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What is a Health Coach and Why do I Need One

What is a health coach and why do I need one?

By Katie Ozimek

What is a health coach you might ask? As a health coach, I am trained to work with clients around all lifestyle factors (sleep, relaxation, exercise/movement, stress, nutrition and relationships). These lifestyle factors have a significant and direct correlation to your health.  Working with a health coach can also lead to a better understanding of your treatment plan and a deeper commitment to following recommendations made by our practitioners. 

I hope to also empower you to draw on your inner strengths, develop self-knowledge and embrace self-management strategies in order to make the often challenging lifestyle changes necessary for optimal health. 

Your Health Coach is an Accountability Partner

This is important because then you go to a traditional doctor’s appointment, your physician may recommend a lifestyle change or provide you with a prescription for a new medication but there is little to no follow up. At Omnia Heath, we take your follow-ups very seriously! You’ll be seeing and hearing from us big time! We want to help you be accountable for your actions and for you to take a role in your health. 

We have found that by having our patients take an active role in their own health it leads to greater achievement of their health goals. Our health coaches are here to guide you, educate you and most importantly support you through your health journey. They are here to listen to your concerns and celebrate your achievements.  

Some things you might talk about…

Your health coach can help you with everything from navigating a restaurant menu, creating a self-care routine, or providing you specific resources for recipes, workouts, or meditation programs.

  • Do you need recipe ideas?
  • Are you going on vacation and worried about sticking to your diet?
  • Need help with motivation?
  • Feeling stressed and can’t shake it?

This is where your health coaches come into play! 

Omnia’s Health Coaches

At Omnia Health we have two different Health Coaches, Katie is our Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach. She does a lot of work surrounding nutrition, sleep, exercise and relationships. Lisa is our brain health coach. 

Lisa primarily focuses on teaching people about the brain and how powerful healing of the brain can be to the rest of the body. Lisa also works with our patients on personalized meditations and hypnotherapy. Ultimately, a health coach is someone who will walk beside you through your journey toward optimal health. 

— Katie O.

Need a little help or guidance? Call Katie Ozimek or Lisa Marini to schedule health coaching to work on your specific needs. Call: 720-229-4809

 

What is Functional Medicine? Learn more here. 

Omnia Health Treats These Issues With a Functional Medicine Approach:

  • Allergies including food allergies and sensitivities
  • Autoimmune diseases including arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac, and multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Biotoxin illnesses (mold illness)
  • Chronic reflux
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Fatigue and feeling “foggy”
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Health and Wellness optimization and disease prevention
  • Heavy-metals toxicity
  • Hormones- PMS, menopause, peri-menopause, and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Metabolic diseases including Type 2 diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Weight management challenges

Katie Ozimek functional medicine team in Denver

Katie Ozimek – Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach

” When not working or studying you can find me in the kitchen cooking, gardening with my husband, watching my kids sports, skiing with my family, working out or on the tennis court.  As well, my two kids and black lab keep me very busy!”

Learn more about Katie here.

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Making Nutritional Modifications

How Do I Start Making Nutritional Modifications?

By Katie Ozimek

Functional medicine is about getting to the root of the problem – the causes, not the symptom. For that reason, we often take a close look at our patients’ diet and nutritional habits. Many people that visit Denver’s Omnia Health are asked to make some lifestyle modifications that involve nutrition. 

For some people, this feels like we are asking you to stop eating your favorite foods. I know it is hard, not fair and no fun but trust me, we really see results, and more importantly, so will you! Plus, you came to Omnia to feel better, right? 

The question is then begged… “Where do I start?” I always start each patient by asking what a typical day of eating looks like. While I know all days vary, people tend to eat pretty similarly on most days. Once we get a big picture of what you are eating on a daily/weekly basis we are able to see where the changes might start. 

Let’s start with your favorite meal of the day

So let’s say you love breakfast, it is your favorite meal of the day but you tend to eat a lot of cereal, bread, and pastries at breakfast. Starting your day off with lots of carbohydrates and sugar is like a jolt to your system and lasts for a short period of time and then most people end up craving more sugar and then fueling their bodies with sugar rather than whole foods. So as your health coach, I might ask you what else you like at breakfast, I may offer up some ideas of different breakfast options. 

