National Board-certified Health and Wellness Coach, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Health and Wellness at Purdue Global University
Holistic Health coaching with an emphasis on nutrition and herbal therapy, lifestyle optimization, mindfulness, and functional medicine for those with chronic conditions such as autoimmunity, IBS, or cancer.
This article goes into both health professions I am involved in; health coaching and nutritional therapy. As a practicing health coach, it is important to distinguish its roles and how it is an important part of helping people become well right now as well as in the future. Nutritional therapy is a component I will be adding to my professional services within the near future and it will be a core component of the care I can share with clients.
Why get a health coach? Because it works. In this article, you will read about statistics on the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching, as well as its importance during this time in history. Living in a time where the world has the highest rates of chronic disease, many could use a health coach. Fortunately, I am one of those health coaches here to help you!
This article presents a study performed on the impact of health and wellness coaching on individuals with chronic pain and “pain-related interference”. Yes, it may be evident that health coaches are important right now, but are there studies that show how they work? Chronic pain affects millions of people every year and can be a difficult condition to treat. Health coaches help individuals with chronic pain explore new habits and improve pain-related outcomes, according to this study.
With many of my clients, before we get into anything else I will ask, “what is your relationship with your breath?”. Breathwork is a foundation for much of the work I do with clients, especially since many of us are stressed out in today’s world. Dr. Andrew Weil, called a father of natural medicine to the West by some, introduces several effective breathing techniques that can be learned easily to implement in our lives for enhanced well being.
Recovering from chronic health conditions is no easy task. In my view, an essential part of this is our return to nature. This involves including nature backing into our diet. For those who are seeking to recover from chronic health conditions, supplements are a great way to shift their health, but what kind of supplements? There are many differences between the normal synthetic supplement versus a whole-food supplement. Being a huge advocate for whole-food supplementation over synthetic supplements, I recommend this article to dive deeper into this topic.
Below are 5 website resources that I feel align with my mission of holistic health and well-being:
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization dedicated to creating a healthier world for all. The truth is we live in a toxic stew nowadays with our health and beauty products, foods, and even our water. EWG is a human advocate organization that also pushes for new legal litigation on proper standards for health and vitality of the world.
Dr. Mercola is a leader in natural health medicine. He promotes what is best for the person, not for the companies that profit for them. He is well known and highly revered as a fierce advocate for natural healing. He also walks his talk, which is an important component of a doctor to look up to and learn from.
The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) was founded in honor of the late dentist Weston A. Price. Price sold his practice and traveled the world to find the "root cause" of health after noticing several generations of his patient's health deteriorate in conjunction with an increase in oral cavities, root canals, and orthodontal deformities. Dr. Price studied cultures that had perfect health and recorded what elements of their cultures and lifestyles promoted them. The WAPF foundation serves to remember his goal of holistic health and promotes living in alignment with nature, local foods, and science to back up its statements.
The National Institutes of Health research library as well as other similar research databases are essential resources for my path in health and wellness. Health is a consistently changing field, and research is always coming out with new data to support safe and effective ways to promote health. This resource is a place where I garner many resources that I use as a reference to continue my education in health and wellness.
Tiny Buddha is an excellent mindfulness, meditation, and mental and emotional well-being resource. For those who are seeking to grow in these areas, Tiny Buddha is an instrumental resource and community to support you along your journey.
In a previous class titled "EF310: Current Trends in Exercise and Fitness" a personalized fitness plant for a client named Carl. Carl had a unique situation and therefore a holistic perspective was applied to support his physical fitness needs that also considered his obstacles as well as goals in mind. The results of this plan made for Carl are seen below.
When assessing clients' needs. Determining what is best for them at that given time is one of the most efficient ways to support them in their goals. A proper intake via a thorough questionnaire, as well as proper assessments are great foundational supports for the coach or trainer to get an idea on what the client best needs. A holistic perspective allows all aspects of the client to be involved with the creation of their plan, therefore allowing the most comprehensive and sustainable results.
