My passion is in helping people maintain or regain wellness through food coaching. Particularly people with metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes, diabetes, coronary artery disease, unhealthy weight, unhealthy cholesterol levels and other conditions where food has a significant role.
I do food coaching on a one-on-one and small group basis, especially for family groups or groups of close friends who want to have a serious go at improving their dietary habits together to maintain wellness or to regain lost wellness.
So how do I do food coaching?
I usually take my 'coachees' through 5 phases, namely (1) Education (2) Preparation (3) Jumpstart (4) Optimisation (5) Maintenance
1st Phase - Education I would start with getting to know the coachee's current level of wellness, medical history if any and his/her/their goals in terms o what they hope to achieve through improving their diet, whether it is for better blood glucose control if they are diabetic or weight loss or lowering their unhealthy cholesterol levels etc.
Then I would customise a few sessions to bring the coachee(s) up to speed with the necessary knowledge about food and specific areas of food & health that are necessary for them to achieve their health goals. It is much like private tuition, I would do the necessary to customise the level of teaching to suit the level of the coachee. At the end of the day, I am not aiming to turn my coachees into nutritionists, scientists or doctors, I do the necessary to give the coachee the critical foundational knowledge of relevant food and health information that will help them in achieving sustainable long term success in improving their health during adjusting their diet.
2nd/3rd Phase - Preparation & Jumpstart I usually work together with my coachee after the Education phase to agree on a 'Jumpstart' programme whereby they will go on a short period (usually be 10 -30 days) whereby they will 'try out' the agreed changes / adjustment to their diet in a planned concerted manner. I usually work with them to plan and prepare for the 'Jumpstart' so as to have the best chance of doing it well. The preparation might include meal planning, recipes planning, cooking advice or training, supermarketing trips to prepare the pantry for the Jumpstart where necessary. Relevant blood tests before, during and after the 'Jumpstart' are usually done to monitor the progress and impact of the dietary change effort.
4th Phase - Optimisation I would sit down with the coachee to do a review of the 'Jumpstart' effort, including how 'difficult' or 'easy' it was for the coachee to adapt to the 'dietary modification' during the 'Jumpstart' as well as blood tests results before, during and after the 'Jumpstart'. I will then work with the coachees to overcome the areas they had difficulties with or had gaps in knowledge of. After which, we would work on areas of adjustment and optimisation to the 'dietary change' plan with the aim of it becoming a sustainable lifestyle for the coachee.
5th Phase - Maintenance I would continue to follow up with the coachee on a regular basis to monitor or review their progress or to further improve their knowledge of important relevant food and health information that will help them in their health goals.
Different coachees have different needs and they also start at different levels, so not all coachees go through all the phases or spend the same amount of time in each phase, some might skip phases or spend a shorter time in any particular phase.
If you need further information or would like to find out more. Feel free to drop me an email. I have also started a food school where I conduct classes for small groups - for more info on this, you can visit The Food School website >>> http://foodschool.sg