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The 5 Pillars I Use With My Clients to Meet Their Health Goals

For anyone who is new to my work, you may not know that I am a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. I help people lose weight permanently and avoid taking medication for conditions they can improve through lifestyle and nutrition changes.

I use a five pronged approach, or as I refer to them, my five pillars. Stick around and see what I’m talking about.


By the time my clients start working with me, they’re usually pretty discouraged. They have tried nearly everything to take the weight off and have failed. They either lost weight and gained it all plus more back, or they didn’t really lose any weight. When  come to me they think this will be just another failure in their life. We work together to get their mindset rock solid. They start to believe in themselves again.

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right – Henry Ford


Nutrition is very important but it’s not the focal point of my program. What you put in your mouth is extremely important, because you can’t outrun a bad diet. We determine what will realistically work in their life and incremental changes they can make to start the change process. Often my clients are nervous about the food changes they need to make to straighten out their health. I help them find alternatives so they don’t miss their favorite unhealthy choices quite so much.


One of the biggest contributors to poor health is stress. Stress leads to overeating, indulging in dangerous and harmful behaviors, sleeplessness, cognitive impairment, inflammation in the body and weight gain…to name just a few. We work together to minimize the effect of stress that life inevitably puts in their path and find ways to manage it. We also identify realistic exercise goals that don’t . I also help my clients identify where they fall short in maintaining healthy boundaries.

Emotional Health

We should never underestimate the emotional impact of carrying extra weight but also the loss of that weight. I help my clients manage the emotions around their weight and their feelings about themselves. I encourage them not to be critical of themselves when they aren’t what they perceive as perfect, but rather to give themselves some grace. Perfection is a myth that no one can live up to.


If someone is the primary caregiver in the home, it’s very likely they don’t put themselves on the list for care. I encourage my clients to use self-care modalities that are not extravagant or take a lot of time as often as possible. It’s very important to take of yourself because you really do deserve it and you can’t pour from an empty vessel. If you are depleted, what good can you be to others?

These are the pillars I use to help my clients achieve the success they so richly deserve.

If you would like more information about what I do, I offer a free strategy session where we will chat about your unique health challenges and how I might be able to help. Whether we work together or not, you will leave the session with action steps to set you on the path to good health.

As a health coach, I work with women who face serious health challenges like heart disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, or who have been diagnosed as having a precursor to a serious health issue such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar. I help them make food and lifestyle changes so they can get healthy, live longer and enjoy a fuller, happier, more energetic life. If you would like to have a free strategy call about the health challenges you have and the improvements you would like to see in your health, click here to schedule a no strings attached call.


  1. Laura O on January 5, 2023 at 10:29 pm

    This seems like good advice for all of us, regardless of our health status.

    • Karen on January 6, 2023 at 10:59 am

      I agree with you Laura.

  2. ChefWilliam on January 6, 2023 at 10:53 am

    It is good advice and much the same as my Cardiologist gave me when we started my Journey to manage my angina. Everyone can learn for living this lifestyle

    • Karen on January 6, 2023 at 10:58 am

      ChefWilliam…none of it is rocket science but it bears repeating every so often because people forget.

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