Once you settle on something that fits into the nutritional modifications we talk about you can incorporate this change into your daily routine.  

It is important to note that we don’t always start with breakfast, we might also start with lunch or dinner or even snacks. The beauty of health coaching is that we start where you think you can be the most successful. You are in the driver’s seat and I am coaching you along. Making lifestyle changes can feel overwhelming at first but just like anything else once you practice you just keep getting better.

Science tells us WHY

The next question that a lot of patients ask is why? They come to see me and tell me the practitioners told them no gluten, dairy or sugar but they don’t know why. The very simple reason is that science tells us that these are the big three inflammation drivers in our bodies.  The world tells us these are also the yummiest foods out there! Trust me, I can teach you and help you find lots of yummy gluten, dairy and sugar-free foods, you just have to be willing to make changes in your lifestyle. 

Functional medicine provides answers

Now you might be asking me or yourself why does it matter if I eat foods that cause inflammation. That answer is a little bit more complicated, however again science tells us that your risk of heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, auto-immune disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other chronic issues increase. 

“In the functional medicine world, we strongly believe food is medicine…”

In the functional medicine world, we strongly believe food is medicine so when we ask you to make changes to your diet we are doing it because there is a science to prove that it actually works and clears up symptoms without prescription medication. 

And to make sure we’re looking at the right information to design your plan, we always test, we never guess! Lab tests are critical to making decisions based on fact.  

Let’s work together

Now we are back to the beginning. How do we make these modifications and how can we help support you as you embark on your new eating habits? This is where Omnia Health comes in. 

We will work together to set goals around food, we will work within your boundaries to find solutions specific to you. I will walk with you through the process of change into transformation and ultimately you will be optimizing your health and wellness. 

Call Katie Ozimek to schedule health coaching to work on your specific needs. Call: 720-229-4809

What is Functional Medicine? Learn more here. 

Omnia Health Treats These Issues With a Functional Medicine Approach:

  • Allergies including food allergies and sensitivities
  • Autoimmune diseases including arthritis, Hashimoto’s disease, celiac, and multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Biotoxin illnesses (mold illness)
  • Chronic reflux
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Fatigue and feeling “foggy”
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) issues including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Health and Wellness optimization and disease prevention
  • Heavy-metals toxicity
  • Hormones- PMS, menopause, peri-menopause, and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Metabolic diseases including Type 2 diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Weight management challenges

Katie Ozimek functional medicine team in Denver

Katie Ozimek – Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach

“I have a lot of personal experience that is very helpful to draw on while working with clients. I have a zest for learning new and improved ways to care for our bodies and change the way people live. I am a very motivated person and I feel that my energy and drive will help motivate others.

I have a degree in communications which helps me to listen, really listen and to understand people’s fears, their challenges, their goals and their dreams.”

Learn more about Katie here.

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Still Struggling to Lose Weight?

4 issues that might be preventing your weight loss

By Gia McCloskey-Jurevich, Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner, Omnia Health

A number of patients come to our office, discouraged that they’re unable to lose weight. “I’m doing everything right,” they tell us. “I’m following my diet faithfully. I’m exercising every day. But the weight is not coming off. Some weeks, I actually GAIN weight. Help!” Of course, we start by talking with these patients to ensure they are actively addressing basic weight-loss strategies: 

  • Eating a whole-foods diet with organic foods, lots of fruit and vegetables, healthy proteins, and heathy fats
  • Minimizing or completely avoiding sugar, processed foods, fast foods, and alcohol
  • Exercising regularly, for example, a daily walk, swimming, or high-intensity interval training 

We often find that patients truly are eating well and exercising regularly. They truly are doing everything in their power to lose weight. But, clearly, something else is going on. Now it’s time to figure out what’s keeping them from achieving their weight goals. 

What can prevent weight loss or contribute to weight gain? In our experience, these 4 health issues often contribute to the inability to lose weight – or the problem on ongoing weight gain. 

