Our Most Asked Questions...
These are some of the most common questions we are asked. Please read through them to get a better idea of what Nutritional Therapy is all about.
HOW CAN NUTRITIONAL THERAPY HELP ME?
Nutritional therapy uses a holistic approach to health. We identify underlying causes of symptoms in the body, and support the imbalances with diet and lifestyle changes. We use whole food nutrition, herbs, and sometimes supplements to assist in your body’s natural healing process.
The truth is, symptoms are the last thing to appear, which means whatever your concern is, it has been building for most likely, years. Nutritional therapy is about finding the root cause of the symptoms and restoring balance in the body to create long-term health.
Nutritional therapy can help any situation because our bodies were designed to be healed with food. When you give the proper building materials to your body, it will start to heal on it’s own.
I HAVE DIABETES, HIGH CHOLESTEROL, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, ETC. DO YOU TREAT MY CONDITION?
I do not treat conditions. However, I do provide care to people who have conditions. I support your body’s nutritional needs, offering it a chance to effectively care for itself.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GET BETTER?
Each person, and their healing journey is unique. No two people will be exactly the same. However, there are some factors that are the same for everyone.
Learning what a truly healthy diet looks like is a must, as well as identifying and eliminating food sensitivities. Ensuring you are properly digesting, managing blood sugar fluctuations, supporting endocrine function and adrenal health, maintaining proper mineral and fatty acid balance, as well as ridding your body of toxins are all vital for good health.
In addition to the physical aspect; addressing stress, emotional concerns and spiritual needs are all an extremely important part of your healing journey.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
As I mentioned above, you should be prepared to commit to at least 3-6 months of intense healing. The real answer is, it takes years to rebuild the body. So when someone asks me, “How long do I need to see you?”, My answer is, “How long do you want to be healthy?”
No, you will not need to see me every week for the rest of your life. What I mean by this is, once you have reached more of a maintenance level in your process, it is important to maintain a somewhat regular schedule, even if that means you’re only coming in 3-4 times a year.
See “When will I feel Better?” below, for more information.
WHAT DOES THE PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
Prior to our Discovery Session, you will fill out a health history form and disclaimer. If you choose to work with me on your path to wellness, you will then be asked to complete a nutritional questionnaire, and a 3 day food journal.
At our first 30 min. session we will discuss in detail, your health concerns, and make some suggestions and outline what working together would look like as far as cost and number of visits you would benefit from. Most clients choose to start with a 3 month commitment and reassess after the 3 months as to what their goals are, but some have already been doing some great work and just need a little assistance getting them to where they want to go.
Next, at the Initial Health History Session (60 min) we will review your food journal and intake forms in detail giving you dietary suggestions to start implementing.
At the next appointment I will perform a functional evaluation to gather more information about where there seems to be need for support in your body.
Once I feel that I have sufficient information, we will begin testing for the proper nutritional protocol to support your needs. This typically begins with some sort of gut reconditioning program, or digestive support. We have a very thorough, systematic way of evaluating your needs. We work through the “layers” of your body’s priorities. This ensures optimal healing opportunities throughout the body.
We do not get to see the entire picture in one day. The body is like an onion, where we have to peel away one layer at a time. We work through each system in the body, addressing the issues that arises.
When starting nutritional therapy, you can expect to be working consistently, and diligently for at least 3-6 months.
Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix. The process takes time and effort, but the rewards are tremendous.
WHY DO I EVEN NEED SUPPLEMENTS?
The sad truth is, it is simply impossible to get all of our nutritional needs from food anymore. The soil is so severely depleted, to get the iron that was available in one cup of spinach in 1945, you would have to consume 65 cups today!
Unfortunately, unless we actively participate in correcting our nutritional deficiencies, we would all suffer from malnutrition. Our bodies are literally starving. This is why disease is so rampant. Combine lack of nutrition with the toxic overload we are exposed to on a daily basis ranging from our food supply, water, environmental, hygiene and cleaning products, is it really any wonder why health is declining?
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT?
In the beginning, most people come in every 2 weeks. Again, this varies based on your specific needs. Our goal is to get you at a maintenance level where you would be coming in every 1 to 3 months.
WHY DO I NEED TO DO A FOOD JOURNAL?
The food journal is an extremely important piece in the healing process. This helps us identify unhealthy foods, foods that could be an issue for you, unhealthy eating patterns, and many other important factors regarding your health.
Yes, I know, this is one of the least favorite things about the process for most people. However, I can not stress the importance of this. How would you feel if you had worked hard for 3 months (or more) trying to improve your health, and then come to find out that something you were putting in your body on a daily basis was the cause for your lack of progress? Frustrating right? This is why we do the food journal.
HOW DO YOU EVALUATE MY PROGRESS?
Throughout your process, we will perform several functional evaluations, nutritional assessments, as well as discuss any previous lab work you’ve had done with your doctor regarding your progress.
WHEN WILL I FEEL BETTER?
Most clients report feeling better within a matter of days. The important thing to remember is that even though you are feeling better, it doesn’t mean you can stop your protocol. Healing takes time. It takes months (sometimes years) to restore function to certain areas in the body.
The other important thing to remember is this; the harder you work at home, the faster your healing will be.
The better your diet, the more effective nutritional therapy will be. The happier you are, the more joy and gratitude you show, the faster your body will heal. Reducing, or preferably eliminating all toxic exposures as much as possible will also significantly decrease your recovery time. Exercising regularly, yoga, and meditation would all greatly improve your experience.
As you can see, all of these suggestions are up to you. How much work are you willing to put into it?
Ultimately your health is your responsibility. I am here to support and guide you, but the real work comes from you.
HOW ARE THE SUPPLEMENTS YOU RECOMMEND DIFFERENT THAT WHAT THEY SELL IN THE STORE?
I get this question a lot. The short answer is, there is a huge difference in quality!
First of all, some supplements you buy from the drug store have been found to have common allergens like corn, gluten, and soy used as fillers without proper labeling. Some have even been found to have common houseplants used as fillers! They do this because they are able to produce mass amounts, for much less expense, resulting in big money for them.
Another thing I like to emphasize with clients is that the companies I use for supplementation have been tested for active ingredients, quantity of active ingredients, and screened for heavy metals. These are quality supplements only available for purchase through qualified practitioners. Yes, you may be able to find them online at Super Store X Marketplace, however these sites are not selling legitimate products from the company distributors directly. They have gotten a hold of them in another manner and there is no guarantee that they are indeed the product they claim to be, or that they’ve been properly stored.
I also use a couple of companies that only use whole food ingredients in their supplements.
So what exactly does “whole food” mean?
Whole food supplements are a complex formula that include plant and animal extracts. Using concentrated forms of foods like Brussels sprouts, kale, and alfalfa have an extremely therapeutic effect on the body. By providing the body with proper nutrition, you are allowing the body an opportunity to health on it’s own.