Early in January I was featured as one of the wellness experts and trainers on a reality-style TV show called My Diet Is Better Than Yours. It follows five overweight people on the verge of chronic conditions as they change their diets and lifestyles to become healthier.
The show’s premise is different from the average weight-loss show in that each expert (myself included) showcases a style of diet and healthy living practices to a person who chose to give that new lifestyle a try. No bootcamp workouts, no screaming trainers.
My health coaching system, The Wellness Smackdown, was one of the diets featured on the show. It's a holistic approach to health and wellness that combines alternative treatments like Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Western herbalism, yoga, and a whole foods plant-based (vegan) diet to help the body restore balance and promote health.
As I started to work with my contestants — both on- and off-camera — I realized that healthy eating was just one of the many lessons we shared. Here are the biggest takeaways I wanted my client to absorb as I coached her in front of millions on national TV: