CREATING NOURISHMENT THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
My intention is to share with you how to take your health into your own hands; to nourish your body and optimize your wellbeing so you can feel vibrant and alive. I'm here to inspire you to become the driver of your own wellness journey; to help you build a lifestyle that not only serves you, but one that you truly love.
1. Food Is Medicine: Choose Wisely
"What most people don't know is that food is not just calories; it's information. It actually contains messages that communicate to every cell in our body. Our gene expression, our hormones, our immune system, our gut flora, our brain chemistry, our muscle mass, our metabolism and more are all changed with every single bite of food.” -Mark Hyman
A core pillar of my philosophy is that food is medicine and optimal health is largely attained by choosing nutrient-dense, locally grown food. We are, quite literally, what we eat. Your skin replaces itself every 35 days. Your liver replaces itself every 6 months. Your bones, every 10 years. Your body makes new cells from the foods you eat. What you eat literally becomes you. And you have the privilege to choose what you're made of.
So forget head aching over points, calories, or grams of [insert exhausting equation]. I see food as a gift given to us by nature, not the enemy. My food ethos is not about not about eating less, it's about nourishing more. I encourage selecting foods and products that are closest to nature. Keep it real, fresh, and authentic. Eat local, seasonal, and organic whenever possible. Simply put, if nature made it, eat it. If man made it, leave it. Unprocessed, whole foods provide more nutrients than processed, packaged foods; end of story.
2. One Size Does Not Fit All
Do you eat a clean, wholesome diet and still suffer from symptoms or not getting the results you're looking for? Maybe your friend is having great success eating one way, and no matter how much you follow suit, you can't achieve the same results? I have found that most people struggle with their health because they lack a personal approach that meets their individual needs, or worse, they try to follow a plan that's not designed for them.
Identifying hard-to-detect food intolerances and correcting imbalances requires going far beyond a whole food diet, or even a dairy-free or grain-free diet. This is where trends, fads, and 'cookie cutter' diets go out the window. I believe personalization backed by evidence-based science is the key to success, and that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” diet. Your health (and health goals) are unique to you, which is why you need realistic strategies designed specifically for you, and contoured to your biochemistry, health history, genetics, as well as to your personal preferences and busy lifestyle.
3. Symptoms Are Clues to Correct Imbalances
“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won't have to hear it scream.” - Unknown
Every day your body sends you messages that desire to be decoded, understood, processed, and assimilated: energy levels, headaches, joint pain, clarity (or lack of it), cravings, bloating, discomfort, restlessness, or contentment. Rather than targeting each symptom individually, I embrace a functional wellness philosophy where we look for the underlying causes of these symptoms to produce longer, lasting health outcomes. The goal is to correct imbalances before they turn into major problems, and work together to build your ability and confidence to decode the messages your body is sending to you, loud and soft. I believe we all can learn to work with the innate intelligence of our bodies, instead of against it. Our bodies are self-healing when we slow down, tune in, and provide them with what they are calling out for.
But health is multi-faceted. Science shows us that all calories aren't created equal, and that our gut health, level of stress, hormones, environment, genetics, and lifestyle are all inter-related and influence our well-being. Does stress at your job or in your relationship(s) cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole and use a whole-body approach that encompasses nutrition, supplementation, stress management, movement, sleep, and self care.
4. Radical Transformation Comes From Small Changes
Let's get one thing straight: you do not need to do this perfectly. No one is judging you; because like the rest of us, you too are human. Making a consistent effort to eat right, exercise routinely, and manage stress, while still juggling your social life and your own needs can seem overwhelming. Rather than making unrealistic and unsustainable attempts to achieve your health goals all at once, we start by setting small goals that easily fit into your current lifestyle.
I have seen time and time again - with myself and my clients - the power of making one small change and sticking with it. Black-and-white, all-or-nothing approaches rely on willpower, and 'willing' your way to change just isn't sustainable. Science shows that negative self-talk, shaming, and guilt trips only hinder progress, so my philosophy is relish in the mini successes along the way as you build new habits and make room for self-love, celebration, and proud moments.
Small, incremental changes, practiced consistently are the stepping stones of sustainable transformation. And making simple, more manageable changes today, like a small adjustment on the rudder of a boat, can steer you in a whole new direction to build your most vibrant health for years to come.
5. You Aren't Meant To Do This Alone
Change can be hard. Not every day will go as planned. In the beginning, your healthy habits might take two steps forward and one step back. The good news is change becomes automatic when you have the right support systems in place (and that's what I'm here for!)
Not to mention, you’re busy! You don’t have time to investigate every product and ingredient, read yet another book that's not speaking to your specific needs, or get a degree in nutrition to figure out what's standing in your way of feeling good. Having an educated support team in your corner is vital to living the life you want.
So my friend, you're on this journey for yourself, but not by yourself. Consider me your GPS for living your healthiest life. I will help you smoothly navigate your journey to better health by teaching you how to read the map, know which direction you're headed, identify blind spots, prepare for the obstacles that lay before you, and educate you on methods of persevering. You don't have to do this by trial and error, or all alone. When you become empowered with the tools and self-awareness to make the best decisions for yourself in any given circumstance, change happens from the inside out, and there is nothing more liberating than that!