IHCA: How are you using your health coach certification?
RG: My own struggle with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and seeing family members deal with Multiple Sclerosis have motivated me to serve and support others with those autoimmune conditions.
My goal is to help clients see that they don’t have to live with the pain and limitations that those conditions can inflict on them. Eating a healthy balanced diet is one of the secrets of conquering autoimmune disease. So, my goal is to show clients the means with which they can heal naturally, reduce their inflammation and, in time, their dependence on drugs, just like I have done for myself.
IHCA: Can you tell us about your proudest or most exciting moment as a health coach?
RG: I love hearing from clients how working with me is having a positive impact on their life and the lives of their family. One client sent me an e-mail when she was visiting her family overseas to let me know that her entire family is eating quinoa. My proudest moment as a health coach, however, was after being hosted on a webinar that was held by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I shared my story and my experience in training to become a health coach through the Institute. The flood of thank you and gratitude notes for having inspired the people who attended the call was overwhelming and truly humbling. I was so honored to have been able to inspire people and get them motivated to sign up to the program.
IHCA: Do you have any special knowledge, stories or experiences within the health coaching field that you could share to help fellow health coaches reach their goals? Ex: social media marketing tips, workshop experiences, etc.
RG: I think networking and maintaining relationships with good referral partners is key… making sure that the relationship is a win-win for both you and your referral partner. As for workshops, it’s good to have some giveaways, e.g. handouts, sample teas, etc. that would remind workshop attendees of you and the talk you gave. For example, for one of my workshops I stapled my business card to the nettle tea bags and the ginger bags that I gave away. I also gave away a handout at the workshop and I saved a handout for those workshop attendees who e-mailed me. This way I was able to capture their e-mail addresses and add them to my mailing list and then follow up with them with an offer for a complimentary health coaching session.
IHCA: Why did you join the International Health Coach Association?
RG: I met a lot of amazing health coaches at the Spring 2012 Take Back Your Health Conference and wanted to stay connected. I also wanted to stay in the loop on opportunities for continuing education and to really be able to learn from all the great speakers who are being hosted on the teleconferences. The interviews with Andrea Beaman, Cory Gallant and Laurie Erdman, just to name a few, have been very educational and I have made changes to my health coaching practice and my lifestyle based on those conversations.
IHCA: What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?
RG: I make an amazing lentil and kale soup – I add turmeric to the water and throw in other fresh ingredients that I would have bought from the farmers’ market that week – fennel, garlic chives, garlic, shallots, etc. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and it’s yummy…
IHCA: What is the greatest life lesson you have learned since beginning your health coach training?
RG: For years I hid the fact that I had RA – and on the days that I couldn’t move, I’d say I didn’t know what it was or why it was happening. But, in December last year, I started sharing my story and I even put my story on my facebook page and on my website. Health coach training encouraged me to share that part of me that I tried to hide for so long and use it as a tool to educate others on how to overcome their pain – I learned to honor who I am and not beat myself up for who I am not.
Rana Ghaoui is a Holistic Health Coach certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received her formal training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition through the State University of New York, Purchase College. Rana grew up with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and has personally experienced the effects of holistic nutrition, lifestyle adjustment, exercise and various alternative therapies on reducing the debilitating symptoms of RA. Rana works with young adults who suffer from autoimmune disease, particularly RA and MS, by guiding them in making healthier diet and lifestyle choices and supporting them on their journey towards wellness. www.live-healthfully.com