A few days ago I had someone ask me why I became a health coach. With this week is Health Coach Week, I thought it’s the perfect time to tell my story.
First, if you’re not familiar, with a health coach, here’s what we generally do:
To be a little more specific, here’s what I do:
I teach people who are experiencing adrenal fatigue, SIBO, thyroid and other digestive disorders how they can feel better and have more energy every day. I help them understand how they may have come to experience these problems and teach them what food, lifestyle and sometimes supplements and testing choices they can make to repair their health and feel better.
I focus on these areas because it’s what I’ve personally experienced. I understand the struggles, confusion, overwhelm and frustrations you experience when dealing with problems.
But it’s not specifically why I became a health coach.
In a nutshell, I became a health coach because I was tired of going to see my primary care physician and being told that “some people are just this way” and that “some of these things are just in my head.”
No, it wasn’t. I was struggling with real symptoms, problems that were impacting how I lived every day.
I was tired of being brushed off, ignored, and handed a prescription. Because contrary to what every other television commercial tells me, I don’t believe that pharmaceuticals are the answer to everything.
I knew there were things that I could be doing to help myself feel better; I just didn’t know what they were or how to do them.
So I pivoted and found a functional medicine doctor who was the answer to my problems. But even then, I would leave my doctor appointments feeling confused and unsure how to do what she told me I needed to do.
“Why are grains bad for me?”
“Why do I have to stop eating grains now, but not forever?”
“What can I eat instead?”
“How has my gut has taken a step back and is inflamed?”
“So don't do back-to-back hard workouts. Allow rest. But how much?”
These are actual notes that I jotted down to myself after my doctor visits.
I knew I was seeing the right practitioner for me because she understood what I was experiencing and didn't dismiss me for it. But there was still a gap between what she wanted me to do and how I was actually going about doing it.
I needed someone to bridge the gap. And this, my friends, is why I became a health coach.
We have a broken healthcare system in America. I know this, and you know this. We witnessed millions of women marching for values and beliefs they are insanely passionate about.
As it unfolded, I couldn’t help but think, “I wish they would be as passionate about taking care of themselves.” Perhaps if we were all as passionate about our health, we wouldn’t need to rely on pharmaceutical companies because we wouldn’t need their drugs. We wouldn’t rely on “Big Food” GMO companies to produce quick, convenient fake food.
How great would it be if instead, we’d count on farmers to grow fresh, organic and seasonal foods. We’d rely on ourselves and feel confident that we can make choices that nourish and strengthen our minds and bodies, and those of our families and people we care for.
Health Coach Week is a time to create greater awareness about the field of health coaching. I believe health coaching is a critical component in the future of healthcare and bridging the gap between a patient and their practitioner.
The health coaches that I worked with did this for me, and it made all the difference in helping me understand why I suffered from adrenal fatigue, SIBO, Leaky Gut Syndrome and hypothyroidism, and ultimately inspired me to become one myself.
I know what it’s like to know something is wrong with you, but to have everyone tell you that “everyone has it too.” But common doesn’t mean normal.
I know what it’s like to feel ignored, criticized and frustrated. It makes you feel ashamed and afraid to speak your truth, even though you know you’re not making up your symptoms and it’s not “all in your head.”
Most of all, I know how relieved it can feel when you finally feel like you’ve been heard.
A few weeks ago I saw a new integrative medical doctor (the one I’d been seeing moved to another location farther away from me). And while I’ve loved all of the integrative and functional medicine practitioners I’ve seen over the years, seeing this new doctor is the first time that I really felt like I’d been heard. Like truly understood.
And the feeling was so powerful that I cried (and I’m not a crier). I finally felt like I had a partner who helps me clear the muddy waters.
In my studies at Holistic Nutrition Lab, we spend a good amount of time learning the art and science of practicing empathy and meeting our clients where they’re at. It’s something I always strive to do with my clients, but until I finally experienced it for myself did I truly understand and appreciate the power in it.
And that’s what I want for you. This is truly why I became a health coach. To be the ears that finally hears you, and to close the gap between your frustration and better health.
Now, I want to hear from you, leave a comment and tell me what struggles you have when it comes to your health and wellness or schedule a free coaching session.
Hi, I'm Naomi!
I’m a Certified Holistic Health Coach qualified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Holistic Nutrition Lab. I help smart and savvy women who suffer from chronic stress, unexplained weight gain and burnout, breakthrough their healthy blind spots and relieve symptoms through natural healing with whole foods and by making lifestyle and environmental changes. Why feel tired when you can feel fired up and ready to go every single day?
I love running outdoors, connecting with like-minded people, and exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with my pup, Coco Pop.