Lion's mane is a medicinal mushroom prized in traditional Chinese medicine. In the modern world, it has uses far beyond culinary tastes due to its ability to heal our neurological systems. In this PowerPoint presentation you will discover the amazing healing potential of lion's mane, research to support it, as well as my own story of healing with lion's mane.
Presentation: Lion's Mane Mushroom for Neuroinflammation: Natural Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Alzheimer's Stroke, Depression, Parkinson's and More by Tyler Davidson
In this unit, we were tasked with creating a three-part course offering to the community covering some aspect of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine). I chose to cover the topics of mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise. These courses I created are introductions into these topics from a holistic perspective, and I have incorported samples of my coaching philosophy through them so that individuals can get an idea of the benefits they could receive in these areas of health by working with me in a client-to-coach relationship.
A syllabus was created that can be used as a guide when wanting to see the differences between the topics. Giveaways were also created for attendees of my presentation that related to each topic.
Topic 1: A Moment of Mindfulness
PDF: Mindfulness for Change Activity Form
Topic 2: Bite-sized Nutrition
1-day Calcium-rich Meal Plan
Zest Alkaline Salad Recipe
Nourishing Chia Pudding Recipe
Happy Gut Lemon & Lime Water Recipe
EWG 2021 Dirty Dozen Clean Fifteen
Topic 3: Exercise
SMART Goals Guide
Barriers to Being Active Quiz
Dr. Becky's 4 Daily Habits to Lose Weight eBook
In this unit, I will be sharing three examples of resources that relate to the education I received while taking a course titled "contemporary diet and nutrition". This class related much with helping us think for ourselves as health and wellness professionals, and to question the status quo to usher in continuous improvement, innovation, and authenticity within the field of health and wellness.
Resource 1: Kiss the Ground
Kiss the ground is an organization dedicate to repairing our relationship with the Earth through the soil. To KTG, the way to human and planetary balance is through soil health and regenerative agriculture without chemical inputs. KTG has a movie titled "Kiss the Ground" that showcases their mission and educates on the wonderful world of the microbiome, and the importance of soil health for human and planetary health as well as what we can do
This resource is a directory and educational resource to help you find the best of the best of food: locally grown.
According to their website, Eat Wild's mission is "to promote the benefits—to consumers, farmers, animals, and the planet—of choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from 100% grass-fed animals or other non-ruminant animals fed their natural diets". EW also shares scientific research to support its mission and provides resources for consumers and farmers alike to assist them in eating nutritious food as nature intended that is also good for the environment.
The EWG is formally known as the Environmental Working Group. EWG is a huge advocate for the consumer's right to know, as well as safe and toxin-free foods and environments. EWG has a wealth of resources available to enable us to make cleaner and healthier choices such as their tap water directory, cosmetics database, dirty dozen and clean fifteen list, and household cleaners database. EWG is an amazing resource for those seeking to make healthier holistic choices in their lives and be "in the know".
Resource 2: Eat Wild
Resource 3: Environmental Working Group
A critical component of my bachelor's of science health & wellness degree program was a class titled HW410: Stress: Critical Issues in Management and Prevention. In this class, the instructor and my peers delved into topics around stress and its impact on the world at large today. We explored many ways to manage, eliminate, and prevent stress that are unique and holistic in nature. We also explored the nuances of stress and its effects on the body as it relates to mind, body, and spiritual wellness. In my final paper, I proposed a comprehensive and holistic wellness structure to address individuals with chronic health conditions such as autoimmunity.
In the assignment below, I created 10 questions to help one take inventory within the spiritual and psychological areas of their life. Some of the topics address are mindfulness, gratitude, optimism, and self-care. Reflection is an important part of one's spiritual and psychological wellness. The inventory I created can enlist the individual answering these questions to take a deep dive into themselves and shed light where it needs to be shone.
Below is my final resume as of 4/28/2022. I have updated my most pertinent and current information displaying my credibility as a health and wellness professional, specifically a health coach. Using the Vmock software, I was able to implement proven strategies to heighten the appeal of my resume to employers.