I just took the Precision Nutrition certification and it was great! I learned so much about nutrition, coaching nutrition and just being a better trainer all together. I highly recommend it! This program will provide you with a great systematic way to work with clients on their nutrition/diet in a way that is positive.
Often when professionals approach food we discuss what we should avoid and what not to do. i find that turns my clients off immediately. What I try to do is approach it from the angle of what we can ADD to their diet and all the great diversity of nutrition. When coming from that angle my clients tend to open up and listen. Everyone is bombarded with what they shouldn’t be doing, they don’t need to hear it. They need to hear how they can move forward.
I ask questions of the client. Most already know what areas of their diet need help. I then ask them what they would like to change, what do they feel confident they can change and how they believe that change will help them achieve their goal. Having them involved in the discussion, gives them ownership of the behavior change and then they’re more likely to do it.
Hello Troy Lebehen,
I also speak about what clients can add to their diet and consult about their current habits.
When a client sees the DASH or MyPlate and how much food is on there, they are pleasingly surprised.
Baby steps is still progress; let the client decide what change they are willing to do first.
NAPS 2 B Fit
I always try to educate my clients about the quality of foods they put into their bodies. Food is fuel, and the higher quality fuel you give your body, the better it will work for you. In addition, since there are so many powerful healing properties in healthy foods, it may motivate your clients to make healthier choices. Educate and encourage healthier choices.
Hope this helps you!