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FAQ: FAQ

FAQ

1. What is coaching?

Coaching is a gentle process that move you from where you are to where you want to be. When I was researching for a health & wellness blog in 2021, I realized there is already so much articles, blog and recipes out there. Yet, many people feel overwhelmed and don't take actions on their health. Coaching is to bridge the gap between knowledge and your health. 

2. What to expect during a coaching session?

Expect me to be your guide, to listen, empower, share information customized to your need. You can expect a lot of empathy from me as someone with AID and having family members with AID. 

3. How will coaching sessions be held?

All virtual, via Zoom or phone

Zoom - Video conference. On nice days I will be outside in my backyard and I encourage you to be outside in a quiet space when possible.

Phone - use this option if you want a walking coaching session, either a neighborhood, park or nature walk. This is especially helpful if movement or nature connection is one of your goals. 

4. What not to expect?

Shaming, judging, blaming. I believe in positive psychology and the power of multiplying what’s right rather than focusing on what’s wrong.

I’m not a salesperson. I don’t take on any clients but only who I think I can help and who is willing to get help and make changes. If I don’t think I can help you, I will find you someone who can help. 

I’m not a consultant. I might be the expert on autoimmune conditions and my health, but you are the best expert on your health and we work together to find what works for you.  

I’m not a friend. Even though I’m here to support and listen, I am also here to keep you accountable on your goals and ask you hard questions that a friend or family wouldn’t ask. 


5. Why don’t I offer a one-time session?

Lifestyle and habit changing takes time and effort. It took you years to develop a physical & mental habit pattern, and changes can’t happen with a one-time session. Changes are slow for adults with autoimmune conditions, usually between 3 to 6 months or longer than 6 months. Also life happens and things get in the way, so it is important to get back on track through support and accountability when things get hard.

 

6. My philosophy

I believe in food as medicine, same with movements, clean environment, positive thoughts, beliefs and relationships. I believe that human body is amazing in healing itself if it is given what it needs to heal. I believe that you are your best primary care doctor, you know what your body needs and I am here to be your guide and support you to finding your own journey. 

7. Do you accept health insurance?

No, most insurance do not cover coaching sessions at this time. I do accept HSA/FSA cards. Investment for coaching packages range from 3k to 5k. 

8. What is your refund policy?

At any time during the program, you can request for termination and a refund of unused sessions. Package refund will be prorated based on the number of unused sessions. 

9. What if I wear many hats and am too busy?

I totally understand being busy as a working mom with young children. The many hats you wear, the more you need to prioritize you! I made significant health changes in the family with 2 little kids while being a full time working mom, and  with our families living thousand miles away. It is not easy, but it is totally possible with time batching, setting up systems and automation. And you might find yourself way less stressed than before with managing a family.

10. Do I need to have an AID diagnosis to start the Autoimmune Transformation Program?

No, you don't need to have an AID diagnosis. Considering the average case of autoimmune disease takes over 4 years and $50,000 to diagnose correctly, many people are sick for an extended period of time before receiving an actual diagnosis. If you see signs of gut dysbiosis like eczema, food allergies, extreme fatigue or if AID run in your family, you can start the Autoimmune Transformation Program at any time. Because we work on addressing root causes, the earlier we address root causes the higher chances you can stop an AID on its track. 

11. I'll start working on my health....later

If you are an average person, you want to start next Monday, and give up before Wednesday. You overthink that tackling any health goals is a big daunting project and put it off later and later. Most people give up within a few days because they try to do everything at once, and get burnt out. The key to sustainability is slow and steady, and celebrating every win in the process! That is why having a health coach is so important to keep you accountable every step of the way. 

People who have one autoimmune disease diagnosis are much likely to develop more diagnosis with different body parts.  The earlier you start addressing root causes the better. 

 

12. I don’t have money. It is too expensive to hire help. 

There is a big difference between investment vs. expense, which is the value we expect to receive. The key to financial resilience is to understand what is an investment vs. an expense. A saying passed down in our family is “we are not rich enough to buy cheap stuff”, and that has served us well every single step of our career and life. For example, a $5 Starbuck coffee a day everyday means $1,825 per year. It can be the same cost to hire a health practitioner to figure out why you don’t have energy and desperately need that coffee (or 3 more) everyday. Many people just go for quick fixes and band aid solutions to fixing a problem rather than investing in fixing the root causes. At the end of the day, only you can put a price on how much you value you and your health. 

