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Six Guideposts for Coaching Emotional Eating

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>> Hi. Welcome to part two of Emotional Eating Psychology. In part one of this course, we explored psychological, cultural, and biological roots of using food for purposes other than nourishment. We also discussed cravings and how to distinguish emotional eating behaviors from eating disorders. In the second part of this course, we'll explore specific ways that you can apply this information and coach your clients through emotional eating, using both broad frameworks and a variety of specific tools. We'll discuss how to coach through weight and finally how you as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach can market yourself to this target audience. We're going to continue asking you to get out of your comfort zone with our support, as well as a support of your course mates. We're going to challenge you so that you can be a source of positive change for your clients, as well as other people in your life who could benefit from this material. Yes, we want you to feel that fear and do it anyway. Think of this part of the course like an internship with even more emphasis on practicing the material so that you feel better prepared to coach. It doesn't matter how much you read about a topic, putting it into action is where you start to see a real shift. Let's go over a few small changes that you'll see. First of all, we'll continue with our three case studies, Renée, Thomas, and Teresa. However, the format will be a little different. Each week, we'll recap previous session notes relating to that module's coaching strategy. We'll provide a mock exercise completed by the character in that week's case study. And we'll ask you a series of questions to answer and share in the Facebook group. Look in your Learning Center for a handout called Case Study Challenge. This is an exercise that you'll complete every week moving forward. Secondly, we encourage you to find an accountability coach. We'll continue with the MAPS framework, which stands for material, apply to yourself, practice with others, and send out to the world. However, we suggest that you use your accountability coaching partner for the practice piece. We included a handout with some guidelines that might be helpful. Your partner can offer support and objective feedback, allow you to consistently practice the material, help you stay organized, and keep you accountable. In this module, you'll also receive your accountability coaching resources. The accountability coaching session notes is what you'll use to keep track of what you did during each session and how it went. Now that we've gone over what to expect, I want to share a quote from Cheryl Strayed, author of the inspiring book "Wild." "The revision process is a great metaphor for how to approach life and love and work. We're all rough drafts. If you're living right, you're constantly striving to make the next version of yourself one notch better." Real success is rooted in learning how to turn mistakes into successes, losses into gains, failures into things of value that propel you forward rather than hold you back. Coaching emotional eating is a journey that you will go on with your clients. It's okay if you don't always know what to do. We're here to provide you with some material that you can use to help untangle the complex web of loops and cycles involved in unhelpful eating habits. We gave you a few tips in the pre-course, but now that we've covered a variety of factors to consider, you might find yourself unsure of where to begin. Well, the short answer is that you begin where you would with any client. Be with your client 100%. Focus, listen actively, and ask high-mileage questions that illuminate connections your client might not yet see. Be genuine, model flexibility, and help your client move toward personal goals. And when it comes to emotional eating, you can use these six guideposts as a framework. Number one, start with self-awareness. Self-awareness begins with your self-awareness. As Joshua says, "Heal the coach, heal the client." Coaching-strained food relationships requires understanding your relationship with food. It means, understanding your biases and assumptions about eating and health. For example, if you're sitting in your first session with a very overweight client, what subconscious thoughts are buzzing in your head? Why do you think this person is stuck? What are your gut reactions and assumptions? These aren't easy questions to think about. Deep down, do any of us Health Coaches really like to think of ourselves as judgmental? Probably not. But if you don't create space for discomfort in your mind, how can you expect your clients to create that space in their minds? It's so important to practice what you preach. And that includes not only habits, but also mindsets. Only then do you have a strong foundation for guiding self-awareness in your clients, in terms of, for example, their eating approaches, biases, limiting beliefs, and body image. Number two, use the lenses of mindset, mindfulness, and connection. As we progress through the second part of this course, we'll continually use these three lenses. Using these lenses helps you shift both mindsets and habits. Both shifts are necessary for change. We'll