I have mentioned in previous posts a few aspects of my journey and how I got to where I am today. However, figuring out what my story was and what my real WHY was for beginning this new path was unclear. I didn’t really feel like I had an answer that was profound or inspiring. Many people have an awesome story of weight loss, curing an illness, or life experience that guides their niche. I didn’t have that same story.
In my career as a dental hygienist, I see patients every day on multiple medications, unhealthy, over weight, struggling with systemic disease and inflammation. This is a chronic epidemic in our country and I knew I wanted to do something about it. I talk to my clients daily about inflammation in their gums and how it effects their overall health. And then there is SUGAR, of course every dental professional will tell you that it causes cavities, but will they tell you what it’s doing to the rest of your body? Knowing that inflammation is the number one driver of most if not all systemic diseases and sugar is a catalyst, I felt there was a missing piece to my puzzle; there was more I should be doing.
One of the things I love is when I check my patients’ health history and they are proud to announce they have lost weight or gotten off medications. I am always curious to know what they have been doing and WHY. Having the motivation is challenging and I love to celebrate their accomplishments. I also check blood pressure and it’s amazing how many people have high blood pressure and are on medications or don’t even know it. In the back of my mind I was always thinking, “I have credibility as a dental professional to advise, but I want to be able to offer more.” I wanted to be at the forefront of helping people make changes, get healthy and live their best life. I just needed that extra knowledge and confidence in myself to bridge the gap.
It took me awhile to connect the pieces of how being a dental hygienist was my story as to why I became a health coach to help others. My personal journey is always evolving. Finding my true self and confidence has been one of the greatest gifts from being a client of the work. “You can only take your clients as far as you are willing to go.” There is so much more to health coaching than just losing weight or getting healthy, although that is the goal many have. It’s a holistic approach to changing habits and mindset. So although my story wasn’t about weight loss or making drastic changes because of illness, it was the little shifts in mindset that made biggest difference in my life. This enabled me to put myself out there, break out of my comfort zone and go for it.
In the future, reaching out to other dental hygienists, nurses, and health care professionals may just be my niche group. It is easy to know what to do but actually doing it is the tricky part. For example, many health care providers are overweight, smoke, get little sleep, and under a lot of stress. Until then, I enjoy working with people who are looking to heal from the inside out, treat inflammation, say bye-bye to sugar, and become the best versions of themselves.
I would love to hear your story and what we can celebrate today!