Ok, this has nothing to do with counseling in a traditional sense. In counseling, the counselor seeks to promote “mindfulness” or awareness of cause/effect. Awareness can relate to eating habits, sleep patterns (as in the ZEO product I discuss HERE), and/or mental/emotional awareness (through meditation and reflection), etc.
My fitness pal is a website (and an Iphone app) that lets users keep track of caloric intake, nutrition, and water consumption. It also calculates (based on height/weight/activity level) the suggested calorie consumption to promote weight loss. It’s completely free. I was not contacted to review their site, and am not receiving compensation.
Physical health is tied to mental health and can influence depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, and dysfunctional coping strategies. Since joining I’ve lost 7lbs:) (and goodness knows I haven’t hit the exercising/dieting hard). Having the Iphone app also makes it easier to make decisions when eating out at fast food places (as you can see the values and select one based on your plan). Unlike other programs (that will not be named), it is free. Which makes it not so much a diet, as a change in behavior/habit. Lifestyle changes are sustainable. Diets, are not.
Counseling is about making small lifestyle changes that build to make larger impacts. For myself, this meant using an Iphone app as a tool for mindfulness. It makes me wonder what other resources to promote mindfulness are available that could be used to support client/individual interventions.