11 Reasons To Hire a Coach During Your Whole30

March 14, 2018 | Post by Sam Presicci

11 Reasons To Hire a Coach During Your Whole30

Look. I get it. The Whole30 is a free program. So why in the world would you turn around and hire a coach to walk you through it? The short answer to this (and one you’re probably not expecting from me) is that not everyone may need a coach. Especially if you’ve done a Whole30 before or are more familiar with nutrition, you may do just fine on your own. But if you’re new to Whole30, have tried to do a Whole30 in the past and not finished it, have health issues or have done a Whole30 before and didn’t see the results (or any results) you were hoping for, enlisting the help of a coach may be just what you need.

And then comes the question of why. This answer will vary person to person, but I’m going to go ahead and provide you with a general framework.

1)     Accountability and encouragement. Changing ingrained habits is HARD. It’s not the easiest road. And the surest way to have an easier time is to have someone on your team encouraging you and holding you accountable. Right now, before you get started, you’re probably feeling great. But once you begin and have to deal with work parties, unsupportive/uninterested friends and family members and self doubt, you’ll see why this reason is critical. Habit research shows that accountability is one of the main factors that helps people achieve behavior change.

2)     Paying a coach gives you a financial incentive to follow through. The other factor that helps in behavior change? Incentive. And as if the potential non-scale victories of Whole30 aren’t incentive enough, forking over your hard earned cash to a coach that’s going to help you on your journey gives you an added measure of incentive. Do you really want to pay your coach x amount of dollars, only to intentionally go off plan and have to offer up even more money to start over? That doesn’t sound like all that much fun in my book.

3)     To answer questions that you didn’t even know you’d have. Right now, it may seem simple enough. Eat some vegetables, fruit, protein, and fat. What’s so hard about that? But what about food additives, sneaky words for sugar and gluten on labels, what to order when eating out and how to plan ahead for travel? All questions that are able to be figured out on your own, yes, but wouldn’t it be nice to have someone who can give you quick (and insightful) answers?

4)     To expand your base of knowledge. A coach helps you fit the puzzle pieces together. They’ll help you see how all of your actions, even if they’re totally unrelated to health, contribute to your overall wellness. It’s pretty fun to have someone give you directly applicable advice on a regular basis.

5)     To get you to really think about what may trip you up during your Whole30 and to help you set goals. A good coach knows the questions to ask you to make sure you’re prepared for a whole range of roadblocks and challenges. You’ll either be feeling overwhelmed pre-Whole30 OR overly confident, and both of these scenarios mean you probably won’t properly plan or think about potential bumps in the road.

6)     To ask you the tough questions and help you realize your sticking points. A good coach isn’t afraid to be honest and up front with you. To call you on your excuses if needed. To ask you the tough questions that help you realize there’s a disconnect between what you say you want and what you’re actually doing.

7)     To help you troubleshoot your meal template and food intake to ensure you’re getting the most out of your Whole30 and not unintentionally sabotaging yourself. This is a huge one. While I hesitate to say there’s a way to do Whole30 “wrong,” there kind of is. Not eating enough is a common problem, as is undereating certain macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs). It’ll be pretty hard to know if you’re doing this (or how to fix it) without the help of a coach. If you’re feeling hungry, how much do you increase your portion? What do you add more of to your plate?

8)     To arm you with knowledge and offer expertise for the rough patches. Your Whole30 is not going to go perfectly. Things may get worse before they get better. It’s helpful to have someone there who has not only been there personally, but has also coached others through pretty similar situations. It’s pretty nice to get an answer in 5 minutes, rather than researching for hours on your own.

9)     To examine your habits beyond food and how they may be impacting your success. Did you know that things like sleep, mindset, movement and stress all play a (pretty big) role in your Whole30 results? If you’re going through Whole30 solo, it can be overwhelming enough to focus on the food by itself, let alone think about your habits in these other areas. That’s where a coach comes in to break it down.

10)  To help you tailor your Whole30 based on your health issues. This really applies more to coaches who are both Registered Dietitians and Whole30 Certified Coaches (like me!). If you do have other health issues or diagnoses, working with a qualified coach in combination with your medical provider can ensure that you have a positive (and successful) Whole30 experience. While emotional eating is not necessarily a health issue, if you’re someone who struggles with emotional eating or compulsive eating, hiring a coach and enlisting help is mission critical.

11)  Because it’s fun to have an ally in a new (and sometimes challenging) process. Someone who will help encourage, support, and motivate you to do your best each day. Someone who will reassure you that you’re not alone, and also that you’re not the first one to experience whatever it is you’re feeling on day 10, 12, or 25 of your Whole30. Every single Whole30 Certified Coach is so passionate about what they do, and it’s an incredible asset to have one of them on your team.

Once you’ve decided to enlist the help of a Whole30 Certified Coach, the next question becomes: which one?!? Check out this post for some reasons why you might want to consider me to guide you through!

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