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Holistic Health Coach for Stressed and Fatigued Women Who Want To Reclaim Their Health and Energy

What is a Holistic Health Coach and how can I help you?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Holistic Health Coach and how can I help you?

Cynthia Hengeli

What is a Holistic Health Coach?

So what is a Holistic Health Coach? As a Holistic Health Coach, I’m a trained and certified professional who takes an integrative approach to both diet and lifestyle changes utilizing the whole person approach to improve the client’s health.  As a coach, I form a partnership with my clients and work as a guide to empower and support them in achieving their personal goals relating to optimal health and wellness.  I address all aspects of my client’s life, not just the food they eat.  The personalized wellness plan incorporates nutrition and diet, health, relationships, physical activity, career, spirituality, home environment and so much more.  These are the dimensions of our Circle of Life.  I spend time with clients through one-on-one coaching, working to build connections and trust to support sustainable and lasting changes in their lives.  I utilize mindful presence and authentic communication creating a safe and sacred space of self-awareness for my clients.

Cynthia Hengeli
Holistic Health Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does a Holistic Health Coach provide?

As a Holistic Health Coach, I provide a range of services tailored to meet the unique, bio-individual needs of my clients.  The services include one-on-one coaching sessions starting with the client’s health history, setting of health goals, and developing a personalized wellness plan.  As a guide, I help my clients empower themselves while providing continuous support to achieve their goals for making sustainable diet and lifestyle changes that improves their health and well-being.  This includes nutrition and eating habits, meal planning, cravings and bingeing, weight loss, movement and mindfulness, sleep, addressing fatigue to increase energy, vitality, and client’s Circle of Life.  No One-Size-Fits-All Diet Plans.

How can a Holistic Health Coach help me break bad health habits?

Breaking bad health and eating habits can be challenging.  As a Holistic Health Coach, I am trained to provide the support and strategies you need to succeed, one step at a time.  We begin by identifying the root causes and triggers of your bad health and eating habits while developing a deep understanding of them.  Through our coaching sessions, I provide guidance for setting realistic and achievable goals and mentor you in creating healthier alternatives.  We Crowd Out the bad and bring in the good, one small step at a time, for sustainable changes.

How can a Holistic Health Coach help me reduce my dependence on caffeinated beverages?

Through our individualized coaching sessions, we’ll uncover the reasons behind your caffeine consumption and dependency then explore and develop healthier alternatives to naturally increase your energy levels.  By addressing factors such as diet and nutrition, sleep quality and stress management, to name a few, I can help you identify and work to reverse the underlying causes of fatigue, allowing you to gradually reduce your reliance on caffeine.

How can a Holistic Health Coach help me conquer cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates?

Conquering cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates is a common struggle and I’m passionate to help you conquer those cravings.  As a Holistic Health (and Certified Emotional Eating) Coach, I’ll work closely with you through our one-on-one coaching sessions to understand the triggers igniting your cravings, such as emotional or stress-related factors.  Together we’ll create a tailored plan to address these triggers and develop healthier coping mechanisms when they flare up.  I’ll provide research-backed information on the effects of sugar on the body including the brain, gut and blood glucose levels and guide you in making healthier food choices.  I’ll offer support and strategies to help you manage those cranky cravings and incorporate satisfying food alternatives and swaps to sugar and refined carbohydrates.

How can a Holistic Health Coach help with emotional eating?

As a trained and certified Holistic Health and Emotional Eating Coach, I can offer valuable guidance and support for the roots and drivers of emotional eating including how emotions, stress, body image, social and cultural influences and a one-size-fits-all mind-set contribute to using food for reasons outside of nourishment.  With the facilitation of tools and emotional coping strategies for self-awareness, self-connection and self-empowerment, space is created for promoting positive and sustainable eating habits that are nourishing.  I help clients find their own middle ground uncovering ongoing setbacks and self-sabotage.  I work to integrate individual based strategies to help guide clients around issues related to weight and body image and support them by nourishing themselves beyond food through relationships, movement, mindset, and other areas of life that interact with their circle of life.   

How can a Holistic Health Coach help me achieve my weight loss goals?

Holistic weight loss with me, a Holistic Health and Emotional Eating Coach, involves a mind-body approach to creating sustainable weight changes and steps to support holistic weight loss. It is a shifting of the client’s core identity that becomes sustainable and self-sabotage is avoided.  It is a bio-individual approach.  Consistent, small behavior modifications are not just about the food and are key to long term weight management.  Sustainable weight loss includes 8 simple principles: Sleep Deep, Drink Up, Sweat Often, Stress Less, Eat Empowered, Live Consciously, Love More and Nurture Yourself.  We dive deep into these principles during our one-on-one coaching sessions.

How can a Holistic Health Coach help with gut and bloating issues?

Through our individualized Holistic Health Coaching sessions, we’ll explore all the factors for microbiome restoration.  We’ll work together to identify the root causes and potential gut irritants, suspect foods and food sensitivities creating the gut health imbalances and bloating you are experiencing.  Diet has the most powerful influence on gut microbial.  I will provide guidance on dietary modifications, food culprits and probable food elimination, incorporating probiotic and prebiotic rich foods as gut friendly choices for restoring the microbiome.  The goal is to increase nutrient content and decrease irritant content to bring the gut back to balance.  We’ll explore stress reduction techniques incorporating more calming practices and lifestyle tweaks providing continuous support for your digestive health.

What does a Holistic Health Coach do to help with hormone issues?

