WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
My philosophy on practicing Nutritional Therapy is simple: I want to come alongside you, the client, and to help you begin to identify how diet, lifestyle, genetics, nutritional status, and your internal and external environment affect your health and to guide you in making changes, if needed, in these areas.
When you begin to connect the dots in this diet/lifestyle/genetic/nutrient/environmental constellation, you begin the process of becoming the expert on your body, the one person who is able to pull from the expertise and modalities of a number of practitioners to accomplish the same goal: your health and vitality. Whether it be medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, counselors, psychologists, physical therapists, or nutritionists like me, consider us each a part of your team.
So, what part do I play in this team?
As I stated above, I’m most interested in looking at the effects (positive and negative) of your diet, lifestyle, genetic heritage, nutritional status (deficient, inadequate, or sufficient), and environmental inputs upon your health status.
I accomplish this in a multitude of ways.
Every client of mine keeps a Food/Mood/Poop Journal. Yes, I’m all about getting real about the inputs and the outputs you have going on on a daily basis! Hey, I decorate my house with a Bristol Stool Chart in a gold frame. (In my bathroom. I’m not a complete weirdo.) This is my jam.
In your Food/Mood/Poop Journal (FMP for short), you keep track of the foods you eat, the supplements you take, the beverages you drink, (and with no judgment, might I add, this is for informational purposes only!), the bowel movements you have, and, perhaps the most interesting, the symptoms you experience. By “Mood”, I’m really talking about the tinge of depression at about four p.m., the craving for chocolate on certain days of your cycle (or every day, let’s be real), the shakiness you felt when you skipped breakfast and drank coffee instead, the strange headache that accompanied the shakiness, the fact that you craved salty chips the minute you left your mother-in-law’s house—this provides incredibly useful data points in the detective work I’m going to be doing to figure out your physiology and function!
We meet, regularly. Your Initial Interview will be the longest meeting, perhaps one and a half to two hours, where I take a look at your Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire results (a three-hundred-question online questionnaire which gives me an idea of the body systems which might be going awry and which helps you articulate just what’s going on in there), along with your Initial Interview Confidential Intake Form, and the first three days of your FMP Journal.
I listen. So much of the answers to where to begin lay in your history, from pre-conception to current day. We fill out a Functional Medicine Matrix and Timeline which help us to see connections between life stages and symptomology and we begin the detective process.
This will take time, and commitment. Commitment from me, the practitioner, to keep on listening and digging and not giving up on finding out just which pieces of the puzzle we are missing, and commitment from you, the client, to implement the dietary and lifestyle changes (and I promise to work with you to ensure that these changes are possible, doable, and that you understand just why they’re necessary) and to keep on listening to your body and communicating with me.
Nutritional Therapy is holistic because humans are holistic. We are mind/body/spirits, and our physiology reflects this. There is no one answer to your hormonal chaos or autoimmune condition or digestive issues. There is no one condition or solution. Every dysfunction is multifactorial, and this means that every protocol is multifaceted.
There’s nothing I like better than to sit down with a client and hear his or her story. If Nutritional Therapy sounds like a good fit for you, email me for further information!