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Integrative Health Coaching and the Power of the Triad

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Triad Science: Metabolism and Your Client

Written by Mark Teahan Spencer Institute Director of Education

Metabolic coaching is a type of coaching that focuses on helping individuals improve their metabolism through lifestyle modifications such as diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep. The goal of metabolic coaching is to optimize an individual’s metabolic function, which can improve overall health, increase energy levels, and promote weight loss.

Metabolic coaches typically begin by conducting a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s metabolic function, which may include testing for hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and other factors that can impact metabolism. Based on this assessment, the coach will develop a personalized plan that includes recommendations for dietary changes, exercise routines, stress management techniques, and other lifestyle modifications.

The coach will work with the individual to implement these recommendations and monitor progress over time. Metabolic coaching typically involves ongoing support and accountability to help individuals stay on track and achieve their goals.

Metabolic coaching can be beneficial for individuals who are looking to improve their overall health and wellness, increase their energy levels, and manage their weight. It is often used in conjunction with other health and wellness practices, such as functional medicine, to provide a comprehensive approach to health optimization.

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Coaching Better Gut Microbiome Health

An Integrative Health Coach can help improve gut microbiome by working with their clients to implement healthy habits that promote a balanced and diverse microbiome. Here are some ways that a coach can help their clients improve their gut microbiome:

  • Dietary changes: A coach can work with their clients to make dietary changes that support a healthy gut microbiome. This may include increasing fiber intake, consuming probiotic-rich foods, and avoiding processed and sugary foods.
  • Probiotic supplements: The coach should consider recommending high-quality probiotic supplements that contain strains of beneficial bacteria that support gut health.
  • Stress management: Stress can have a negative impact on the gut microbiome. A coach can work with their clients to develop stress management techniques, such as mindfulness, meditation, or yoga, to help reduce stress and improve gut health.
  • Exercise: Regular exercise can help improve the gut microbiome by increasing blood flow and oxygenation to the gut, which can support the growth of beneficial bacteria.
  • Sleep hygiene: Poor sleep can disrupt the gut microbiome. A coach can work with their clients to develop healthy sleep habits, such as going to bed at the same time every night and avoiding screen time before bedtime.

Overall, a coach can help their clients improve their gut microbiome by providing education, support, and accountability to help them make sustainable lifestyle changes that support optimal gut health.

The Third Part of the Triad Coaching Model: Personalized Nutrition

A coach can personalize nutrition by working with their clients to understand their individual needs, goals, and preferences. Here are some ways that a coach can personalize nutrition:

Conducting an assessment: Like all client interventions, a coach starts with an initial assessment to understand their client’s current nutrition status, including dietary habits, food preferences, nutrient deficiencies, and health conditions.

Identifying goals: The coach works with the client to identify their goals, such as weight loss, muscle gain, improved energy levels, or better overall health and can then develop a plan that is based on the assessment and goals. The coach can develop a personalized nutrition plan that includes recommendations for macronutrient ratios, portion sizes, and portion education.

Monitoring Progress: Sustaining the Co-active Relationship

The coach will need to track the client’s progress and make adjustments to the plans as needed to ensure that the client is making progress toward their goals. Much of this process relies on the coach providing education on nutrition, such as how to read food labels and make healthier choices and offer support and accountability to help the client stick to their nutrition plans.

Taking into account personal needs is perhaps the most important part of personalizing nutrition strategies with your client. Be sure to take into account the client’s individual needs, such as food allergies or intolerances, cultural or religious preferences, and lifestyle factors, to develop a plan that is realistic and sustainable.

By personalizing nutrition, a coach can help their clients achieve optimal health, improve their energy levels, and feel their best. Being able to harness the power of all three aspects of the Triad Coaching Model is a true integration of a diverse portfolio of client health, fitness, and wellness that comes together as guided by the coach. This allows for powerful coaching outcomes that often exceed client expectations of results.

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