Hormone craziness is disruptive to our state of mind and well-being.  As a Holistic Health Coach, I assess a client’s overall well-being and help enact health supportive modifications to hormone imbalances.  We work together to understand concerns, evaluate potential contributing causes, and explore mind-set to look for signs of pushing yourself too hard.  We balance hormones and heal the body through Primary Food methods—nonfood forms of nourishment by empowering yourself, getting real about rest, balancing your nervous system, evaluating exercise, stress management techniques and embracing the power of community.  I provide recommendations on dietary changes that promote hormone balance and help you identify and eliminate potential hormone disruptors from your environment.  With my guidance and support, making small, positive lifestyle changes will help restore your hormone balance.

How does a poor diet affect overall health and well-being?

A poor diet plays a critical role in overall health and well-being.  The food we consume provides the required nutrients for our bodies to function optimally.  A diet high in processed foods, sugars, unhealthy fats and low in essential nutrients such as high-quality protein, good fats, greens and vegetables can lead to a host of health issues including weight gain/obesity, weakened immune system, fatigue, and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, to name a few.  Poor nutrition can impact mental health contributing to mood swings, decreased cognitive function and a higher susceptibility to stress.  As a Holistic Health Coach, I provide you with the knowledge to make healthier food choices such as simple food swaps, grocery shopping, food fixes, meal prep and planning, easy recipes, and so much more to help you feel good. Embarking on a balanced diet with my guidance will naturally give you the improved energy, vibrancy, weight loss and overall health and well-being you are seeking.

How can I overcome stress and improve my energy levels?

Stress can be physical, mental, or emotional.  There are a rich variety of resources to help clients navigate stress.  Through a holistic and personalized approach, we’ll dig deep to understand the root cause of your stress, identify how stress is affecting your body, impacting your nervous system, diet, energy, and overall health.  I offer holistic strategies, techniques and motivating behavior shifts to reduce the effects of stress on the mind and body.  We work on triggers to down regulate the Sympathetic Nervous System (fight, flight, or freeze) by lowering caffeine, sugars, curbing cravings, and processed foods that are devoid of nutrients and up regulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest, digest, repair) by incorporating various styles of breathing and restorative mindful movement practices like yoga, Pilates, and meditation to support health, energy levels and emotional well-being.  Working with a Holistic Health Coach to find ways to activate your relaxation response and alleviate the continuous stressors is vital to your immunity, longevity, health, and happiness.

What is adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction?

Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome hosting a constellation of frustrating symptoms that develop as a result of chronic stress: Family crisis, starting a new business, having a baby, living through a global pandemic—these stresses can destroy our once-resilient stress response.  A partial list of symptoms includes feeling tired during the day and “tired and wired” at night, exhaustion, anxiety, mood swings, poor memory, sugar cravings, burnout, overwhelm and brain fog.  Adrenal fatigue or dysfunction generally occurs when your HPA axis “Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis” or “impaired stress response” is unable to effectively manage your stress because information isn’t flowing properly between the adrenal glands and the impaired stress response.  The HPA axis describes the interactive feedback loop that takes place among these three endocrine, or hormone producing, glands.  If the communication between these three breaks down, your adrenals and their ability to produce important hormones can be jeopardized. The answer to adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction lies in supporting the adrenal glands, the small hormone-producing glands that live on top of our kidneys and release our stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.

What are the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

The frustrating constellation of signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue are varied.  They include feeling tired during the day and “tired and wired” at night, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, mood swings, poor memory and brain fog, overwhelm and burnout, decreased sex drive, chronic pain, craving for sweets and salty foods, dependency on caffeine, struggle with weight gain, hormonal imbalances, alternating diarrhea/constipation, low blood sugar, low blood pressure, increased effort for everyday activities resulting in reduced productivity, mild depression and intolerance to exercise.  Working with a Holistic Health Coach can dramatically improve your health by getting to the root cause of your symptoms and addressing your healing from every angle by supporting the adrenals with a few simple dietary and lifestyle changes.  With every change, your symptoms are going to start transforming to help you feel happier, calmer, and more energetic, clear-headed and vibrant each day.

What causes adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction?

Most cases of adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction are due to a communication breakdown in HPA axis or “impaired stress response” caused by chronic stress.  Stress is anything that impacts the body’s natural balance called homeostasis.  The four types of chronic stress sabotaging your adrenals are inflammation, circadian rhythm imbalances, nutritional imbalances, and psychological stress, both past and current.  It is the body’s inability to produce essential hormones when it mismanages stress.  The problem isn’t the adrenal glands.  The adrenals are so tired that they can’t make enough hormones—as the term adrenal fatigue would imply.  Instead, it is that information isn’t flowing properly between the glands of the HPA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal) axis or “impaired stress response” creating a constellation of frustrating ailments.  The chronic stress symptoms you are experiencing are a clue that the major body systems that keep us healthy and thriving—the adrenals, gut, and liver—are compromised. 

How can I treat adrenal fatigue naturally?

My passion as a Holistic Health Coach is to offer guidance naturally to support your adrenals and repair your stress response so you start feeling calmer, rested, more alive with transformed energy levels.  We REPLENISH by adding nutrition that nourishes the body, remove the inflammatory foods and promote blood sugar balance.  We REENERGIZE with proper hydration and electrolyte balance in addition to diet changes that can give a major boost to energy levels.  We REVITALIZE by leveraging the healing power of pleasurable activities that make you feel good.  We incorporate positive, powerful actions, thoughts and emotions that help you with rest, reset and recovery.  We REBUILD RESISTANCE employing powerful healing modalities of personal transformation.  We’ll find strategies you can use to increase your body’s ability to react to stress with more balance.  Tuning into exercise to find the adrenal supporting options that are right for you, breath work to slow your breathing and accelerate your healing, tools to remove inflammatory actions, thoughts, behaviors and self-limiting beliefs that may be holding you back from healing.  We’ll find ways to release them, help you set healthy boundaries and focus on your goals for living a healthy, happy future. 

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