Amanda Buse

How A Health Coach Will Help You

If you are wondering what a health coach does, you are not alone.  

I get a lot of blank stares when someone asks me what I do for a living and I respond with this job title.  People are polite and pretend to know what I mean. Maybe they have heard of it before and maybe not.  I appreciate their kindness, but I would love to share more specifically what a health coach does.  

Especially how a health coach can help you.

I really think this is the best analogy...

Have you ever helped a child build a puzzle?

You help them get it out of the box and flip all of the pieces over so you can see the shapes and colors.  You let them take the lead, providing guidance as they get stuck or even ask for help.  

Maybe you suggest that they rotate a piece.  Maybe you try to get them to see why something won't fit.  You can suggest they try a spot with a certain matching color.  You can give hints like trying to start with pieces that have a smooth edge to build the frame first.  

You provide guidance...  

Gently, calmly, encouragingly.

And slowly but surely the two of you build something beautiful.

Something the child is proud of.  

And you helped them...but you let them do the work.

You allow them to learn and grow from the experience, from your guidance.   

It's a synergistic thing of magnificence...

And so it is with health coaching.  

It's a partner on your wellness journey helping you to see your options.  Helping you to navigate the sometimes bumpy path on the way to the healthiest version of yourself.  

It is someone with a vision of what the finished picture can be and a plan as to how to help you get there. 

A health coach is a partner, a teacher, a listener, a coordinator...

with your best interest in mind.

With your total health and wellness as the goal.

Would you like a health coach to help guide you to put the pieces together for your healthiest self?
Visit and schedule your initial consultation today.  

I would be more than happy to build a puzzle with you.   

Amanda Buse

Redefining Disease

Have you ever had a cold or flu?  

And you recognized that you were sick because of a set of symptoms that appeared which were previously not common in your daily life?

We all recognize the classic symptoms of a cold like a runny nose, headache, congestion, or cough.  Or the fever, chills, and vomiting typically associated with a flu.  We get that these symptoms are indicators that our immune systems are trying to recover our health.  

We get that eventually these symptoms will go away.  

So is it that much of a stretch to apply this same type of thinking to any set of symptoms?

Let's say that you have been diagnosed with a "disease" like diabetes.  Your  symptoms probably include elevated blood glucose levels and possibly you are overweight.  

But what if you find the root cause of your symptoms in the first place so that they can be eliminated?

What if your blood glucose levels are lowered to a healthy range without medication and you lose weight?

Do you still have symptoms of this disease?  

Without symptoms do you still have this disease?

I hope people will come to start thinking of their health concerns like having the cold.

They have a set of symptoms.  But it doesn't mean that their symptoms have to last.  It doesn't mean that these symptoms have to define their lives.   It doesn't mean that disease has to define their lives.

Because if we begin to think of disease as a sum of its parts, then we can see where we can make progress.  We can truly find the root cause of our symptoms.  And we can eradicate the symptoms instead of alleviating them through medication.  

Wouldn't you rather get rid of your symptoms for good than try to cover them up?  

Because the reason for our body displaying symptoms in the first place is to give us a warning.  It's the body's way of telling us that something needs our attention.  How incredible that our bodies have this way of communicating with us!

So we should pay attention.

And learn to appreciate our symptoms.  Learn from our symptoms.  

Learn to give our bodies what they need and less of what they don't need.  

Because when you ignore one set of symptoms and try to hide them, mask them, then you are only asking your body to display a new set of symptoms.

Our bodies will keep speaking to us through this way until we listen.  

Only when we start to understand this dialogue with our bodies will we find our way to true wellness.   And out of the medicine cabinet.  

Amanda Buse

Diabetes & Russian Roulette

We've all heard of the notorious game called Russian Roulette.  It's so not a good idea. 


We've seen the movies where someone pulls the trigger.  And with each (CLICK) our blood pressure goes up just watching, even when we know it's not real.  

But what if you are unkowingly pulling that trigger on a daily basis?  


With your health.

What if certain actions you take each day that you think are helping you to be healthy are actually the opposite?  

What if they are putting you one step closer to losing the game?  

Here are 3 bullets that explain how you might be doing just that, especially if you are diabetic or prediabetic...

