Diet has a profound impact on human health and wellness. There are a wide variety of dietary approaches that can help prevent or even reverse many common chronic diseases. Elimination diets are a particularly powerful tool in helping resolve diet-related illness. However, compliance with elimination diets is often difficult due to numerous physiological, psychological, and environmental barriers. Health coaching can provide support in surmounting these types of barriers. Functional medicine health coaching, which offers techniques of both health coaching and functional medicine, may be particularly valuable in helping facilitate successful elimination diets. The goal of this multidisciplinary research was to evaluate the feasibility and outcomes of functional medicine health coaching in elimination diets among clinicians receiving training in functional medicine. Methods: Clinicians in the January 2022 Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) were invited to receive coaching in the IFM Elimination Diet by functional medicine health coaches certified by the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Five coaching sessions in elimination diets featuring motivational interviewing, SMART goals, and positive psychology were provided over a period of nine weeks. Outcomes assessed before and after the functional medicine health coaching included the PROMIS Global Health and Medical Symptoms Questionnaire (MSQ). Pre- and post-coaching outcomes were compared via paired t-tests. Results: 91 AFMCP participants provided pre- and post-coaching outcomes data. There were clinically-meaningful increases in PROMIS Physical and Mental Health T-scores (Physical Health: pre=51.85, post=54.90, Δ=3.05, p<0.0001; Emotional Health: pre=47.74, post=52.04, Δ=4.31, p<0.0001). Total MSQ scores also improved dramatically after the functional medicine health coaching (pre MSQ=43.68, post MSQ=23.86, p<0.0001). Conclusions: Functional medicine health coaching in elimination diets was feasible and associated with clinically-meaningful improvements in self-reported measures of health among a sample of clinicians undergoing training in functional medicine. Functional medicine health coaching may be a useful adjunctive tool in instigating and supporting behavior change with a challenging dietary program.
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