The word "diet" implies restriction, when really this word just means what you eat! Regardless, there will be no restriction here! Instead, I recommend prioritizing whole, real food (more on that in a minute) in the appropriate combinations and portion sizes.
If you are struggling with a specific or chronic medical condition, I may recommend an evidence-based therapeutic diet, which can involve a temporary elimination of certain foods or ingredients. However, these diets are used in very specific cases and should always be done with extreme caution with the help of a medical professional.
In general, I seek to educate and help clients develop long-term, sustainable healthy habits to reach their goals and feel their best. Food is so much more than just "fuel" or "Calories in and Calories out"; it is social, spiritual, and family. It is joy, sadness, excitement, and love. Ditching weight-loss diets allows you to start viewing food differently, and that is everything.
Nutrition can seem complicated and, truthfully, it is! However, it doesn't help that we are constantly bombarded with the "right" and "wrong" ways to eat week in and week out in the news, on social media, and at work. Why is there so much confusion? Unfortunately, or fortunately, it is because there is no one right way to eat! We are all different, so we may want or need to eat differently, depending on our stage of life, food preferences, medical condition(s), lifestyle, schedule, and/or environment. In general, real, high-quality, minimally-processed, nutrient-dense food is best, but it is important to keep in mind you may not tolerate a specific vegetable, seed, or spice, even though it is a real food. Bottom line: Real food rules, but we are all different!
You are unique and what you eat should be, too! While focusing on whole, real food is a great place to start, there is still no "one-size-fits-all" way to eat. I work to help clients get a plan in place that treats and/or manages their root cause of disease and is realistic, fun, and sustainable. I consider your story, your history, your medications, your schedule, your activity, and more, in order to create a solid, personalized plan.
Science- and practice-based
As a registered and licensed dietitian, I am held to specific Standards of Practice (SOP), which includes an ethical requirement to provide recommendations based on well-conducted research. Also in line with these SOP, I provide practice-based evidence recommendations, which includes the knowledge and evidence gained from my own clinical experiences and observations.
The Root Cause
I work to discover and understand the root cause of disease rather than just treating individual symptoms (Functional Medicine - learn more below). For example, weight is almost never a root cause, but instead a "symptom" of some other underlying problem, such as sleep, stress, nutrition, physical activity, environmental pollutants, toxic exposures, or some combination of any or all of these! It's not quick or easy to discover your root cause, but it's worth it.
What is Functional Medicine?
Traditional medicine often takes a "band-aid" approach, working to resolve symptoms without understanding why symptoms occurred or how to prevent them from happening again in the future. Alternatively, Functional Medicine addresses the underlying, or root causes of disease. Functional medicine aims to understand the origins, prevention, and treatment of complex, chronic disease. Hallmarks of a functional medicine approach include:
Our focus is on treating you as a whole person, not just as a disease or set of symptoms. By listening to you and your story, we work to put the puzzle pieces together and tailor treatments to address your unique needs.
We consider your unique genetic makeup, along with both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors in order to understand your health issues and create an individualized treatment plan.
Best medical practices
Functional medicine combines traditional Western medical practices with what is sometimes called “alternative” or “integrative” medicine. Our focus is on prevention, through nutrition, diet, exercise, laboratory testing, and prescribed combinations of supplements, therapeutic diets, or stress-management techniques.