Frequently Asked Questions
What is a certified health coach?
A certified health coach is an expert trained in helping clients gain the knowledge, tools and skills needed to achieve their self-identified goals. These goals may be anything from losing weight to preventing lifestyle diseases; learning how to keep themselves and their family healthy to identifying the best foods that will help them age gracefully. A health coach provides support, accountability and helps clients formulate action plans.
Why do I need a health coach?
Having a health coach will ensure you reach your goals in the most effective way. It is like having a teacher, friend, counselor, and cheerleader all in one. We help identify manageable steps that you can take to not only reach your goals, but also easily incorporate into your life for sustainable results.
Do I need to have a serious health issue to benefit from a health coach?
No. I work with anyone who wishes to understand how to incorporate better nutrition in his or her life. I have clients with no major health issues and just wish to keep illness at bay. I also have clients who simply want to know how to cook better for their families. As a medical doctor, I am able to help patients with disease. But, absolutely anyone with an interest to be healthier can benefit from a health coach.
Do you make your clients go on a diet?
No. I don’t make my clients strictly count calories. In fact, I encourage my clients to eat 3 meals per day with snacks as needed. I also encourage experimentation because I believe in the concept of bio-individuality, that no single diet program fits everyone. I help my clients have a better understating of and a healthier relationship with food so they can live to eat, not eat to live. I also believe in the power of nutrigenomics. This is an emerging field in clinical nutrition that uses DNA mapping to identify the foods your body can best benefit from. By partnering with DNAFit, the European pioneer in personal nutrigenomic test kits, I am able to offer this service to my clients. This forms the starting point around which I help my client design their perfectly unique nutrition plan.
Will I lose weight during the program?
I cannot guarantee that you will lose weight, although many of my clients do. Certain techniques included in the program will help with this, if this is your specific health goal. I prefer to see weight loss as a positive side effect of eating in a more holistic manner.
Do I need to become a vegetarian for this program?
Only if you want to. Many of my omnivore clients do give vegetarianism a try because they learn so many benefits about it during the program but this is not compulsory at all. The program focuses on correcting unhealthy eating habits, which will serve its purpose no matter what particular foods, you wish to eat. I also emphasize educating my clients to understand foods better to enable them to customize their own flexible diets.
Can I do the program if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Yes. The test kit is fine to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding as your DNA does not change during these periods. The program focuses on healthy eating which will greatly benefit you while pregnant and breastfeeding as well. I don’t ask my clients to limit calorie intake according to a specific number so there is no need to worry about this.
How are the coaching sessions delivered and scheduled?
The coaching sessions are normally done using RingMD. This is a purpose-built telemedicine platform that is compliant with international privacy laws.
What happens to the unused coaching sessions?
Unfortunately, any unused coaching sessions that are remaining at the end of the package period will be forfeited.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
A 48-hour notice is required to cancel and reschedule a session. Without this, the session will be considered used and forfeited. This is done as a motivation for the clients to make their health a priority and see the coaching sessions as an important part of their schedule.