Functional Medicine

What is a Functional Medicine Health Coach?

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The greatest wealth is health.   – Virgil

As a Functional Medicine Health Coach, I partner with clients to create a personalized path in four areas:  holistic nutrition, movement, sleep, and stress management.

Why Should You Work with a Functional Medicine Health Coach?

Because you’ve already read all of the articles, heard all of the advice, and I believe that YOU actually hold the keys to your health.  Because health begins in the kitchen and the grocery store, but first it starts with a new perspective.

The sheer volume information around health and nutrition can actually make it more difficult to figure out what works for you.  Sometimes more information isn’t necessarily helpful.  Should I jump on the Keto bandwagon?  Would a detox help me?  Should I eat a plant-based diet or try the carnivore diet?  What about intermittent fasting vs. eating 6 times a day to keep my blood sugar levels steady?

You don’t need another person telling you what everyone else should do.  You need a partner to help you navigate these seemingly incongruent ideas and figure out what works for your body and in your real, everyday life.  It doesn’t matter if a specific strategy works for other people.  Your health plan has to work in your life, otherwise it won’t help you at all.

How is a Functional Medicine Health Coach Trained?

Currently a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Candidate, I expect to complete my training in August, 2020. The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA) program is a collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and is an approved program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches.  What does that mean to you?  It means that I am trained on the IFM’s methodology and food plans, sleep optimization, movement, stress management, motivational interviewing, goal theory, and change theory.  I use these tools to help my clients create their personalized vision of health and then work with them to move toward that vision.

Does Health Coaching Actually Work?

A 2018 review of 11 controlled trials found that, for people who used a health coach, 82% showed significant health benefits. These benefits included weight loss, lowered blood pressure, and improved diet quality.  More and more,  studies are showing the benefits of health coaching for diabetes, obesity, chronic pain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many other health indicators.  As this evidence becomes more clear, insurance companies are beginning to offer health coaching as a covered benefit.
The American Medical Association has approved Category III CPT codes for health coaching to allow for data collection and assessment of coaching.  In the future, Category I codes will allow insurance billing of health coaching sessions with board-certified coaches.
Don’t take my word for it.  Check out this article from the Wall Street Journal on the benefits of Health Coaching:

Why should you partner with a health coach?

As a health coach, I don’t diagnose, prescribe, or treat any medical condition.  And I won’t tell you what to do.  I’m your coach, not your mom (or your physician).  I am not a licensed medical professional and anything written here or spoken in person should not be construed as medical advice.  I will always suggest options to choose from as we work together, so that YOU can make choices that works best for you.

Ready to take charge of your own health?  You’re in the right place.  Schedule a free discovery call now and let’s get started!