Dr. John Monaco is the director of the Health Coaching team, and primary health coach at MONACO Wellness. After decades of experience in traditional medicine, acute and critical care of adults and children, he has received training by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which claims among its faculty members Dr. Andrew Weil, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. He brings his unique perspective nurtured by traditional medicine as well as current holistic modalities, to clients hoping to make lifestyle adjustments and revisions in order to live more fruitful, sustainable and joy filled lives.
Health Coaching Philosophy
Health Coaching plays a very important role in medicine today helping clients achieve healthier lifestyles in order to prevent illness. The health coach, rather than simply prescribing a medicine or recommending s surgical procedures to repair a “breakdown” in the human body, endeavors to work with clients to help them understand the causes behind their medical issues, and correct or lessen them before they become major problems. If we can lessen the need for prescription medications, debilitating, expensive surgery and dependence on traditional medicine, then we have done our job. It’s not that we work against traditional healthcare providers. We like to think we work WITH them, making their jobs easier by educating their patients, and guiding them to make better lifestyle choices that lead to healthier outcomes. MONACO Wellness fosters a team approach: You, your body, your doctors, and your health coach working together to give you the tools to lead a more joyful life.
Our strategy at MONACO Wellness
Utilizing long established guidelines put forth by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), we believe in these three basic tenets of health coaching:
1. Primary Food
2. Secondary Food
Primary Food - More than what we put into our mouths and digestive tracts, what we experience in living our lives has more to do with our health than macro and micronutrients (although we will spend plenty of time discussing these as well!) Items like relationships, career choices, activity, creative expression, spirituality and even the organization of our home have a profound effect on our health, disease prevention and longevity. You will work with your health coach to optimize all these components of what we call “the Circle of Life”.
Secondary Food- This is what most people define as “food” and is the focus of most people when thinking about health and vitality. Of course it is essential, and an understanding of macro and micronutrients, sources of vitamins, minerals, how energy is used by the body, and the contribution of nutrition to disease is important to effective health coaching and will be addressed in a personalized manner. There are literally hundreds of diet plans and approaches to food and nutrition out there, and we have access to all of them, and while adapting them to the client’s personal needs, we can come up with a nuritional plan that works for you.
Bio-Inidividuality - This is a term coined by the good folks at IIN and addresses the fact that primary and secondary food and their effect on health and life are completely variable from individual to individual, which is why a personal health coach is essential for true health. Any plan for continued health must depend on the individual needs and requirements of each person, and those needs can be better delineated and addressed by the person in need when under the guidance of a health coach. It is sometimes said, “One person’s food is another person’s poison.”
Signing on with MONACO Wellness Health Coaching- PROCEDURE:
2. Once we know a little more about your health + wellness goals we may need to email you a health questionnaire form to learn more about how we can help you be the very best version of you.
3. When the requested information is submitted we will get your free virtual consultation started as soon as possible.
4. Dr. John Monaco may prescribe a health coaching session or package of sessions for you at the end of your consultation.
5. Depending on the plan you choose, you will meet with Dr. John for at least two 50 minute sessions each month, working on attaining goals established in the first session.
We hope you will take this important step in your wellness journey by enlisting the assistance and encouragement of a health Coach, and we hope you will choose MONACO Wellness for this resource. If you have any questions you can call, email, or request information through our site at www.monacowellness.org.