  1. Food sensitivities – In our functional medicine practice, the 2 biggest culprits we see are sensitivity to gluten and dairy. This is surprisingly common! Other food sensitivities include corn, eggs, peanuts, and soy. But it’s very individualized – you may be sensitive to other foods – and this could be hampering your struggle to lose weight. 
  2. Gut dysbiosis – Gut bacteria play a large role in our overall health.  They can trigger inflammation, aid in digestion, and influence hormones that regulate hunger. Gut dysbiosis can be due to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, yeast, or parasites in your gut. Another condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is when bacteria end up in the small intestine where they are not supposed to be.  Low healthy bacteria (called insufficiency dysbiosis) can also be problematic. An overgrowth of bad bacteria, for example, can cause gut inflammation. Subsequently, this can cause overall inflammation throughout your body, which can make it difficult to lose weight. 
  3. Hormone imbalance – As noted above, those tiny bacteria can make a big impact on hormone production. Did you know…
    1. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can be impacted by physical or emotional stress. Stress creates more cortisol in your body, which can signal the body to store fat. This means your stress levels can directly impact weight! Keep in mind, lack of sleep affects cortisol levels too. If you’re experiencing an ongoing lack of sleep, your body is under stress, and it can be hard to lose weight.
    2. Gut dysbiosis can impact the thyroid hormone, which plays a big role in regulating metabolism. If it turns out you have a low-functioning thyroid, this can certainly contribute to weight gain.
    3. Most people have no idea their gut bacteria impacts sex hormones. It’s true! Gut bacteria contribute to your body’s balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. How does this impact your ability to lose weight? Here’s one example: Excess estrogen is directly related to excess fat and water retention. Another example: Men and women who take supplemental testosterone should be aware that this can contribute to weight gain through a complex metabolic process.
  4. Exposure to toxins – Our modern world can expose us to quite a few environmental and chemical toxins, at home and at work. Examples include pesticides, herbicides, fuel emissions, toxic molds, radon, and heavy metals. Without doubt, toxicity can contribute to weight gain.

My recommendations for you…

If you are struggling to lose weight – or are continually gaining weight – start by exercising regularly and eating a whole-foods diet. Be sure to avoid sugar, processed foods, fast food, and alcohol. In addition, follow these recommendations: 

  • Follow an elimination diet for 6-8 weeks to eliminate dairy, gluten, corn, eggs, peanuts, and soy. It’s helpful to know this is always our first step – our “gold standard” – when investigating the root cause of a patient’s health issue. 
  • Add fermented foods and foods rich in probiotics to your diet such as kimchee, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, yogurt, and dairy-free kefir (this is similar to a drinking-style yogurt and contains beneficial yeast). 
  • Be sure to increase the amount of fiber you get from fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps our good bacteria grow. 
  • Do your best to minimize exposure to toxins. You may need to be tested for toxins and undergo Omnia’s detoxification program.
  • When you come to our practice, you can set appointments with Omnia’s health coach and brain coach. These pros will help you fine-tune your nutrition and exercise plans, so you can focus your efforts and improve your results. 
  • Try intermittent fasting. Remember, fasting is safe for most people if you eat within an 8- to 10-hour window. 
  • When you come to Omnia, we can conduct specialized lab testing to check bacteria in your gut, toxicity, food sensitivity, and all hormone levels. 

We’ll investigate to uncover the culprit and answer this question: What is really going on? 

We have a lot of patients doing so many things right with diet and exercise, yet they still struggle to lose weight. Often, one of the 4 culprits – food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis, hormone imbalance, or toxin exposure – is a significant contributing factor.

This is a good example of how functional medicine can dig in, investigate, and figure out what is really going on. We can clarify the issues, uncover root causes, and successfully treat those health concerns that traditional doctors often cannot detect or simply overlook. 

 

There is no cost for a quick phone consultation. Just schedule a call! 

Simple Steps Lead to BIG Results

Tips to successfully fulfill a “lifestyle prescription” to improve diet, increase exercise, or reduce stress

Katie Ozimek, Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach 

When you go to a traditional doctor to resolve an issue, there’s a good chance you’ll walk away with a prescription for a pill. It’s fairly easy to follow the doctor’s recommendation: Just take the pill once or twice a day. 

