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Ditch the Diet

3 Reasons Diets Don’t Work and What to Do Instead

 

 

3 Reasons Diets Don’t Work and What to Do Instead

 

When people learn that I am a holistic health coach the topic of dieting is bound to come up. I‘m often asked what I think of <insert diet program here> or <insert eating “lifestyle” here> and while they all have their own little intricacies in so many ways they are all the same.

You see, dieting depends on drastic changes – usually a decrease in how many daily calories are consumed and abstaining from specific food types. And while you may see results in the first few months they are more likely than not to be short-lived.

This is because dieting doesn’t keep the long term in mind.

Today I’m breaking down three common factors diets have that set you up for “failure” in the long term and what you can do instead.

Diets depend on self-control.

Which at first doesn’t seem like a problem. However, our idea of self-control when it comes to food is completely inconsistent with the way we apply it to other areas of our life.

According to Traci Mann, author of Secrets From The Eating Lab, we think of saying no to a donut as one moment of self-control that we either win or lose.

But that’s not the case at all. You actually make many decisions to not reach for that donut before that “cave in moment” finally comes.

Each time you see or walk by the box of donuts you are making a decision to not eat them. Essentially, each individual time you make this choice is an act of self-control. But we write ourselves off as a failure as soon as we reach for the donut no matter how many times we said no beforehand.

We end up writing ourselves off as failures or that there is no hope for us when this just isn’t the case!

Dieting encourages eating less than your body requires to lose weight.

Which means you are literally living day to day in varying degrees of starvation. Your body gives you hunger cues to tell you that it requires energy. Energy which is obtained from food to be used to continue to fuel body and brain function for the day.

Feeding your body enough nutrient-dense food allows you to power through the day with enough energy and focus to enjoy life without constantly thinking about food.

Let’s be honest, when your body is in a state of starvation for an extended amount of time how could you think about anything except food?

Diets don’t keep the long term in mind.

Diets cash in on being quick and temporary fixes.

They leave you on your own after you’ve finished the 30-day plan and then what?

You gain the weight back. Your body adjusts to the drastic changes to counterbalance the effects.

You go back to eating according to your old habits and your body goes back to its previous weight.

Diets don’t aim to teach you how to eat healthily for life. They teach you how to shock your body into a state that lends to weight loss with extreme (and unsustainable) habits.

What to do instead

Our bodies are intelligent and know what they need best yet by dieting we are trying to outsmart them.

Instead, we need to learn to tune in and listen to our bodies through intuitive eating. We need to hear our cravings out and find foods that feel good to eat. That leave us feeling bright and vitalized.

Intuitive eating has a bit of a learning curve. It’s a scary step for many to actually listen to our bodies – because what if we eat ice cream every day for the rest of our lives?!

But the thing is, you won’t. You will want other foods eventually.

At first, it may truly be all you want. I believe it’s important to indulge those cravings and learn to become okay with our food choices without villainizing or glorifying them. Because when you can drop this judgement of your food choices, you won’t be tormented over each decision and will finally be able to focus on how they make you feel instead.

Because sometimes we need a salad, but sometimes we need cake too.

Food provides so much more than just physical nourishment and it’s important to care for our psychological wants as much as our physical needs.

Once we can let go of the fear of food that dieting has instilled in us, we can free ourselves to make more health conscious choices that best suit our individual needs.

 

Sources:

Washington Post: Why Diets Don’t Actually Work According To A Researcher Who Has Studied Them For Decades

NYMag: Willpower Is The Wrong Way To Think About Weight

Create Habits

The Four Layers of the Habit Hierarchy

The four layers of the habit hierarchy

 

A few months back, pre-Rare Broad era, I was running a challenge for Invoking Joy (Rare Broad’s predecessor).

It was an accountability challenge for the Sticky Habits workbook and on one particular day, we were talking in depth about the setbacks we were encountering. Particularly in creating a daily miracle morning routine.

I was thinking about how there are habits that are more “advanced” than we realize and need to have a certain set of foundational habits in place to make the new desired habit “stick”.

With the goal of creating a miracle morning, for example, we first need to make a container of time to be able to have the routine at all.

