Nutrition pillar of health

Nutrition

Can you be healthy without good nutrition? The answer is NO.

Nutritious food feeds and provides the proper building blocks for cells. Healthy cells make healthy blood, healthy organs, and a strong body.

So, of course, what you eat has a HUGE impact on:

  • Your energy level
  • What you weigh
  • How often you get sick and how you recover
  • How long you live
  • Preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.
  • Quality of life

It is confusing because there is so much information out there. So many philosophies, diets, and rules… paleo, vegan, low carb, keto, pescatarian, macros, intermittent fasting, just to name a few. We get tired of trying to figure this out… trying and failing yet again to get nutrition and healthy eating right.

In my practice, I first start with testing your metabolism. I take a look at body fat, basal metabolic rate, and lean body mass. I can then put together a customized eating program based on your activity level and your health goals.

Not only do I teach you how much you need to be eating, I teach you what foods to increase in your diet and what foods to limit. Understanding how food effects inflammation is crucial to changing how the body works from the inside out.

Nutrient density is the key to building a strong and healthy body. We will show you how to incorporate this into your busy life, without a lot of difficulty.

Can you be perfect all the time? NO. That is why we teach you how to include flexibility in your plan and live a little, while staying within a framework of healthy eating, most of the time.

We provide customized meal plans, easy meal planning tips, a healthy cooking class, recipes, and so much more to equip you to reach your health destination.  Education is key.

Accountability

Accountability is the glue that holds our entire program and approach together. A plan will only produce a successful outcome if it is implemented consistently. My top priority is to keep clients improving and getting more consistent over our time together.

Coach

I started playing tennis as an adult with my husband many years ago. I am naturally athletic so I was very surprised how hard it was for me to learn how to play tennis. I wanted to play in a league, so I hired a coach... an expert. It made all the difference in the world. After a few lessons, I got the basics down and was able to join a beginner league.

My job as a coach is to get you to your destination faster than you could do on your own. Also it is my job to keep you on track, even if it means I have to give you a call and have a crucial conversation about sticking to the program.

Teacher

My biggest passion and most favorite part of my job is educating my clients. There is so much information out there. You need the right info in an easy-to-understand system. We conduct education classes for all of our practice members on nutrition, inflammation, meal planning, cooking, and so much more.

Partner in Health

Working with me is a participation sport. We are partners. I can walk by your side and hold your hand on your health journey, but I can’t carry you on my back and do all the work. We make it as easy as possible to follow and implement a healthy lifestyle plan. We don’t expect perfection because it doesn’t exist. The more effort you put in, the better results you will get!

Hormones Metabolic Balance

Hormones & Metabolic Balance

Hormones are powerful messengers and work in a beautiful harmony when they are all balanced. Chronic stress, poor sleep, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise all contribute to the symphony getting out of balance and not “sound” right.

HORMONE FUNCTION SYMPTOMS WHEN OUT OF BALANCE
Cortisol Healthy stress response; energy Poor sleep, fatigue, hard to wake up
Estrogen Bone health, sexual health Painful periods, hot flashes, adult acne, weight gain in hips and thighs, ‘man’ breasts
Progesterone Healthy menstrual flow, sleep, healthy pregnancy Poor sleep, missed periods, painful and/or heavy periods, healthy pregnancy
Testosterone Energy, sex drive, fat burning Low energy, low libido, muscle loss
Insulin Gateway for glucose to enter cell and create energy Sugar cravings, fatigue between meals, difficult to lose weight

Lifestyle is medicine. Improving nutrition, exercise, detoxification, and the stress response are huge steps to improving hormone balance.

In our practice, we use a combination of a detailed metabolic questionnaire and bloodwork if needed to find out which hormones are out of balance. From there, we will recommend a customized supplement protocol to balance body chemistry quicker, while lifestyle changes are being implemented to heal inflammation.

Detoxification

A key factor in achieving optimum wellness and health is a properly functioning digestive system. Improper digestions leads to poor absorption of nutrients and constant irritation of the gut lining. This can result in nutritional deficiencies which and be expressed in outward symptoms such as:

  • Bloating
  • Gassiness
  • Pain with eating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • Acid reflux
  • Food intolerances or allergies
  • Leaky gut

Just as important is how well the liver is functioning. The liver has a big job. It is the filter for the entire body. Signs of poor detoxification include:

  • Sluggish energy
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin problems

For the liver to function properly the intestinal lining needs to be repaired FIRST, and then we can begin assisting the body clearing toxins. We use a combination of diet changes and supplements to rebuild the detoxification pathways.

Our practice members notice a huge change in energy and hormones after they have gone through a gut rebuilding and liver detoxification protocol.

Detox
exercise pillar of health

Exercise

Do we have to exercise to be healthy? Yes! And here’s why:

  • A healthy outlet for stress
  • Improves mood and balances brain chemicals
  • Builds lean body mass which burns more fat
  • Social opportunities (group classes, running groups, etc.)
  • Aids in weight loss and weight maintenance

Over 53% of women and 44% of men fail to make it past three weeks of a structured exercise and diet program? Why such a high failure rate?

Problem #1: Misleading Information

Most of us fail, even when loaded with motivation, because the information presently available concerning proper exercise and diet is flat out wrong. It’s nothing but a “crapshoot” for most of us, when trying to decipher all of the conflicting information. Further, food manufacturers constantly take advantage of the current confusion about health and fitness.

Problem #2: We don’t invest time into ourselves.

Even though we know exercise is important, we don’t prioritize it like we do other areas of our lives.

So, what works?

First of all, putting the time in is just as important as what you choose to do. We teach our practice members how to lose body fat and change their physique with proper resistance training and cardiovascular activities.

We teach a specific workout regimen in our lifestyle program. We give you the right information plus a system for using the information – and it works!