Can you benefit from this useful service?
Do you not feel like your best self? Have trouble managing your food intake or just eat all the wrong things? Feel like you need someone to help you navigate the grocery store, the restaurant menu, or the coffee shop? If you do, maybe using a nutrition coach is the right choice for you.
Why choose a Nutrition Coach?
A nutrition coach is a professional that’s a mentor, motivator, knowledge base, and goal setter that helps a client achieve their health and wellness related goals. A nutrition coach can help you increase your knowledge about eating healthy, cooking, meeting your nutrition goals or cutting harmful inputs from your diet. They’re tasked with proving you the knowledge and motivation to reach actionable results. If you need more motivation in your life or think you could use more knowledge about food, choosing to work with a nutrition coach can be a great option.
Where do you start?
Before you google “nutrition coach” and pick the first one you see, think about the following: Understand your needs and your goals. Before choosing a nutrition coach, look for someone that can meet your specific needs. Are you looking to lose weight, gain weight, or become a better athlete? Perhaps you need assistance in managing your diabetes or high blood pressure? Do you want a coach that approaches nutrition naturally or someone with a more classic approach? Do you want to eat mostly vegan or have difficult to manage food allergies? Nutrition looks different for everyone, therefore, figuring your needs will help you find a coach that works the best for you. Also, take some time to examine your goals. Are you looking to overhaul your diet and become a professional bodybuilder or just make some small changes to your routine? Making sure your goals are clear will help you manage your expectations and be satisfied with the results.
Look for certifications
Unfortunately, anyone can post pictures of meals on Instagram and talk about “balance” and they think that they’re the authority on food. Watch out for people making vague claims, or selling “health” products. The popularity of multilevel marketing companies has provided the opportunity for countless people to begin selling supplements, teas, juice cleanses, and meal replacements, all with little or no knowledge about the science of nutrition. These people often work hard to demonstrate the benefits of their products often do so in a way that makes them look like experts.
Take extra care to notice aggressive sales tactics or a one-size-fits-all approach to health. Certified nutritionists, health coaches, nutrition coaches or dietitians have gone to school or through guided programs and have taken certification exams to be able to help those with diet and health concerns. Your health is important so finding a coach with the proper certifications and experience is imperative. Choosing to work with a nutrition coach is a great option to make your health a priority. Their knowledge about food, nutrition, and wellness can help you live a knowledgeable and more sustainable life. So what are you waiting for? A healthier you is just around the corner.
Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is a Psychiatrist in New York City and offers nutrition coaching in the New York City area.