I started thinking about how we can determine if the habit we’ve chosen to implement is simple or made up “habit layers”. And the more I thought it the more I started drawing a connection between this idea of mine and Maslow’s Hierarchy.

*Powerpuff girls theme music*

And thus the habit hierarchy was born! (No chemical X necessary.)

While creating this theory, I’ve stuck to four levels (in contrast to Maslow’s six) for the sake of simplicity.

My hierarchy isn’t about mastery or transcendence. So I just left those out. (If you’ve got your shit that well put together well then you’ve got a whole lot you could be teaching me.)

I know this is going to evolve over time especially as we spend more time with it together through workshops and in the Facebook Group – which P.S. if you aren’t already a member, we would LOVE to have you!

Anywayysss.

The habit hierarchy tiers break down like this:

Tier One – Physical

  • Well hydrated
  • Well-rested
  • Three plus meals a day (learning to recognize hunger and thirst cues)

Tier Two – Mental

  • Healthy meals planned and made
  • Regular routines established
  • Exercise/movement is occurring
  • Healthy relationships (probably culling some toxic ones)
  • Mental health management

Tier Three – Social

  • Mindfulness/meditation
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Sense of community
  • Social media audit (clearing out what makes you feel bad about yourself)

Tier Four – Emotional

  • Self-love/like
  • Striving for goals and achievements
  • Active focus on self-improvement
  • environment improvement
  • Further refining social media (creating a place that aligns with your thoughts/beliefs/who you want to become)
  • Learning new things

While you don’t have to work through the tiers in order or one at a time their importance lies in that they are a tool in creating an action plan for putting a habit solidly into place. If you’re aiming for a tier three or four you’ll know what makes a solid foundation for that habit. This can look like laying the groundwork first, building it while you go or simply recognizing that you already have what you need in place.

The Sticky Habits Mini-Course

If you’ve worked through the Sticky Habits workbook and wondering how this applies to your minimum, medium, and maximum effort variation I lay it all out for you in the brand new Sticky Habits Mini-Course.

I created this six-day course to help you work through the workbook in bite-size manageable chunks. I know the workbook can be immensely useful but only if you sit down to actually use it. The course helps you carve out the time and elaborates on each question of the worksheets so you never feel stuck. It’s the daily accountability you need to jumpstart consistent action.

It’s ready and waiting for you right here, sign up now!

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Create Habits

How I’m Finding Ease In The Effort, Or At Least How I’m Learning To

How I’m finding ease in the effort, or at least how I’m learning to.

 

Listen if this sounds like some woo-woo hippie bullshit topic that’s because it kind of is. But hear me out before you click away.

You see it’s human nature to be lazy. To take the easy route. The one with the least pain.

But – big but – the thing about laziness and taking the path of least resistance is the reward is an incredibly short-term solution and painful in the long run.

It might be human nature to be lazy but we find happiness and fulfillment when we are stretched. When we make an effort towards change and growth. Both physically and mentally either as one, the other or both

There are lots of ways to be stretched. And it’s uncomfortable. It just straight up sucks. It can be by stretching a tight set of muscles, by learning a new set of skills, adapting to a new routine, or changing an old set of beliefs.

And when we bypass the discomfort we end up staying small, tight, cramped, and limited.

By avoiding the new, temporary discomfort of stretching we end up staying stuck in our old uncomfortable patterns for much longer. Some people stay there their entire lives.

It’s like insisting we still fit into the jeans we wore in high school. There are zero benefits in doing so.

This is exactly why knowing the Why behind your goals is so critical. Your motive for achieving end goal – the feeling and person you will be when you get there – is the prize for moving through the discomfort of trying something new. Of striving for something more.

Somedays you just won’t want to try. You won’t have the energy. And that’s fine. It’s important to give yourself space for these days. But you also can’t have these days every day.

There needs to come to a point where you begin to put in the effort to find a new sense of ease in your life. Even if it’s just by an inch.

The beautiful thing about doing the work is that it always adds up over time. No matter how small the steps. But if you don’t take the steps there will be nothing to add up.

This is why in the Sticky Habits workbook we set three variations of effort for each habit we want to create. We set a high, medium and low effort variation.

Because while some days you won’t have much energy at all there will be others where you’ll have plenty to take you that extra “mile”.

