“I’m a coach, not a therapist!” 9 ways to help people change while staying within your scope.

As a health and fitness coach it’s easy to feel frustrated when clients share deep concerns that go beyond eating and exercise. It’s easy to think: “I’m a coach, not a therapist!” However, you’re more therapist-like than you think. And, in this article, we’ll help you turn clients’ emotional pain into meaningful change without going outside your scope of practice. ++++ Sooner or later, all coaches experience a certain uncomfortable moment. A client lays some really heavy duty capital-I ‘Issue’ on you. Perhaps they just started a new job and…

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Why you can’t stop overeating junk food. Plus 7 ways to get control. [Infographic]

Can’t resist the chips… the cookies… the ice cream? Actually, it’s normal to feel like you can’t stop overeating certain types of foods. Processed foods, in particular, are explicitly designed to be hyperpalatable and irresistible. Here’s how it works — and what to do about it. +++ In the car… at your desk… with friends at a party… waiting for your partner at a bar… standing over the kitchen sink. In our modern lives, it seems like there’s no context that’s not right for crunching on cheap, delicious junk food.…

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Don’t act like a man: 5 ways to challenge male stereotypes and coach men through change.

A lot of men struggle with food, eating, and body image… but don’t talk about it. Are cultural or individual beliefs about “being a man” to blame? In this article we explore how “acting like a man” can hold men back. Plus we offer 5 ways to challenge male stereotypes and coach men through change. ++++ As a piece that explores gender, this content may be sensitive for some. With that said, we believe it’s important to examine how traditional male stereotypes can negatively influence men’s experiences with food, fitness,…

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7 effective ways to make time for exercise and nutrition. [Infographic] How to prioritize health, organize your schedule, and get things done.

Almost everyone knows what to do to get fitter and healthier. (For most people it starts with: Move more and eat fewer processed foods.) But when life’s already full, how can you expect to actually do those things? With these 7 practical tips, of course. They’ll help you make more time for exercise and nutrition, even in the context of your busy life. ++++ You just finished drop-off, are running late for work, and know your day is packed with meetings. Thinking ahead to dinner, you’re wondering how you’ll manage…

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