“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
What we eat is equally important as what we don't eat. Our habits play a key role in our body's ability to function. Balancing a busy life and moderating stress communicates with our cells, hormones and brain that we prioritize wellness. In functional nutrition, we consider the whole person - genetics, lifestyle, diet, environment, relationships, emotions, self-efficacy, interests and skills. I review lab work and external signs, then address the root cause of symptoms. Together, we come up with an action plan, which integrates an individual's beliefs and life circumstances.
If the body's physiological systems function well, we function well. Hence the concept of "functional nutrition" - choosing foods that are shown to support the function of a specific body system, symptom or ailment. When removing or adding healing foods, we provide the body with nourishment to improve the root cause of a particular condition. For example, turmeric has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and helps reduce joint pain and other symptoms related to inflammatory conditions and/or autoimmunity. Functional nutrition is healing, preventative, and promotes optimal wellness. Thus, start with food.
In working with a wide-range of clientele - from toddlers to single Baby Boomers - with a wider range of nutrition needs, I am particularly interested in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions. You may likely find me addressing gastrointestinal wellness (the gut!) and mental wellness, from anxiety and stress, to insomnia and depression. I love working with busy moms, families & care-givers, aiming to simplify meal plans, address allergies, address mealtime rituals and empower everyone with the skills & knowledge to access, prepare and consume nutrient-dense foods.