As a health coach, you’re in a constant state of learning – about food, nutrition, the human body… about your clients, human behavior, and motivation…. and about running a business, staying competitive, and being profitable.
Because of our need and desire to be “in the know” in so many areas, we must be in a perpetual state of learning. Some people might balk at this idea, but we don’t! Health coaches are a rare breed of people committed to lifelong learning, and discovery. I pride myself on having a stronger desire to learn now, than I ever have before in my life.
A few weeks ago the following phrase was bouncing around the internet:
“If someone from the 1950’s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?”
” Response: “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirely of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.”
As I read it two things happened. One; I laughed, nodding “so true!“, and Two; I thought “not true!”
Watching cat videos on the internets is fun and all, but that’s not why you’re here, doing work that matters. We have greater access to information than at any time in history, and many of us (me!) are taking advantage of that, becoming a sponge for knowledge, and super-smart, super-nerds in the process!
In the spirit of being committed to not only being a lifelong learning, but to helping my fellow health coaches make sense of some of the more complicated, less widely known issues that relate to our health and our work, I wanted to share with you some important headlines from the past month.
These headlines illustrate that the topic of environmental toxins, and their impact on human health is slowly getting more mainstream. As this happens, you’re clients will be clued in, fearful, wondering what to do, etc. As a health coach, and health educator, it’s your job to stay on top of this, and to be a resource for them. So take some time, get your link-clicky finger ready, and nerd-out!!
U.S. allows chemicals in food that are illegal elsewhere – Chicago Tribune
Warnings From A Flabby Mouse – New York Times
How To Make a Fat Mouse – Los Angeles Times
BPA replacement alters hormones at low doses, study finds – Environmental Health News
Path-blazing researcher explores environmental links to autism
Would You Like Flame Retardant In Your Soft Drink – The Guardian
*** UPDATE *** Breaking News —> PepsiCo Drops brominated chemical from Gatorade (but sadly only Gatorade – not other softdrinks like MountainDew.)
Chemicals Not Calories- Uncovering Obesogens: How Toxins Are Making & Keeping Us Fat – Yours Truly
That last one? Yup – that’s my contribution to your continuing education! On February 12th at 8pm EST I’m hosting a free training calls for health coaches on the links between chemical environmental toxins and our nations growing overweight, obesity, and diabetes problem. THESE exact issues are likely why many clients are seeking out health coaches in the first place, so I’d say this is pretty important stuff to be in-the-know on.
Join me on this free training call (it’s recorded, so if you can’t make it live, register anyway, and I’ll send you the audio file right after!) by registering here: www.laraadler.com/chemicalsnotcalories