Posted by: Health & Lifestyle Coach Julie | 22/05/2011

Mindfulness is “Hip” and Collaborating w/the Competition

So recently, I met up w/Sarah Armstrong, director of Cambridge Weight Plan Hong Kong (CWPHK). Talk about sleeping with your competition (just kidding)! For the past 2 years or so, I’ve heard about CWPHK and its services but have never met the director. Truthfully, when I first heard about CWPHK my first feeling was that of ‘competition’. Here is another Hong Kong company promoting weight loss and weight management. By nature, I tend to have a competitive personality so it wasn’t a surprise that I initially had the feelings of “me against you” and Darwin’s “survival of the fittest”! Thankfully, this all changed!

Upon closer inspection, the realization that we can peacefully coexist and actually collaborate with each other occurred. How great is that? We realized that even though we target the same audience the process by which we help and support our clients are different and unique. Sarah supports her clients by providing them a structured food plan which has been shown to be successful. It’s an “This is what you eat and you will lose weight” approach.

Mindful Eating Lifestyles Ltd. on the other hand, supports clients by helping them understand why they eat in the first place and how to use mindfulness eating strategies to understand when they are hungry and when to appropriately stop eating when satisfied.

It was also wonderful to find out that Sarah is an advocate of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR). We share a similarity! We share a connection! We ended up chatting about this at length, and it was wonderful to meet and talk with someone who relates to a subject that hasn’t been popularized in Hong Kong yet (it will be!).

At the end of the day, the client will choose which path he/she wants to go on. I’m glad to know now that the next time a client comes looking for a food plan I can refer them to Sarah of Cambridge Weight Plan HK. The same is true for Sarah, if a client comes to her struggling and wanting to figure out why they overeat and/or how to eat more mindfully, she will refer them to Mindful Eating Lifestyles. Thank you, Sarah!

Another wonderful thing Sarah did was to share the following Mindfulness is Hip article. How lovely was that of her to do? Thanks again, Sarah!

Life can be like a box of chocolates” by Genevieve Fox

Mindfulness is hip. It’s as trendy as yoga or zone-eating. No surprises, then, that when I enter the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), I see dawn-red soft furnishings, green plants, rubber mats and kneeling stools. Wellbeing gurus would feel right at home.

So would chocolate lovers. Mark Williams, clinical psychologist and the Centre’s director, suggests the best way to understand mindfulness is to try it and invites me to join him in a “chocolate meditation”.

Mindfulness, he says, is about being present in the moment, being aware of our thoughts and feelings – so that instead of being overwhelmed by them we are better able to manage them. Using meditation and other techniques such as breathing and yoga-based exercises, it helps us think about ourselves, and in turn others, with kindness and an overriding sense of acceptance. It’s about finding our innate joie de vivre and feeling able to cope just when we think we’re going under. It’s as irresistible as chocolate.

For the rest of the article click here.

Well it goes to show, there is always room to collaborate. Why compete when collaboration can ultimately help your client get what they need and want? Thank you, Sarah for helping me learn this invaluable life lesson. I’m looking forward to collaborating with you in the future. 🙂

***Next Mindful Living Event: Self-Leadership Half Day Seminar Tues 7 June 2011, 830a-2p, lunch included!   Click here for details & registration.***

Julie Chiu, RN, MS(Hons), CHC, IC® is a certified health coach, seminar leader, trainer, nurse, and pioneer of mindfulness-based coaching in the Asia-Pacific region. She is Hong Kong’s only Certified Health Coach (National Society of Health Coaches), Intrinsic Coach®, Certified Intuitive Eating Pro® Counselor and Mindful Living Behavioral Specialist. She also serves on the professional advisory board of the National Society of Health Coaches and is a contributing author to “Evidence-based Health Coaching for Healthcare Providers: Program Manual”, 2nd Edition.

Julie is known as the “How To” Lady and helps clients gain more clarity on their passions, overcome obstacles, break free from unhealthy lifestyle habits, and reach their goals through individual coaching, corporate seminars, and group workshops. In addition to coaching clients, she writes for online and print media and conducts lectures and workshops on workshops on mindful eating, weight management, stress reduction, effective communication, changing limiting thought patterns, law of attraction, and evidence-based health coaching.,,,,


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