Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching
Eating should be a pleasurable experience, knowing that what we eat is nourishing, delicious and satisfying, and that it is prepared in a simple manner that preserves its inherent nutritional value.
Everyday we are making food and beverage choices that influence the health of our minds and bodies.
These choices in the long run may benefit or harm our body. Many chronic western diseases such as depression, diabetes and heart disease can be prevented or their onset delayed by making sensible food choices.
A healthy diet, balanced in macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fat) and micronutrients (vitamin and minerals), is also important to maintain a healthy body weight, overall fitness, energy level and good mental health.
The cells in our bodies are built from the raw materials we eat. The more suitable our food choices are to our specific requirements, the better cell structures we can build.
In particular, our brains are highly sensitive to poor nutritional choices. Mood disorders (“the blues” and stress are common examples) are directly related to biochemical imbalances in the brain, and these are directly influenced by whether we supply healthy nutrients and remove or avoid toxins.
As every person is bio-chemically unique, individual nutritional imbalances and weaknesses must be assessed. Environmental pollution, metal toxicity, micro-organism imbalances and food sensitivities are among other factors that must be considered in constructing a nutritional program.
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My Food Philosophy
We are all genetically and biochemically unique and must experiment and listen to our response to various foods to determine what is healthy and energizing for each of us. Our bodies function best when clean, healthy raw materials (food and water!) are ingested, digested and absorbed on a regular basis, and toxins and wastes are eliminated, allowing the body to inherently keep itself in a state of balance.
Just Eat Real Food!
- Eat high quality, fresh, nutrient-dense, preferably organic, real food
- Emphasize a variety of veggies and a few fruits as the main feature at each meal; mainly low-Glycemic choices if blood sugar or excess weight are a concern
- Include moderate amounts of clean proteins and healthy fats
- Emphasize clear, filtered water and herbal tea
- Minimize or avoid all processed foods and those with added ingredients, especially chemical names that you cannot pronounce!
- Avoid anything to which you are sensitive or intolerant (for me that is gluten, eggs and dairy, and to a lesser extent other grains and legumes)
- Experiment and expand your repertoire of recipes and ingredients that you enjoy
- Eat slowly and mindfully without distractions, and chew every bite thoroughly
- Listen to your body, learning to eat what gives you energy and allows your body to radiate health, and avoid what does not serve.
- Food you prepare yourself, with love, will be more nourishing to you!
Eat a Plant-Rich variety of foods at every meal!
Choose a Rainbow of Vegetables, plus some Fruits and starchier Carbs, to fill 75% of your plate; then select the Proteins and Fats (choose from Paleo/Keto, Mediterranean or Vegetarian/Vegan) appropriate for your body to complete your meal!
What Is Holistic Nutrition?
Holistic nutrition is an approach to health that goes beyond a general guideline that is influenced by food lobbies and the processed food industry. Rather it uses scientific knowledge of human biochemistry to recommend foods that are healthy for your body.
Holistic by definition means “care of the entire person in all aspects.” That means working together to examine eating habits, stress and other lifestyle factors and understanding emotional connections.
As a Natural Nutritional Coach and Practitioner, I will coach you to develop new dietary habits, incorporating the latest scientific knowledge. As it may be difficult to achieve optimal health through food alone, I may also suggest personalized dietary supplement programs.
But knowledge of good nutritional practices may not always be enough to change your habits and develop a healthy body. Through an understanding of the latest research in mental health and my experience as a yoga therapy practitioner, I can assist you in developing an understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection and help you get past what might be “getting in the way” of reaching your wellness goals.
Your nutrition goals may include:
- Eating healthier overall
- Increasing energy levels
- Managing stress naturally
- Improving your digestion
- Maximizing weight-loss efforts
- Detoxification and cleansing
- Understanding Nutritional Typing and eating for your type
- Improving blood glucose, blood cholesterol, blood pressure
- Relief from depression
- Overcoming addictions
- Mindful eating
- Improving sleep quality