Q&A with a Health Coach and Her Authentic Path Towards Helping Others
Name: Beth Moser-Chang
Background: Professional freelance photographer for the past 25 years, wife, and mom of 2. I have always been active one way or another my whole life and dealt with anxiety, depression and emotional eating.
Tell me what made you want to become a health coach and what is your advice on emotional eating?
My wellness journey began 5 years ago, with the help from a friend. I was at the end of my rope, tired postpartum mom of two and just didn’t know how to change on my own. My friend taught me how to workout in a gym and gave me a diet to follow. I released 50lbs off my body in 4 months. It was great, I looked the best I had in my whole life but something was still missing. Something inside still wasn’t working. I felt just as bad about myself as I did when I had the extra 50lbs of weight on me. I had not learned how to deal with the emotional triggers that came up when I was restricting myself from so many foods. Ultimately, it would cause me to binge food, drink my calories, and then I would spiral into anxiety and depression. Slowly the weight would start to go back on my body
I was done with all the fad diets and wanted to learn how to really feed my body what it needs and I wanted to teach others as well. Nutrition was always something that I was interested in learning but didn’t have the time to go to school because of my photo business and raising my babies. During the pandemic it all changed, I did have time. That is when I decided to become a certified health coach. Learning to be a health coach has taught me a new relationship with food. I see food as medicine and when you choose the right foods you will start to heal on the inside and the outside takes its own course.
Here are 3 tips to start on a path to better health
Food/mood journal: Try spending 1-2 weeks and start a food/mood journal, list everything you eat and how your body reacts. If you notice fatigue, bloat or brain fog try to eliminate or reduce those foods from your diet the next week and write down the difference you notice.
Drink more water
If you are a 140 pound person you would want to drink half your body weight in ounces so 70 ounces of water. To jazz it up add frozen fruit and refrigerate overnight
Add more Fiber (25 grams a day)
Fiber makes you feel full longer. Try a new fruit, veggies and try adding beans
What tools can you suggest to overcome emotional eating?
To combat the emotional eating, stop and ask yourself:
If eating this, will it get me to the goal I have set for myself or move me further away?
Will this food trigger more things to happen inside my body? I ask, “does this food bring me joy and am I sharing the experience with someone I care about or am I hiding my feelings by eating this food?
Compromise with yourself
Tell yourself let's have this healthier choice first and after see how you feel.
Try going for a walk and see how you feel when you get back
Make a nice cup of tea
Make a special 10 ingredient or less treat; using only a few ingredients you can make oatmeal bars, energy bars and even brownies with just a few ingredients. (there are a few on my instagram page that my daughter and I make often)
Try to remember it is learning the process recognizing your emotions and how it is all connected and where it is coming from.
I would like to share a gift with you. It is an 87 page Vegan Meal pack. Inside you will find breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks along with a shopping guide, meal plan and more. Not to worry if you aren’t Vegan, you can substitute or add any protein you like.
Follow Beth on IG @betterhealthwithbeth or her Facebook group.