Services and Areas of Focus
Every individual has different health needs. To achieve your goals, I‘ll take you through a step-by step process detailed below.
Free Nutritional Consultation
The first step is a free nutritional consultation. The Nutritional Consultation consists of a 30-minute phone call where we discuss your primary goals, explore high level goals, and discuss any health or nutritional issues you are experiencing.
Intake Assessment Form: After the nutritional consultation, you will be asked to fill out an intake and medical history form. These forms are designed to give me essential information about you, such as eating habits, lifestyle, relationships, past and present medical issues and sleep habits. Since we are treating the whole body, it is important to get the whole picture, and this is what these forms provide. At first glance, these forms may seem excessive, but for me, it is a great insight into you and your journey towards ideal health. Remember that all information given to me on forms and through discussion is held in complete confidentiality.
Initial Visit: On your first visit we will discuss the forms in detail which, will last about 90 minutes. This will allow me to really get to know you, start formulating your healthcare goals, and begin designing a nutritional plan tailored for you. As a result of the initial visit, I will create health and lifestyle goals as well as a meal plan that will fit into your busy life. After that, at two week intervals, we will “check in” so that we can tweak your plan consistent with your goals.
Lab Tests: Lab tests are a great tool to find out what is going on “inside.” Applying my extensive training and “real world” client experiences, including my certification in “Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition,” I use blood work to develop and cultivate a nutritional whole-body plan that addresses each client’s unique body needs. If you have recent laboratory tests, please bring them to your first visit. If you do not have laboratory tests, I have a standard list of tests I can suggest. You can either take that list to your primary care physician or I can order the lab tests for you
Supplements: Ideally, we should receive optimal nutrition from our food sources. However, if your health has been compromised or if your body needs a kick start, then I can provide you with professional-grade supplements. The supplements I sell are only available from a qualified healthcare practitioner such as myself, and do not contain fillers, additives, preservatives, gluten or corn.
Areas of Focus
Liver and Whole Body Detoxification – Cleanse, Eliminate, Rejuvenate
Detoxification is at once the simplest and the most profound step you can take in your journey to overall health. At its most basic, it clears your body – and your mind – and gives you a clean start on your path to revitalization. My five-week “Cleanse, Eliminate, Rejuvenate” program will help you focus on the work ahead necessary to achieve your nutrition goals.
The detoxification program has additional benefits: it can help identify food sensitivities that may be the root cause of conditions I encounter with many clients such as weight issues, headaches, fatigue and even Celiac disease.
Blood Sugar Balancing
Anyone who watches the news knows that Type II diabetes has become rampant in the United States. Two of the most important factors in the successful management of diabetes are appropriate exercise and a good diet – which is where I come in. I can design an optimal nutrition program for you that will take into account your lifestyle, family needs, and ultimate goals.
Low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia) is nearly as prevalent as high blood sugar (Hyperglycemia), which is one of the factors of Type II diabetes. Both conditions cause numerous health issues – and both can be controlled with proper diet and exercise – which may even help you avoid more serious illnesses (like diabetes) down the line. Food and sugar addictions also figure largely in blood sugar imbalances; the right program will teach you to overcome these handicaps.
Food intolerances are escalating problems in modern society, exacerbated by the amount of processed food we consume and the hidden additives (wheat, corn, soy, and sugar, just to name a few) that may or may not be listed on food labels or can be hidden under an unrecognizable name. Food intolerances are frequently a component of such diverse conditions as Crohn’s disease, chronic sinus infections, joint problems, migraines, and chronic fatigue. I use several methods to identify food intolerances. Either my CER program or the Mediator Release Test can help identify food intolerances that may be making you ill or uncomfortable. Then, we can design a diet plan that suits you and your lifestyle, and educate you on the choices – and the changes – you can make to conquer these food-related challenges.
Weight management is not just about losing weight; it can also mean gaining weight – for instance, for people who are recovering from a disease – or learning to maintain weight at a comfortable, healthy level. It may even involve addressing the food or sugar addictions that can be underlying causes of weight management issues. The key to successful weight management is the integration of food choices and lifestyle changes to create an environment where living well and loving food becomes second nature.
Adrenal fatigue is when the adrenal glands function below the level necessary to keep you feeling naturally energized and healthy. Adrenal fatigue occurs when there is intense or prolonged stress. On the outside you may look just fine but those with adrenal fatigue always feel tired and can never explain why or find remedies to alleviate their chronic fatigue.
One of the functions of our adrenal glands is to excrete cortisol for short term stress. Cortisol creates chemical changes in the body to deal with short term stress. Cortisol will
- Increase heart rate
- Slow digestion
- Retain water in the body
- Cause the pupils to dilate.
When we are stressed for long periods of time your adrenal glands keep pushing out cortisol and you start to experience physical symptoms and issues such as
- Blood sugar imbalances- Stress (and the anticipation of stress) signals the body to raise blood sugar (glucose) levels in order to generate energy to respond to the stress. If the body cannot meet this higher demand for blood glucose, hypoglycemia can result.
- Insomnia – Your adrenal glands control the circadian rhythm that tells your body when it’s time to wake up and when it is time to go to sleep. As night approaches, your adrenal glands start to slow down cortisol output and the hormone melatonin kicks in. Stress normally causes a surge in adrenal hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that increase alertness, making it more difficult to relax into sound sleep – especially when they remain high or rise and fall irregularly through the night.
- Hormone imbalances – effects a myriad of symptoms – depression, low sex drive, irritability.
Being certified in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, I can order the appropriate lab tests that will pinpoint the degree of adrenal fatigue you are experiencing. Using the lab results, I will create a multi-stage strategy of diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation – so you have one fewer thing to feel stressed about.
Women’s Health and Hormone Balance
A woman’s health and hormonal balance are inextricably connected, yet many doctors insist on treating them as if they were separate issues. Even physicians who acknowledge the connection often rely on chemical remedies, when overwhelming scientific data shows that changes in diet and exercise can relieve – even eliminate – many of the symptoms of PMS and menopause just as well as, if not better than, standard prescriptions. The right foods and the appropriate supplements can save you time, money, and possibly even future health problems, all naturally, without chemicals.
Whether you’re shooting to finish your first 10K or training for the Winter Olympics, the right nutrition can make the difference between going for the Gold and being left in the dust. Sports place unique demands on your body, and most people don’t have the time or the resources to do the research to find just the right diet and supplements to complement your training regimen. I can identify what changes you can make to your diet to improve your results, and then design a complete nutrition schedule to help you achieve your personal goals.
Depending on your needs, I also offer kitchen organization, meal planning, and cooking classes.
My 27 years in the corporate world, most of which was spent in instructional design, teaching and project management, makes me uniquely qualified to educate diverse groups of people. From book clubs to Girl Scout troops, high school classes to accounting departments, I can design educational presentations to suit your needs. I offer corporate wellness packages, group education classes with cooking demonstrations, lunch and learn lectures and other community seminars. Please contact me if your group or company is interested in these services.