Why I Decided to Be a Certified Health Coach

Here is a little background about me and what got me going! :)

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During the summer of 2011, I was having some blood sugar issues, so I went to the doctor to see what was going on and to come up with a game plan. I was expecting my doctor to start prescribing medications right and left. Nope! All he said is, “You need to lose weight.”. WOW! I had never been told this before, but I guess after 2 kids, not watching what I ate, and not exercising, it shouldn’t have been a big surprise.

After my visit, I was trying to figure out exactly how I wanted to lose weight. I couldn’t fathom fitting exercising into the picture, so I started off with what I was eating. I started to count my calories and come to find out I was eating 3000+ calories per day! I’m not a big person necessarily, so this was WAY too much for my size. I cut down to 1200 per day and within 9 months, I was down 30 pounds. Great! My blood sugar issues seemed to have been fixed by this weight loss, which is great.

My husband and I have avoided the artificial sweetener, aspartame, for about 4 years now. We noticed a difference in our moods when we stopped drinking/chewing it. And it made us realize how much stuff it was really in. It was in our diet drinks, chewing gum, etc. So we cut that out 100% for our entire family. Slowly we started to buy more natural & organic foods, with the occasional indulgences. I was getting REALLY sick of reading all of the labels in everything I bought. We were avoiding aspartame, mechanically separated meat, and high fructose corn syrup. I had no idea how much junk was actually in our food items. After thinking about it a little more, we548386_417748794905283_1929135311_n decided to give Whole Foods a try. We were worried about the cost, but we were buying mostly natural and organic foods anyway, so we were hoping it wouldn’t be too much of a hit. Well, we were pleasantly surprised. Our shopping trips end up costing about the same, sometimes less, sometimes more. But they are now much, much shorter. We are in and out in about 30-45 minutes, where we were taking 1 – 1 1/2 hours before. Now that we are shopping solely at Whole Foods and eating only natural and mostly organic, we have a ton more energy, our moods have improved, and our bodies seem to be functioning better overall! Even our kids have noticed a difference. My 3 year old was having issues where we thought she was lactose intolerant. We would give her almond milk, rather than cow milk, and it didn’t help. She loved fruit snacks, but after really looking at the ingredients, I wasn’t comfortable giving them to her regularly. I removed those completely from her diet, found some natural ones that are 97% fruit, and just like that she’s good to go! I love this :) Making our family healthier one day at a time.

We moved into a new house in Feb. 2012. Our new house had an exercise room all ready to go and our landlord left behind a few things like a treadmill. I was at a slight stall in my weight loss, so I figured I would try running. Plus I was starting to feel really awful about a weight room in our house that wasn’t being used EVER! I ALWAYS hated running, even when I was in the best shape of my life in high school. I was playing basketball 5 days a week and every time they’d make us run the mile, I wanted to just leave. I hated it. I would have rather played basketball for 15 hours straight than run 1 mile. Every time I saw someone running on the street, I always thought they looked peaceful and happy. I wanted that feeling with some kind of exercise, so I gave running a try. At first, I felt like I was seriously going to die! I ran for 1/4 of a mile, and sat there huffing and puffing. UGH! It was awful, but I decided that I was going to keep going. I set a goal to be able to run a 5K by June 2012, which I was able to run with my mom. I’m up to 4 miles straight now :)   Who knew that I would actually enjoy running. While I still haven’t hit my weight loss goal, I can tell a huge difference in my body and overall mood. I am more alert and have a lot more energy, which I’m sure the kids appreciate. When it comes to my running goals, I take it one day at a time. I know that I can’t run every day, even if I want to. So I keep a calendar at my desk so I can see where I’m at for my goals for the week. Setting weekly goals makes them more obtainable and helps me feel less disappointed in myself. I’m increasing my distance 10% every week, and I should be ready for the 1/2 marathon, no problem!

What do you do to keep your weight loss and exercise goals? How do you hold yourself accountable?

My Training

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

My Approach

IINPlate_1201022I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.

Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.

Here are some concepts that we will explore during our work together:

Bio-individuality™: The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets tend to fail in the long run. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I’ll support you to make positive changes that are based on your unique needs, lifestyle, preferences, and ancestral background. I use a personalized, holistic approach to ensure that you will have great success!

Primary Food™: It’s easy to overlook all of the things that contribute to our sense of nourishment and fulfillment. It’s not just the food we eat, but all of the other factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. I will support you in achieving all of your goals, from eating the right foods for your body to living an inspired, fulfilling life.

Integrative Nutrition™ Plate: The Integrative Nutrition Plate emphasizes the importance of local and organic produce, whole grains, high-quality proteins, plant-based fats, and water. It shows you how a plate should appear at mealtime and emphasizes the importance of proportions and portion size. To complete the picture, the plate is surrounded with lifestyle factors that create optimal health: relationship, career, physical activity and spirituality. I’ll introduce you to some of the healthiest foods on the planet and teach you how to find what’s healthiest for your unique body!

You can learn more about my training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Are you ready to start feeling better than ever? Schedule an initial consultation with me today!

Bio & Credentials

Sadie Salazar is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in April 2013. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and also a member of the International Association of Health Coaches (IAHC). She founded Elite Health Coaching in 2012. Working in the weight loss field for more than 4 years, she wanted to expand her knowledge and help teach others how to eat healthy and also find time to cook at home. She has written 2 recipe books about the HCG diet and has had many articles published on various sites such as MindBodyGreen and American Health Journal. She has also published her first detox book, Seasonal Detox Guide by Elite Health Coaching, which can be found on her site and also on Amazon.com.

Elite Health Coaching offers a variety of services ranging from one-on-one health coaching, group coaching, seasonal detoxes, and corporate wellness programs. Sadie is recently released a book containing her seasonal detox programs, and has been continuing her education in the health and wellness field.

In her spare time, Sadie likes to relax with her family, support her local MLS soccer team Real Salt Lake, BBQ, knit, hike, and run.

Sadie practices out of Salt Lake City, UT. She provides coaching in person, by phone, or via Skype.

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AADP Certified Health Coach

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Benefits of a Certified Health Coach

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 11.41.37 AMDo you suffer from being overweight, out of shape, digestive issues, sugar dependency, or just want to eat healthier, but you don’t know how? Elite Health Coaching can help!

If you are unsure about what a health coach is or how it could benefit you, you’ve come to the right place! Here are just a few benefits that you will receive when you hire a Certified Health Coach like owner of Elite Health Coaching, Sadie Salazar.

BENEFITS:

  • Help you hit your target weight & stay healthy while doing so
  • Safely help you detox from sugars, gluten, and more while eating whole, natural foods
  • Help you manage your stress in a healthy manner
  • Help you create the balanced life that you strive for and deserve!
  • Hold you accountable for your actions towards your goal
  • Counseling in a safe, non-judgmental environment (don’t worry, I’ve heard it all!)
  • Give you the one-on-one attention that your physician may not be able to provide when it comes to your health and wellness goals

If you have questions about what a health coach does and why they are beneficial, check out this great article: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/12/13/do-need-health-coach/

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