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When Rivkah Krinsky sits in front of a client at her home office in Crown Heights and hears about the daily struggle to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, she nods in complete understanding.
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Krinsky has struggled with her weight as a young girl and then as a young mother of three. After her third child was born, she was at her heaviest and was determined to make a change.
She began making changes in her life, incorporating healthy food choices and becoming more active. Soon, not only had she had lost the weight, but she had created a program for herself with a sustainable balance of healthy diet and exercise, which became a holistic healthy lifestyle.
With her new-found boost of confidence, Rivkah soon began traveling as a singer and musician who traveled the world performing for female audiences at Chabad centers, schools and Jewish communities.
Now a mom of 8, she has maintained these habits, and her goal weight, for over 20 years.
Five years ago, she decided to turn the knowledge and experience she gained during her life-changing journey into a way of helping others. She studied to become an accredited health coach and started meeting clients and helping them to change their lifestyle as well, and reaching their goal weight in the process.
“When I meet with clients I can totally relate to their struggles,” she tells COLlive.com. “I have been there. I know exactly what they are going through. That really helps me to understand their needs, and help them on their journey as well,” she says.
While many of her clients come to Krinsky for weight loss, some come to her looking to have more energy, others to gain a healthy weight. Each plan is customized for the individual client’s needs and goals.
Programs typically run once a week for 8 weeks, with Rivkah meeting with each client and providing motivation, tips, recipes, guidance, and nutritional facts.
“My goal for every client is that they should have a balance of healthy diet and exercise, in a doable and joyful way, so that when they leave here they feel like they can do this for life,” she says. “I encourage people not to take on too much at once, everything is accomplished in steps,” she says.
“This is not a diet,” she explains. “This is a modified lifestyle. The most important thing to know is that flexibility is important – a healthy balanced lifestyle is not about extreme changes, which can sometimes be too difficult to maintain. It’s about joyful living with a balance of 80 percent wholesome, healthy habits and 20 percent things that you love and enjoy.”
Krinsky also stresses that children should be part of a healthy lifestyle, which teaches them good habits for life.
Health coach Rivkah Krinsky presents Gluten Free Yogurt Donuts
Health coach Rivkah Krinsky presents Healthy Grilled Peach Chicken Salad
She has recently launched her new website, revivewithrivkah.com, with information about her program, link to subscribe to her newsletter, and her contact information, and includes a collection of her recipes, indexed by type and occasion, which she is famous for.
Her “healthy swaps” posted on her Instagram account include healthy versions of favorite snacks and treats, such as cookies and cakes. She also encourages smoothies as a way to incorporate fruits and vegetables in anyone’s diet.
“It is so easy and convenient to put all your day’s fruits and greens in one shake and drink it in the morning. You know you’re covered for the day. The kids love them as well,” she says.
Krinsky works with both women and men, in person and anywhere in the world via FaceTime. She still travels to perform, but now her “mind, body, soul” events center around the message from her journey and mindful living, at times incorporating song as well.
Plans are in the works for group health coaching sessions, if enough people show an interest, she says.
“I particularly love working with teenagers, because it’s the best time to change your habits and create healthy ones instead. I love seeing a young girl feel confident and great about herself. I also love working with new moms, who can achieve new energy and empower themselves to be their best selves for their families,” she says.
Krinsky says her goal is to make each individual feel good “inside and out.”
“It’s so meaningful to me when my client is empowered to change their life, and they look and feel amazing. This has a ripple effect on her husband, her children, on the whole family. This empowers me too and keeps me going – I feel like I am making a difference in people’s lives.”
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We hosted an event featuring Rivkah , her story was real and raw – inspiring, our community was so impressed by a frum mother of 8 starting her own business. Kudos to you Rivkah for this special shlichus which truly inspires more than you realize. After your demo I incorporated many of your tips into my lifestyle and could not be happier!
Health coach does not require any formal education and requires very minimal time.
If you want nutrition professional, find a registered dietitian.
You won’t give it junk. People who love their car don’t ‘feed’ it junk, they give it the best fuel they can get. It is about time people loved the body that Hashem gave them the same way they loved their car 🙂
So important and life changing! Awesome that ch has this resource. Amazing work Rivkah!
Rivkah I am inspired to hear this update. I have know.n you for many years and so proud of your accomplishments. A healthy lifestyle and more plant based diet is helping the world become a better place. Keep it going! Love Chana Leah N.
Utter nonsense . most ppl who make this change do it for health reasons not body image . this is not what she’s about (i don’t know his women i live abroad and have never met her ). I was practically wheel chair bound with my cronic health condition , then i went gluten free, sugar free , lactose free 4 months ago and i dropped 35 lb and guess what i’m on my feet again , and feeling better then i have in 20 years ! I did this without any dietician , just educated myself on the internet… Read more »
Your amazing , an absolute inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey. My family waits for your recipes to show up in my insta feed!!
Not sure why you are choosing to “rant” here. I think the whole point of a health coach or nutritionist is to help you create a lifestyle in line with your needs … I mean come your body needs chips – that’s a load of … Basics of chassidus , a little restraint never hurt anyone how much more so when it’s restraint from foods which cause harm. Having said that my daughter went to Rivkah who did wonders for her and helped her find a real balance in eating habits which spilled over to other areas in her life.… Read more »
If you read the article you will see it says that she studied and bacame an accredited health coach
its a pity these days that so many teenagers are drawn towards nutritionists with a goal weight in mind, and the goal weight is generally not the weight that their genetic build is at. every single persons body is made to be a certain weight, within 5 pounds of it, and they would be able to eat freely and intuitively without watching what they eat all the time. its all about listening to your body, really listening to what it needs. because as much as we are taught that its not true, our body knows what it needs. it might… Read more »
Is she a licensed nutritionist or a health coach?