The Kettlebell Club Nutrition Coaching Program guides individuals through the process of establishing healthy new habits, which lead to the necessary lifestyle changes required to reach and maintain goals.
To achieve health and fitness goals, the body must be functioning at an optimal level, which means: having steady energy levels throughout the day; recovering quickly from minor illnesses (colds, flu’s, etc.); and quick and efficient muscle and tissue recovery after exercise.
The following is required consistently every day for your body to function at an optimal level:
Once your body is in balance and has everything it needs to function efficiently, reaching and maintaining your ideal body weight becomes effortless.
Almost every person I have worked with over the years has told me they eat a relatively healthy diet, but they can’t seem to lose the excess weight and keep it off. We all know eating fruits and vegetables are healthy and sugar and junk food are not. Whether your goal is to lose weight, address a specific health concern, improve your performance during your workouts or simply to increase your energy throughout the day, there are four important keys that will contribute greatly to your success – consistency, quality, a strong digestive system, and correct macronutrient balance.
I can provide the knowledge, tools, and guidance to assist you create change in your life, with as much or as little support as you would like, so you can turn your goals into reality.
We are often get asked questions regarding our nutrition coaching. Below are a few of our frequently asked questions.
If you would like me to tweak your current diet to improve performance, food journaling is not necessarily required. However, if you wish to make significant changes to your diet to achieve a specific result, tracking your daily diet using the upgraded version of the MyFitnessPal app is the best way I can help you to create change.
There is always more than one way to accomplish a goal. Changing your eating habits is a process that takes time to allow your taste buds to adjust. It doesn’t happen over night. Furthermore, I believe your body knows best, and sometimes when we don’t like certain foods, there is good reason for that, so forcing yourself to eat something you don’t like is not something I encourage. Having said that, if you want to see change, it is important to make enough change to see results. In the beginning, that change can be very small. It can be as simple as reducing the amount of coffee or pop you are drinking and increasing your water. However, as time goes on, continued results require further change. You will always be in charge. To make a dietary change or not make it will always be your choice. Simply be aware that the degree of results you achieve will be proportionate to the degree of change you are willing to make
Excess body fat, as well as being under weight, is a sign of a lack of nutrients. To achieve an ideal healthy body weight, whether that requires losing or gaining weight, I walk you through the following steps:
I assist you in achieving your goal with clean, balanced eating, consistent exercise, and a mindful approach to stress reduction. I provide support and encouragement to help you stay focused until you reach your goal and then maintain your results by helping you establish health supportive habits that will benefit you the rest of your life.
Holistic nutrition is a whole-body approach to health. It focuses on clean, balanced eating, while also recognizing the impact attitude/thoughts, emotions, activity level (or lack thereof), and overall stress have on our food choices, and ultimately our health. Recommendations, therefore, are not limited to food, but can include suggestions to change attitudes and thought patterns, increase awareness of the impact emotions have on food choices, adjust activity levels to support individual goals and wellbeing, and decrease the overall stress on the body by focusing on factors within the individual’s control.
Anyone who I have worked with who has achieved excellent results, has not eaten perfectly. In fact, I don’t want you to eat perfectly. I want you to make “mistakes”. Every “mistake” is a learning opportunity. It provides me with the opportunity to explain the health and weight implications of your food choice, so you can make more informed food choices moving forward. Reviewing your daily food journal is the most effective way I have found to communicate nutrition information in a way that is retained and applied.
The approach I take for specific health concerns is the exact same approach I use for weight loss and weight gain. Any symptoms you are experiencing is a sign your body is out of balance. I use your symptoms as a guideline to determine what foods you are best to incorporate and avoid as I work with you to achieve clean, balanced eating, improve digestion, and correct nutrient deficiencies, all of which will help you achieve your goal.
I have been practicing as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist since 2003. I chose to study nutrition in an effort to alleviate symptoms my daughter began experiencing as an infant. I quickly learned that supplements are helpful, but to have a significant impact, dietary change is needed, so as a family, we gradually changed our diet. The result was my daughter was able to avoid conditions such as eczema and asthma, and to my surprise, I was also helping myself. I began to explore emotional eating and how our food choices can become intertwined with our emotions. As I continued to learn about emotions and energy, the more holistic my approach became, incorporating mindfulness and the art of letting go. I’ve learned that letting go of physical things helps us to let go of emotional things, and it is these emotional blocks that can prevent us from becoming our best self.
If you like, I can make my approach specific to food; however, if you are interested in a lifestyle change, the holistic approach is where you will find permanent results.
Yes, I do; however, you should be aware that I most often use the 40-30-30 macronutrient balance – 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat. I have found this balance works well for most people as it reduces carbohydrates enough so the body can tap into the fat stores and use fat for energy while still providing enough carbohydrates for the brain and nervous system. It also provides enough protein to maintain lean muscle mass, which is important for metabolism and overall health. It is difficult to achieve this balance on a strict vegetarian or vegan diet without the use of a good quality protein powder. If you don’t mind using protein powder, we can work well together.
Yes and no. I do not create weekly or monthly eating plans. My experience has been most people do not follow them, and if they do, they don’t for very long. Instead, I strive to teach you how to eat so you can create your own balanced meals whenever and wherever you are with whatever food is available to you. During our first or second appointment, together, we create a day of eating that fits your schedule. I try to keep as much of what you are currently eating as possible, or keep it similar, because too much change too quickly is overwhelming. I start by addressing foundational nutrient requirements such as improving your hydration and balancing out your protein. After we have created your eating plan, you will know what to eat and when. Once you become familiar with how the macronutrients are best balanced throughout the day, then I teach you how to create your own clean, balanced meals. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes; therefore, the more you contribute to creating your personal eating plan, the more likely you are to follow it until it becomes a habit.