Recently we spoke with Amrita Expert, Matt Korsky, about Vegan Lifestyle Coaching and we wanted to share what he does with his clients.
Q: What are some of the typical ways you help your clients?
A: First, it is important to reiterate that no one is exactly alike and a single solution can’t be applied to everyone. This is where my experience as a teacher really helps me work with my clients. A big part of the job is listening so I can differentiate between clients and drill down to what they need individually. This might be going to a local health food store and helping them shop for the essentials, teaching them how to read food labels in search of additives to avoid, basic cooking instruction on making well-balanced meals, and even some fitness advice.
Q: How do your clients react to all that information?
A: At this point, my clients normally feel pushed out of their comfort zone, which is great! Since it is so easy to fall back into old habits, I want them to feel uncomfortable and challenged to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Q: What are the next steps after educating and teaching them?
A: After all the labor-intensive instruction and education, I like to be more hands off with my clients. I’m of course available when needed and don’t completely remove myself from the situation. But, instead of holding their hand through the whole process like a child, I encouraged my clients to follow the instructions on their own.
Q: Why do you do that?
A: I do this for a number of reasons I picked up while teaching. Just like it’s extremely difficult to teach a student who is unwilling to learn, it’s extremely difficult to coach someone into a healthier lifestyle who is unwilling to put in the effort. I also don’t like to loom overhead of my clients like dictator. I’ve found being too strict or over-bearing disincentives clients from transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. Instead, I guide them along the transitional period to where they want to be, which of course is the over-arching goal.
Q: This is the second time you said “healthier lifestyle,” so your clients aren’t strictly interested in veganism?
A: Yes, to be clear, being a certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator doesn’t mean I only work with clients interested in becoming vegan. I am more than happy to help anyone interested in improving their lifestyle. It just means I have gone through the proper educating programs that allow me to coach someone interested in veganism.
Q: If someone wanted to find out more information, where should he or she look?
A: Plantpoweredcoaching.com is my personal website dedicated to VLCE. There you can find more information about the programs I offer, client testimonials and more!