Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food

-Hippocrates

 

What is nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a holistic, individualized approach to health and healing. This is carried out through a personalized protocol of diet, supplementation, and lifestyle adjustments that maximize your potential for vibrant health. In today's world, stress and inadequate nutrition are the primary source of most health issues. These factors cause imbalances in the body’s physiological foundations: digestion, blood sugar, mineral balance, fatty acid balance, and hydration. Nutritional therapy looks at the big picture to find the underlying cause of your health issues, rather than symptoms alone.

The body has an innate intelligence of its own nutritional needs, and I often use a functional evaluation to help my clients reconnect with that innate intelligence. This is a gentle, hands-on assessment of your body's organs and systems to identify areas of imbalance. It may also include lingual-neuro testing to determine your individual nutrient needs. The body is often capable of correcting itself, if done with patience and the proper tools (i.e. nutrients) for doing so.

My Nutrition Philosophy

I believe in bio-individuality; there is no “one size fits all” approach to diet. While some people may thrive on a diet high in fats, for others the decrease in carbohydrates can be detrimental. There is no one perfect diet. I don't believe in counting grams, calories, points, or ounces. Instead, I teach clients to use nutrient-dense whole foods and intuitive eating to best support their individual makeup, enhancing their capacity to heal.

The ability to properly digest the nutrients we are consuming is as important as nourishing with real food. Without proper digestion nutrients cannot be fully absorbed and used appropriately by the myriad of systems and functions within the body. In the same vein, stress has a negative impact on our ability to digest. Slowing down to eat in a relaxed, parasympathetic state allows our body to rest and digest. 

I feel it's important to understand how the food and health stories that we've experienced in our life impact our own relationship with food and health. I believe in setting health goals that inform the choices we make towards our own healing.  When we focus on using food to restore and heal, the results can be quite profound.  

How the Nutritional therapy Process Works

We will begin the consultation process with a free 20 minute introductory consultation. During our call, we will discuss your health journey, reasons for seeking Nutritional Therapy, and how my services can meet those needs. 

Upon completion of the introductory call, we will set up the Initial Evaluation which lasts approximately an hour and a half. During our time together, we will review your: 

  • Food and Health Stories - the backstory to your health and food relationship
  • Confidential Initial Interview - health history overview 
  • Three Day Food and Mood Journal - insights into your digestion, nutrition, and lifestyle
  • Nutrition Assessment Questionnaire -  comprehensive health symptom assessment
  • Nutritional tools and educational resources

When meeting in person, we will often perform a functional nutritional evaluation and lingual-neuro testing which assists in creating a baseline of imbalance and identifying personalized supplementation needs. We will discuss which of your foundations are showing imbalances and create a plan for addressing these with diet, supplements, and lifestyle recommendations.

At the end of the Initial Evaluation, we will decide which nutritional consultation package best supports your individual goals, usually meeting every 2-4 weeks. Followup visits include:

  • Re-evaluation of your personalized nutritional and lifestyle protocol
  • Assessment of current nutritional assessment questionnaire
  • Updated functional evaluation
  • Nutritional tools and educational resources

 I will be your personal advocate and guide as we work together towards achieving your health goals!

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