I decided to see Betz for coaching because I wanted a customized, personal experience focused on attaining my own personal objectives, to develop sustainable change in my personal habits, be they dietary or behavioral.
Betz was able to help me work toward my goals by supporting me in the development of a new mindset regarding food, recognizing my specific mood-food triggers, and examining how I might do things differently to achieve a better level of daily living. She embraces a definition of “health” as not simply the absence of disease, but a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.” For an American, this can be quite a challenge, requiring the consideration of nearly every aspect of one’s life to create synergy and achieve one’s best possible form. On the other hand, I, the client, determined what area(s) of my life would be addressed in order to facilitate change. That’s the beauty of working with Betz. My goals encompassed a number of areas in my life; however, if one only wanted to lose weight by eating “right,” for instance, Betz’s advice and direction would concentrate on that.
My biggest breakthrough from our sessions together has been mindfulness about what I consume, which has positively affected my dietary habits. I haven’t become a vegetarian, but I’m eating many more vegetables on a daily basis. This has probably been the single most important change I’ve made. I regularly try new main course and side dish recipes - some from Betz, others I’ve found on my own - that emphasize delicious, meatless options (a lot of legumes, some seeds such as quinoa, and alternative grains, such as bulgur, without a huge emphasis on adding cheese.) Eating this way, I make (and break) my own rules. I allow myself pasta one night a week.
The most significant overall change I have noticed has been weight loss and almost total elimination of acid reflux. I enjoy cooking and have been surprised at how my research into meatless recipes has resulted in outrageously good meals.
I would describe Betz as highly knowledgeable, proactively encouraging and positively focused. She is nonjudgmental and flexible (it’s my agenda, not hers, and I’m allowed to change my mind!). In addition to being an excellent listener, she is highly intuitive and has wonderful communication skills. Betz’s best quality might be that she is a creative thinker, always looking for the best, most appropriate solutions to fit my individual concerns and problems. She is gentle mannered, yet energetic, and definitely VERY radiant! Every coaching session ended with my feeling that my goals weren’t merely aspirational, but achievable.
Betz does not use ‘out of the box’ solutions nor suggest boilerplate protocols. Every step of the way, I received guidance and feedback that was designed for me alone. The development of a completely personal, customized “plan of action” meant that I made changes more quickly and probably more easily…because they addressed only my own challenges, goals and lifestyle. I’m convinced that is a main reason that more than six months later, these solutions have taken root permanently in my daily life. Even when I backslide (and I do), I have experienced enough positive changes in my physical health and overall well being that it requires no effort to get back to how I want to eat and live. Although our formal coaching contract is over, I am assured that Betz is available for a “tune-up” or even a “reboot”, whenever I need one.