Optimize Your Health and Wellness
Food is your body’s fuel. It’s the source of the building blocks (vitamins, minerals, fat, protein, etc.) your body needs to stay healthy, grow, fight illness, and heal. Your body functions at its very best when you choose to eat well!
Sometimes it seems like nutrition recommendations change so fast that it’s hard to know what “eating well” really means. Or maybe you’re confused about conflicting messages you get from different places. The science of nutrition is constantly changing. I go to health and nutrition conferences regularly as well as participate in a variety of opportunities to learn from those who do the research. I stay on the cutting edge which allows me to provide the latest information about and guidance for healthy eating.
If you are healthy today and want to stay that way, explore this section of my web site to learn more about how I can help you achieve optimal wellness with good nutrition. It’s never too late to start eating better!
For Vegetarians & Vegans
Eating a plant based diet has many benefits. It’s a great way to reduce your impact on the planet and it has numerous health benefits. But there’s a lot more to being a vegetarian or vegan than just cutting animal foods out of your diet. To reap the health benefits you’re looking for and avoid nutrient deficiencies, it’s essential that you learn about vegetarianism or veganism from a knowledgeable source.
Whether you want to be a vegan, a lacto-ovo vegetarian, or you just want to eat less meat, I can help you make sure your diet covers all the bases for optimal health.
Depending on your usual diet, you may benefit from dietary supplements to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs for optimal health. If you have certain health problems, you may also benefit from supplements that help manage or treat a condition.
I can assess your unique needs and help you determine which supplements are most appropriate for you. Dietary supplements are challenging for consumers because they are not well regulated and manufacturers make a lot of unsubstantiated claims regarding their effectiveness. If we decide supplements may be of benefit I will guide you in the choosing products that are high quality and have good manufacturing practices.
Do you think that just because a certain disease or condition runs in your family, you are doomed to develop it, too? New research suggests that while your genes may predispose you to something, you can influence whether or not the genes are actually expressed by what you eat and the lifestyle you choose to live. Many diseases are preventable- or at least can be delayed- with good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Based on an assessment of your current health and family history, I can help you determine the best dietary approach for your unique situation. By teaching you how to eat more of certain foods and less of others, I can help you can take steps to prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, hemorrhoids, constipation, diabetes, many cancers, and more.
If you already eat well and are generally “healthy,” you may wonder if there’s anything else you can or should be doing for your health. Our health care system seems to define “health” as the absence of disease. I, and many other professionals, think that definition is incomplete. We think it’s time to start promoting wellness and recommending lifestyle choices that encourage your body’s organ systems to function optimally through your adult years- rather than just settling for lack of illness.
I can help you take your health to the next level by teaching you nutrition strategies that decrease inflammation, promote optimal functioning of your digestive system, and support the detoxification pathways in your liver and gastrointestinal tract. These strategies allow your body to function at its very best by promoting cellular health, keeping toxins from entering your body, and limiting the accumulation of potentially harmful substances.
Our culture is very anti-aging. There is a focus on youth and an abundance of products available to help you hide evidence that you’re aging. Why not focus on the positives rather than the negatives? Have you noticed that with age, you have become wiser, kinder, and more patient?
In his book, Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-being, Andrew Weil, MD writes that many of the diseases we typically associate with aging can be delayed or prevented with lifestyle. For example, new research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease is not an inevitable part of aging. Scientists are learning that, like heart disease, it may be possible to delay or prevent the dementia associated with aging. I can help you adopt an anti-inflammatory diet that will help guard against disease and keep your brain sharp…a diet that includes foods with protective power. Dr. Weil says that the earlier you begin the better!