By Aimee Halpin
You are already dreading tomorrow…admit it. You told your friend you were going to take her up on her offer of “getting fit” this year, but you know how difficult it is to stick to a program. Losing weight and getting back to a fitness routine does not have to be difficult. Sometimes, all you need is the right wellness program or wellness coach to motivate you. The role of a wellness coach is to show you HOW to incorporate lifestyle changes needed to form a habit. A coach is not a doctor, so be advised, that when working with a coach, they should not be offering medical advice, merely giving you the tools that help you on your path to wellness. Sometimes, the best tool they can give you is one of the wellness programs they have created for their clients.
5 Things to Look For in a Wellness Program:
1. The program just feels right to you. Trust your intuition here. You read about the coach, you read what he or she has gone through, and you quickly identify with them. That is a great sign because if you can see similarities and you feel connected to them, you are more likely to trust them when they tell you what worked for them. Why is that important? Because you have to be open and honest with them. Sometimes I ask my clients things that they might find odd, so I brace it with, I know this sounds odd, but how regular are you? They laugh because we are adults talking about bathroom issues, but I have never had anyone not share with me when I do a client intake. Everything my clients tell me is 100 percent confidential and I will never ask them to do something that doesn’t feel right.
2. The wellness coach has all their credentials listed…and is not vague. Again, I am always very upfront. I list what I have been through, what my background is, how I came about learning more about nutrition and what qualifications I have. I don’t just say “Wellness Coach”. That could mean anything. Everyone can read my about me, and I even have a part called “Why work with me?” You should be able to clearly identify what this person knows and how they made the program you are about to invest in. If not, you should be able to contact them and ask them.
3. A free consultation should be included. See how the above led right into this? On the plan, or page that you are reading, always look for the part that says “schedule a free call with me” or contact me for more information. If you want this program to work for you, you should definitely feel like the person who made it is accessible. One thing I love about my clients is that they know they have my support. Not only throughout whatever program they decided was best for them, but they also have a closed group with files, and access to me if they need to ask a question.
4. There is not just a one size fits all option. One thing that really bugged me years ago when I worked with a personal trainer was that he sent his clients, all of them, the same exact meal plan. That was early on in my research, but I knew that I was experiencing food allergies at that point. My doctor had even referred me to a nutritionist who told me that in order to be healthy; I absolutely had to eat everything on her whole plate diagram. I admit, I looked at her like she was out of her mind. It didn’t sit well with me that this woman was not familiar with autoimmune diseases and how food reacts in the gut producing bloat. If you have dietary restrictions, autoimmune, diabetes, etc, please let your coach know.
5. You absolutely have everything you need to be successful included. This part gets tricky, but let me explain. During my sports nutrition certification, one thing I learned was that there are good supplements out there and bad. I had already been researching the value of supplements for years, and knew that phytotherapy, or plant based, was definitely the way to go. Phytotherapy aims to preserve the complexity of substances from a given plant with relatively less processing than standard pharmacology. However, that being said, IF you follow a great program and can actually eat everything on said whole food plate, you really will get the nutrients you need. Here comes the tricky part…since I am also certified as a yoga instructor, many people that cross my path eat vegan. I would never suggest that they get extra nutrients from animal products, and I always talk to them about their last results from blood work just in case they ask me what supplements would be good to add to give them optimum nutrition and make their program work for them.
The program that you choose ultimately should be one that feels right, comes from a good source, has someone knowledgeable leading it, and doesn’t try to pressure you into buying lots and lots of add-ons. If they have a brand of supplements that they prefer after discussing what you might need for your body, you can choose to take their advice, or not depending on your budget. The number one thing that I try to instill with my clients is to create a routine that they are going to be successful with.
About The Writer
Aimee Halpin is a former educator, mother, yoga teacher, and fighter of obscure diseases (namely her own). Her personal success naturally led her to coach and create her 4 Weeks To Wellness Program which has already helped women all over world find answers and experience success in their own health journey. Aimee has been fighting invisible diseases for 17 years. She started her blog http://theburnedhand.com to help others fight illness and still maintain hope. The blog took off and her Facebook page was born. 2 years ago, she started a series of steps to help lose weight after being told that there was nothing anyone could do to help her so she started researching like a “mad woman” because she knew that there are always things that can be done if only you know where to look for answers.
You can find her on Instagram as #vitalizeyou because she promotes healthy eating and all-natural supplements as a part of her regimen which led into the business page FB/vitalizeyou being created. Her passion includes helping others with hemochromatosis, Porphyria, Hasimoto’s thyroiditis, fibromyalgia and generally any autoimmune disease get their life back.