What Is Functional Health Coaching?
Who is it For?
Our health doesn’t exist in a vacuum. How happy you feel is just as important as how much you sleep. How much energy you have is just as important as what you eat. That supplement you take impacts your aura, along with your biochemistry. So it’s important to look at all the areas of your life – nutritional, movement, energy, outlook, hormones, just to name a few – in order to figure out what’s working and what isn’t.
Everyone deserves a fully functional and comprehensive approach to their individual health. In our work together, we look at both your symptoms and functional lab testing to guide us in returning your body to homoestatis.
What's the first step in us working together?
Great question! Every client begins with an introductory 30-minute call. During this session, we’ll talk about what is going on with you, along with if and how I can help. I want to know your story, which is a huge part of the healing process. At the end of the conversation, we’ll determine if we’ll work together. At that point, you’ll sign up for a three-session package with me, unless we have determined that a six-session package will be a smarter choice for your journey.
What is your main area of focus?
I have learned over the years that the health of your gut is of utmost importance to your overall health. Your gut health is dependent on the foods you eat, how well you digest your food, if you are currently on or have been on birth control, how many rounds of antibiotics you’ve taken in your life, and a variety of other lifestyle choices. We will look at all of these! I also dive deep into your hormonal health, as this is a major part of how you feel everyday.
Do you subscribe to a particular nutrition philosophy?
I believe that every person’s body needs nutrition that is particular to them. Yes, there is some overlap (i.e. a high-sugar diet is NEVER a good idea), but I work with you to determine what nutritional approach works best for you. Having said that, I rarely recommend “extreme” approaches like veganism, Keto, raw food, or juice cleansing. I have personally done all of these diets, and found they tend to be tougher on the body in the long run rather than supportive of it. In some extreme cases, a “healing” diet is needed for a short amount of time, but never for the long term.
Do you teach about sports nutrition?
Though I certainly can help you determine which foods will support you in your exercise regimen, no, I am not a sports nutritionist. So if you hare doing some heavy-duty training for an Iron Man, I suggest you work with a qualified sports nutritionist.
Do you work with men as well as women?
Yes, I do have the occasional male client. I tend to look more at digestion and nutritional health, and less at hormonal health for men, though, as I am not trained in men’s hormones.
I'm ready to change my health and life dramatically, and would therefore like to sign up for your Complete Vitality program. Can I do that?
Every client must begin with the 1.5 hour introductory assessment. At the end of that meeting, we can chat about if you feel like the 3 month program will be a good fit for your life. I only work with a maximum of 5 program clients at a time.
I believe that the most important relationship you have is with your body. We have generally been taught that our body is the enemy, and we need to do whatever it takes to tame it. In the process, we end up facing our body’s cries for help: disordered eating, allergies, autoimmune disorders, IBS, hormonal issues. Our minds chime in with mental and emotional disorders. It becomes a vicious cycle of dis-ease.
The amazing thing about our bodies is they want to heal. They want to feel their absolute best. They want you to love them.
When you begin to pay attention to your body, to listen to it, it will let you know what it needs. Sometimes, we are so disconnected from our bodies that it takes some time to figure out what is required.
That’s where I come in: I’m here to help you figure out what your body needs to live its best, most healthy life. Which will give you all kinds of extra time and energy to live your best life.
“I feel SO much healthier than I did at this time last year. I truly have Christine to thank for that. Her guidance was generous, intuitive and incredibly helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“I cannot even begin to tell you how much gratitude I have for you the opportunity to do this program. I see myself (and my life) changing right before my eyes!”
“I appreciated the face to face time and the follow up emails after our sessions that summarized everything we talked about. I felt like you really cared and were attuned to my needs!”