The MIDY Methods Healthy Eating Program
The MIDY Methods Coaching Program is a Practice Based Coaching Curriculum which has proven to be the most effective approach towards changing your eating patterns. Following a curriculum gives you a clear path and plan towards reaching your goal.
With a planned, progressive curriculum, at every stage you are:
Learning the Right Things
Building the Right Skills
Taking the Right Actions
A curriculum organizes your time and effort efficiently. Nothing is wasted; everything is intentional and purposeful. You want to know:
What’s the most effective use of my time and energy right now?
Where should I be putting my attention for the biggest payoff?
How will this effort lead me to my goals?
A curriculum answers those questions, by directing your attention only to what matters, right now.
A Practice-Based Program.
You can’t learn to ride a bike from reading a book. Likewise, you can’t learn to eat better from just reading a book (or a blog).
You have to practice eating better. Which means practicing particular skills and actions consistently.
Like Nike says, just do it.
When it comes to improving health, body composition, or athletic performance, it doesn’t matter what you know or what you say.
The only thing that matters is what you do, consistently.
I give my clients some information to help them understand what I ask them to do, and why. I also get you thinking or playing with ideas and imagination.
But mostly, I ask you to do stuff.
Experiment. Explore. Experience.
Try things. See what works. Get real-time feedback. Practice.
Only action can create change.
With practicing you’ll build skills and self-efficacy.
I can tell you you’re awesome and that you’re making progress..
Maybe you believe me. Maybe you don’t
I can tell you how to do things.
Maybe you’ll listen and follow my advice. Maybe you won’t.
Words can help. But for motivation and inspiration, nothing beats seeing and feeling yourself improve, or discovering what happens when you actually do something.
In my experience, most of the time, people aren’t missing most of the information they need to make good choices.
They’re missing the skills and behavior patterns.
For instance, if someone doesn’t make healthy choices they may not have the skills or habits of:
managing their time
managing their stress
Just telling them to “eat healthy” won’t help, nor will giving them a handout about fruits and vegetables. Without behavioral help, they won’t be able to do it, and they won’t believe they can do it.
They need to practice these skills, over and over, within a structured program. Every time they practice, they not only get better at the skill, they build the belief that change is possible.
The MIDY Healthy Coaching Curriculum helps people practice simple tasks, strategically, sequentially, segmentally.
MIDY Healthy uses what I call a “5 S framework”.
All tasks, materials, and ideas are:
Simple: As simple as possible. Simpler than you can believe, sometimes. (Bear with me. This works.)
Segmental: Parts of a whole. Most people take on too much too fast. In order to succeed you need tasks broken up, even tasks that seem “easy” to you.
Sequential: Step by step. They go in a logical order. Each one builds on the previous one.
Strategic: There’s a larger purpose here. There’s a big “why”. Each task, material, and idea has a reason to be there.
Supported: I help my clients do what I ask them to do. Along the way I share resources (such as shopping lists or how-to videos) and practical, real-life suggestions.
With our practice-based curriculum you can track consistency and quality of process.
Can you work out once and call yourself “fit”? Of course not.
You know you have to work out regularly and consistently. You have to have a good process. In other words, you also have to work out properly — with quality movements, done well and correctly.
All progress comes from consistency and a quality process.
Goals and outcomes flow from the process.
If your goal is “get into shape” then your process has to be “have a good quality workout, regularly”.
And once you have a clear process, you can track:
How often are you doing it?
How consistently and reliably can you do it?
How well are you doing it?
Under what conditions do you succeed or get stuck?
You can track your progress using daily process indicators (like “Did you do your habit today?”), rather than waiting around hoping that you eventually hit your goals.
A practice-based curriculum helps you track progress immediately.
You know it takes time to build a fit body, improve health markers (such as bloodwork), and change body composition.
Physical change can be frustratingly slow. Too slow, sometimes, for you to stay consistently motivated when it seems like nothing is happening.
However, practice happens daily. Skills can improve faster than bodies can change.
Having a practice-based curriculum means you can focus your attention on what is improving right now: your process, your daily habits, and your skills.
If you do your daily habit 5 times in a week, you’ve got 5 wins and 5 votes in favor of change.
If you solve a problem trying to figure out how to get your habit done, you’ll feel accomplished.
If you learn a new skill, you’ll feel more confident.
Even if you don’t do a daily practice, but you learn something from your experience of not doing it (for instance, how you could have prepared better) you’re still progressing.
A practice-based curriculum gives you the opportunity to win and feel satisfied every day.
Practice helps you discover what you really need, and to own your process of change.
How do you know what works best for you? You try it, and see what happens.
With trial and error, and self-experimentation, nobody has to tell you what is “best”, because you experience what works (or doesn’t). You see it. You feel it.
Then, you decide what to do next based on the evidence.
I call this outcome-based decision making (or OBDM for short).
Basically, it’s the answer to the question:
“How’s that working for you?”
In nutrition coaching, there are general principles. Like vegetables, sleep, and exercise are probably good things for most people.
We start with these general “best practices” to build the foundation. And then we individualize.
Or more accurately, my clients individualize the MIDY Healthy Coaching program for themselves as they practice.
I help clients build the habit of taking responsibility for themselves — their thoughts, their beliefs, their stories, their environments, and most importantly, their behaviors. (No more coach-blaming or “This diet/workout plan didn’t work for me!”)
I ask clients to practice writing their Owner’s Manual, or “handling instructions for their bodies”. (No more “one-size-fits all” programs.)
I ask them to observe themselves, test hypotheses gather data, and draw conclusions, just like scientists. (No more blindly “just following the rules”.)
I teach them how to do this, and what to look for. (No more “I don’t know what happened.”)
Through practicing skills and gathering data, the MIDY Healthy Coaching curriculum empowers you to make informed decisions about your own nutritional needs, wants, and priorities.
I’ll provide expert guidance and support.
I’ll help you work through blocks and setbacks.
I’ll talk you through problem solving or goal setting together.
In the end you will have developed the knowledge and skill set to take control of how you eat and maintain the healthy lifestyle you’ve created.