My mission is to guide my clients toward achieving a balanced life while maintaining optimum weight and energy. I help my clients become aware of their eating patterns by slowly increasing their knowledge of good nutrition, emotional balance and healthy lifestyle. As a result, my clients are able to incorporate a wider range of choices in their lives. I also pick up where my client’s physician leaves off, helping to implement wellness strategies suggested after a check-up or diagnosis, in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.
Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual practice are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary. The Integrative Nutrition Plate depicts a balanced approach to nutrition: more high-quality, organic vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, protein and water; less meat, milk, sugar and artificial food.
The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has their own nutritional needs. So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it’s too much of a generalization. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets don’t work in the long run. I look at your age, health, activity level, blood type, metabolic rate and personal preferences to determine your dietary needs.
When athletes want a competitive edge, they hire a private coach to track their progress. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, “when it comes to your health, using the athlete/coach mindset could also be beneficial. Health coaches are increasingly being hired by corporations to help employees stay healthy and by individuals seeking to improve well-being. In some ways, the health coach picks up where your physician leaves off, helping you to implement wellness strategies suggested after a check-up or diagnosis.”
I practice a holistic approach to nutrition, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we look at how all parts of your life affect the whole.