What is a Health Coach?

Traditional doctors have their place in medicine, no doubt about it. However, as a nation, 86 cents of every dollar we spend on healthcare goes to chronic diseases rather than acute conditions. But guess what? Your problems don’t always require drugs. What they do require is a lifestyle change. Just a little bit at a time. Health coaches spend time–lots of time–with each client. They create and hold the space to ask questions and understand the whole you.

Traditional Doctor Health Coach
Average Time Spent with Patient 15-20 Minutes 1-2 hours
Focus Symptom or sickness Root cause
Go-To Solution Prescription drugs Lifestyle changes and supplements
Goal “Stop the bleeding”/acute pain Find a sustainable solution
Approach Western Eastern and Western

Health Coaching includes:

  • Mentorship
  • Accountability
  • A sounding board
  • A source of motivation
  • Problem solving tactics
  • Obstacle removal
  • Progress tracking

“Rachel at The SHED, formerly Whole Woman Health welcomes her clients with her brilliant smile and open heart. Her coaching addresses the challenges that “block” our emotional AND physical health. The group sessions are valuable – working through our own questions by first sharing and receiving feedback and then listening to and learning from others’ experiences.”

~Sarah V.

What is Functional Health?

It’s a relatively new term for sure. So don’t feel weird if you’re not exactly sure what it means. In short, functional health is a systems, biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root causes of dis-ease by examining the whole person.

Traditional Medicine Functional Health
Disease Focus Acute Chronic
Considerations Pain Genetics, environment, habits, lifestyle
Focus Absence of pain Feeling healthy in life
Question What’s happening now? What’s been happening across your life
Goal Fix Understand and hypothesize
Approach Western Western, along with integrative practices

Think about it this way.

Traditional health care is transactional, focusing only on the current issue. But the truth is your health doesn’t just happen today. It’s an amalgamation across time–your past issues, your exposure to toxins, your trauma, your beliefs and much more.

These are problems that we literally live ourselves into.

In addition, while medicine has a strong history of treating infectious diseases–and thank goodness it does–we now suffer more from lifestyle-driven diseases.

“The SHED team is fantastic to work with. They are intelligent, skilled and knowledgeable, and create a warm, healing environment for their clients. If you are looking for experts in nutritional approaches to health challenges and support through health coaching to make lasting change, look no further than The SHED!”

~Stefany C.

What is Nutrition Therapy?

Nutritional therapy complements functional health by focusing on the whole body, including (but not limited to) the digestive, immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. It considers how each individual system responds to eating habits, and how they work together for optimal health. Based on these considerations, nutrition therapists create a plan for support based on the unique human rather than the health condition.

Let us be clear: There is no “one size fits all!”

The next step is diagnostic laboratory testing to determine what’s REALLY going on in that body of yours. With this data, we focus on a health plan specific to you, saving you time and eliminating confusion. We don’t guess, we test!

Then, moving into the health coach role, a nutritional therapist teaches you critical elements of self-care, goal-setting, and habits, often uncovering limiting beliefs or past trauma which contributes to your current condition. We hold space for this, helping you to see and understand yourself from a new perspective. We guide. We support. And we ensure you move toward sustainable change.

“For the past 3 years, I’ve been dealing with food sensitivities and intolerances that have affected my GI, weight, mood, and energy levels. After working with 4 other nutritionists that took an unsuccessful and cookie-cutter approach, I finally found my savior with Rachel. She took the time to understand me, what I was hoping to gain from our partnership, and also the unique make-up of my biochemistry by analyzing past labs I’d done. Her personalized and customized approach to nutrition, coaching and training not only helped me realize my pitfalls and how to overcome them but also how to make manageable changes that ultimately turned into habits. If you’ve been struggling with diet, exercise, and food sensitivities or even find yourself in a life-lull – I highly recommend reaching out to Rachel! She’s truly amazing!!”

~ Darren K. 

If you’re ready to feel good again,
you’re in the right place.

“I highly recommend SHED! Not only is Rachel extremely knowledgeable, but she is a great listener, and takes a holistic approach. If you are considering seeing a nutritionist who truly cares about and understands the big picture, look no further!”

~ Christopher B.