Questions For Nicole (+ What I Do as Health Counselor)
Nicole, why did you decide to become a health counselor?
I used to struggle with things like weight gain, hormonal imbalances, digestion problems, and seasonal allergies. I learned more and more about diets and healthy eating, soon realizing how much more our food could do for us than simply be a source of calories. Food can be extremely healing (or harmful). When I became a certified as a health coach, I stopped my unbalanced eating and lifestyle habits (that I didn't even know were a problem), stopped taking almost all OTC and prescription medication, lost the 10-15 pounds I fluctuated with since I was 18, and changed my outlook on wellness and self-care.
A health coach is a certified practitioner specializing in helping other people with their wellness goals. This field tends to attract professionals who also work in the field of natural wellness, like chiropractors, personal trainers, and yoga teachers, without having as much experience or background on the medical side of things. Many health coaches offer online support, in-person sessions, virtual programs, books, workshops, corporate wellness, and other creative ways to help people get healthier.
And you probably didn't even know this was a thing.
Since everyone has different health-related goals, it takes a lot of different types of health coaches to cover the spectrum of everyone's unique needs. This type of support comes in really handy when you are looking for more wellness and lifestyle ideas, support and knowledge instead of visiting with a nutritionist or dietician in more of a medical setting. Over the last few decades, the concept of a health coach has created a bridge between the medical world and the natural world. We're helping consumers to better understand that most of the chronic health conditions that our country is overtaken with can be prevented, and sometimes even treated, with cleaner eating, and better self-care.
How would you describe your professional views + style?
My philosophies and specialty knowledge include balanced, life-long organic eating habits, natural cooking methods, gentle exercise, an influence of traditional Ayurvedic healing (based on your body constitution), detoxing your personal products and home, and prioritizing a life you love with discernment and self-care. I work mostly with women and mothers, and I do not promote any extreme eating, only focusing on whole foods while avoiding chemicals and non-food like products.
I received my certification from IIN in NY in 2011 and became a Medicinal Aromatherapist in 2014. Learn more about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition here. I just knew there were way too many of us confused and frustrated when it came to taking care of our minds and bodies, and I wanted to be a part of a bigger movement to help.
I also felt strongly about having realistic expectations with my clients. As a working mom, I totally get the feeling of overwhelm that comes with taking care of yourself, a family and maybe even a career. I know there are ways to teach and practice natural wellness, healthy eating habits and creating balance in your life without feeling like you are constantly sacrificing or missing out on something. What's most important to me is that I can help people to shift their thinking from feeling like they can't (or shouldn't) have something they want to choosing what is best for their bodies and health, because they want to.
I keep my programs to the point, flexible, and supportive, cutting out the fluff and false hopes.
Who will get the best results from working with you?
Using a down-to-earth and realistic approach, I work with those who are ready for real change, who are tired of waking up each day feeling unfulfilled, knowing there is something more in store for them, and have no idea where to start. You have to be ready for what's next in your life, when you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, and really follow through on what we work on together. I'll provide the knowledge and support, you show up, and know you're worth it.
I work mostly with women and mothers, but am open to working with men as well. My clients have experienced the most significant improvements in their health, stress levels, and overall outlook on creating balanced, sustainable wellness, when they commit to our sessions together, and completely let go of the excuses they held on to for so long. You have to be ready to take responsibility for your health, body, and life.
I would rather help someone lose 15 pounds for life, start cooking their own meals, making better choices while eating out and grocery shopping, and choosing less toxic options in everything else they do, and know their body better than have someone lose 30 pounds quickly and bounce back and forth from diet to workout plan to weight loss pill and be frustrated and go right back to where they started.
Take the first step and set up your initial session with me now so we can decide which plan is best for you, your goals and your lifestyle. I know this isn't the first time you've wanted to make changes in your health and life...so...
Do it. You've waited long enough.