Q & A
What is holistic nutrition?
Holistic nutrition is both a science and an art. It’s the process of assessing the body’s foundational need for nutrients, not to survive, but to heal and truly glow. Nutrition simply put consists of two parts, vitamins and minerals, both of which make up the raw ingredients required for your body’s everyday function. When these nutrients are missing from your daily food intake—or even the soil your food came from–your body has to look elsewhere. It begins to scrounge for any minerals that may be stored within itself to pull from, like your bones. It also works harder to create vitamins with what resources it finds available within itself. As these sources run out, the body will begin compensating. This means prioritizing the life sustaining processes – like your heart pumping – over processes that are not considered vital – like thinking clearly, sleeping well, maintaining a healthy weight, moving easily, aging beautifully, etc. Nutrient depletion and weakness of bodily functions can also begin the process of disease and allow opportunistic pathogens to take up residence and wreak havoc.
My approach blends scientific and tactile measurements with thorough and intuitive guidance. Personalization is my passion, as I have travelled this road myself and learned the golden value of caring customized support.
I use real whole food, high-quality professional-level therapeutically-balanced nutrients (very different from what you’ll find in your health food or generic vitamin store), and wild-craft, organic, whole botanicals to support your body’s natural healing process.
What is your perspective on food and diets?
Lifestyle over diet. Nourishment over elimination. Balance over extremes. Health over weight-loss. Progress over perfection. Joy over obsession.
On the whole, studies are demonstrating that our culture tends towards hypoglycemia, otherwise known as low blood sugar, and insulin resistance, therefore I am a proponent of multiple small meals throughout the day for many of my clients. By providing a steady flow of nutrients and energy to your body, this ultimately creates the stable environment your vital organs require to thrive and have a peaceful and properly-energized day. For those that have balanced blood sugar, I encourage the opposite — limited to no snacking with 3-5 hours between nutrient-dense meals, providing the time required for your body to fully digest its previous meal, rest, and prepare for the next.
When it comes to food choices and diet, quality and preparation are what matter. Research and cultural trends will continue to demonize or idolize certain foods and macronutrients (like fat, protein, and carbs). Instead of getting caught up in the noise, I prefer to see all whole, truly natural, unaltered, unprocessed, untreated food as a gift that can bring health to the body – when sourced responsibly, prepared properly, and eaten thoughtfully.
Moderate to serious cases of illness may call for specialized approaches or temporary removal of certain foods, but my goal is always to support the body’s ability to heal and return to the full variety. Food intolerance and sensitivity are often symptoms of infection, imbalance, toxic burdens, and/or improper associations by the body’s immune system. These types of cases should be supported by a full practitioner team, as well as understood to often require patience and time before returning to a more diverse diet.