On vacation, temptation is everywhere. How can a coach help their client stay on track with a new diet when they’re on vacation?
We’re nearing the end of our second coach-client pair’s journey. We’ve featured Holly and Catherine in our Coaching LIVE video series for the past few weeks, and they’ve shown us some familiar coaching challenges around maintaining new habits and staying motivated. Their journey is a great example of how Functional Medicine Health Coaches meet their clients where they are and offer the support needed to move forward – whatever “forward” looks like.
Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE is a completely unedited, first-hand look at the power of the coaching process. We’re incredibly proud of the change our Functional Medicine Health Coach graduates create in the world, and this series puts the spotlight on their work, showing how the unique skills and techniques of Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches can help clients tap into their motivation, overcome roadblocks, and find new and creative ways to thrive. Holly and Catherine’s coaching journey will include seven coaching sessions focused on maintaining an active lifestyle while managing chronic illness and preparing for major surgery. Here’s what they covered in session number six:
Holly + Catherine, Session 6:
Over the past six weeks, Holly and Catherine have been focused on movement. Being physically active was an important part of Catherine’s life before she was diagnosed with MS, and movement continues to be a source of joy and connection for her, despite challenges due to her condition. In preparation for major surgery in the spring, coach Holly has been helping Catherine set realistic movement goals and stay motivated.
For this week’s coaching session, Catherine calls in from vacation in Orlando, Florida, where she’s enjoying the sun and warm climate for the next three weeks! But while the beautiful Florida weather has made sticking with her outdoor activities a breeze, she’s struggling a little to stay focused on her diet plan. Vacation is presenting lots of temptations.
To keep Catherine on track, Holly works to shift the focus from resisting temptation to “honoring yourself.” It’s a perspective change that so many of us can relate to!
To see how their session unfolds, check out the video and watch Holly coach Catherine to finding some peace with her diet plan on vacation.
And their journey isn’t quite over just yet! Join us next week for Catherine and Holly’s final session.
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About the Coaching Process
A Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) partners with individuals and groups in a client-centered process to support better health. FMCA trains our graduates to work closely with clients around all of the lifestyle factors (sleep/relaxation, exercise/movement, nutrition, stress, and relationships) that influence health. Coaching concepts like motivational interviewing, character strengths, and positive psychology enable health coaches to create the connection, trust, and rapport that facilitate lasting change. The coaching process is successful because it empowers clients to draw on internal strengths, develop self-knowledge, and embrace self-management strategies in order to make the often-challenging lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health.
An FMCHC’s solid understanding of the foundations of Functional Medicine informs their approach. They are fully trained to utilize many of the resources provided by The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), such as the Timeline, Matrix, and Food Plans. Their background in Functional Medicine, combined with their training in positive psychology coaching skills, allows coaches to understand and support clients as they implement Functional Medicine treatment plans into their lifestyles. In this way, coaches move beyond the diagnosis-prescription model to co-create and execute a plan with the client that inspires them to a path of better health. When working under the delegation of the treating practitioner, an FMCHC may be able to provide further assistance related to labs and supplements. An FMCHC does not assess, prescribe, diagnose, treat, or interpret results.
About Functional Medicine Coaching LIVE
This new video series, Functional Medicine Health Coaching LIVE, follows Functional Medicine Coaching Academy-trained coaches as they help their real clients start a transformation. This inside look at the coaching process started with a casting call to our community, looking for clients who wanted to share their coaching journey on video. And real people who were ready to finally address their chronic health challenges responded! We matched them with a coach and filmed their sessions once a week for 6-8 weeks, and these episodes are the unedited videos of their sessions. Throughout the series, you’ll see a range of coaching styles, client health challenges, and client-coach dynamics as each pair works toward better health together. It’s a realistic look at the broad range of experiences and styles you can find in Functional Medicine Health Coaching.