Do I need a doctor’s permission to begin nutrition therapy?
You do not need a doctor's permission or a prescription to work with a nutritional therapy practitioner; however, if you are under the care of a doctor for a specific disease or illness, you may want to let them know that you are modifying your nutrition in order to lead a healthy more productive life. Nutrition therapy may be a beneficial adjunct to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program. If you are under the care of another healthcare provider, it is vital that you contact your healthcare provider(s) and alert them to your use of nutritional supplements.
What is a nutritional therapy practitioner?
A Nutrition Therapist is trained to evaluate your nutritional needs and make recommendations for dietary change and nutritional supplements. By working with a nutritional therapy practitioner one-on-one, we will assess your bio-individual needs to determine if nutrient deficiencies are present, which particular nutrients will work to restore the chemical balance of your body, and when your nutrition is sufficient. The entire process is customized for you.
How long will it take me to see results?
While everybody wants to see results "yesterday," it takes time to heal. Healing happens at a cellular level; therefore, the process is individual. The length of healing depends on how nutritionally deficient you are and what your body needs to repair and restore those deficiencies. Additionally , the way you are feeling did not happen overnight or even in a week; the state of imbalanced foundations is the result of years of a diet lacking in adequate nutrients and proper digestion. However, most people notice an increase in energy and well-being in as little as two to three weeks of following the plan designed for them. Healing is long-term and your health is worth it.
What is holistic nutrition?
Holistic nutrition is defined several ways. In general, it focuses on how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of a person are interconnected to maintain health. When one part is not working well, it affects the whole person. Holistic approaches focus on the whole person rather than just on the illness or the part of the body that is not healthy.
I’ve tried a whole foods diet before and it didn’t work for me - why will this work?
There is a lot of information available on the Internet. And, you may know someone who has followed the teachings of Weston A. Price, the Paleo diet, or went gluten free—maybe you've tried to do so yourself. After some time on the diet, you may have felt that you didn't get any relief from your health issues. While many people do experience tremendous healing due to switching to a whole foods diet, most of the clients that I see have already changed their diet; yet, they are still experiencing issues. You will need support along your journey; this includes while changing diets and throughout the entire process. Switching to a nutrient-dense whole foods diet isn't enough to reverse the damage that has been done to your body from years of eating a poor diet or a diet that did not meet all your nutritional needs (even vegan and vegetarians experience these issues). This doesn't mean that this plan will not work for you; it means that you need assistance balancing your body's foundations.
Is there one diet that can help everyone?
We believe that everyone is a bio-individual; therefore, there is not a "one size fits all diet." While we understand that we need to get back to the traditions of our ancestors and nourish our bodies with healthy whole foods, we also recognize that everybody comes from different backgrounds and has different life experiences.
If I do not have an autoimmune disorder or chronic disease, can you still help me?
Yes, we can help! Whether it is concern over a family history of disease, taming blood sugar blues, decreased energy, bowel issues, going gluten free, investigating food sensitivities, sleeping better, or firing up your metabolism. We understand these items and more.
Why doesn’t my doctor know these things?
Traditional doctors that attend medical school have approximately two weeks or less of training in nutrition; and, that training comes from the same training that has influenced the guidelines for the Standard American Diet (SAD). Nutrition therapy may be a beneficial adjunct to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication. Because of this, it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program. If you are under the care of another healthcare provider, it is important that you contact your healthcare provider(s) and alert them to your use of nutritional supplements.
Will I see weight loss with this diet?
Both weight loss and weight gain are symptoms of a much bigger issue. It has been my experience with both myself and my clients that body weight will normalize after the body has healed.
Do I have to buy special or expensive food?
It is our belief that food is powerful and serves as the best medicine. There is a cost/benefit associated with eating unprocessed, whole, nutrient-dense, properly prepared foods that far exceeds what is spent on the food itself. There is a value to eating for your health. I encourage you to ask yourself, if it is too expensive to eat healthy, how much more expensive is it to eat to stay sick?
How do you assess my personal nutrition needs?
The holistic evaluation will include a complete and comprehensive health history; we will look beyond symptoms and more deeply at lifestyle and environment through a complete dietary review.
Depending upon the individual, the body system’s evaluation may extend to hair and mineral analysis, blood chemistry panels, GI pathogen screening, and hormone testing. For nutritional healing to take place, we must determine where your body is imbalanced and deficient.
How will my progress be tracked?
Several holistic methods will be used to monitor and track your progress, including your body’s innate intelligence. Your progress will be monitored by how you feel. In addition, we will re-survey using the same methods at various points in your progress.
What health concerns can nutrition therapy address?
Our training in balancing the foundations of the body is where we excel! Nutritional Therapy should be the first line of defense before harsh chemicals and drugs are used. The old adage "an ounce of maintenance is worth a pound of prevention" rings true when it comes to your health. To heal the body, you cannot just treat one thing; you have to treat everything because everything within your body is interconnected. Therefore, Nutrition Therapy can address all health concerns and all disease states to map back to the ‘why’ and not just the ‘what’ of your health challenges.
I am on prescribed medication, can I still get nutrition therapy?
Yes, nutrition therapy is the practice of using foods and diet as a way of healing. In some cases, we use nutrient-dense supplements to aide in that process. Nutrition therapy may be a beneficial adjunct to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.
Is nutrition therapy covered by insurance?
Currently, nutrition therapy is seen as a holistic practice and major insurance companies do not cover the cost of healing via these methods. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify coverage availability.
Do you provide supplements?
To properly heal, a custom healing plan must be provided; certain foods may be recommended, and others may need to be avoided. Along with a customized food plan, healing, whole food supplements will be suggested to encourage your body to rebalance and heal itself.
Do you take long distance clients?
Today's technological advances have made it possible to address your health concerns from a distance; therefore, it is not necessary to see you in person.