Ther-X Nutritional Coaching
I have been a Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition (PN) Coach since December 2015.
I have integrated the principles of PN into a number of nutritional challenges, including two challenges that I was part of at CrossFit Thornton. Most recently, I developed, organized and lead the 800 Gram Challenge. Thirty (30) members participated in the event, which promoted the healthy habit of eating 800 grams of fruits and vegetables daily. Members have commented that they enjoyed the event and felt it connected our community. I also provide PN coaching services to my physical therapy clients and integrate nutrition into their care plans.
My coaching program is systematics and standardized. I gather client data, analyze it and based on the findings, make informed, outcome-based decisions to support and help my clients accomplish their goals. Each client comes to me with different life experiences and a different personality; different wants and needs; different health conditions, movement capacities, and eating habits; different problem-solving abilities; and different attitudes about change and trying new things. As a coach, I triage them to understand what’s most important, right now, for each unique client. Triaging helps me focus on “first things first” and set the right priorities.
My initial assessment covers:
- The client’s perspective. This includes expectations, goals, self-identified limiting factors, willingness to change, and what behaviors they’d like to focus on or change.
- Social factors. This includes social support, stress, and relationships.
- Health indicators and conditions. This includes injuries, medication use, and digestion.
- Lifestyle factors. This includes how often they see the doctor, whether they smoke, how they spend their time, and how their kitchen is set up.
I ask clients to fill out the initial assessment paperwork before our initial meeting. Filling out this information in advance gives them time to think and remember details. At that first session, we discuss their responses with them. Going through the forms together gives us both an opportunity to fill in any gaps and make sure you’re both on the same page. A good initial assessment helps me match my coaching plan to what the client can actually understand, manage, and do. This ensures that my clients go steadily from success to success, rather than swinging wildly from resistance to anxiety to failure. The initial assessment also helps me to give clients an objective appraisal of what and how they’re doing, helps me identify clients who are at risk for illness and / or injury, and helps me determine if I need to refer a client out, either because they fall outside my scope of practice or because the relationship would be a mismatch.
Additional tool that I use to triage my clients include:
- Physiological indicators. This includes blood work, other lab tests, digestive function, and immunity.
- Body composition and measurements. This includes height, weight, body girths, lean mass, and body fat.
- Other health needs. This includes known allergies or food intolerances, medication use, other health problems, and any other health care providers they work with.
- Function and physical capability. This includes mobility, daily-life tasks, and athletic performance.
- Psychological state and mindset. This includes readiness for change, resilience, and problem solving.
- Environment and lifestyle. This includes social support, family, work hours and demands, and travel.
- Goals and desired outcomes. This includes a specific goal weight or body composition change, decreased medication usage, improved performance measures, and improved relationship with food.
We offer small group (4 individuals) and individual coaching. Both approaches are structured similarly but allow people to participate at differing levels of cost, intensities and commitment. Accountability is also structured a bit differently. While the nutritional coaching and programming is tailored towards the individual’s needs, it is grounded in evidence based nutritional practices (macros, keto, fasting, …).
Small group coaching is $50/person/month and each person would commit for 3 months (otherwise the rest of the group would have to carry the total group fee). Small group coaching consists of (1) One 1-hour introductory meeting (face-to-face or video conference call) with each participate (2) Four 1-hour small group face-to-face meeting (may or may not occur at the gym) per month (3) up to Two 15-minute phone calls/week/participant and (4) unlimited emails/texts/participant.
Individual coaching is $120/ participant/month and they have to commit for 3 months. $30 of that fee would go to the gym on a monthly. Individual coaching consists of (1) Two 1-hour 1:1 introductory meetings (face-to-face or video conference call), (2) up to Six 1-hour follow up face-to-face meetings (may or may not occur at the gym) per month (3) up to Four 15-minute phone calls/week and (4) unlimited emails/texts.