When you come to Omnia Health to resolve an issue, there’s a good chance you’ll walk away with a “lifestyle prescription.” Due to the type of issues we investigate in our functional medicine practice, patients are frequently instructed to make significant changes to: 

  • Improve what they eat – Now, follow a highly specific nutrition plan. 
  • Add or increase exercise – Now, commit to a regular exercise routine. 
  • Reduce stress – Now, adopt specific guidelines regarding sleep patterns, relaxation, and meditation. 

How do you successfully fulfill a “lifestyle prescription”? 

The key is simple modifications, step-by-step, to reach your ultimate goal. 

As the Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach at Omnia Health, I’m here to help patients successfully adopt new eating habits, exercise routines, and/or stress-reduction habits. I tell them, “I’m here to be your accountability partner. I’m here to walk alongside you on your health journey.” 

Because of the types of issues we treat in our office, patients frequently get a “lifestyle prescription” from Dr. Jacqui and Nurse Practitioner Gia. To clear up symptoms and fully resolve nagging health issues, patients are instructed to make significant lifestyle changes regarding nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction. 

For example, patients seeking treatment for unrelenting GI issues may be instructed to go gluten-free or dairy-free (or both). This elimination diet may resolve their health challenge AND help them achieve an overall healthier lifestyle. However, when it comes to changing their diet, a lot of people struggle. If you’re instructed to be 100% gluten-free or dairy-free, it can be really hard!

As their health coach, I guide our patients along the entire path to fulfill their “lifestyle prescription” and achieve their overall health goals. I help our patients take a fresh look at their eating habits and, together, we identify modifications. We set step-by-step milestones and celebrate each step they make toward the goal. 

The following tips can help you take simple steps to achieve BIG results.

TIP #1: How to make significant changes to your diet (in a way that actually works). 

Let’s say you’ve been having serious, ongoing GI issues. Since gluten and dairy sensitivity are often the root causes of GI symptoms, you decide to adopt a gluten-free, dairy-free diet. For most people, this cannot be done overnight. So let’s take it step-by-step, starting with breakfast. 

  • Breakfast – Do you have toast every morning? No need to give it up; you can still have toast! Just swap your brand of bread with gluten-free bread. Can you reframe the way you look at your meal? One of my patients absolutely must have cheese in her “everything omelet.” When she’d order an omelet without cheese, it was always a disappointment. I asked her to take a fresh look at her meal. What if she orders a breakfast scramble with eggs, avocados, and green bell peppers? This has all her favorite ingredients, minus the cheese. Now, she enjoys her new breakfast favorite and doesn’t miss the cheese. 
  • Lunch – What does your typical lunch look like? Where can you make a feasible change? For example, let’s say you usually have a turkey and cheese sandwich, which contains dairy and gluten. Here are a few ideas: Switch to gluten-free bread and lose the cheese. Add lettuce, tomato, and spicy mustard to add interest to your sandwich. Or start making (or ordering) creative, colorful, and interesting salads that are healthy and satisfying.
  • Dinner – One of the best “tricks” to switch out dairy and gluten is to add more fruits and vegetables to your dinners. Also, preplanning makes a BIG difference. Make soups and stews on the weekends. And make extra tonight, so you’ll have a meal ready tomorrow night. Don’t hit the “default” button and order a pizza!

TIP #2: Start with just ONE meal, then address the others later. 

To further simplify this process (and help ensure success), start by selecting ONE meal such as breakfast. Determine how to make your breakfast gluten-free and dairy-free. Then get into the groove! Next, take a look at lunch or dinner. A lot of full-time workers have trouble with lunch, since they often eat out. These days, it’s fairly easy to be gluten-free and dairy-free in a lot of restaurants. So instead of ordering “the usual,” take a fresh look at the menu. Here’s an idea: If you’re going to a sandwich shop, get a lettuce wrap instead of a bread-based sandwich. 

Make simple modifications – and wise choices – to reach your ultimate goal. 

For most people, it just isn’t practical to make sweeping lifestyle changes overnight. Ultimately, reaching the 100% mark is the goal, and you can get there. The keys are making simple modifications, taking it step by step, and making wise choices.