You eat healthy (maybe even organic), you take some supplements, you exercise and try to stay active. You have tried different diets or maybe even a “cleanse” or “detox” with varying degrees of success. Perhaps you are taking some kind of meds for your allergies or acid reflux or arthritis or – you name it – and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.
And still you wonder:
Why can’t I lose weight?
Why is my digestion still not right?
Why am I so tired all of the time?
Why doesn’t anything work for me?
You’re not alone.
So many people fall into the trap of thinking calories in should be less than calories out … or that, clearly, they are not doing enough cardio … or that, if they just gave up gluten, all of their problems would disappear.
This way of understanding the body is too simplistic … and mostly incorrect.
You see, while the body is made up of many complex systems, organs and processes, ensuring it functions optimally isn’t complicated. The trick lies in understanding how the body is an integrated web of systems (i.e., immune, hormonal, gastrointestinal, etc) rather than a series of disconnected symptoms. When there are imbalances in one or more of these systems, your health becomes compromised.
So, when a symptom arises — whether it is fatigue, allergies, bloating, constipation, arthritis, etc — or a full-blown disease diagnosis, your body is telling you that there are imbalances and dysfunction that need to be addressed. Yet, we are so conditioned to think that we need to stop the symptom – usually with a prescription or OTC med.
Suppressing symptoms in the body without identifying and addressing the root cause will lead to other symptoms and ultimately dis-ease.
Most certainly, it starts with the kinds of food you are eating, the thoughts you are thinking and the amount of movement you are getting.
But what else?
As your Functional Nutrition Practitioner, I help you get to the bottom of why you have symptoms and facilitate a diet and lifestyle plan that starts with where you are today and where you want to be. A functional approach is a good option if you are frustrated with being told that everything is “normal” despite your ongoing health challenges. This method strives to help people regain their health and vitality within a collaborative, empathetic and supportive framework.