focus on how you can help clients shift mindsets from self-should to self-nourishment, self-judgment to self-compassion, and stuckness to self-empowerment. We'll also provide you with tools that encourage self-awareness and mindfulness around what and how clients eat, as well as how this relates to other areas of their lives. Finally, we'll emphasize the importance of fostering self-connection with the body, values, and primary food, and connection with others. Number three, model neutrality, non-judgment, and curiosity. In other words, adopt a beginner's mind. As a Health Coach, having a beginner's mind helps you combat your own biases and modeling that for clients helps them combat the internal and external influences that keep them stuck in unhelpful eating habits. You can model the value of imperfection. After all, we're all human and we all have problems. However, we can choose how to respond to those problems. And choosing curiosity over judgment empowers us to take responsibility for living in line with our values. You can help clients figure out what works for them by maintaining a sense of neutrality. This isn't always easy, and clients might throw you for a loop. That's to be expected. But the more you practice, the more confident you'll feel and the wider variety of people who have practiced interacting with. Language matters. Developing trust and intimacy requires direct, yet supportive language. It requires open-ended high-mileage questions that evoke information and motivate action. You're there to actively listen, understand your client's perspectives, and help guide them toward their goals. Finally, don't be afraid to inject humor. Sometimes, an element of lightness can do wonders. Four, coach beyond the food. Most clients come to you for help with food. However, as a Health Coach, a big part of your job is coaching beyond the food. Ultimately, your job is to help clients feel better, right? And that includes helping them find nourishment from the inside through self-compassion, connection to the number one expert, themselves, and self-empowerment. You're there to help clients develop a healthier relationship not only with food but with themselves. Remember, emotional eating isn't really about the food itself, it's about using food as a coping mechanism. Therefore, coaching includes helping clients develop nonfood health promoting habits to help tolerate distress, and helping them recognize what they're actually seeking by raising awareness. It also means holding clients attention on what's most important to them, including their connection with primary food and other values. Five, integrate three broad goals, self-awareness, self-nourishment, and self-empowerment. These three goals relate to supporting clients in terms of both mindsets and behaviors or habits. Self-awareness is usually the first step, followed by helping clients find nourishment through both primary and secondary food. We use the quote, "With great power comes great responsibility" earlier in the course. However, the opposite is also true. With great responsibility comes great power. Taking responsibility is the first step to solving problems. Many clients come to you because they feel stuck, hopeless, and/or helpless. They might not know what's going on, but they know that they can't stop. Empowering clients means illuminating the power of choice. And that means applying this power of choice to all areas of life, so the clients no longer feel like they have to use food to help them deal with challenges. You will see these goals woven throughout the rest of the course. And finally, remember scope of practice. Keep this in your back pocket at all times. We'll keep mentioning scope of practice because emotional eating can be tricky to navigate. If you feel unsure, talk to someone. Ask for support from course mates, fellow Health Coaches, a specialist, or one of us at IIN. We're here to help. Okay, to recap. Emotional eating is complex, but here are six guideposts that you can always refer back to. Start with self-awareness. Use the lenses of mindset, mindfulness, and connection. Model neutrality, non-judgment, and curiosity. Coach beyond the food. Integrate three broad goals, self-awareness, self-nourishment, and self-empowerment. And remember scope of practice. Coaching requires getting out of your comfort zone, and we've included an exercise in your Learning Center to help you do just that. We're here to support you. This week one of your main tasks is to find an accountability coach and to create a system for practicing together in weekly 15-minute sessions. Maybe this means that each of you spends 25 minutes acting as the coach or maybe it means you alternate coach and client roles every other week. Maybe it means that you sit down and review material together. You're adult, so we're leaving it in your hands in terms of what works best for you. We included an Accountability Coach System handout in your Learning Center to help. And as always, you have the Facebook group to bounce ideas off of each other. So take a deep breath, celebrate your reason for being here and trust that you are exactly where you need to be. Enjoy the rest of this ride. I'll see you back here soon.

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Six Guideposts for Coaching Emotional Eating

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