DIET & NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
My Diet & Nutrition Program starts with the basics — you guessed it!! — Diet and Nutrition.
These are the fundamental aspects of our health and our lives. We are what we eat. What we eat gets digested and absorbed into our bloodstream. The food we eat becomes part of our blood cells which in turn feeds our tissues and vital organs. When we eat food that has limited nutritional value it weakens our cells. When we eat quality foods our bodies reflect that nourishment through vitality, balance, joy, increased energy and health.
Imagine what happens to ourselves when we eat food that’s been genetically modified, with chemical additives and preservatives, irradiated, denatured, artificial and processed foods. We contribute to our own sickness and diet-related diseases, hormonal imbalances, skin conditions and obesity.
It is my job to help you make changes in your diet. I will advise, advocate, challenge, guide, intuit, listen, mentor, strategize, cajole, cheerlead, and teach you to make changes and improve your health and life. I will create a space for you to discover your own power and strength.
WHAT IS HEALTHY EATING?
Healthy eating is choosing foods that provide you with nutrients your body needs to function at its best. Healthy eating does not mean eating only “health foods” or restricting what you like to eat. You can eat all foods, as long as your diet is balanced and varied and you eat foods in moderation. When you eat, you should be able to both enjoy yourself and give your body what it needs to be healthy.
When you start eating properly you will be amazed at how the rest of your health and your life will start to fall into place. Through eating good, simple, whole foods your body will move to its natural weight AND into a natural state of health. Whole, natural foods — vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits –are quality foods. Let’s not forget adequate water intake. By shifting your diet to healthy, balanced, quality food, you can support your body to heal itself and prevent future disease.
MACRONUTRIENTS, MICRONUTRIENTS & SUPPLEMENTS
It would be ideal if we could always get everything we need from food and I do advocate that concept once our bodies are in good health and good shape – basically once you’re on the Maintenance part of the Program. However because of some of the stressors in our lives – environmental factors like pollution, toxins, etc we need the added boost of supplements to help lighten the load on our bodies.
If your system is overloaded with toxins we work at detoxifying, cleansing and rebalancing your system first. This is done with herbs and/or supplements depending on your particular case. We look to cleanse and detoxify the system first, then repair and replenish the body’s nutrients. Toxins can cause great problems as they leave the body so it is important to detox your body under the guidance of a certified practitioner.
During our sessions we take a close look at the different macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins and fats and discuss which macronutrients (or combinations of them) are contained in different foods. Understanding this will help you maintain the correct balance of each in your diet. We also discuss the role of supplements in your individual case – themicronutrients – vitamins, minerals and amino acids and how they relate to your individual health concerns.
Vitamins are special chemicals the body needs in small amounts and they work in a variety of ways, mostly as “helpers.” For example, many of the B vitamins help the body use protein, fats, and carbohydrates properly. Vitamins do not provide energy but they are essential for the body to function properly.
Vitamins are divided into two categories:
Water-soluble vitamins include all the B vitamins and vitamin C.
Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Water-soluble vitamins travel freely through the body and excess amounts are excreted easily by the kidneys. The body needs water-soluble vitamins in frequent, small doses and they are unlikely to reach toxic levels.
Fat-soluble vitamins, however, are stored in body’s cells and are not excreted as easily. They do not need to be consumed as frequently as water-soluble vitamins and they are more likely to reach toxic levels if consumed in excess.
The body needs many minerals. Essential minerals are sometimes divided up into major minerals (macrominerals) and trace minerals (microminerals). These two groups of minerals are equally important but trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts than major minerals. A balanced diet usually provides all of the essential minerals.
Major Minerals – Macrominerals
- Sodium is needed for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle contraction.
- Chloride is needed for proper fluid balance.
- Potassium is needed for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle contraction.
- Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth; helps muscles relax and contract; important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, and immune system health.
- Phosphorus is important for healthy bones and teeth; found in every cell; part of the system that maintains acid-base balance.
- Magnesium is found in bones; needed for making protein, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, immune system health.
- Sulfur is found in protein molecules.
Trace Minerals – Microminerals
- Iron is part of a molecule (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells that carries oxygen in the body; needed for energy metabolism. The body needs trace minerals in very small amounts. Note: Iron is considered to be a trace mineral, although the amount needed is somewhat more than for other microminerals.
- Zinc is part of many enzymes; needed for making protein and genetic material; has a function in taste perception, wound healing, normal fetal development, production of sperm, normal growth and sexual maturation, immune system health.
- Iodine is found in thyroid hormone, which helps regulate growth, development, and metabolism.
- Selenium is an antioxidant.
- Copper is part of many enzymes; needed for iron metabolism.
- Manganese is part of many enzymes.
- Fluoride is involved in formation of bones and teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.
- Chromium works closely with insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.
- Molybdenum is part of some enzymes.
Other trace nutrients known to be essential in tiny amounts include: nickel, silicon, vanadium and cobalt.
Amino Acids (AAs) are organic chemical compounds composed of one or more basic amino groups and one or more acidic carboxyl groups. AAs are the “Building Blocks” of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses; they are part of the enzyme and hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity.
When protein is broken down by digestion the result is 22 known amino acids. Eight are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) the rest are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition).
Essential Amino Acids are not synthesized in the body and must come from the diet. (Arginine and Histidine are essential in infants. Cysteine and Tyrosine are quasi-essential because they can be synthesized from Methionine and Phenylalanine respectively.)