  • You consume artificial sweetners in an attempt to avoid sugar.  (CLICK ) There is nothing beneficial about consuming artificial sweetners.  EVER.  In fact, quite the opposite.  They put your body under duress.  The burden on your liver, kidneys, and other organs to detoxify is heightened.  And if you are prediabetic or diabetic, (or have any health concerns really) your body is already under duress.  So don't pour gasoline on the fire.  Your body can't handle it.  The aspartame and sucralose, to name a few, are not a good swap.  Consume these and you can just about guarantee that you will gain additional health concerns at some point.  And if someone, even like your neighbor, aunt, or doctor, has told you that these artificial sweetners are ok to consume, then, YOU HAVE BEEN LIED TO.

  • You feel confident that you are managing your symptoms with medications.  (CLICK)  While medications may bring relief from your symptoms or seemingly improve your test results, you have most certainly not gotten to the root cause of your disease.  There is a storm brewing in your body.  Festering.  Waiting.  Waiting for you to listen. Because our bodies aren't stupid.  They are quite intelligent, in fact.  And if you merely mask the symptoms (which is the body's way of communicating with you, by the way) then eventually you will be presented with a new set of symptoms. Maybe headaches or even cancer.  Your body decides, don't shoot the messenger. 

  • You don't manage your stress. (CLICK) Stress inevitably causes inflammation in the body.  And if you have health concerns, then stress will only exacerbate them.  HIGHLY exacerbate. And keep you in a state of disease.  There is no such thing as health when you are under constant stress.  Your body is literally unable to recover.  So if you thought stress wasn't such a big deal, you might wanna rethink that.  That is if you ever desire to regain your health. 

It's a very risky game.  And if you are playing, I can't encourage you enough to STOP.  Please find the help you need to stop pulling the trigger.   

Because we all know how that game ends...

Amanda Buse

How to Google Your Way to Wellness

So you have health concerns.
 Maybe multiple health concerns.  And your doctor has told you his advice which may include surgery, medications, or both. Or maybe he suggested lifestyle changes in a vague way like cut back on stress or get more sleep.  

And when you get home from the doctor's office, you turn to your computer and start googling.  What are your options? What can you figure out?

Here's where I'm gonna remind you that the internet is a vast, beckoning, and confusing black hole when it comes to health information.  As if you weren't already aware.  

Thanks, Mrs. Obvious.  

But we still do it, right? Those late night searches, spending every spare minute reading this article or that ebook.  Finding lots of "results" that maybe aren't quite right, are too many to read, or are completely contradictory.  We think that we ought to be able to figure this out for ourselves.  

We all do this.  And it's not entirely a bad idea.  I definitely advocate trying to learn everything you can about your personal health issues.  

But the chances of you actually figuring out some real, solid, practical advice online can be pretty slim.  And it can feel mega overwhelming.  

Kinda like herding cats...

I like to use that image because I think it paints a pretty clear picture.  It can get out of hand quick.  

One day you are freezing lemons to put in your water and the next week you are ready to book your trip to that Mexican spa.  You know, the one with that water that Ponce de Leon was searching for?

My best advice on internet health searches...

Google with a grain of salt.

Because this Google thing is a two-edged sword.  

You are gonna find some good information and some bad information.  And probably some in between.  Sorting it all out?  Good times, right?

And so I want to let you in on a little secret.  One that is starting to spread like wildfire, and I personally hope that it engulfs the world in it's flames.  

There is a professional out there called a Health Coach.

And this person is able to help you navigate your health issues and will be there every step of the way.  To help you create new healthy habits.  To help you sleep better or reduce food cravings or stress or a myriad of other concerns.  To be a partner in finding your healthiest lifestyle.  And to be a listening ear to help link everything together.  

Wouldn't you rather have a partner who has been formally trained to help you navigate the contradictory information and work with you to uncover your true, healthiest self?  

We are out there folks.  And we are looking for you because we want to help you.  Most of us have been through our own health issues and want to pass on all that we've learned.  

So you don't have to relive our same struggles. 

Personally, I know what it's like to have a bunch of seemingly disconnected symptoms, not get anywhere with my doctor's visits other than new prescriptions, and felt like I didn't know where to turn for help.  And my health journey compelled me to become a Health Coach to help others from going down that road alone.  

So cancel that trip to Mexico...

And start googling for your very own Health Coach.