Recent Posts by Mark Occhipinti, Ph.D.

    The Complete Guide to Seasonal Produce for Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Coaches

    Baby greens in the spring, watermelon in the summer, apples in the fall, and squash in the winter; the changing leaves and temperatures are accompanied by a variety of fruits and vegetables that characterize the tastes of the season. 

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    Health and Nutrition Coach’s Guide to Referring Clients for Medical Evaluation

    Health and nutrition coaches are an important element in the health care cycle, as they help to improve patient outcomes and support people in making sustainable health behavior changes. They may play the role of supporter, educator, and navigator to others. 

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    Trauma-Informed Motivational Interviewing: Is It the Best Approach to Behavior Change?

    Here is a fundamental question coaches ask themselves as they apply their knowledge in the field.  How can health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness coaches empower and motivate clients to adopt behaviors that support their long-term health? 

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    5 Must-Ask Questions to Create a Nutrition Plan Your Clients Will Love

    Conducting a client nutrition assessment can be straightforward provided you have a solid grasp on your client's nutritional needs, fitness goals, lifestyle habits, and mindset toward food and eating choices.

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    Good Bugs: How Gut Bacteria Impact our Brain and Mental Health

    Often, we think of bacteria as the culprits of infections and illnesses - something to eliminate from our environment. 

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    Healthy Fall Foods to Include in Your Client’s Meal Plan

    As warm weather, summer cookouts, and spontaneous beach trips make way for the cool breeze, amber-red fallen leaves, and the irresistible smell of pumpkin spice lattes … there's no denying our transition into the most charming season of the year: fall.

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    Important Things to Remember When Working with Clients Who Have Autoimmune Disease

    Every diagnosis brings on unique challenges. As an individual becomes aware of symptoms affecting their wellbeing, navigates the health system, receives a diagnosis, and then learns to manage the disease, the way they see their body and interact with their environment may change significantly.

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    The Science of Orange-Colored Fruits and Vegetables

    When fall rolls around, the color orange suddenly seems to be dominating our spaces. From the parks with orange and yellow-colored trees to our porches and homes decorated with orange pumpkins and fall decor to even our refrigerators, orange-colored produce is a favorite for fall recipes. 

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    The Science and Benefits of Consuming Locally Seasonal Produce 

    Eating local, seasonal produce has tremendous benefits for your nutrition, the environment, the local economy, and even your bank account. 

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    Fasted vs. Fed Training: Which Benefits Your Clients More?

    Here’s a summary of the most crucial things to know about fasted vs. fed training—including definitions, advantages and disadvantages, and how to know when to use what for your client—so you can better coach your client through their weight loss journey.

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