We are creatures of habit; our brain loves to automate everything for the ease of our survival. Change is hard, but there are ways to make it easier. Trained as a Doctor of Behavioral Health, Kari understands what motivates people to make sustainable health behavior changes. Coaching focuses on current behaviors and circumstances rather than focusing on the past as a source of the problem. Using skills and strategies aimed at modifying patterns and creating new ways of doing things often needs the support of a coach. When you have either “been there, done that” with counseling, have the support you need for your deeper issues or find yourself emotionally stable at this time, a coach may be just what you need to turn the corner.
Types of Coaching Services Offered.
Eating Behavior Change.
Not all disordered eating behavior turns into an eating disorder, in our culture there are LOTS of individuals with subclinical behaviors such as chronic or yo-yo dieting and compulsive emotional or stress eating. Some claim to have food addictions. Regardless, you may be tired of the struggle and wanting a change. You can improve your relationship with food. Coaching programs such as the 10 week, Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Workshop or individual work with Kari can help.
Eating Recovery Coaching.
Eating recovery coaching for eating disorders is becoming more important due to the lack of specialized services in many areas of the country. Kari coordinates with remote treatment providers who are providing therapy for clients with eating disorders, but who are not able to address these behaviors. Kari provides online coaching for those with eating disorders and supports the hometown team.
Lifestyle medicine seeks to improve a client’s health and prevent future illnesses. The coaching focuses on change support and adherence to healthy lifestyle choices. Behavior related to nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, social support and environmental exposures. Lifestyle medicine addresses the root causes of disease with evidence-based interventions. Mind – Body integration can help depressive and anxiety symptoms by improving physical health and visa versa. Chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease can be prevented and sometimes be reversed. Obesity does not cause chronic disease, but the behaviors that support this condition can. Coaching focuses on sustainable lifestyles which includes mostly whole food, plant-based diets limiting processed foods such as oils, sugar and flour. The key isn’t abstinence, it’s finding your “mostly and sometimes” without feeling deprivation. Lifestyle medicine includes understanding our circadian clocks and how sleep, eating and exercise patterns effect our overall health.
Nutritional Support for Mental Health Disorders.
Kari is a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). She is trained in Nutrition interventions for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Adjusting dietary intake can protect the brain, fight fatigue and boost mood and alertness. A healthy diet is protective, and an unhealthy diet is a risk factor for depression and anxiety. Our diet effects our “gut” health, this is where most of our neurotransmitters are manufactured. A healthy gut creates a healthy mind. Little tweaks can make a world of difference.
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