If you haven’t grabbed your copy yet you can do so here:

Personally, I’ve been avoiding exercise that demands any amount of effort from my muscles. I’ve been choosing the yoga videos that focus on stretching, unwinding and “melting”. For me, this is an easy kind of effort. But I know from past experience, I’ll feel much better if I also choose routines that include strengthening moves.

So my variations will look like this:

  • My low effort variation is yoga routines with warrior poses and active vinyasas.
  • My medium effort is practicing tennis with my boyfriend.
  • My high effort will be working through Cassey Ho’s beginner Blogilates calendar. (She just released a new version and I’m pretty excited about it!)     

Where in your life have you been staying small to avoid the effort? What small action can you take each day that will steadily move you forward?

 

Prioritize Self-Care

A Big Ass List of Mental Health Tools for Mental Health Month and Beyond 🚀

The big ass list of mental health tools for mental health month and beyond

 

May is Mental Health Month. But you probably already know that if not from the title than from the fact that it’s the end of May and like every site has been putting out mental health-focused posts.

My own brain in its glorious wonderful helpful-ness (*drips with sarcasm*) decided to help me zero in on what mental health is for me this month by taking me on a wild ride through my depression. I experienced the peaks the dips and the wild loops in between. Fun.

And while it definitely is NOT fun and totally, totally sucks to live through, as I wearily climb out from the other side I can’t help but be grateful.

I KNOW. Ew, yuck, ugh are we really going there? Yes… we are.

Because every cheesy quote about seeing the stars in the dark and only getting flowers from rain despite feeling corny as hell are, well, true.

This month I re-learned a lot. That’s a thing that happens with depression – relearning.

Depression takes so much away from you. Happiness, hope, energy and with it the memories of how you coped with the darkness last time and the time before that… and the time before that.

So after implementing *all the things*, giving myself some much-needed space from expectations and giving myself permission to just exist as a person – and not the endless idea/creation machine I wish I was – I’m feeling better.

While everything isn’t better, everything *feels* better. And that feels so damn good right now.

If you need an artsy metaphor it’s like the end of a mid-day thunderstorm and the birds come out to sing again and the suns rays slowly creep back out from behind the clouds and you dip your bare toes into a warm puddle on the black pavement.

Truth be told those are some of my favorite days.

But see? No rain, no flowers. No dark, no stars. No storm, no warm puddles to splash in. The cheesy, corny roll-your-eyes-till-they-get-stuck quotes are just true. It’s exactly like that.      

Anyways, every time I find myself on the other end and in full damage control mode I’m thankful that it’s a little easier than last time. And using those tools that have helped me time and time again over the past decade is like surrounding myself with old friends. It’s comforting. Familiar. Dependable. Like settling into a favorite chair that has been well worn to fit the shape of your butt just right.

It’s everything you need when the carpet aka reality has been ripped out from under you.

 

So in honor of Mental Health Month and my latest spiral here are my go-to tools:

 

APPS

Gaia’s Yoga Studio

I’ve been using this app for yeaaarsss which I think really says something since I’m a chronic download-try-for-a-week-then-delete kind of person. I’m grandfathered into the core features but I still think it’s worth the $2 a month or $20 for a year subscription structure. And the fact that you can literally make your own routine by picking your poses and the length of time to hold them and then they “smooth” it out for you by adding transitions in between is just really impressive to me. When I’m at my lowest but can bring myself to…like, move I love to do the 10 and 15-minute beginner sequences.  

Stop, Breathe, Think

Another app I’ve had for years and has turned to a subscription model. What I love about this app, though, is the check-in feature. You start by rating how you feel both mentally and physically out of a scale from bad to meh to great and then choosing words that words represent your mood which it then uses to recommend a few meditations.

It’s the word feature that I have found to be an incredibly useful tool for managing my depression. There are 5 tabs each with its own emoji face basically like the great to meh to worst feature that have two columns of words to choose from. This feature, super unexpectedly, has helped me to gauge my emotions and how good or bad they are. Because let’s face it depression skews your perception of how bad things are and this has helped me to shift my perspective so many times. 

Plant Nanny 

Because staying hydrated us important and as a child of the 90’s I’m more motivated to keep a fake Tamagotchi-esque plant alive than my own human body. It’s super cute and you can choose your glass size to check off glass by glass instead of typing in how many ounces each time. Your plant (which you can choose which type you want to grow) has different evolutions, just like Tamagotchi and Pokemon, and levels up as you stay consistent with hitting your daily intake goal. Each glass you drink adds a little more to it’s HP bar and it takes more to fill the bar the more advanced your plant becomes.

MoodKit 

I don’t rely on this app as much but I have in the past, but that’s because of the skills it has helped me build up over time. Full disclaimer: MoodKit isn’t the prettiest or most intuitive app out there. But it has hands down been the most critical for me. It utilizes several CBT techniques to help you work through stressful problems, track your moods over time, create healthy habits, and a good amount of journal prompts to help you reflect.

It’s the Thought Checker feature that has been a legitimate life change for me. It walks you through a distressing situation and analyzing it through a different lens to help spotlight where you might (aka are) distorting the situation and how to approach it differently. 

Spotify 

For relaxing pre-made playlists that I can listen to as much as I need to… which is usually all day. Music soothes the beast and all that. Some of my favorite playlists are: 

Trello

For staying organized. I use this for literally everything you could possibly think of. Most importantly is my This Week board but my Mindset Work and Self-Care Manual boards are equally helpful. I’ve been wanting to write a post all about these boards so if that’s something that interests you let me know and I’ll move it to the top of my list! 

ACTIONS

Creating a morning routine I can stick too 

Emphasis on “stick to”. This is kind of like the whole make your bed in the morning idea except I hate a making the bed, I mean I’m just going to rip out all the blankets to get comfy before bed. Anyways, the point is to give yourself a nice to start to the day and some small “wins”. These are things you can’t really mess up.

For example, my routine right now is 1) splash my face with cold water 2) brush my teeth 3) At least 10 minutes stretching 4) eat breakfast and take medication 5) Write out my goals and gratitude list. But it has been as simple as 1) Splash face 2) Eat breakfast and take medication 3) Brush teeth.

It’s very dependent on my energy levels and where I’m at mentally with depression but having a regular routine, no matter how small, makes such a difference. This is always one of the first steps and put emphasis on implementing when I realize I’m “slipping” or when I need to pick myself back up. 

Calendar blocking

Calendar blocking is how I schedule my time throughout the day. It’s actually very much how it sounds – creating blocks of time throughout your calendar with each block dedicated to certain activities. I use this alongside Trello as my planning system. I have blocks for my morning routine, work hours, lunch, working on Rare Broad, cooking dinner, reading and even getting ready for bed. Amy Landino just made a really great video breaking down how you can make your own calendar blocks that work for your schedule.

Going for walks

This works for so many reasons. It gets me out of the house (which doesn’t happen very often), it gets me moving, I can breathe fresh air, absorbing sunshine and if I’m walking with someone have a conversation that gets me out of my own head. Years ago I used to walk a local trail frequently rain or shine. And one of the things I miss most about living in Brooklyn and being carless is being forced to walk everywhere. Plus, there was just so much to see every time I left the house.

Yoga/deep stretching

One effect of depression that hits me hard is having tight sore muscles what feels like 110% of the time. The whole not leaving the house or moving from my desk much doesn’t exactly help either. So again this gets me moving but it also gets me to tune into my body, focus on my breathing and get out of my head. This is another tool I incorporate ASAP when I’m designing a depression management plan.

Journaling/free writing

Journaling is something I have always struggled to stay consistent with. I’ve always wanted to be the person that wakes up and journals 3 pages everyday morning page style. But when I do sit down and pour my brain out onto the page or through the keyboard huge shifts happen. Journaling is my best therapy. I could turn over the same dilemma over in my heads for weeks or sit down to write about it and suddenly have clarity in under an hour. How I journal has evolved a lot over the years but one of my favorite tools to keep me writing is Jennifer Louden’s Life Organizer. I also successfully sat down to write every day while working through Mastin Kipp’s Claim Your Power and made a lot of breakthroughs in the process.

Less time on social media

We all know it’s true more time spent on social media = a super bummer mood. When I’m depressed I find myself mindlessly scrolling through my feed more and actually engaging with anyone way less. So I take a huge step back, usually by deleting the apps off my phone and limit the times I do check in to be around the half-hour mark.

