Understanding Our Three-Part-Program
There are many different and specific reasons to see a nutritionist – improve digestion, balance hormones naturally, weight loss, specific health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, developing better eating habits, and so forth.
While there are many reasons to see a nutritionist, we understand that the ultimate goal of most is to achieve the best possible health one can have by incorporating quality nutrition into everyday life. In addition, we understand that it is almost everyone’s goal to reduce the risk of disease in their life.
Achieving a Healthy Life
In order to achieve a healthy life – to look and feel your best — it makes sense that one needs to understand and cultivate a healthy lifestyle. This means developing better health habits on an everyday basis. With so much conflicting information about which foods are good and bad for you, which supplements to take or not take, and so many choices to make, it’s no wonder that this is easier said than done. In addition, everyone has a unique biochemistry, and consequently, nutritional needs vary from person to person.
We understand that your life is very dynamic, and that accomplishing your health and/or weight goals require so much more than following an eating plan. We know that this approach is only temporary and that old habits and the poor health (or weight) they created will only return. In addition, getting nutrition from food alone is not enough.
Our Three-Part Program
That’s why we’ve designed our three-part program. This program is customized to your individual nutritional needs and dynamic lifestyle. It’s not meant for the short-term, where health goals are fleeting. It’s meant to help you to achieve long lasting health and to reduce your risk for disease. Our three-part program also helps those who are seeking weight loss to achieve healthy weight loss for the long-term.
There are two essential components to our three-part program – dietary supplements (Part 1) and food (Part 2) – which work in tandem to meet all your nutritional needs and health goals. Part 3 is designed to guide and support you as you incorporate Part 1 and Part 2, keep you on track, help you develop healthy lifestyle habits for life, educate you about your specific nutritional needs, and more.
Even though Parts 1 and 2 are where your nutrition program all begins, Part 3 is where it all comes together – it’s where the actual journey of understanding your nutritional needs and changing your health habits begins. (See also, our newsletter).
Understanding Part 1
In Part 1, we have a lengthy discussion about your health history and current health concerns and goals, and we determine your dietary supplement needs. You will receive a customized dietary supplement plan. Why are dietary supplements so important? If we could get all our nutrients from food alone, it would, of course, be our best source for nutrition. However, in today’s modern world, food is raised or grown with the purpose of mass-producing in mind, and not nutrition.
Farming practices have depleted our soils of minerals, and consequently, the nutrients in our fruits and vegetables.¹ Most of our beef purchased in grocery stores is from cattle that is grain-fed, which is less nutritious than grass-fed beef.² Most of our fish purchased in grocery stores, especially salmon which is widely eaten today, is farm-raised. Farm-raised fish contains less beneficial fats than wild caught,³ are higher in parasites and bacteria4 and contain 16 times more PCBs and pesticides than wild caught.5 Grains and dairy can also be problematic in terms of their nutritional content, as are low-fat foods.
For people who struggle with weight, studies show that micronutrient deficiencies are greater in those who have been on some of the more popular diets (Atkins, DASH, South Beach, etc.).6 Studies also show that a whole body approach to weight loss is needed for long-term success.7
In addition, our ability to absorb nutrients from foods decreases as we age, and also deceases with increasing stress. Stress, including environmental stressors from toxins, also depletes nutrients, as does over-exercising.
For all these reasons and more, dietary supplements are needed, in conjunction with good foods and healthy eating habits, in order to improve your nutrient status, and achieve your health and/or weight goals. Getting your body supported with dietary supplements improves bodily function, and paves the way for Part 2, which is all about food.
Understanding Part 2
Of course, all is not lost in terms of nutrition in our foods, and we can’t just depend on dietary supplements for our nutrition. Nutrients present in various foods plays an important role in maintaining the normal functions of the human body. The major nutrients present in foods include carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. Besides these, there are some bioactive food components known as “phytonutrients” that play an important role in human health. Phytonutrients are the plant nutrients with specific biological activities that support human health. Some of the important bioactive phytonutrients include polyphenols, terpenoids, resveratrol, flavonoids, and more. They play specific pharmacological effects in human health such as, “anti-microbial, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, anti-spasmodic, anti-cancer, anti-aging, hepatoprotective, hypolipidemic, neuroprotective, hypotensive,” and more.8
Studies show that nutrients from foods are much more complex in their nature than dietary supplements, and therefore more comprehensive in meeting the nutrient needs of the body. Nutrients from foods work synergistically to promote health – meaning they work in concert with each other9
Since our biochemistry is unique to each person, understanding which foods are good and which foods are bad for us requires guidance, and is more than reading labels, or following fad diets. What we eat impacts our individual physiology (bodily functions) differently, and developing healthy eating habits (in addition to taking supplements) will require different strategies for each person. This is critical if we want to improve our overall health and well-being, lose weight, and reduce our risk of disease.
