Finding your road map to health
Published: Jun 18, 2013
Four years ago Kimberly Pyfrom thought she was living a super healthy life — she ran and ate well — but she was still sick all the time. She suffered with digestive issues and endured skin rash breakouts. After a battery of tests, she was diagnosed with Celiac disease, an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
For people with the disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in the small intestine. Over time, the reaction produces inflammation that damages the small intestine’s lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients. The intestinal damage can cause weight loss, bloating and sometimes diarrhea. There’s no cure for Celiac disease, but following a strict gluten-free diet can help manage symptoms and promote intestinal healing.
Pyfrom worked with her doctors and looked at other options. She sought out a holistic health counselor who not only looked at her diet, but her lifestyle and goals too. The result: Not only did Pyfrom heal her digestive issues, she said she also healed her life and enhanced the quality of her life.
Her success inspired her to become a certified holistic counselor. She enroled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in a health coach training program. She studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. And now being equipped with the knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching and preventive health and different dietary theories, she works with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.
“As a health coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable people to achieve all of their health goals,” said Pyfrom who has been practicing for six months, the last three from The Salt Room in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre.
“Most approaches to nutrition dwell on calories, carbs, fats... proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline.”
As no one diet works for everyone, Pyfrom guides clients to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support them. She helps them to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable them to reach their health goals.
Holistic medicine and health wellness not only look at diet, but at lifestyle as well. It’s a total approach to wellbeing and optimal health. Coaches look at everything about a person’s life including diet, exercise, relationships and spiritual counseling. When Pyfrom initially consults with a client she delves into every aspect of their lives — from sleep patterns to work ethic because she wants to look at the entire picture that might be causing them to have concerns.
On the road to better health
On their roadmap to better health, clients are encouraged to hydrate, juice, spring clean their pantry, navigate grocery store aisles, treat their body well, have healthy relationships, journal their eating and exercise habits, exercise, cook to control what they eat and how it’s prepared, add more leafy greens to their diet, find work they love and give themselves treats.
Hydrating maintains body temperature, fluid balance, controls calories and helps people energize.
Juicing is a great way for people to get fruits and veggies, and it gives them radiance, energy and puts them on the path to optimal health.
Through cleaning their pantry, they are encouraged to do away with canned, pre-packaged and pre-cooked foods that are loaded with preservatives, fats and sugars, and to eat foods in their natural form.
They are also encouraged to treat their body well by eating the rainbow of fruits and vegetables that are antioxidant-rich, high-fiber and low-calorie snacks.
Clients are encouraged to have healthy relationships with family and friends to share and enhance their life experiences.
Through their journal taking, they are to note their eating and exercising habits.
They are also encouraged to dive in to exercise to control their weight, improve their heart health, mood and energy.
Clients are also encouraged to cook to control what they eat.
Nutrient-dense leafy greens, she said, are important to the diet because they help maintain heart health and control weight.
The roadmap to health also includes finding work a person loves, as careers are a large part of life. She said they must ensure that they enjoy it.
Coaches also encourage clients to treat themselves and give themselves the gift of meditation, massage or a facial.
Who needs a holistic coach?
According to Pyfrom, anyone looking for balance, and who is looking to better his health and take a different, more natural approach needs a holistic coach who will teach him to eat real food and make better choices.
“I won’t tell someone they have to eat celery and carrots for the rest of their life, that’s not what it’s about. It’s finding a way to make better, more informative choices,” she said.
The ideal client, she added, is the person who wants to make changes.
“My ideal client is someone who wants to make changes. Who is not looking to lose 10 pounds in 10 days? Yes, I can help you lose weight and most clients do, but I’m not going to give you a quick weight-loss pill. We’re going to take an all-natural approach to make healthier choices and changes. So someone who wants to lose weight, feel better, have more energy, control their sugar cravings, sleep better and someone looking to really live a more balanced life is ideal. I can’t help someone who does not want to give up fried chicken everyday. I don’t want to take away things people enjoy … I want them to make better choices and to find an alternative to the fried chicken,” she said.