Cleanup my social media feed

I also find this is usually the time I need to start “cleaning up” my feed by going on an unsubscribe binge. I find that I feel like I owe people a follow if I like their work or have talked to them once or twice… but the truth is I and you (!!!) don’t owe anyone shit. At least, not in terms of a follow. There are a million and two ways to follow someone online and if there social media presence sucks or it just doesn’t happen to be my thing I’ll find them somewhere else or nowhere else. Whatever… because it’s not a big deal. This also applies to the twelve thousand and two emails I subscribe to. Basically, unfollow becomes my BFF and I try to be as ruthless as possible.

Guarding my time

This is why I try to be ruthless with my unfollows and spend less time one social. Usually, if I’m starting to spiral, in the spiral or coming out of it I’ve been spreading myself really flipping thin. So I also try to cut back on as many responsibilities and expectations as I feasibly can. This might look like backing out of something, asking for someone to help pick up my slack for a little while, being okay with doing a mediocre job…or even *cringe* a “good enough” one. Depression shrinks our mental bandwidth to what can feel like microscopic levels. The ordinary and mundane become incredibly difficult and so everything above that feels damn near impossible. If I can bring everything as close to “baseline” as I can, I do.

Spending time with supportive family/friends

Depression is incredibly isolating. It will also convince you that the best thing to do is hole yourself up alone in a dark room sobbing over sliced cheese.  This is one I struggle with the most but am starting to get much better at with practice. If I’m feeling really, really shitty I’ll just text someone to start a conversation. I might tell them I’m doing terrible or I might just send a funny meme. The next difficulty? Calling someone. Usually, this will be my Mom or Grandmother. And the most difficult: making plans and sticking to them. I know. I know! I like to ask my low key and/or dog-owning friends to hang out and watch a movie together. There isn’t pressure to be “on” and entertaining and, well, dogs… DUH.

Reading books

As a kid, I was a voracious reader. I may or may not have read the entire youth section of the library. I was pretty damn close at the very least. These days my appetite for reading is very “feast or famine”. I can go months without reading and then read like eight books in two weeks. All that to say – I love reading. It’s my one true, consistent hobby in life. So when depression I make an effort to pick up a book.

YOUTUBE

Yoga With Adriene 

Adriene motto is “find what feels good”. Her videos are always about working with where you are at and never forcing a pose or being a human rubber band. Reason ten thousand one hundred and two why I love her: she has practices designed specifically for depression and anxiety. Yes, please. She has tons of playlists so whether you want a beginner practice, something quick or to follow a series you will find it here. I really can’t recommend her videos highly enough. Just go pick one and start! 

Fitness Blender 

I love Fitness Blender for their website. It’s designed so that you can search all of their videos by length, difficulty, focus (arms, core, legs, etc), type (strength, stretch, cardio, etc) and then schedule them into a calendar. Then you just have to log in and the videos you schedule for that day will be right on the homepage. When you complete all of your scheduled videos for the day you get a big ole satisfying checkmark on the calendar. Their lower difficulty level workouts are just right when I have little energy but know I need to move my body. 

Blogilates 

Cassey is such a bright and bubbly person. Even though she isn’t physically in the room with me I always feel personally encouraged when watching her videos. I’ve done her beginner calendar several times. It’s perfect for coming out of a depressive slump. I also love that Cassey includes motivational messages in her videos to encourage you not just to care for your body but mentality as well like in this thirteen-minute stretch video.

 

And stay tuned because I plan on updating this list with even more resources in the near future ✌

FAQ

Why Work With a Health Coach?

Why work with a health coach? | Rare Broad | Meaghan Gallant, anti-diet health coach

 

Last week we talked about what a health coach is.

It’s a popular question that I get asked basically every time someone wants to know “what I do”.

What isn’t a popular question, however, is this – “Why should I work with a health coach?”

But I wish it *was*.

Here’s why:

I have seen the same scenario play out time and time again over the past 6 years – people ask me plenty of questions and express interest in what I do.

Oh, healthy! Oh, anti-diet! Oh, debunking the bullshit!

Everyone can get behind THAT, right?

