46. Health Coach Tips: How to Heal Yourself with Diet and Lifestyle Changes
So, I’m sure we’ve all been here before. One day, we examine our life and discover we’re not happy with one or a few aspects of our lives. Some may call it a “quarter life crisis,” but when this “crisis” serves as the impetus of you embarking on something great, is it really a crisis? This week’s guest, would answer that question with a resounding “no.”
Michelle Pfennighaus experienced exactly what I described above, but she also had a few scary and challenging health issues to deal with as well. When she sought help for her health conditions, she uncovered her lifestyle, including her often stressful job, were the culprits. Determined to find healthy, nontraditional means to heal herself, Michelle discovered food and yoga sessions were the perfect remedy.
Michelle’s astonishment with her healing completely transformed her life, starting her down a path not only to a new lifestyle, but new career. As a nutrition coach, Michelle provides her clients the space to make similar choices in their lives by equipping them with information that is often overlooked or not considered in daily living. She discusses her journey, but also gives great advice on creating a balanced diet and how our environment can often be a health trigger.
- Michelle has a background in advertising and worked as an art director for an ad agency
- She started having fainting spells periodically
- After going to the doctor and being told she was fine, a nurse practitioner suggested that she seek a therapist for another assessment
- The therapist suggested she take anti-anxiety meds; At the point, she decided to try yoga instead to help with anxiety
- She also learned she had IBS and was able to discover healthier food choices from within the yoga community
- Has never taken anxiety medicine and was able to manage her health challenges by changing her diet and lifestyle
- Decided enroll at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition for a holistic nutritionist program; it aligned with what she wanted to do next, and she became a health/nutrition coach in 2008 after being laid off
- Discusses how high blood sugar levels is one of the leading factors for numerous chronic conditions
- Offers tips when making smoothies to reduce or balance sugar intake:
- Minimize amount of fruit
- Add a source of protein and/or fat (nut butter, full fat yogurt, scoop of collagen powder)
- Consider using roasted beets
- Endocrine disrupters (plastics, pesticides) in our environment also affects women’s health
- We discuss whether dairy is good or bad for you and inherited vs acquired tolerances
- First steps in taking back your health:
- Consider starting a food journal
- Increase fiber in your diet with real food (fiber from whole grain and fresh fruit)
- On a typical day, before 9:30 a.m., Michele tries to make sure she drinks a glass of warm water with lemon
- Institute of Integrated Nutrition
- How to Become a Health Coach [free course]
- Health Coach Power Community [Facebook Group]
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