What exactly is a health coach again?

Photo Credit: Leslie Plesser of  Shuttersmack Photography

Photo Credit: Leslie Plesser of Shuttersmack Photography

When I tell people that I’m a health coach, I usually get a polite Minnesotan response like “oh, that’s interesting” quickly followed up with some comment about the weather.  Oh, Minnesota. The topics that we could cover if it weren’t for the atmospheric drama that you inevitable bestow upon us. See! It’s happening already! But back to the topic at hand.  My goal in writing this blog post is to clear up any confusion about what a health coach is and to share how health coaching could help make mealtimes a bit less stressful.

Let’s start with the word coach, which can conjure up a whole slew of images ranging from the intimidating high school football coach to your best friend’s dad who volunteered to coach your 5th grade soccer team.  No matter the type of coach, the good ones all have one thing in common; accountability. They’re there to celebrate the wins and to pick you up during the losses. They know when to have patience, compassion, and empathy while also knowing when to challenge, push, and raise expectations.  

I like to think of myself as more like that friendly dad coach, just without the pit stains and whistle.  Let’s get real… I have pit stains. Thank you natural deodorant. And instead of coaching 12 year old girls, I’m coaching driven Minneapolis women who want to be more effective parents through their nutrition.  Stay with me. Parenting is hard work. If you saw me after a day of hanging out with my two kiddos, you’d have thought that I just finished a triathalon. I’m sweaty, dirty and ready for an epsom salt bath.


Let’s just agree that parenting is hard work.  There are a lot of factors that play a role in becoming a great parent and role model for our kids, but one that I think is overlooked is nutrition.  Whether we like it or not, the food that we have in the house is a source of joy, stress, guilt, excitement, tears, laughter, tantrums, you name it! It also can make us feel tired, energized, light, sluggish, or just plain bad.  We have enough sources of stress in our lives. Don’t let food be one of them. Let me help.

Just like your favorite childhood coach, I start with the fundamentals -- goal setting, education, motivation, programming, support, and appropriate progressions to ensure that the nutrition focused behavior changes that we’re working will eventually become second nature.

Another way that I like to explain my health coaching business, is to tell people what it is not.

  • Personal training - While I am a certified group fitness instructor and I have training in physiology, I don’t create workouts for clients.  Instead, I’ll help you discover ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine using what you already know or directing you to fitness resources that fit your lifestyle.

  • Therapy  - Yes, there are a whole lot of emotions that are wrapped up in the food that we eat.  While aspects of psychology are used in health coaching, I am not equipped to provide therapy or counseling for larger mental health issues.  

  • A Beach Body program - Yes, at one point, for about 6 months, I was a Beach Body coach.  But I quickly realized that that business model wasn’t for me. I will never sell you anything other than my own services. 


There’s more that I could share on the general topic of health coaching, but I’ll save that for another day.  Still have questions? Need clarification on anything? Shoot me a message. I’ll be happy to clarify my services or answer any questions that you may have. And it only seems fitting to sign off with a good ‘ol rah rah, you can do it coach quote.  

When things change inside you, things change around you.