What is a health coach ?
A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. Health Coaches educate and support clients to achieve their health goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments.
Having a Health Coaching education enables the coach to build a career, work side to side with physicians, schools, psychologists, health facilities and have their private cliental all leading to better ones lifestyle.
Health Coaching is not just about changing diets but rather is a holistic approach to a person’s entire lifestyle while focusing on food and nutrition. It emphasises the key role diet plays in the quality of not just your physical health but also your mental and emotional health. It examines your relationships, career and spirituality. It’s a complete 6-month program, where the client makes gradual changes in diet and lifestyle to see what fits them best.
Paola lives by the philosophy of her mentor, Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition: “Healthy relationships, regular exercise, a fulfilling career and spiritual practice can satisfy your hunger for life,” and her goal is to encourage and enable as many as possible to follow suit.
She works with clients who have a number of afflictions, including insomnia; constant and unexplained fatigue; low energy; depression; obesity, some cancers; tumors; stress, that show direct causation
from poor diet, and she can cite cases where dietary change in conjunction with holistic treatment has resulted in the complete disappearance of the affliction.
Now that Trinidad & Tobago has been ranked the third fattest country in the world in a recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail, and medical statistics are proving that diseases such as obesity, diabetes and chronic diseases all on the rise here, Paola thinks that the need for greater awareness of the dangers posed by diets high in processed, refined and sugary foods is now at an urgent stage.
Her focus is especially on busy parents, who struggle with fitting healthier lifestyles into already packed and stressful lives, and on changing the concept of ‘tuck shop’ fare in schools from processed, packaged foods to healthy and wholesome options for our nation’s children.
She knows that a lot of people are of the impression that making changes like this results in a very restrictive existence, not to mention very expensive, and she would like the opportunity to show that making these changes actually leads instead to more “energized and passionate lives… happy and healthy in a way that that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline”. She works with each client individually every step of the way towards discovering the food and lifestyle choices that best suit their unique current and future health, and life goals.