What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutrition Therapy is based on a foundational approach to nutrition. A Nutrition Therapy Practitioner provides tools for assessing the body’s nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, and addresses these through diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
The basic philosophy of Nutritional Therapy is simple: the myriad health problems that plague modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations, which largely stem from poor nutrition and chronic stress.
A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner/Consultant’s job is to help restore good health through a nutrient dense, whole food, properly prepared diet, as well as provide necessary supplementation to balance body chemistry and correct deficiencies. Nutritional Therapy Practitioners/Consultants look at the big picture rather than the symptoms accompanying an issue.
This means that we as Nutritional Therapists do not assume that a symptom is the actual “problem”. Instead, we become investigators so as to find the root underlying cause.
For example, we believe that obesity is not so much a disease, but a series of imbalances.
Nutritional Therapy Practitioners/Consultants espouse the concept of bio-individuality, meaning there is no “one size fits all” approach to diet. While some people thrive on a diet relatively low in fats, for others, the increase in carbohydrates is devastating. Likewise, low-carb diets high in fat may help some people, but for others, have been completely inappropriate and even dangerous. There is no perfect diet for everyone.
As Nutritional Therapists, we are trained to help each client find the right types of whole foods that will restore balance and enhance their ability to heal. We also understand that the body has innate intelligence of its own nutritional needs, and we use tools to help our clients reconnect with and grow attuned to that innate intelligence.
It is important to remember that the body is often capable of correcting itself, if done with patience and the proper tools (i.e. nutrients) for doing so.
We recommend a balanced diet of whole, non-processed foods and nutritional supplementation to support the foundations of health, which include digestion, blood sugar, mineral balance, fatty acid balance, and hydration.
How does the program work?
We begin with your initial evaluation, which lasts an hour and a half. During this time, we will review your Confidential Initial Interview, your 3-Day Food Journal and your Nutrition Assessment questionnaire. We will identify and discuss which of your foundations are showing imbalance and
create a plan for addressing these areas. After our initial consultation, you are welcome to secure a package of sessions for continued support, or you are welcome to simply take the plan we’ve created together and implement it on your own.
Please realize that some recommended supplements are not necessarily intended for long-term use, and your nutritional requirements will change as your deficiencies and imbalances are brought back in balance with the recommendations. For these reasons, maintenance check-ins are recommended at least twice per year.