But then when they are looking to take action to feel better, eat healthier, change their lifestyle and inevitably lose weight…

They join a program that, let’s be honest, is everything they don’t want to do. But they feel they have to suck it up and do it because adulting.

They’ll join an extreme program like Hot’n’Sexy 30-Min Bod which, surprise, will also come with an extreme diet that cuts out foods and has you doing crazy things like eating out of colored containers or standing on one leg and spinning around three times before each bite.

Alright maybe, I made that last one up. But what’s the difference anyway?

Okay, so clearly that one sucks. Let’s look at the other options… oh yeah, more BULLSHIT.  

You can hire a personal trainer who will put you on an extreme workout plan and, all too often, an extreme diet as well.

Which P. FREAKING S. is totally outside of their jurisdiction. Unless they also happen to be an RD or have a bachelor’s in nutrition they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about.

Or you can pay for an app membership or start a diet that everrrryyyyyone is talk about – paleo, Whole 30, keto and now macro (don’t even get me freaking started on that one or do… it’s your earholes).

Can I repeat it again? (yes because it’s my blog)

If they aren’t a dietitian or nutritionist they

CAN

NOT

TELL YOU

WHAT

TO

EAT

They can’t promise you a diet that will lead to weight loss or get rid of your diabetes (UGH) or cure your leaky gut (UGH UGH UGH).

And that’s not to say there aren’t health coaches out there pulling the same B.S. because, oh darling, are there ever.  

But when you work with a health coach (who knows their lane and stays the flip in it) you get:

1:1 attention

Apps, trackers, and programs are DIY. They don’t offer time or attention to you as an individual. They can’t guide you when you feel stuck or frustrated. And they don’t cheer you on when your freaking kicking ass. Which brings me to my next two points…

Someone who is trained to help you work with your body and not against it

Health coaching isn’t about forcing you into a box. It’s about defining the “container” that best fits your unique needs and lifestyle. If a particular way of eating or moving isn’t working for you it isn’t because you are broken or a failure. It’s because it doesn’t work for your particular needs and there is a whole slew of other options to try.

A safe space created with encouragement and empathy from an ally

Because let’s face it not everyone has an encouraging support system. Maybe your friends and family all do the same trendy diets together or you’ve just got some real negative nelly’s hanging around. Or they don’t give a flying eff either way. Having a community to support and cheer you on increases your likelihood of sticking to your goals and feeling damn good doing it.

Accountability

There are going to be days you just don’t wanna. Where you’d rather turn over and pull the blankets over your head. There will be days when you do this and then feel kinda sucky about it. Listen, it’s only natural. And you don’t need a drill sergeant to get you to change your ways. A coach can help you understand why you would rather not “do the thing” and what changes need to happen. They can also help you when your inner bully comes out because you actually aren’t a robot who can hit the mark 100% of the time. Darn, I know.  

Get past hurdles

By the way, speaking of not doing the thing. I’d put actual dollars down and bet that it’s the same thing holding you back every single time. And it’s not because you’re lazy, lack integrity or have zero self-control. It’s because something is standing in your way, usually a mindset block. A coach can help you figure out what it is and how to clear that hurdle like the beautiful show pony that you are. Giddyap.

Here’s the deal – a holistic approach means looking at the whole picture.

Programs and apps DON’T do this. They use algorithms and profiles. They make you stuff yourself into a box that clearly doesn’t fit.

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and hustle all you want, the size of that box isn’t going to change. And maybe you can manage to cram yourself in if you contort yourself just right… but how comfortable is that? My guess is not since you’re, you know, contorted.

What if I told you that it is entirely possible for you to reach your goals without being a total hardass on yourself OR hiring someone to do it for you.

Because think for a minute. Have you ever heard of a diet or workout regime that works for life?

Don’t worry, I can wait.

Did you think of any?

No?

Yeah, there’s a reason for that.

As a health coach, I give you the tools to create and live a healthier life FOR LIFE.

You know the whole “teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for the rest of his life” bit?

It might be cliche but it’s so damn true.

I provide a framework you’ll be able to return to again and again if and when (because your human and you will) you find one of the legs to your healthy lifestyle foundations slipping.

You’ll not only know exactly what to do to get back up but also how to take preventative measures ahead of time.