The eight Essential Amino Acids are:
(required for the synthesis of Cysteine)
(required for the synthesis of Tyrosine)
Non-Essential Amino Acids are made when the full complement of Essential AAs are present. They can also be converted into other amino acids if the body needs them.
The main non-essential amino acids are:
- Aspartic Acid
- Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA)
- Glutamic Acid
“Antioxidant” is a classification of several organic substances including vitamins C and E, vitamin A (which is converted from beta-carotene), selenium (a mineral), and a group known as the carotenoids. Carotenoids are a pigment that adds color to many fruits and vegetables. The most popular is beta-carotene. For example without carotenoids carrots wouldn’t be orange. The highest concentrations are found in the most deeply or brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called oxygen free radicals. Oxygen free radicals are normal by-products of cell metabolism. However at high levels they can cause damage (oxidative damage) to cells. Many experts believe that damage caused by oxygen free radicals may be a factor in certain age-related conditions. As a person gets older, the level of oxygen free radicals in the body may increase, leading to cell damage and malfunction.
An enzyme is a protein produced by the body to speed up a specific chemical reaction in the body. The body produces many different kinds of enzymes for many different body processes, such as digestion and blood clotting. Some inherited diseases are caused by problems with the production of certain enzymes. Doctors may measure the levels of certain enzymes in a person’s blood to help diagnose certain types of disease, such as liver problems.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
This is what I look for in a client.
• the desire to be healthy
• being open to new possibilities
• understand not everything we learned in the past about food was right
• be responsible for participating in your own health management
• the ability to have a sense of humor throughout this transformation
A commitment over a six-month period is recommended to work at a comfortable pace to establish changes that will last long after the program ends. The first session with a new client is an “in person” session. Meeting you in person teaches me a great deal about you as an individual. It also gives you a chance to meet me. It’s cozier this way. After the initial consultation I work either in person or over the phone.
Before we start I offer a FREE telephone consultation in order to give us an opportunity to see if we are compatible and if we would like to work together. It is important that we like each other since our work together would be a close partnership over an extended period of time.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A SESSION?
During the session I ask thought-provoking, insightful and sometimes penetrating questions. As you answer, a deep and meaningful dialogue will occur between us. You’ll see things about your self, your diet and nutrition, stress level, relationships, work, emotions, spirituality, that you never saw before. I encourage, cajole and cheerlead you to make positive changes. I will help you discover the new you with new ideas, feelings, habits, strategies and specific action for your new “self”.
In addition to health coaching sessions I support you in your journey of change and transformation by helping you clean out your kitchen to get rid of the unhealthy fats, hidden sugars and other unknown landmines that you may not be aware of. We will go on a health food store and a grocery tour to demystify the unknown foods, vegetables and fruits that you’ve seen but are not sure what to do with. This will help you to re-fill your fridge, pantry or cupboards with healthful, nourishing, tasty foods. I help guide you using small, gradual dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Our work includes but is not limited to the following healthcare concerns:
• Weight management & maintenance
• Digestive disorders – constipation/diarrhea, bloating/gas, food allergies
• Depression, mood swings, anxiety
• Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr, MS
• Asthma, Bronchitis
• Diabetes & Hypoglycemia
• Immunity – Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Thyroid Imbalance (hypo or hyper)
• Insomnia or Inability to Get Going in the Morning
• Irregular Blood pressure
• Cholesterol problems
• Energy Imbalance (too much or too little)
• Addictions (food, sugar, alcohol, smoking)
• Arthritis, TMJ, other muscular-skeletal problems, osteoporosis
• Women’s Health Issues – PMS, fibroids, menopause
• Men’s Health Issues – Prostate
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The best part of this program is the investment you make in yourself.
The goal is to improve your health and/or resolve those health concerns specific to you and your body. As you get physically healthier, other areas of your life, relationships, careers and creativity start to improve. You begin to make time in life for those things that are really important to you, that you used to enjoy, that you lost touch with, that you thought you’d never find again.
Your individualized program not only shows you how to eat for optimum health, but the techniques you learn endow you with the tools to help you throughout the rest your life. The better you feel, the more you will use your talents to produce outstanding results for yourself and the world around you. The wisdom to restore your health, lose weight, and feel great is already inside you. This program teaches you to discover a way of eating that’s right for your body and overall life.
The benefits of my Nutrition Program provide the following returns on your investment:
• Be healthier, happier, more vibrant and passionate
• Develop stronger self confidence and greater levels of inner peace
• Release of limiting beliefs in all areas of your life
• Manifest the life you’d like to live and choose abundance in all areas
• Feel powerful about the choices you make concerning your health
• Make the connection between food and mood
• Listen to your body and the answers it provides about health
• Create balance in eating and control food cravings, addictions and binges
• Engage in life-long preventative maintenance to keep yourself in peak form
• Detoxify your blood of everyday toxins, parasites and other pathogens
• Address chronic and acute health conditions
Imagine what this program can do for you and the people around you?
The truth is there is no one diet that is right for everyone. There are many factors that come into play when considering your nutritional intake. You are certainly built differently from countless others; you have a different ancestry and genetic heritage; you’ve lived a different lifestyle; and you also have a different constitution, body type or metabolic profile. This information helps determine what path is best for the unique and individual person you are.