 

But is it really the money? Or is it about investing in yourself? 

13. I don’t deserve it. I put my children, family, work, and social commitments first. I am last on the list or not even on the list at all. 

I have been there. I would spend money to get help for my kids to see the best doctors, enrolling kids in the best school, buying the safest infant car seats out there, etc., yet I wouldn’t invest in the best doctor for myself for a long time. Even when I knew I had changed and wanted a career change, I kept saying to myself that I have to spend time with my kids when they are little, and I need to push that career change way later so I can provide for them now.  But what I came to realize is…what message am I passing for my daughter. Is it that motherhood is all about being lost in motherhood and sacrificing myself, or is it that motherhood can be fun and rewarding by prioritizing myself as well?

 

Women often put themselves last on the list because of the belief that “I am not enough, or I don’t deserve it”. It is a very common belief in women with autoimmune diseases that keep them in chronic stress.  It is also one of the reasons why 80% of people with autoimmune diseases are women. If you need to hear it from someone today, you deserve it. You deserve the time, the health and the life you desire as a woman. Let me help you rewrite your limiting beliefs that have been keeping you in chronic stress.

 

14. I have to do everything by myself. It is weak to ask for help. I can do it all.

This is another myth or limiting belief that is so common in women, especially women with autoimmune diseases. The limiting beliefs might be inherited, or originated from childhood or emotional traumas. No one can do it all. When you set yourself up with those expectations, you set yourself up for constantly failing and beating yourself up. The truth is: strength comes from understanding your limitations, and asking for help. 

 

Most people already know the basic components of physical health, but they are either missing the mental and spiritual health components, or just don’t apply what they know. This is where coaching comes in to bridge the gap. 

 

15. I don’t believe I can. It is too hard

When you decide to invest in working together, I believe in you. I believe in you 100% even at times you don’t believe in yourself. Nothing increases confidence more than past successes. That is why we start every coaching session with celebrating your wins, however big or small they are. It is hard and daunting when you try to do everything at once, but is not “too hard” if you break a project out into smaller goals. 

 

15. Will investing in health coaching really help with my autoimmune conditions?

From all the research and data out there, there are tremendous benefits that diet, lifestyle and trauma healing can bring to put autoimmune conditions to remission. It is exciting and fascinating (for me at least!) to read new research and continue learning about the power of what we can do today to drastically change our health outcomes, and the health outcomes of our children, grandchildren and generations beyond thanks to epigenetics! I have seen it first hand with the dramatic health improvements of my children, my mom, myself and my clients.  

 

16. My family is not going to be on board with making healthier changes. 

Having a community and a support system is so important when you are making health changes. It is really hard to cook separate meals for yourself when you are already overwhelmed with feeding the family. I understand the average woman at this date and age is already stretched thin at 150% capacity. That is why I designed Step 2 of the Autoimmune Transformation program to be Set -  Set up your environment and your support system for success. That means your spouse and/or children can join one or a few coaching sessions to get onboard on why it is important to make changes as a team, in a fun and positive way. That can mean setting up your fridge, pantry, home and work areas with items that increase chances of healthy habits. Set can also mean working on the overwhelm and the limiting beliefs that cause stress first, what to automate, delegate or eliminate so you can prioritize your health. We can stay in Step 2 as long as you need to. 

 

17. I am addicted to “x” (insert cakes, pastry, candy, pizza, etc.) and I can’t give that up.

What does this “x” food mean to you? Chances are this food “x” is there to feed certain hunger beyond just food or physical hunger. When you discover and find alternative ways to feed your hunger, these cravings will go away. 

 

I believe there is no “bad” or “good” food. There is not one single perfect diet that works for everyone. There are foods that nourish your body and there are foods your body can’t tolerate at a specific time. When we focus on adding nourishment to you, we steer away from the deprivation or negative blaming mindset. 

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