This is an interview with Karen Knowler. Karen is currently undertaking a virtual book tour and we’re honored to have her share her wisdom with us! You’ll find links to her new book at the bottom of this article, so sit back and enjoy! 1. What is the most important change you’ve noticed in yourself…Read More
This is a guest post by Maria Rainier of Online Degrees. | Photo credit If you understand the benefits of a raw diet, but have to worry about getting to class on time and dealing with short periods of break time between academic obligations, don’t give up yet. There are some ways for you to…Read More
In the last few weeks I’ve been hinting at the big epiphany that has been changing the way I think about health and diet. My realization came after I adopted Millie (pictured above, sticking her tongue out like she knows more than we do about healthy living). You see, feeding her made me realize how…Read More
This is a question I get asked whenever I explain what it is that I do. What do you do when you coach people who want to eat more raw food, and not necessarily 100% raw? What is a raw food coach exactly?
Let me illustrate this with…
The Unavoidable Sports Metaphor
Look, I hate sports metaphors as much as the next gal. But here’s the deal: all of us can use a coach at one point or another in our lives.
A teacher. A mentor. An adviser. A consultant. A coach.
You might not know this, but I’m a black belt in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. As a youngster I used to compete in tournaments, and even went as far as the United States Nationals.
My favorite part of competing was the patterns competition. Though I did enjoy my share of sparring.
Until quite recently, I don’t think I ever really appreciated the importance of having a coach. In the ring, when you’re fighting and just trying to catch your breath you really don’t think about your coach much.
When you win, you don’t attribute it to your coach. If you lose, you don’t blame your coach. You know you’re the one doing the butt kicking (and receiving it!).
But it sure feels good to know that there’s someone on your side. Someone watching your back. Someone who is keeping her eyes on your strengths and weaknesses, and telling you about it.
Your coach has a higher vantage point than you do. Instead of being caught up in all the action, your coach can see what’s coming. She knows what you need and she can guide you to excel.
On top of all that, your coach is experienced. More insights, a sharper eye, and targeted advice just for you.
Who Needs a Coach, Anyway?
We’ve all become accustomed to the idea of athletes getting coached. Tiger Woods, one of the best golf players of all time still has a coach.
Do you think that Tiger Woods could do alright without coaching? Sure he could. But he doesn’t, because he is committed to being his best and he knows a coach is the way to keep him accountable and continuously growing.
Actors get acting coaches, business owners get business consultants, and yes if you want to eat healthy high-raw meals you get a raw food coach.
When Things are Humming Along
I remember after I first went raw as an experiment for 30 days, I felt incredible! I was practically floating. I was getting better grades, losing that excess weight… and just feeling good in general.
That’s when I decided to “indulge”. While in New York City, my mom and I decided to visit The Magnolia Bakery. I hadn’t had anything super sugary (other than my beloved raw treats and desserts) for at least two months by then.
I ate three bites of a chocolate cupcake. It was the cutest cupcake I’d ever seen. But my body had such a violent reaction, I instantly regretted it.
I got the worse rash I had ever seen. My stomach got completely red, full of little bumps. I didn’t feel so hot myself, and I just put the rest of it back in the box.
Honestly, I realized it wasn’t worth hurting myself over a cupcake. Not when there were plenty of delicious and healthy raw alternatives. The type that didn’t give me major rashes or cause me to breakout like nobody’s business.
Woops, There Goes the Wagon – and You’re Not On It Anymore
Photo by Renee
I’ve fallen off the wagon many times. I’ve had those days (or weeks!) when I thought maybe this whole raw food thing wasn’t for me.
Then there were times when I just wished I could get back into eating more raw foods. I literally stayed awake in bed imagining eating sweet and savory foods.
I didn’t have anyone to keep me accountable or keep me on track when I was going raw. I had never even heard of coaching at the time, well except for sports coaches.
A Raw Food Coach Can Keep You Accountable
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables has been the biggest turning point in my life. There were times I wish I had someone to keep me accountable, to listen to my binging horror stories, and to steer me in the right direction.
Luckily, I learned from my mistakes along the way. Now I can help others who may be struggling with their direction and old habits.
If you’d be interested in learning more about raw food coaching, leave a comment below or email me and we’ll go from there.