Let’s be honest, you know exactly what you need to do to start feeling better. You’ve known since you were 5 years old and arguably even younger. You were there that day when they taught you about vegetables and fruits and drinking more water. The posters were plastered on every wall possible. Maybe you even get those emails from your health insurance or workplace.

The problem isn’t that you lack information or don’t know what to do. It’s that change is hard and staying the same is verrrry comfortable.

It’s that when you’re feeling like crap it’s for several reasons that are inextricably connected. And trying to figure out where to start can feel like attempting to solve a Rubix cube without the formula or put a puzzle together without doing the edges first.

I get it. I have totally been there.

We all have.

But I can promise you the solution isn’t anything quick or magic. It doesn’t come in cute, sexy or burly man packaging. And it definitely doesn’t come from someone exploiting your shame and embarrassment.

Do you want a real solution?

I can give you the tools and guidance to find a perfect balance for your life. To feel healthier and happier. To start taking action and consistently.  

If you want to start taking action to feel happier and healthier, let’s chat!

Apply for a Knockout Session.

This complimentary, 60-minute intensive is designed to help you find your unique key to knockout goals.

You’ll unlock the ability to set goals that stick, find the motivation you never knew you had and finally stop spinning your wheels when it comes to creating a life you love. 💕

Because as much as it’s about the food? It’s never just about the food.

(P.S. This isn’t something you’ll get from any program, trainer or app.)

If I were to draw up a roadmap for you with a happy, healthy life as the destination a Knockout Session would be the first critical step. Think of it as filling up your tank to fuel you for the entire journey.

Let’s get you moving

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FAQ

What is a Health Coach?

What is a health coach? | Rare Broad | rarebroad.com

 

I’ve been a health coach for 6 years, originally graduating from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and so much has changed on the nutrition landscape (which as a lifelong learner, is something I love about this field!).

But one thing hasn’t changed – the understanding of what, exactly, a health coach is.

And to be fair, the health field alone is a confusing landscape to navigate. Riddled with companies who profit off of your shame and insecurities, it feels like their one true goal is to pump out as much conflicting and misleading information as possible to keep you dependent on their “expertise”.

So when what I do comes up in conversation and I mention that I’m a health coach I usually get asked, “How much protein should I be eating? How many calories? What do you think of this detox I’m thinking about? Will you make me a meal plan?”

Or my all-time favorite, “Sooo, you’re like a soccer coach? But for food?”

⚽ = 🥕 ?

Honestly, as much as it makes me giggle, it’s also the most accurate understanding.

Because as I always say – as much as it’s about the food, it’s not about the food.

A holistic approach takes into consideration how all the pieces fit together.

Think of it like a flat tire.

The Problem: We feel like shit and want to make a change. This is our “flat tire”

The Quick Fix: Following the 30 Days to a Sups Sexy Bod program is like filling our flat tire up with air. It’s a temporary fix and not one that is going to support you, or your car, for very long.

That’s because the leak itself needs to be addressed.

The Solution: We need to pull out our thinking caps here. We need to ask questions: Is there a puncture or tear somewhere? Did I run over a 5-mile track of nails? Did I really piss someone off who took their revenge out on my tires?

This leak needs to be fixed first to keep the air inside the tire.

As a health coach, I work with clients to create a solid “container” FIRST so the health and wellness changes they want to create can be fully and (almost) effortlessly supported.

The work up front isn’t easy. It’s not fast or sexy like a diet. The immediate effect isn’t clear. But in the long run, you will have a strong foundation to lean on – making changes to your diet and lifestyle so. much. easier. One might even say, a piece of cake. 🍰

 


 

Everyone I have ever spoken with KNOWS diets don’t really work. They know it’s not the best or ideal option. But usually, it’s the only solution they know. It offers concrete steps they can take to get results.

If you’re ready to get out of the endless loop and find a real solution I would love to have you apply for a complimentary 60-minute call with me. I like to call them my Knockout Goal Sessions.

This is a deep dive intensive where we put our heads together to discover what you’re really craving. Because it’s almost never the first, second (or third) reason you think it is.

If you want to find your unique key to knocking out your goals every single time I would thrilled to have the chance to work together.

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