear boundaries. This is a key point as it emphasizes the importance of bio-individuality in terms of both mindset and habit change. Every client is different. And this can be empowering for clients to recognize. We'll discuss how to incorporate the idea of boundaries, the importance of clarity, where to draw the line when it comes to helpful boundaries versus rigidity, and navigating social situations with new habits. Number nine, respect the process. This can be a tough one. We all want results as soon as possible, but changing habits and mindsets takes time. We'll discuss helpful ways to support clients and help them take the long view as well as how to work with challenges and roadblocks. Coaching is a partnership. But let your clients lead, you can support positive changes by shedding light and fostering self-awareness, modeling helpful mindsets, and providing tools for behavior change. You could help clients unstick themselves by replacing old patterns with new ones. As Joshua says, "Everything in life is change, but the thing people fear the most is change." Fear of failure and success threatens our values and how we see ourselves. If we see ourselves as laid back, we might not want to change our habits in ways that make us feel more type A. And finally, number 10, Coach through weight. This can also be a tough area to navigate and one that you might be inclined to work around rather than through. However, it's a very common area of struggle and frustration and weight can fluctuate based on a wide variety of emotional and physical factors. When coaching through weight, you can use the lenses of mindset, mindfulness, and disconnection, the broad goals of self-awareness, self-nourishment, and self-empowerment, and all of the other strategies we covered today. We'll explore connections between weight and emotional eating, how to support healthy weight loss and special considerations, including weight gain, always keeping scope of practice in mind. So there you go. That's the preview for the rest of the course. To recap, the 10 coaching strategies are learning the language of food, nourishing from the inside, empowering the mindset, connecting to the number one expert, nourishing beyond food, building a nourishing and satisfying relationship with food, finding a middle ground, drawing clear boundaries, respecting the process, and coaching through weight. What do you think? We try to break this complex topic into 10 overarching areas of coaching. We'll also continue to provide you with additional resources that you can explore on your own. In part one of this course, we use a lot of stories in the lectures. Moving forward, we're going to incorporate our three case studies even more so that you can brainstorm how we might use these 10 ideas in practice. As we discussed, we've added some accountability coach sessions as well as additional case study exercises to help you practice this material each week. We understand that you might not have time every week for this additional work, and that's okay. However, in the pre-course, we discussed the value of big rocks. Looking at your schedule, can you carve out any time to prioritize this material? You chose to take this course. So how does your schedule align with that decision? What goals might you set in terms of time management over the next few months? If it's helpful, check out the Big Rocks Template again located in your Learning Center. Remember, this second part of the course is more like an internship. Have you ever had an internship? How did it feel at first? Did you maybe feel excited yet a little uncomfortable? This week, be sure to take a look at the handouts and accountability coaching resources. Send out your thoughts about this next part of the course on the Facebook group. And finally, continue to share your passion with people in your life who appreciate it. Keep celebrating. I'm excited to navigate coaching emotional eating with you. Until next time.

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Posted by: integrativenutrition on Mar 14, 2019

Ten Coaching Strategies: A Preview

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