In Part 2, we determine the best food plan for your nutritional needs and goals. Problematic foods (high allergenic, artificial foods, and so forth) will be eliminated, and replaced with health-promoting foods. In Part 2, you will receive an eating plan, as well as a menu plan. You will also receive strategies and tips for implementing this plan; for example, helpful kitchen tools, and so forth. We will also evaluate how you’re doing with Part 1 of your program.
Understanding Part 3
In Part 3, we evaluate how you’re doing on Parts 1 and 2 (you should be feeling better!), and we also go deeper into your nutritional needs. If needed, specialized nutritional testing is recommended. If needed, we may also request blood work to further evaluate your nutritional health and status. We also talk about exercise and determine what exercise program would benefit you and if exercise is in your benefit at this point. (Exercise can wear the body down if nutrition is depleted). Emotional eating, relaxation techniques, and other lifestyle matters may also be discussed in order to develop healthy eating and lifestyle habits that are health-promoting.
In Part 3, you will also be educated about nutrition, and more specifically, how nutrition impacts your body. Charts and diagrams may be used to more fully explain the impact of nutrition on your body’s needs. I find that the more people understand about nutrition and how it impacts their lives, the more likely they are to make lifestyle changes, which will positively impact your health (and weight) for the rest of your life.
In Part 3, you are constantly being monitored and guided every step of the way. This part is the part that most people find very rewarding, and although improving health is a serious matter, it can also be fun. There are many fun things to discover and learn about in Part 3 as you become healthier!
Our Three-Part Program Is Holistically-Designed
Our three-part program incorporates many different types of nutritional programs – weight loss programs, programs for digestive health, programs for blood sugar balance, and so forth. While specific goals are met, our three-part program is holistically-designed (takes a total body approach) to improve overall health and well-being. That’s why I often hear people who come to me with a specific goal in mind (for example, weight loss) say “I can’t believe I no longer feel my arthritic pain”, or “I can’t believe I don’t get leg cramps anymore”, or whatever the case may be.
Nutrition Consultations and Our Three-Part Program
Our three-part program consists of two separate comprehensive consultations (one for Part 1 and one for Part 2), plus follow-up visits (Part 3). Depending on your nutritional needs and health and/or weight goals, you may need one or two follow-up visits, or you may need more. For more chronic conditions or for those who have been struggling with weight for a long period of time, you will most likely need more than one or two follow-up visits.
Our three-part program is for individuals only. It is not done in groups.
1 Dirt Poor: Have Fruits and Vegetables Become Less Nutritious? SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN – April 27, 2011 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/
2 Effects of winter stocker growth rate and finishing system on: III. Tissue proximate, fatty acid, vitamin, and cholesterol content, S. K. Duckett, J. P. S. Neel, J. P. Fontenot and W. M. Clapham, J Anim Sci 2009.87:2961-2970.
4 Fish Farms Become Feedlots of the Sea, Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2002 http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-me-salmon9dec09-story.html
6 Prevalence of micronutrient deficiency in popular diet plans, J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2010; 7: 24.
7 Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2015 Sep;1353:21-40. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12880. Epub 2015 Sep 3., Metabolic imaging in obesity: underlying mechanisms and consequences in the whole body.
8 Phytonutrients as therapeutic agents, Gupta C, Prakash D., J Complement Integr Med. 2014 Sep;11(3):151-69.
9 The anti-cancer effects of carotenoids and other phytonutrients resides in their combined activity, Arch Biochem Biophys. 2015 Apr 15;572:28-35. doi: 10.1016/j.abb.2015.02.018. Epub 2015 Feb 21. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25711533