Read some examples of women who have benefited from health coaching.
These are real clients of Blossom Health Coaching whose names have been changed to protect their privacy.
Cathy is amazing, she is a professional, confidential, knowledgeable, calming and caring person. Cathy has totally changed me, I knew what I should do but just didn’t do it.
I now eat breakfast, I drink the right amount of water, I can control my binge eating, my family have planned healthy meals and packed lunches everyday. I am healthy!
When I ate something unhealthy I didn’t feel great with myself Cathy never made me feel bad, she just reassured me that it was ok to not be perfect all the time.
Cathy supported me with books, podcasts, recipes, practicals, emails and other resources to help me establish my new behaviours. I realised I wasn’t stressed, I was just busy.
I have lost weight, but the best bit is I’ve learnt so much about myself, socially and personally, it’s made me so much happier in every part of my life.
Thank you Cathy
Victoria had a very clear goal of sustained weight loss. She was fed up with years of yo-yo dieting, of feeling under the control of food, sometimes drinking too much socially.
Victoria initially thought I would be putting her ‘on a diet’, and was surprised that instead we talked about how to eat and drink healthfully and nourishingly, and how this would bring the weight loss she wanted. I encouraged her at every session to try to forget the diet mentality, and her ‘all or nothing’ approach. We spent time discussing, preparing and cooking for the family in an efficient, varied and healthy way.
As sessions progressed and Victoria not only started to lose weight but saw other benefits such as improved skin, better moods, and a sense of control. We began to discuss more general issues affecting her life – work, being too busy, and prioritising important relationships. Victoria began to say ‘no’ to people, and found not being a people pleaser all the time was empowering and liberating (and freed up some time).
By the end, Victoria had achieved weight loss, healthier nutrition, organised food preparation, stress reduction, and more balanced time management.
A lot has happened to me recently. I retired from a high-powered job and got married. We moved to East Devon and life took on new challenges. Although I was very happy, I was unsure about so many things and finding it tricky to adjust to a brand new life. Then I was introduced to Cathy and signed up for her 12 session Programme.
The impact has been tremendous and was just what I needed. Cathy is a gentle and patient listener. She is also very perceptive and can help crystallize feelings and concerns. She has shared a great deal of information and resources with me- taking great care not to overwhelm. My progress continues. I am so glad to have had this experience with Cathy and would recommend her enthusiastically. I know she has helped others on issues like weight problems.
Cathy helps her client understand their own issues and develop strategies to deal with them; sometimes in our lives this is just the support we need!
Sarah came to me to with health goals of finding sustained energy, and some more general goals revolving around purpose, identity and role.
This was after a period of trying to organise herself; exercise classes, new eating and cooking patterns, and even new ways of dressing.
However, she was still in a muddle and it was all starting to impact on her health – tiredness, occasional IBS flare-ups and increased anxiety. Medical tests were clear but she knew she needed to make changes.
Sarah was asked to keep a food and mood diary, and to complete tasks between sessions.
She found the opportunity to give a voice to her thoughts in the sessions particularly significant. This resulted in many ‘light bulb’ moments and self-discovery.
By the end of our time together Sarah had re-assessed and confirmed her purpose, implemented new routines at home which took pressure off her and emphasised some self-care. From the food diary we worked out which foods suited her digestion, and we looked at balancing her blood sugars which achieved her goal of sustained energy.
I feel so lucky to have had Cathy’s excellent support and guidance. She clearly has a huge passion for health and fitness and is extremely knowledgeable. The way she works means that you, the client, lead the direction that the sessions take. She has a calm and relaxed approach which is completely nonjudgmental and focusses very much on offering a bespoke service according to an individual’s aims and needs.
Over the course of several months and even though I had always had an interest in these areas, I learnt so much more about diet, health and fitness. Cathy was always ready to offer up a large array of reading material to help find me find out more about the things that were most relevant to me, she introduced me to many new ways of eating including making me delicious homemade healthy snacks to try, and in between each session she emailed me with a helpful overview of our last session which really helped keep me on track and stay motivated.
With Cathy’s help and encouragement, I have made so many completely transformative changes. I have lost weight, reduced my sugar cravings drastically, increased my energy levels hugely, and I now feel ready to embrace the natural process of mid life ageing, rather than feeling that things were out of my control and going in the wrong direction. I eat better, sleep better and am being told how well I look on an almost daily basis!
I would recommend Blossom Health Coaching to any woman wanting to improve their life and look and feel their absolute best.
Louise came to me seeking to generally improve her health through better nutrition for this period in her life, and looking to lose a little weight. Before working with me, Louise had considered herself pretty healthy, although had noticed that clothes were starting to feel tight. She was not sure why this was having always been slim and never having had to worry about her size / weight before. She also was aware of other changes starting to take place in her body, and wanted to learn about healthy ageing for the mid life years.
I encouraged Louise to keep a food diary and that pointed to a way of eating that included refined carbohydrates and sugars, so we spent some time talking about how to vary her diet and to include other healthier options.
Louise also needed to take a fresh look at exercise and movement, having become stuck in a rut. This prompted Louise to try new types of exercise, which in turn led to new friendships and community.
Other sessions including discussing foods for healthy ageing, gut health, hydration, and living foods. Louise left the programme feeling re-invigorated, slimmer, fitter and educated about her health now and for the future.
For most of my life I have been a constant yo-yo dieter and in my 60th year it is time to call dieting a day and not see food as ‘good or bad’ but eat what I want when my body tells me too, not when my head, eyes or nostrils do.
I know that Blossom Health Coaching is not just about food, Cathy covers many other topics but food was the area I needed help with. Cathy has helped me enormously in recognising this and giving me sound advice to assist me to completely change the way I think about food.
She has helped me understand how different foods (to my norm) provide the vitamins and nutrients that I need at this time. She has given me advice on podcasts, books and reading material which has helped me understand where I have been going wrong all of these years.
Food will always be a constant challenge to me, but how liberated do I feel when nothing is restricted and I am making much better choices when I want too and not because I feel guilty that I shouldn’t be eating this or that.
I am no longer being ‘coached’ by Cathy but am still in regular contact via her Facebook page(s), website and a Talk & Taste Group that occurs once a fortnight.
Emma came to me for help with disordered eating initially – understanding why she did it and how to help prevent it from happening again. She didn’t trust herself around food at times.
Although Emma did not ask for advice on what to eat at the start, through our work together I helped Emma realise that having the knowledge to know what foods can help us and nourish us is an important part of her improvement.
We talked about Emma’s past, how she used food, when her problems with food started, and of course how she was eating now. Through this, and by using additional resources to increase her understanding, Emma began to trust her eating again. And to know that even when there are tough days, how she reacts to those is SO important – kindness and self compassion.
Emma has now become a valued member of my group, making friends and contributing each session. Thank you for being my client Emma and I hope to have you in my sessions for a long time to come!