Pyfrom said most people have the answers already, but may need a holistic health coach to help them see the right path, and help them work through choices they’re trying to make — whether it be with a relationship, career, diet or lifestyle.
As diseases like heart disease, obesity and diabetes are preventable, Pyfrom said people would save money in the long run if they are not seeking medical care.
As a holistic coach, Pyfrom does not go against a doctor’s recommendation.
“If I have clients that are on medication, I would not take them off their medication, but the goal is that the next time they have their checkup, they won’t need the medication. I had a client, who after six months her cholesterol was down. The doctor said let’s give it another six months to make sure the client stuck with it before he took her off her medication. She was able to make the changes and with baby steps [she] met her goal,” said Pyfrom.
The holistic wellness coach offers a number of different programs because she said everyone’s needs are different.
“Foods that I can eat, may not necessarily be what my client can eat and vice versa. One person’s food could be someone else’s poison. Not everyone is the same and has the same dietary needs. We recognize that everyone is different and try to find everyone’s road map to health.
“The approach I want to take is for people to take some responsibility for their own health,” she said. “I’m giving people the tools and the information, but I can’t make the choices for them. I can’t control what goes from plate to the mouth,” she said.
Kimberly Pyfrom can be reached at The Salt Room in the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre at 394-2625.
Health coach, Kimberly Pyfrom will work with you to:
Set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
Work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
Understand and reduce your cravings
Increase your energy levels
Feel great in your body
Learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them
Improve your personal relationships
Discover the confidence to create the life you want
What you can expect
Your program includes:
Two 50-minute sessions per month.
Email support between sessions.
Recipes that are healthy and simple to prepare.
Coaching and support to help you make the dietary and lifestyle changes you want.
Simple, but informative handouts that will increase a person’s nutrition knowledge.
Access to a monthly newsletter with the latest health tips and recipes.
A taste of Kimberly Pyfrom’s holistic approach to eating
Chocolate Covered Pomegranates
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
2 pomegranates (seeds only)
1 10-ounce bag of high quality organic dark chocolate
Melt chocolate on stove.
Mix in pomegranate seeds until fully covered in chocolate.
Spoon out in droppings onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
• Recipe courtesy of Kristi Cheek.
Go Green Juice
2 medium Granny Smith apples
4 stalks celery
1 thumb of ginger
6 kale leaves
Juice in a juicer and enjoy.
Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
(This is the first thing that Holistic coach Kimberly Pyfrom has every day)
1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
5-6 ounces cold water
2-3 dash cinnamon
2-3 drops liquid stevia.
Mix and enjoy first thing in the morning
Chia Seed Porridge
(This is high in protein and very filling)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup almond/rice milk
1 tablespoon hemp hearts/seeds (optional but adds more fat/protein/sustenance)
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
4-6 drops liquid stevia
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
Combine all ingredients in a pan; warm slowly (on very low) five-10 minutes until chia thickens into porridge. Serve warm.
Sweet Potato Mash
1 large sweet potato, cut into one-inch squares
In a large saucepan with a steamer, steam the sweet potato until tender (15-20 minutes). If you don’t have a steamer, you can boil in water but you will lose more nutrients.
Test with a fork for tenderness. When done, place in a food processor until mashed.
You can make a large batch, and save some for the week. To freeze, place large spoonfuls on a cookie sheet (not touching) and place in freezer overnight. In the morning, take sweet potato piles off cookie sheet and place into a freezer bag for storage. No seasonings are necessary ... they are delicious just as they are!
Avocado Kale Salad
Prep time: 10 minutes
1 bunch of kale (4 cups torn in pieces)
¼ cup onions
1 cup sprouts
½ cup shredded raw sweet potato/carrot
½ cup quinoa
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1-1½ sheets nori cut up in small pieces
For the dressing:
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook quinoa and put aside to cool.
Wash and dry kale. Remove greens from stems and tear into small bite-sized pieces.
Cut onion into small ¼ inch slivers
Grate sweet potato with cheese grater. Add sprouts and mix. Spread out all ingredients.
Make dressing: Mash avocado until creamy, add all other dressing ingredients and combine. Add to salad and mix very well. You want the dressing to cover everything. Can massage in if you want, or cover dish and shake.