A Holistic Approach
I practice a holistic approach to nutrition, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we look at how all parts of your life affect the whole.
When athletes want a competitive edge, they hire a private coach to track their progress. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “when it comes to your health, using the athlete/coach mindset could also be beneficial. Health coaches are increasingly being hired by corporations to help employees stay healthy, and by individuals seeking to improve well-being. In some ways, the health coach picks up where your physician leaves off, helping you to implement wellness strategies suggested after a check-up or diagnosis.”
No One Diet Works for Everyone
The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has their own nutritional needs. So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it’s too much of a generalization. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets don’t work in the long run. I look at your age, health, activity level, blood type, metabolic rate and personal preferences to determine your dietary needs.
Everything Is Food
Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual practice are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.
Integrative Nutrition Pyramid
The Integrative Nutrition pyramid depicts a balanced approach to nutrition: more high-quality, organic vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, protein and water; less meat, milk, sugar and artificial food. The pyramid is surrounded with the primary food circle, the parts of life that satisfy our hunger for living and create a balanced life.