WHAT IS NUTRITION THERAPY?
Nutrition Therapy is the practice in which the whole person (body, mind and spirit) is taken into consideration when creating recommendations to use food as medicine in the prevention and management of disease, illness and/or other health issues. Nutrition Therapists aim to discover the root cause of your pain and suffering, not just provide you with a band-aid to relieve your symptoms. I've found that much of my practice in Nutrition Therapy simply involves educating people on how to make health promoting choices about their nutrition and lifestyle habits. I don't think anyone tries to intentionally disrupt the state of their health. But when you've grown up in a culture where processed food is praised for its convenience, cooking is touted as a hassle and there are so many "diets" out there it makes your head spin, it's difficult to obtain valid information and decide where to begin making changes in your life. By practicing Nutrition Therapy, you take on the responsibility of your own health by actively learning about and enacting a diet and lifestyle based on real foods.
Who is Nutrition Therapy for?
Nutrition can be therapeutic for anyone. Whether you're young, old, sick, healthy, struggling with weight management, acne, digestive distress or simply want to change your outlook on food. Taking a holistic view of your health and wellness can change your life in ways you didn't even know possible.
What is your main area of focus?
I have concentrated a lot of my studies and practice on the supporting the following:
- Digestive/Gut Health
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's & Colitis)
- Leaky Gut (intestinal permeability)
- Autoimmune Disease
- Ancestral (Paleo) Eating and Lifestyle
- Lifestyle factors such as movement, sleep and stress
- Intuitive Eating
- Inspiring lasting behavior change in clients
Yes! Nutrition Therapy, used in conjunction with a medical doctor or practitioner when necessary, can be extremely beneficial, especially if you're actively experiencing symptoms of ill health or currently suffering from a chronic disease or health condition.
SHould i work with a nutrition therapist and a doctor?
Healing diets are implemented to address a specific problem(s), are anti-inflammatory by nature, and are typically meant to be "short-term." These diets can be very restrictive which is why they are typically only meant to be followed for a short period of time, anywhere from 1 month to many years. However, many people benefit from following a version of the healing diet they had formerly been on. For instance, someone following an Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet may reintroduce, nuts or seeds after a certain amount of time but still may not be able to tolerate nightshades or eggs. It's important to seek the guidance of someone who has experience with these types of healing diets so they can help you navigate the proper implementation and use.
Examples of healing diets may include:
- Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)
- Celiac's Disease/Gluten-Free diet