Food As Medicine

Lately, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll have noticed that I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about the medical industry, doctors and specialists, in particular. I know that many doctors and specialists are doing their best, but it’s not good enough for women’s health needs. I believe that medical schools lack the tools and resources to assist their students in learning what they need to in order to provide the best possible health care for us in the United States.
I do not know what it’s like in other countries, but I’d hazard a guess that this situation is similar in much of the Western world.

So, what’s my solution? First and foremost, I would like all doctors and specialists to be trained on hormones and their impact on the human body, particularly female bodies. I believe that medical schools should teach more about nutrition – currently, they don’t teach much if anything at all. How we feed ourselves really impacts how we feel internally and externally.

Food is medicine and has been for millennia. Eastern medical traditions understand this. Ayurvedic practitioners, for example, often take what a client eats, into account. They also provide suggestions on foods and spices they can include in their eating plans to improve their physical health and mental well-being. For example, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent and very helpful in warding off disease.

As a nutritional counselor, I work hard to bridge the knowledge gap that most people have between food and wellness. I encourage my clients to eat foods that are health-promoting that also like them back. For example, I’m not going to encourage a client to eat kale and quinoa (both of which are superfoods according to most nutrition experts) if they don’t enjoy kale and quinoa.

There are a lot of other foods that are just as healthy. Everyone is different. At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), we learned about the concept of bio individuality. I take my client’s lifestyles, food preferences and goals into account before I come up with a plan that works for them. I do not tell people what to eat. I merely suggest what they could eat to help them improve their health and mood.

I very much encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods (i.e., foods that come in a bag or a box.) The Standard American Diet (SAD) is full of processed foods. They are not healthy for us but many times that are the cheaper and easier option. That is not to say that people don’t want to be healthy. However, many don’t know how.
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With so much conflicting nutrition information out there, it’s hard to know what to eat and how much to eat. Should you intermittent fast? Should you eat intuitively or stick to a more rigid schedule of eating. Some people like to eradicate entire food groups like fruit and carbs. I do not advocate for that. I prefer that people eat foods from a variety of sources.
I can help you discover what foods would be most beneficial (and tasty) for you to include in your eating plan as well as to look at food in a functional way. Food is neither good nor bad. It’s just food. However, some foods like us back a lot better than others.

Contact me today to get started on creating an eating plan that supports your health and your hormones. I am here for you.
 
 

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