Balance is key when it comes to Tselote’s weight loss coaching
My name is Tselote and I am a health coach at Cōpare°. I’ve always believed in a holistic approach to health and wellness. I encourage all of my clients to find balance not only in in their diets but also in their lives. I love helping them nourish not only the body but also the mind and soul. For me, incorporating real whole foods into their diets is just the beginning.
In college I experienced many health issues (chronic fatigue, GI problems, anxiety, foggy brain etc). It wasn’t until my junior year that I made the connection that food was the primary source of my ailments. This revelation came a few months after I decided to start following a vegan lifestyle for ethical reasons. This switch in my diet, opened a whole new world of fruits and vegetables that I had never considered eating. I started to eat a variety of plant foods. My plate for breakfast, lunch and dinner became vibrant- filled with an abundance of tasty, colorful foods. My meal prep turned into a game. How colorful can I get my plate for dinner? What new concoction can I create that’s not only healthy but delicious? I stopped eating mindlessly and started paying more attention to the impact my diet was having on my body, mind, and spirit? While my health problems were not completely gone, I felt a whole lot better. I had more energy, slept better, and I experienced more clarity and focus.
While my experience is anecdotal, there is so much scientific research to back up the countless health benefits of eating whole plant foods. That is why I am so passionate about promoting whole foods to my clients. I see whole foods as not only having calories, carbs, protein, and fat but also containing various vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that work synergistically to nourish the body and help it to function at its optimal level. As I became more interested and educated in nutrition, I also started learning about mindfulness, intuitive eating, the importance of sleep and other aspects of health that go hand in hand with what we put in our body. I have made meditation, yoga and journaling a part of my morning routine. These daily rituals help me set intentions for my day, reduce my anxiety, and allow me to be less reactive and more self-aware.
One thing that helps me as I make choices in my life is asking myself “If I love myself would I (fill in the blank)”? This exercise is something I picked up from a book called “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It”. It helps me identify unhealthy behaviors that don’t serve me and instead focus on self-love and compassion.