CS: I am currently working as a part time health coach. I work with women that are struggling to lose weight or maintain their weight loss. I help them make solid choices that create lasting change.
IHCA: What activities or thoughts keep you motivated and moving forward with your goals and dreams?
CS: For me there is no greater reward or anything more life affirming than to join someone on their journey towards a healthier life. It is always an honor for me to have a client trust me enough to take me on this incredible ride.
IHCA: What is your area of expertise and what kind of client do you coach?
CS: My area of expertise is weight loss. I work primarily with women and their families to help them lose weight, live a more healthy lifestyle and reinforce good habits for them and their children.
IHCA: Can you tell us about your proudest or most exciting moment as a health coach?
CS: My proudest moment as a health coach was having a client tell me she had lost 4 dress sizes because of the help and guidance she received from me.
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?
CS: You may have only 3 people show up to your first workshop but that won’t always be the case. Keep the faith, especially in yourself. Never give up! It really is a process and it isn’t a race. There is a Japanese proverb that really rings true, “Fall down 7 times get up 8″
IHCA: Do you have any coaching/counseling tips or tricks you’ve learned along the way that you can share with other health coaches?
CS: Let the client lead you where they want to go because chances are there is more going on than just food.
IHCA: What marketing technique do you utilize with the most success? Can you tell us more about how you use this marketing technique?
CS: I utilize Facebook and Twitter and always keep in mind that I am my brand. Anything I post is a reflection of me and my brand. Keep it professional. This keeps you credible.
IHCA: Do you have any fun/interesting hobbies that have grown from your interest in holistic health?
CS:I never cooked before becoming a health coach, now I find creating my own recipes fun. This was something I never thought I would ever do.
IHCA: What is your favorite meal to cook for yourself?
CS: I think if I had to choose it would always involve kale. I love the many ways you can use kale. I juice it, put it in smoothies, sauté it, and eat it raw in salads. It is such a versatile green and I have so many meals where kale is the main ingredient.
IHCA: What is the greatest life lesson you have learned since beginning your health coach training?
CS: My health coach when I was going through the program always reminded me that it’s about progress not perfection. I remember that to this day.
IHCA: Why did you join the International Health Coach Association LLC?
CS: I was looking to expand and build my network with other health coaches. Working in this industry provides an abundance of referrals and creates great collaboration.
Caren Schmidt is a Holistic Health Coach certified by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received her training at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. It was there she learned a variety of lifestyle coaching methods with a focus in dietary theory and nutrition. Caren is a proud member of The International Health Coaching Association.
Caren practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, connecting all areas of a person’s life. She works with her clients to develop a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. Caren teaches clients how food and lifestyle choices evolve by making lasting changes that will improve energy, balance and health.
Caren’s own experiences with weight gain and poor lifestyle choices make her a compassionate coach. She has a passion for helping her clients maintain healthy weight loss, achieve optimal health and maximize their energy.
You can learn more about Caren on her website: www.newdirectionwellness.com
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