What is a health coach?
"See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19
Need a REFRESH?
Could you use a fresh perspective, a dose of positivity and encouragement in reaching your health goals?
Hello, I'm Dixie Mehrens, a Christian and a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach.
I make health simple.
I'd love to be your guide!
You have good intentions of exercising more and eating better. Unfortunately, you know the disappointment, frustration and guilt you feel when you aren't doing the things you know you SHOULD do to reach your goal. Life gets busy. Without a realistic plan that will work for your life, goals probably won't be realized.
New studies reveal that health coaching is helping people not only reach their goals but sustain them over time. So, what is a health coach anyway?
What is a health coach?
Health coaches assist you in identifying and accomplishing specific health-related goals. They provide you with the tools, perspective and structure to accomplish more through a process of accountability. Coaching is a consistent, on going relationship where the coach stays with the client to help implement changes. Health coaches address the whole person, including physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing. While they might initially be focused on a physical health issue, other dimensions of your life will also most likely be addressed because those areas also affect your health and wellbeing.
They guide you through articulating and defining your goals and motivations on a deeper, intrinsic level. Then, they walk with you through the behavior change process, creating defined steps that work within your lifestyle, values and long-term goals. They draw out your innate strengths to help you make true, lasting healthy changes.
How is a health coach different from a dietitian or personal trainer?
Dietitians and personal trainers customize a plan for you to follow. But, then you are on your own to implement it. That is where health coaches come in. They don’t diagnose, or prescribe food plans, or tell you what to do.
You already know you should eat more veggies and less junk, why aren’t you? What is getting in the way? A health coach helps you reconcile what you want to achieve with what is realistic for your lifestyle and align your behavior to your beliefs.
When a person aligns their behaviors with their values, which are steeped in their deeper beliefs, this affords a climate where true lasting behavior change can occur. Health coaches help you tap into those deeper internal motivations that help you sustain change and make those simple, daily choices that lead to the end goal you want.
Mind, Body, Spirit
You are a whole person, mind, body and spirit. These three dimensions of you are interconnected along with your values and beliefs about being able to accomplish your goals. Then, to complicate matters, co-workers, your spouse, and friends all influence your food choices and habits. There are memory associations with food that complicate diet changes. Mental blocks, stress, negative self-talk, and interruptions to your routine that make it difficult to keep up healthy routines. As a Christian health coach, I can help you navigate these nuances. I will also pray with you, encourage you and support you through the process. You will feel equipped with the tools, perspective and structure to keep up positive momentum accomplishing far more than doing it alone.
Will health coaching work for me?
It is likely that you don’t need more diet advice. There is plenty of information out there on the web. Although a health coach can certainly point you in the right direction, you probably already know the things you should be doing. What you need is the support and insight from an objective third-party who will be honest, support, encourage, hold you accountable, and guide you in doing the things you know you should be doing but aren’t.
Health coaching will work for you if you are willing to take responsibility for your own actions. Just hiring a coach doesn’t make the weight fall off or symptoms go away. You have to be willing to put in the work. But, the good news is that if you are honest and follow through on the weekly or biweekly goals you discuss and plan out together, you will make significantly more progress than if you tried to do it alone.
Making healthy changes in your life that last is not as simple as,
“Just Do It.”
Jumping into new routines and making sweeping changes are difficult to maintain. It is a shock to your body, mind, emotions, schedule and so much more. The changes that last have to be grounded in deeper motivations and really be worth it to you. And, they must be incremental, small choices and changes that you can be consistent in doing. A health coach can help you formulate a plan and support you as you establish healthier habits. You then have the tools and confidence to build on them from there.
Ready to take a small step that will give you a big leap toward your goal?
Schedule a free 30-minute call to see if health coaching is right for you. If we talk and feel like we might work well together, then I will offer you 5-free sessions. No cost, no catch, no fine print - just a conversation. I'm just a Christian gal coming along side and helping a fellow sojourner on a path to healthier habits. Ready to get started?
"Before coaching my life was an absolute mess and chaotic. I felt overwhelmed. Coaching gave me the accountability and motivation I needed. Dixie was so encouraging in every way possible! She pointed me in the right direction and helped me keep trying. I have learned to take better care of myself so I can take care of my family. I feel I am changing on the outside but even more on the inside. I am in a happier place! Thank you, Dixie!” - Amy V.
I was drawn to health coaching after overcoming my own autoimmune disease by addressing the root-cause through healthier eating, lifestyle changes and with the help of a Functional Medicine practitioner.
Whether it is weight loss, healthier eating, exercise, stress management or sleep habits, I support women in creating and sustaining healthy habits so women can increase their energy and feel fabulous! I want them to feel full of life so they can glorify God with their gifts and talents in this world.
In 2 Corinthians it talks about comforting others with the comfort we have received. In line with that verse and my personal health testimony, I wanted to come along side other women. God moved my heart and I felt I was to give away my services. I also know that "when we refresh others, we are also refreshed!"
I also really have a heart for women with autoimmune diseases. I help them learn how they can reduce inflammation and restore their gut health so they can get back control of their body and symptoms and start living again. So whether you need to work on stress management, eating healthier, exercising regularly or are managing a chronic health condition - I get it. I've been there and can help you navigate it and transform your health and life.
If you need support, comfort, encouragement or a total REFRESH, chat with me to see if we could partner together in reaching a healthier you!
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
The name Refreshed Vision Health Coaching spoke to me while thinking about how God called me to partner with Him here on earth. Part of that mission is helping other women become the healthiest version of themselves. When I forget that I am His partner on earth, I make choices I wish I hadn’t, that take me off my path and distract me. But, when I remember His calling on me, I have a compass. I have a map and destination of where I am going. I can then plan my steps and make deliberate choices.
Your life is a series of the small daily choices you make. These choices take you down paths. Those paths either lead to your goals or far from them.
God made you for a purpose.
Do you know your purpose?
What gifts and talents God has given you?
What are you passionate about?
I believe God is calling his people to rise up and do what we’ve been called to do. Part of what will help us do His will, is feeling great in our physical bodies and stewarding what He has entrusted to us - our bodies, health, gifts, talents, and resources.
Do you have a vision of where your life is going?
Who do you want to become?
Who is God calling you to become?
What small steps do you need to take in order to make that happen?
If you need a Refreshed Vision of your future, to remember who God is calling you to be, let’s talk.
Health coaching can help you reenergize your vision and guide you in making the healthy and life balancing changes that get you there.