What Is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a foundation-based approach of holistic nutrition to achieve our natural state of balance and vitality with nutrient-dense, properly prepared, whole foods and a well-balanced lifestyle.

The foundation of true optimal health is built with nutritious foods and include properly functioning digestion, blood sugar balance, fatty acid balance, mineral balance, and hydration.

It’s not a secret that the “foods” of industry are making us sick. We did not evolve to eat processed food; hydrogenated and trans fats, refined carbohydrates (sodas, packaged snacks, breakfast cereals, etc.), and the chemical additives that extend shelf life are so common and universal in our modern lives.

With Nutritional Therapy you use the nourishing properties of plants and animals —the real food that others use as templates for the fake ‘foods’ and pills sold to you— to begin or boost your healing journey.

 

Bio-Individuality

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, Nutritional Therapy offers individual protocols that are specialized and tailored to your specific nutrient deficiencies, imbalances, and lifestyle habits.

Diet fads confuse and abuse our bodies. And when we hear others saying they feel better than they did in their 20s or see them shedding pounds “without even trying,” it’s hard not to experience a mental assault from yourself to do what they’re doing, too.

But as these fads ebb and flow, we see some people experience success with diets high in carbohydrates and others high in fat. The only resounding conclusion with the variety of success in different diets is that there is no single perfect diet that works for everyone.

Again, there is no perfect diet for everyone. As Nutritional Therapists, we are trained to help each client find the best types of whole foods that will restore balance to their individual nutrient needs and enhance their ability to heal.

 

Nutrient-Dense, Properly Prepared, Whole Foods

Since most foods in the modern world are highly processed, it should be no surprise that there is no combination of these processed macronutrients (carbohydrates, fat, protein, water) that build true health.

So what classifies something as a nutrient-dense, properly prepared, whole food?

Nutrient-dense: In its stand alone form, a food that has not been denatured from high heat or pressure is full of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, fibers, enzymes, and water content that are available for our bodies to use. Monoculture farming practices by large industrial agriculture companies can provide whole food, but they don’t always give the most nutritious whole food.  Nutrient-dense = local, seasonal, grown using ecologically sustainable methods.

Properly prepared: While we have the ability to consume fruits, vegetables, and even some meats raw, a number of foods require extra preparation to be usable for the body. For example, quinoa has a tough outer shell that requires more work than other foods to digest. Things like soaking, pressure cooking, and fermentation preserve (or even add) enzymes to help digest and break down food like quinoa, easing the burden on the digestive system.

Whole food: “How many ingredients did it take to make what I’m eating? How many times were the ingredients altered? Could this be considered part of an ancestral diet?” are a few questions that can radically transform the way you look at and consume food. These three questions can help you make responsible food choices for you and your family.

 

Building a Strong Foundation for Your Best Health

The foundation of nutrient-dense, properly prepared, whole foods support the pillars of health used in Nutritional Therapy. They include:

 

  1. Proper Digestion – “You are what you absorb. While eating a nutrient-dense diet is absolutely essential, you must be able to absorb the nutrients you eat to reap the benefits from them.” “All disease begins in the gut.” -Hippocrates
  2. Blood Sugar Balance – “What goes up, must come down. Keeping your blood sugar stable provides stable energy and helps the body naturally balance weight.”
  3. Mineral Balance – Small but mighty. “Minerals help build bones and help in balancing hormones and hundreds of other key body processes”
  4. Fatty Acid Balance – Fats are friends, and food. “Fats are required for stable energy, brain function, hormone balance, inflammation management, and satiety.”
  5. Hydration – “Water is life, life is water. Water is the most important nutrient in the body, making up 60% of a human’s total body mass and is the medium through which our hormones, enzymes, and nutrients travel.”

 

A Paradigm Shift

For over the last 60 years, the dominating medical model has been one of fear, shame, and hopelessness. “You can never eat (certain foods) again, it’s bad for your health,” “You have no self-control, your blood sugar levels are too high,” “There’s nothing you can do about it, it’s in your genes.” As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), I’m here to tell you that once you take responsibility for your health and your food, your body can heal.

Modern medicine thrives in emergency acute care —addressing things like gun shot wounds, car accident injuries, and anaphylactic shock. And because modern medicine has significantly reduced the risk of diseases like the black plague and polio, the health problems that do plague us today can be attributed to diet and lifestyle.

Chronic disease has become the new plague. One far more insidious and slow-moving than the viruses we used to fear. With Nutritional Therapy’s foundation based approach and lifestyle changes, you can get to the root cause of chronic disease and prevent the modern plague from affecting you.

You will learn about how the body is supposed to work and how and why symptoms can manifest when things are thrown out of balance. You will learn what specifically works for your body —and what doesn’t. You will learn to trust in the intelligence of your body.

 

Empower Yourself by Learning About Your Body

Every single person has within them, the potential to transform their experience; not just to alleviate symptoms (get rid of a headache, have a bit more energy, or sleep a bit better) but really transform your experience to one of self-agency, purpose, and connection to your body, your community, and your environment.

This experience already exists. It’s just a matter of really waking up to it. That’s the beauty and promise of true healing. Something the conventional model doesn’t put on the menu.

Nutritional Therapy is

  • a powerful relationship between practitioner and client.
  • a conversation to investigate your health and your mindsets.
  • a vehicle of accountability and responsibility with food choices and lifestyle habits.
  • a model of hope.

 

If you’re ready for a lifestyle change or are on the fence about seeking guidance and would like a free consultation to see if Nutritional Therapy is right for you, fill out the information below to schedule a call with me!

 

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The information presented in this website is intended for educational purposes only, and it hasn’t been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information isn’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, nor is it medical advice. One should always consult a qualified medical professional before engaging in any dietary and/or lifestyle change.