HEALTH COACHING & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
I’m dedicated to using my skills as a health and behavior change expert to help others adopt and love a long-term lifestyle that naturally results in optimal health and body weight, without the need for commercial diets, supplements or expensive one-size-fits-all programs.
WHAT I DO IS . . .
- healthy lifestyle development for individuals and families
- nutrition and weight loss/ weight management education (de-mystifying seemingly contradictory nutrition information)
- pantry and refrigerator reset
- shopping, cooking and eating out strategies
- individual and small group hands-on whole food cooking lessons and educational sessions
- individualized assessments, weight loss plans, monitoring, feedback and plan adjustment
- exercise goals, plans and strategies
- evidence based behavior change strategies
- individual and group support
- focus on whole foods and consuming adequate amounts of plant- based nutrients to support optimal health and metabolism, reducing counter-productive cravings
Many services can be provided by phone or online video conferencing.
HEAR WHAT MY CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
“Laraine provides a great program. She is constantly finding ways to help, especially if someone is struggling. If something isn’t working, she comes up with alternatives, and helps you find a solution.”
“What I liked best about the experience was the wealth of information and invaluable support Laraine provided, and her constant encouragement”
“It could not have been better – I exceeded my goal!”
BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT I DO, IS WHAT I DON’T DO.
As an independent Health Coach I don’t sell or represent any commercial supplements, programs or diet/nutritional products, so my only interest and priority is the success of my clients! There are some people who call themselves health coaches, but whose real aim is to sell you a supplement, brand or commercial weight loss program, regardless of whether it may be right for you. Often, this conflict of interest isn’t clear up front, and people can be sucked into buying expensive products that they then feel obligated to “use up”, even if they don’t work for them. These health coaches may have low or non-existent fees for their services because they are profiting from selling products or turning their clients into multi-level sales partners. My clients are successful by eating real, fresh, healthy food which is available in any grocery store or market. They never feel pressured to buy specific products. This frees me to be completely objective and to provide recommendations that are truly based on up-to-date, unbiased, reliable and valid nutrition research, and are appropriate for each individual client.
I use a whole-foods, plant focused approach which is consistent with the recommendations of trusted, unbiased authorities on nutrition science, including the World Health Organization, the U.S. Dietary Advisory Committee, Harvard Medical School and NutritionFacts.org. This approach is not necessarily vegetarian or vegan.
My health and weight management coaching services focus on whole food nutrition, supplemented by regular physical activity. The primary goal is to ensure the person is well nourished, meeting the recommended amounts of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), as well as the macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) from healthy sources, while eating the right number of calories to support health, physical activity and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
This approach to food is known as a whole-foods plant focused lifestyle. It involves reducing or eliminating processed and refined foods; animal products that contain high quantities of saturated fats, contain hormones, anti-biotics or other undesired substances, or that are highly processed or low in nutrient value; concentrated/added sweeteners and fats; and processed diet foods or sports supplements that contain added sugars, fats, and any ingredient that is not whole. This lifestyle can include some portions of high quality and minimally processed meats (fish, pork, chicken, beef, lamb), but in amounts and frequencies that reduce the risk of associated diseases and that prevent “crowding out” more nutrient dense, and calorie sparse foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains and legumes.
Good nutrition is critical for lasting weight management and health. Our bodies need micronutrients (found in the largest amounts in plant foods) to efficiently use the calories from the food we eat. They enable our organs to convert fat and calories into energy & naturally cleanse our bodies and play a role in developing and maintaining a healthy metabolism. The naturally occurring fiber in whole plants keeps the digestive system working at peak efficiency, so nutrients are absorbed, and blood sugar levels stay stable and at appropriate levels. Diets that sacrifice nutrition, or severely restrict important macronutrients, like healthy forms of carbohydrate, may result in temporary weight loss, but do not set up a person for long term success. Some weight loss methods, like commercial diets that rely on processed foods or restrict important categories of food (like carbohydrates), or excessive calorie restriction, may result in temporary weight loss for some individuals, but they are unlikely to be sustained over the long term and can be detrimental to one’s health.
Most commercially available diets and diet products claim to be backed by research. This could be one or two studies out of potentially hundreds published annually on similar topics and there is a great difference in the quality and reliability of studies. Many studies are published in private journals (not subject to peer review), biased in some way, and/or draw conclusions that are not supported by the data. As a Health Coach, I base my work on the recommendations of national and international authoritative sources that form them based on meta-analysis (examination of data from a number of high quality, independent studies of the same subject, in order to determine overall stable trends).
An abundance of data from high quality, unbiased dietary research supports consumption of a whole food plant-based way of eating for weight loss and overall health. The Dietary Advisory Committee (the independent advisory committee charged with reviewing scientific evidence and forming recommendations to the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services) states that “a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting than is the current U.S. diet”.
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