Ep.46 Shannon Beer: Comprehensive coaching in nutrition
Shannon is a nomadic nutrition coach who uses comprehensive coaching strategies to promote adaptive self-regulation behaviors within her clients. She seeks to understand why we do the things we do, particularly when it comes to our eating behaviors, and views motivated choice through a lens of complex interactions between internal and external environments involving the body, the brain and the world around us.
In this episode we cover:
- Shannon's back story and how she got into fitness and nutrition
- How Shannon's interaction with clients led to her interest in behaviour change
- A brief primer on diet culture as it has come to be understood
- What does it mean when someone hits training or diet "rock bottom"
- What were the issues with traditional coaching approaches and why telling someone what to do doesn't help?
- The problem with blaming and shaming in coaching
- Finding out what a client really needs and how that might differ from what they want
- The risks involved in dietary restriction and why it's not as simple as flexible and rigid restraint
- Are some people at higher risk of disordered eating if they diet and do diets always result in disordered eating?
- How did Comprehensive Coaching come into being?
- Motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy and the skillset involved in comprehensive coaching?
- The lack of behavioural techniques in nutrition education
- The importance of the coach and client taking a collaborative approach to their relationship
- Is there an issue with coaches celebrating their physiques AND using anti-diet approaches?
- How to foster different reasons for change that can lead clients to many different aspects of health
- The importance of continued education for coaches