What is a holistic health and nutrition counselor?
My approach is a blend of my training in holistic health and nutrition with the theoretical aspects of health decision making and health behavior that I discovered during my studies in Public Health. Simply put, holistic health addresses all aspects of life that nourish you, not just what ends up on your fork. It is about introducing new behaviors and skills into the day to day with the goal of making healthy living something that comes naturally and instinctively.
The work we do together is not a replacement for medical advice, although it is a wonderful complement to any other practitioner that you may be seeing. Our sessions will create a space to connect the dots and allow you to feel confident about your food and lifestyle choices.
I am not the authority on your body. I bet you can guess who is…
I am here to support your exploration, inspire you to try things that I think might be right for you, and ultimately to transform your relationship with your food forever.
What is a personalized health counseling program?
There is no single diet that works for everyone. This is a program that is tailored to your specific situation and health goals. Let me give you an example, say you have recently discovered that you have some discomfort after eating, you lack energy, or you aren’t sleeping well and are frustrated because you cannot get to the bottom of what is going on seemingly all of a sudden. I would give you different practical actions to try in the time between our sessions to hone in what might be throwing things out of balance. With most clients this begins with cleaning up the diet and building shopping and cooking skills. Experimenting in the kitchen is the fastest way to take back the reins of your health. Each time we meet, I will ask you to fill out a form a few days in advance so I can prepare for our next session. This is how the program develops organically, adapting to your needs as you explore your relationship with food and health. We will both have long and short term goals in this process, allowing for your progress to unfold as naturally as possible.
How will you chart my progress?
The results of our working together cannot be measured by a scale or determined by a number. Your progress will be determined by the goals we set at the start and the specific needs of your body. I do not believe in restrictive diets or a drastic overhaul of your lifestyle. By adding in new positive behavior you eventually squeeze out the habits you are trying get rid of.
What do you eat?
Pretty much everything that looks and smells good to me. And whatever I could cook myself if I wanted to. I eat with my eyes first and what attracts me has definitely evolved since I have invested more time into food and nutrition studies. When you clean out your diet, some things that you thought you could never live without become suddenly unappealing. Sourpatch kids for example, I used to eat them until I could not feel my mouth anymore and now would never reach for them. This is not a result of discipline, but of fundamental changes to my tastebuds. Plus I cannot cook sourpatchkids at home, so there is that too.
Six months seems like a long commitment, can I do a shorter program?
Even if I was able to sit in front of you and tell you in an hour what will work for your body, it would not be much more than the general advice that you might find floating around all of the information channels you are tapped into already: Eat less refined packaged foods, avoid ingredients you cannot pronounce and an expiration date that is freakishly far into the future, etc.
I have found that six months is the minimum needed to produce rich results. The commitment here is really to yourself; to decide once and for all that you are going to experiment a bit to find the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, that you can incorporate in an everyday, sustainable way. First you find the simple tweaks and changes that allow you to learn what your optimum feels like, then you give these new habits a little time to become second nature.