Before I started my own nutritional counseling and heath coaching practice, I took up my undergraduate studies in psychology, which led me to get my master’s degree in mental health counseling at the University of Rochester. I then developed my plant-based courses at Cornell University and accomplished my integrative nutrition health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Sheeba Naqvi, MSc, CINHC
Integrative Nutrition HealthCoach
Sheeba is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and became a certified Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition educator through Cornell University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2014. She later completed her graduate studies in Mental Health Counseling from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in 2016. She holds memberships in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Theta Kapa and Chi Sigma Iota. She is also a member of Rochester Lifestyle Medicine. It was her undergraduate research assistantship and internship at the Willow Domestic Violence Center of Rochester where she realized the importance of providing education on health and wellness to her clients. Through her training at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she developed an understanding of how the human mind and body are strongly intertwined. She believes that in order to maintain a sense of physical and mental equilibrium, one must be nourished with healthy physical and mental foods. Sheeba’s expertise in the cessation of compulsive eating and engagement in daily meditation helps her clients end their wars with food and psychological suffering.
Living in Rochester, New York area Sheeba offers integrative health coaching services both locally and virtually. She is also a great cook, and it is her passion to demonstrate whole food cooking classes to her clients.
Her integrative approach in guiding her clients addresses the whole person, including their physical, mental, and emotional health, while taking their medical and social factors into consideration. That is, the kinds of food he or she eats, what medication the client is on, the level of satisfaction in his or her job, relationship, and physical activity. She believes that it is vital for a health coach to provide the psychological needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness to clients, when it comes to take responsibility toward health and wellness. Her main focus is to guide clients practice healthy lifestyle changes with their own healthy choices to achieve best quality of life. Such coaching elements bring Sheeba and her clients to work as a cohesive team. As a result, Sheeba’s clients develop a profound understanding of the health benefits of eating whole foods. Clients begin to choose nutritious food that are suitable for their digestive system, prevent diseases, and promote health. Also their regular physical activity of their choice brings them great joy.
The core concepts of Integrative Nutrition Coaching, which Sheeba and her clients explore are:
Bio-Individuality: This term states that every individual has unique preferences in foods. One person does well on high fat/ low carbohydrates lifestyle, while the other individual does not feel to be thriving on it. Thus, this term means that one diet cannot fit every body. In addition, each person’s food preferences change with time. It just makes sense that each individual should eat according to what his or her body wants. Once clients adapt this concept and put it into action, they enjoy the process and feel satisfied.
Primary Food: Primary food feeds us, but it doesn’t come on a plate. Primary food includes components such as an inspiring career, honest and open relationships, regular and enjoyable physical activity, and a meaningful spiritual practice that feed your soul and your hunger for living. Health is not only about diet and exercise. You can eat a perfect diet and work out daily, but if you have a stressful job or are in a relationship that does not serve you, you won’t reach your potential for health and wellness. Have you ever noticed that even in good times, when we come home at night, we often look in the refrigerator for something to eat—when all we really want is a hug or someone to talk to. The more primary food we receive, the less we depend on secondary food. The opposite is also true. The more we fill ourselves with secondary food, the less we are able to receive the primary food of life.
Sheeba guides her clients on 12 areas of life called circle of life, which help them attain a sustainable healthy lifestyle.
Secondary Food: Food we eat affects our whole being - from our blood to our DNA. Food enters the bloodstream, and blood is what creates our cells, tissues, and organs. Food has the power to regenerate the new you. This concept includes the idea that the basic wholesome food and lifestyle changes can help everyone. The world of diets and dietary theories is really complicated and can be overwhelming. Although it is important for people to understand themselves and what works best for them individually, there are basic health recommendations that will benefit every person. Going back to the basics, as Sheeba states from her learning, includes eating more vegetables, herbs, whole grains, a few nuts and seeds, fruits, drinking more water, reducing stress, and sleeping regularly.
As an Integrative Nutrition Coach, Sheeba guides her clients to tune in to their bio-individuality and eating intuitively so that the body and mind can operate at their highest potential. She states that nutrition and personal growth are related; you cannot look at one without the other.