Nutritional Counseling

A nutritional counselor helps people set achievable health goals and teaches various ways of maintaining these goals throughout their lifetime.  Our intention is to work with you as a coach and to empower you to make your own health-minded decisions and to work at your pace to optimize your eating and exercise lifestyles.

Why Nutritional Counseling? 

    Various benefits of nutritional counseling include:

  • Increased energy
  • Healthier lifestyle and food choices
  • Better quality sleep
  • Reduced symptoms and aid in the healing process of disease
  • Less drastic range of emotions
  • Happiness
  • Possible increase in longevity
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Lesser chance of disorders and disease appearing
  • Better ability to concentrate

It’s a difficult battle, here in America.  We are continuously at odds against very challenging forces in the food industry and economic sectors of business and government.  Furthermore, we are bombarded with misinformation, creating a culture of confusion.  On the one hand, we must advocate for ourselves; on the other hand, we’re left in the dark or often misled for someone else’s gain.  What to do?  We can help you sort through the information and understand what is based on sound rationale and science.   

 Simply contact us and we’ll arrange an initial evaluation – either in person or as a Virtual Visit for those who are outside of driving distance to our office.  We’ll discuss your health history, current status, and future goals, and create a game plan to help you get to where you want to go.  We customize it to your lifestyle and your needs, never imposing on our patients a cookie-cutter approach to nutritional wellness.  The more informative our patients are with us, the higher the yield of response we can provide to them.  Follow up plans are based on the individual’s management plan.

Is your nutritional counseling based largely or solely on raw food practices?

No.  While consuming a raw food diet is presented as an option, it is not a primary foundation for any treatment plans.

How do you charge for your services?    

There is an initial evaluation fee, with lesser fees for follow-up visits.

Is there any way of testing for my metabolism, to formulate an even more informative, customized treatment plan?

Absolutely.  We have several forms of metabolic testing available, which provide powerful information about how your body is operating on a cellular level.  This type of information can be instrumental in personalizing an eating, exercise, and/or supplement plan specific to your body’s needs.  While it may not be always necessary to undergo this testing, it is certainly always an option.

Fasting 

Fasting is a comprehensive process designed to take the body from a state of imbalance to a state of balance. This process is different for everyone, based on many factors. During this process the body often experiences a healing crisis which mimics and intensifies the symptoms of illness and imbalance as it detoxifies.

We offer many supportive therapies to help you through fasting and detoxification:

  • Herbal Poultices
  • Raw Soups
  • Juices
  • Colon Hydrotherapy
  • IV Therapies

Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food and drink for a period of time. A fast may be total or partial concerning that from which one fasts, and may be prolonged or intermittent as to the period of fasting. A complete fast in its traditional definition is abstinence of all food and liquids except for water.

The Benefits of Fasting include: 1. Detoxify the Body, 2. Lose Weight and 3. Live Longer

This process is different for everyone, based on many factors. During this process the body often experiences a healing crisis which mimics and intensifies the symptoms of illness and imbalance as it detoxifies.

Raw Food Diet

Raw Food eating is the practice of consuming uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods as a large percentage of the diet. Such foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, beans, and more, prepared in a variety of tasteful methods. Raw Food eating is not necessarily synonymous with vegetarianism, i.e. it does not necessarily exclude the ingestion of meat or animal products by definition.  It also is not, by definition, synonymous with “uncooked food” – foods can routinely be heated up to 115 degrees F in preparation.  

Raw food advocates believe this eating lifestyle has numerous health benefits, including:

  • Increased energy                       • Aid the body in the healing process of disease
  • Improved skin appearance     • Weight loss
  • Better digestion                         • Reduced risk of heart disease     

Raw foods include beneficial bacteria and other micro-organisms that enhance digestion and the immune system by inhabiting the digestive tract with beneficial gut flora (“good bacteria”). Raw foods have higher nutrient values than foods which have been cooked.  Heating food above 115 degrees F can destroy enzymes in foods that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food, as well as degrade the nutrients in foods, thus removing their healing and “life force” value.  

Over-heating oils and fats can produce trans-fat: the greatest of all enemies in regards to the prevention of atherosclerosis and subsequent heart disease.  Overheated fats and proteins (eg, grilling meats) are also potentially cancer-inducing. Over-cooking foods produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs) – which affect nearly every type of cell in the body and can contribute to age- and diabetes- related chronic inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis, asthma, arthritis, heart attacks, kidney disease, eye disease, gum disease, and nerve damage (in other words, these can cause real damage!). 

Furthermore, processed and convenience food often contain excitotoxins (such as flavor enhancers) which can cause excitotoxicity, which occurs when nerve cells are damaged and killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters. Foods with added chemicals, preservatives, additives, coloring agents/dyes are discouraged for similar reasons.

Raw foods such as fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, are high in antioxidants and can help to slow the aging process, among other benefits.  Raw foods also contain fewer trans fats and saturated fat than the typical Western diet (a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consumption of a raw food diet lowered plasma total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations), and are lower in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health-promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals.  These properties are associated with a lower risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

How do I get started?

For those undergoing a comprehensive treatment plan following hair analysis testing, we will guide you on each and every step of the way.

More generally, one consideration is to start your change with breakfast, because it’s your first meal of the day.  As such, your breakfast intake sets the tone for the rest of the day, both in terms of your behavioral habit as well as your metabolic response.  For example, if you start your day at breakfast with a carb like toast, you’ll metabolically be more hungry in a short amount of time, and you’ll likely behaviorally be more inclined to have a sandwich at lunch (with more bread).  In contrast, if you start off with fresh fruit for breakfast, you’ll be more inclined to eat more fruit or perhaps a fresh salad for lunch.  

Do I have to eat raw all the time?

Again, for those who are undergoing a comprehensive treatment plan, we will guide you every step during this period. Following the specific treatment course, or perhaps more generally as a healthier eating lifestyle, a partial raw food eating lifestyle can bring you many benefits.  Once you start, you will notice a difference in the way you look and feel, which will make it easier for you to make even further progress.

What about getting enough protein? 

Protein (in the form of amino acids, which when combined create protein) are present in every living thing, so the notion that one must eat meat to obtain enough protein is simply a misconception.  Eating a wide variety of foods will lead to adequate protein intake. The food groups that contain the most concentrated sources of protein include green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and beans.  Examples of such foods include spinach, broccoli, sprouted wild rice, oats, raisins, sunflower or sesame or pumpkin or flax seeds, sprouted soya beans, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, sprouted quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, avocado, and many more. 

The RDA suggests 35-60 grams of protein a day, depending on the source of recommendation and other factors (gender, athletic performance, etc.).  Just 1 cup of many of the above foods can fulfill this recommendation.  

Additional Resources

David Wolfe, Tony Robbins, and many others are good source of information exemplifying the power of raw foods.

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