Eating great food. Having more energy. Reaching and maintaining your ideal weight. Feeling happier and healthier. This is all possible.
I believe that much of what we do on a daily basis, including how we eat, is largely habit-based - simply learned behaviour that has become ingrained over time. Habits are the little things we do everyday which become our systems for living, the sum of which determine our quality of life.
Even unhealthy thoughts and emotional responses may become habitual reactions which can keep us stuck in old ways.
The good news is habits can be re-wired. It is widely recognised that we require three weeks to break a habit, six weeks to build a new habit, and 36 weeks to embed a lifestyle change, so that it becomes second nature.
I believe the most effective way to improve a person's life is to help them discover and ingrain powerful new practices which enable them to live life to the fullest.
So I work with my clients in a coaching capacity drawing on NLP, CNT, ACT and other mind-body medicine techniques, and integrate this with my nutritional therapy guidance.
The significance of the Gut in my philosophy of wellbeing extends beyond the workings of the gastrointestinal system. The Gut is also becoming widely acknowledged as the 'second brain' as the extraordinary gut-brain connection (a two-way communication axis) becomes better understood in Western science. Furthermore, in traditional medicine systems, the Gut is considered to be the seat of our emotions.
So, if, in the process of learning to nourish your body and digestive system, you can also learn to manage your mind, and reconnect with your emotions, then you have a powerful toolbox for lasting change to your health and wellbeing.
Take a moment to consider the power of the mind. You may not realise it yet, but we all have the ability to listen our own thoughts and decide whether they are actually working for us or not.
Why is it important to choose what we think? Because our thoughts (all 60,000 per day) about the events, facts or circumstances in our life, create running stories in our heads which tend to spur our feelings and emotions, impact our self-image and drive the actions we take - which in turn determine our outcomes in life and health.
Many people try to spark changes by launching into changing their actions. For example, if the goal is to lose weight, a common action is to jump into a quick-fix faddy diet, or exercise hard for a short time, or both. Those actions may drive an outcome - but what people may not have acknowledged is the harboured thoughts and beliefs which led them to overeat or make poor choices around food to begin with.
Understanding your mind enables you to rewrite the language around thoughts and self-beliefs and transform them into positive, motivating stories which support enduring diet and lifestyle change.
What’s more, our thoughts and emotions may not only impact our choices and behaviour, but increasingly evidence shows that changes in our thoughts, emotions and beliefs can bring about changes in our physical health and well-being too.
Mounting evidence for the role of the mind in disease and healing is leading to a greater acceptance of mind–body medicine, and this is an area of increasingly relevance to my practice too.
Recognising that all parts of ourselves - our mind, body, gut, emotions and spirit - are all closely connected to our food and lifestyle and to our health, I take a 360° approach. So working with me, you not only get the right nutrition guidance - but you also connect with other aspects of life that help your ‘whole self’ to feel nourished, vibrant and resilient.
Wellbeing coaching is a 'whole-life' process and results may extend beyond your health alone.
When life is working well for my clients and they have a positive mindset, they feel set to achieve any goal they take on.
I appreciate it can take some guts to make changes, and that’s why I’m passionate about ensuring that everyone who partners with me to improve their health, wellbeing or weight, feels attentively supported and has a safe space in which they are listened to intently, understood, gently challenged, as well as held accountable.
By developing your confidence, commitment and motivation, you will achieve and maintain the results you desire and deserve.
The coaching space enables you to:
Crystallise a clear, inspiring vision for your success and distil your personal health goals
Connect you with your strengths, discover what really motivates you and what values you herald as important in your life
Help you cultivate your sense of self-belief and transform negative beliefs that may have impacted your confidence or your relationship with food
Identify and find solutions to any other ‘blind spots’ or personal barriers to change that may have previously held you back from achieving what you want or kept you stuck in repeating patterns or unhealthy lifestyle habits
Regularly set manageable, meaningful intentions and enter a 'resourceful state of being' whereby you feel empowered and inspired to take action and protect the new practices which move you towards your goals.