Optimize Your Health The Easy Way With Great Nutrition
“Holistic Nutrition” is more than just the food that we put on our plates.
Holistic nutrition is just as much a way of life as it is a way to eat. It encompasses mindful eating, making your kitchen a sacred and peaceful space, taking time to prepare foods, purchasing foods from good sources and becoming aware of your body’s response (or reaction) to certain foods.
We utilize all five senses with holistic nutrition, and expand our knowledge about the foods we eat to make educated choices for the rest of our lives. Holistic nutrition is sustainable nutrition, and your foods should change throughout your lifetime, just like you are changing throughout your lifetime.
Holistic nutrition focuses on the wider (macro) view of foods as a whole.
How to purchase, prepare and consume whole foods rather than just extracting certain minerals or vitamins from “super foods” or supplements. How to build a balanced meal with whole foods to not only get optimal nutrition but to tailor the individuals needs for proteins, carbohydrates, whole grains, vegetables and fruits etc. to meet the needs of their daily life.
We all have different daily demands on our body, and our nutrition and daily food choices should reflect that.
Holistic nutrition takes into account modern research, while also putting emphasis on traditional use of foods and cultures. Staying on top of research and continually providing education to people is a foundational piece of nutrition, and this also means that we understand how the human body digests foods and also how food is changing over generations.
How we digest foods and how quickly the body adapts to new food sources is a big deal this day in age as our food system is changing dramatically.
Personally, I have found that the more I learn about food, the less afraid I am to eat it.
There is an absurd amount of fear surrounding food these days. If you go on the internet (or even to the local bookstore), you can solidify your fear about ANY food and how “damaging” is it to your body. But I don’t buy in to most of that hype. I know how to research nutrition information, and I know what to look out for with bad health resources or fear based publications.
A holistic nutritionist shares this information with you, so that later on down the road you can effectively make informed choices about most anything. With well researched education and continued use of my body’s own intuition, I know that making informed choices about food is the best way to keep my nutrition lifestyle sustainable.
The most important aspect of holistic nutrition is to have a grounded understanding of your own body and to take responsibility for your own health.
Food can be a powerful medicine, and the daily practice of preparing and enjoying our foods is a big part of that medicine. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the information out there on foods or even how to begin making a change in your diet, come talk with a nutritionist to point you in new direction.
So, How to Use This Information?
Optimize Your Diet and Nutrition
This is an area of your life that is changeable. Your nutrition does not depend on your genetics. It depends on simply following healthy principles and great nutritious diet.
A healthy diet does not mean starving yourself or eliminating foods that you enjoy.
Finding wholesome alternatives, in reasonable amounts, is the goal. Good tips include: eat un-processed foods. Replace processed sugars with natural alternatives like honey. Consider visiting your farmer’s market to find healthy additions to your diet. Your local organic market is a great place to meet people who share your new healthier lifestyle.
For the healthiest diet, take a look at the Mediterranean diet.
Main Benefits of Working with a Holistic Coach:
- Develop a personalized, sustainable health food plan – not a prepackaged diet.
- Create a nutritional plan that is specific for exactly what you need to address your current nutritional status that is appropriate for your lifestyle, time commitment and food availability.
- Gain essential education around making food choices so that your day to day decision making is easier and more well informed for the future.
- Access to support when you feel like you are struggling, with your nutritionist offering new recipes, motivation tips, daily reminders and encouragement while you are continuing your food journey.
- Provide a nutritional assessment and subsequent plan that takes into account any current health/medical issues and incorporates food as medicine to encourage and promote balanced healing.
What to expect from a Holistic Nutrition appointment:
The first appointment will be 1.5 hours.
We will briefly go over health history and a day in the life of your food choices. (This is not a place for judgment. We are here to help, not critique your choices). We will talk about lifestyle and set clear goals and a timeline for reaching them. We will find areas for improvement and we will develop a plan that has a foundation in places where you already excel to find a sustainable nutrition and food plan that will work with your lifestyle and meet your goals within our time frame.
You will take home a detailed plan with resources and guidance to get your started. If food intolerances are at play, we will address and test for food intolerances during this visit.
The follow-up appointments are all 1 hour and often 4 weeks apart.
If you need to be held accountable more frequently, they are every 2 weeks. We will review any areas where you are struggling and provide solutions to these obstacles. We will add to your nutrition plan slowly to become more comprehensive and make sure each change is benefiting and supporting your health goals.
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