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Introducing Health Coaching at RIFM

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

In working with patients over the last 20 years, I’ve realized that one of the biggest impediments to people maximizing their health and wellness is the implementation of identified changes.  One of the crucial elements to overcoming these roadblocks is having a coach or guide help walk through the mission-critical elements of diet, lifestyle, stress…


Coach’s Corner: What to Look for in a Health Coach

This entry is part 2 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

After learning about the benefits of health coaching, perhaps you’re curious about whether it would be helpful for you. How do you know if a health coach has the training and experience to be effective?  What should you look for in a health coach?   Health and wellness coaching is a relatively new and growing…


Coach’s Corner: Kick Your Tech out of the Bedroom

This entry is part 3 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

If you could do one simple thing to improve your sleep, mood, metabolism, cognitive function, and potentially your most intimate relationship, would you do it? What if I told you that it was FREE and would take about 30 seconds? Ok, you might have to spend $10 on an alarm clock. And, yes, they still make…


Coach’s Corner: Is Sunlight Your New Supplement?

This entry is part 4 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

How much sunlight have you seen today? If you would like to improve your sleep, mood, immune function, or regulate your appetite, this post is for you.   Have you ever thought about sunlight as a necessary element for good health? We all intuitively know that sunlight is energizing and mood-lifting and Dr. Hartman has…


Coach’s Corner: Building Resilience with the Foundations of Health

This entry is part 5 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

Recently on the blog, Dr. Hartman has been talking about the profound health impact of cortisol imbalances. His number one recommendation for excessive cortisol, which is so prevalent in our culture, is stress management. So, let’s talk about where you might start on your journey to building stress resilience in your life and improving your…


Coach’s Corner: Enjoying Green Tea

This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

Dr. Hartman has listed green tea as a powerful therapeutic food in many posts on this blog. It seems to be good for (almost) whatever ails you!   Does his recommended therapeutic dose of 4-6 cups of green tea a day feel like a bridge too far? If you are looking for ways to add…


July Coach’s Corner: A Mindset of Eating More, Not Less

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

When was the last time you heard someone say that they were cutting carbs or fat, eliminating gluten or dairy, or removing processed foods or sugar? This is a common way we describe what we’re eating these days; it appeals to our negativity bias. But our focus on what we’re NOT eating often backfires not…


Coach’s Corner: Half a Plate of Veggies to Cut the Nutritional Noise

This entry is part 8 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

If a quality diet is the foundation of health, filling half of your plate with colorful, nutritionally-dense vegetables is the cornerstone.   In last month’s post, A Mindset of Eating More, I talked about setting positive goals around nutrition.   Today I’d like to talk about a simple habit change that could make a big…


Coach’s Corner: DIY Fasting Mimicking Diet for Powerful Results

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

What is the Difference Between the Fasting Mimicking Diet and the Prolon Diet? If you’ve read Dr. Hartman’s post on the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), you might be intrigued and wonder if you should try it. Reaping the benefits of fasting while still being able to eat is a great option for a lot of…


Coach’s Corner: What’s So Great about Flax Seeds?

This entry is part 10 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

If you could take a pill that would help balance your hormones, make you more insulin sensitive, and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease AND breast cancer by 25%, would you take it?   What if that pill tasted good, could be added to smoothies, yogurt, or even cookies, had no side effects, and didn’t…


Coach’s Corner: An Easy (and Cheap) Way to Add More Collagen to Your Diet

This entry is part 11 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

Making your own bone stock is a great way to stretch your food dollar a little further, add some important nutrients to your diet, and reduce food waste.   What’s So Great About Collagen? We see collagen supplements in almost every store, making various claims for healthier joints, skin, nails, hair, and more. The benefits…


Coach’s Corner: Coffee Lovers Rejoice!

This entry is part 12 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

I often get questions about coffee. Clients broach the subject with trepidation, sometimes almost whispering, “Do you think I need to give up coffee?” They are surprised when I say, “Probably not.”   Coffee is a superfood. – Dr. Hartman   I actually don’t have a problem with coffee, but there are caveats to the promotion of a…


Coach’s Corner: You Can Create New Habits – Even During the Holidays

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” Theodore Roosevelt   As a health coach, my job is to help people actually do what they want to do. We all have aspirations. We may want to eat more vegetables, get in some movement every day, practice yoga, or cut back on sugar or alcohol. But actually doing…


Coach’s Corner: A Coaching Case Study on the Health Benefits of Fun

This entry is part 14 of 16 in the series Coach's Corner

A Coaching Case Study on Fun When thinking about a healthy lifestyle, we often think of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management. We don’t often consider our hobbies, creative pursuits, or other activities that we do just for enjoyment. Today I’d like to talk a little about the role that fun plays in our overall…