Ever since I was a kid I have been passionate about health, fitness and wellness. While most kids don’t care too much about this area, my interest in healthy living stemmed from both a desire and a need. Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to work with many different professionals to address my health in various areas of my life, whether that be a nutritionist, a trainer, or a therapist. However, nobody was able to work with all of me: the whole picture of who I am as a physical mental, spiritual, and emotional being. As a result, I wanted to be the type of coach that I wish I had had on my health journey, which is what led to me to lifestyle coaching.
So, what is Lifestyle coaching? I define it as working with the whole person and getting to the root of one’s pain points on the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional levels. This holistic approach helps you to focus on all aspects of your life and move on the path to what I like to call Conscious Health: a synergistic relationship between mind, body, and soul. You can think of this Conscious Health as being like a tricycle: two wheels can be working very well but if the third wheel is flat, you’re not going to get very far. As such, you can be physically healthy and mentally strong, but if you do not feel spiritually fulfilled and as if you have a purpose, you may start to feel as if something is missing.
I’m of the mentality that in order for sustainable outer change to happen, we must first address our inner landscape. I have seen this time and time again with clients, as the majority first come to me with the desire to change their diets or get in better shape, and then it slowly becomes apparent that they are looking for something more. Once people open up and are willing to explore the deeper parts of themselves and what they find truly fulfilling, the outer change starts to occur in miraculous ways. When you get to know yourself authentically, you can identify what you truly want and make it happen. As I have witnessed firsthand with my clients, there is much personal growth and incredible transformation to be gained from working with someone else to tend to your mind, body, and soul.
Lifestyle Coaching is great for helping you if you suffer from the following conditions such as:
- Digestive distress (leaky gut)
- Weight management
- Hormonal imbalances
- Back, neck, shoulder pain
- Digestive issues
- Sleep disorders (e.g. insomnia, sleep apnoea)
- Cholesterol and blood pressure issues
- Auto-immune disorders
- Skin issues (dermatitis, eczema, acne, rosacea)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Anxiety and depression
How to get started:
- I will send you an application form and we set a date and time for initial consultation (form must be filled before consult), so I get familiar with your daily routine, eating habits, sleeping patterns etc.
- During the initial consultation I will be asking a lot of questions and then we together decide our plan of action, we set some goals and targets to reach.
- Within few days after consult (usually 2-3 working days) I will send you a very detailed plan. I will look after your nutrition, activities, sleep, supplementation (if needed) etc. I work very close with my clients so we will be in touch constantly.
- Every week we will have check ins. We will choose day and time of the week and we will keep it the same each week. It can be done through Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom, whatever you prefer. Day before check in you will be send a reminder email with few questions on how was your week.
Depending on your current eating habits we will design a nutritional strategy that will be convenient and sustainable. We will be implementing changes gradually. Remember it is a marathon and not a sprint. For example people usually don’t have problems in loosing weight: 75% of weight-loss programs are successful but only 5% are able to maintain achieved weight. We want to do this right, with adequate lifestyle changes. So we will focus on building a lifestyle around you that you enjoy!
We all have those days when just want to skip the gym or bail on meal prep, and of course it is alright to take a break every now and then, but it definitely should not become a habit. This is where a lifestyle coach comes into play–to give you that extra push and to check-in on you to make sure you are doing your best to work towards your health goals. When you have someone else to report to, you’re more likely to feel a bit more responsibility and be motivated to stay on-track.
So if we’re going to help you achieve your health goals once and for all we’re going to need to look at your life through the lens of the 9 Essential Elements of Health Happiness and Longevity. What are they? They are, in no particular order of importance, as follows:
Let me give you a couple of examples why these are all important. You may have a perfect diet (2 = nutrition) and go to the gym regularly (1 = movement). However, if you’re only sleeping 6 hours a night (3 = sleep), have developed faulty breathing mechanics from a poorly designed exercise programme (4 = breathing) and are drinking several coffees, juices and a couple of glasses every day (6 = hydration) then, you are definitely going to be sabotaging your health. Or maybe you know exactly what to do but still can’t seem to resist those jammy donuts or prevent yourself from flying off the handle at the first sign of stress. Our emotional state can easily override our willpower and jeopardise our ability to make smart decisions (5 = emotions). Or maybe you are covering all 5 of those bases perfectly but cycle to work every day through polluted traffic, live in a condo surrounded by strong wifi signals, damp and mold or use a lot of toxic cookware and essentially maintain a dirty external environment (7 = environment). Or are you one of the people who live in a busy city, like Kuwait, have many virtual friends but have few real friends? In a 2016 study of 300,000 individuals, loneliness was found to be as great a cause of mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day1. This thus suggests that connecting with the community and having a strong support network and group of friends has an influence on health and longevity (8 = social).