Couple_preparing_healthy_mealWE ARE WHAT WE EAT

 

 Nutrition is our daily fuel. The foods we eat, and our ability to digest them properly, are at the foundation of our being. In the absence of quality nourishment good health gives way to disease, brain function diminishes, and the every-day coping mechanisms weaken. Guided by the client’s desire to improve his/her health and resistance to disease, our nutritionist helps educate you to avoid wrong foods and change behaviours that contribute to disease.

 

The heart of optimum nutrition is the understanding that good digestion and good health go hand-in-hand. Poor digestion is the precursor to countless illnesses that can have a significant impact on body, mind and general wellbeing. Holistic nutrition also recognises that cultural diversity among the population is as important as diversity in the diet. It takes into account a person’s heritage and biochemical individuality to formulate the optimal diet.

 

Trendy or Fad diets vs. everyday healthy eating


Healthy_nurtition_FoodMany fad diets lack critical nutrients and often leave the dieter feeling less energetic. This in turn can lead to lack of motivation and feelings of failure and disappointment. On the other hand, consistently eating a healthy diet creates an environment for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, thereby increasing energy levels and creating lasting vitality.


A key element of good nutrition is to incorporate foods that are high in nutrients, while avoiding foods that have been depleted of their nutrient content, like processed foods (e.g. pre-packaged cold cuts, or many take-away foods). Whole, organic, locally grown seasonal foods offer a significant amount of nutrients not found in foods that have been processed or de-natured.

 

The Working Relationship with a Nutritionist


We Nutritionists use a collaborative and supportive holistic model to help our clients by screening their current health status and determining ways to improve areas of deficiency through diet and lifestyle adjustments. Our holistic nutritionist recognises the intricate connection between the individual’s biochemical, mental/emotional and environmental states, and how each contributes to his/her health.

 

Why is nutrition important?


Nutrition becomes paramount as we consider the toxic environment we live in today. Genetically modified foods, pollution (air and soil), preservatives, among others, affect our health on a daily basis. Everyday healthy eating should be a way of life. It should be a conscious effort to feed the body in a way that will consistently produce optimum health. Knowing what to eat and, more importantly what not to eat, is becoming more critical every day, as we continue to live in a stressful, toxic world.


To learn more about yourself and your unique nature, your nutritionist will begin by asking you for a comprehensive health history. This is critical information that will help your nutritionist identify areas of focus when putting your diet and lifestyle plan together. If necessary, a recommendation for certain assessments by other professionals may be sought to get a clearer picture of the underlying causes of your health concerns. These assessments may include tests for food sensitivities, hormonal and adrenal issues, and/or mineral hair analyses, as a few examples.

 

This approach helps to eliminate guess-work and seeks the specific reasons why your health may be compromised. Based on all this information the nutritionist will determine a specific course of action to help formulate your individual case management plan to optimum health, better management of health impacts and to help you stay motivated and stay on track.