How can nutritional therapy help me?
Nutritional therapy uses a holistic approach to health. We identify underlying causes of symptoms in the body, and correct the imbalance through diet and lifestyle changes. We use whole food nutrition to assist in your body’s natural healing process.
The truth is, symptoms are the last thing to appear, which means whatever your concern is, it has been building for most likely, years. Nutritional therapy is about finding the root cause of the symptoms and restoring balance in the body to create long-term health.
Nutritional therapy can help any situation because our bodies were designed to be rebalance when fed with the proper nutrients through whole foods!
What does the process look like?
Prior to our initial consultation, you will fill out a health history form, nutritional questionnaire, and a 3-day food journal.
Once I feel that I have sufficient information, we will begin a proper nutritional protocol to support your needs. This typically begins with some sort of gut reconditioning program or digestive support. We have a very thorough, systematic way of evaluating your needs. We work through the “layers” of your body’s priorities. This ensures optimal healing throughout the body.
We do not get to see the entire picture in one day. The body is like an onion, where we have to peel away one layer at a time. We work through each system in the body, addressing every issue that arises.
When starting nutritional therapy, you can expect to be working consistently, and diligently for at least 6 months.
Nutritional therapy is not a quick fix. The process takes time and effort, but the rewards are tremendous.
Why do we talk digestion if I am not experiencing symptoms in that area?
All health and disease begins in the gut! In order for nutritional therapy to be effective, we must first make sure that you are able to absorb all of your nutrients.
If you are not able to digest and absorb nutrients, this causes a whole list of other issues! Undigested food particles, whether it was a healthy food to begin with or not, will be seen as toxic substances to the body. This can lead to intestinal permeability, food allergies, dysbiosis (overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, viruses, and parasites), and autoimmune conditions.
In order to effectively restore health in the body, gut health is absolutely the number one priority.
How often do I come?
Each client's schedule and protocol will look different- it's all about bio-individuality! In the beginning, most people come in every 2 weeks. Again, this varies based on your specific needs. Our goal is to get you at a maintenance level where you would be coming in every 1 to 3 months.
How long will it take?
As I mentioned above, you should be prepared to commit to at least 6 months of a protocol. That being said, most clients report feeling better within a matter of days. The important thing to remember is that even though you are feeling better, it doesn’t mean you can stop your protocol! Healing takes time. It takes months (sometimes years) to restore function to certain areas in the body.
The other important thing to remember is this; the harder you work at home, the faster your healing will be.
The better your diet, the more effective nutritional therapy will be. The happier you are, the more joy and gratitude you show, the faster your body will heal. Reducing, or preferably eliminating all toxic exposures as much as possible will also significantly decrease your recovery time. Exercising regularly, yoga, and meditation would all greatly improve your experience.
As you can see, all of these suggestions are up to you. How much work are you willing to put into it?
Ultimately your health is your responsibility. We are here to support and guide you, but the real work comes from you.
What is a RD?
An Registered Dietitian or RD/RDN is an expert in the field of nutrition. Every Dietitian has obtained a minimum of a BS in Nutritional Sciences, completed a 1200 hour internship, and passed a National Boards Exam. The coursework in dietetics has an emphasis on classes such as: food and nutrition sciences, medical nutrition therapy, chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology, psychology, sociology and microbiology.
What is a NTP?
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner are credentialed through the distinguished Nutritional Therapy Association based in Olympia, Washington. NTPs address nutrition from a holistic perspective and offer a clear alternative to the grain-based, low fat nightmare that is the official diet of our modern society. The Nutritional Therapy Association is founded on the beliefs of such nutritional pioneering greats as Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis M. Pottenger. NTPs hold the philosophy that the myriad of health problems plaguing our society are a result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition.
What is a CLT?
A Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) has been trained on the LEAP (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) protocol. This is a program that has been proven as a highly effective method of helping food-sensitive patients. This comprehensive training has been developed by a team of dietitians, physicians, immunologists, and medical business professionals with more than100 years combined experience in treating food sensitivity related conditions. Learn more here.
What forms of payment do you take?
All payments are expected either before or at the time of service. You may choose from the following options.
- Cash or check.
- Health Savings Account cards that function as a debit card.
- PayPal or credit card.
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately insurance itself is a full time job and in order to devote my time and attention to each client, we choose not to bill insurance. However, if you would like to use your insurance, we can provide you with a "super bill" with all of the necessary documentation and codes to file your own claims to your insurance company. Many insurance plans will reimburse for nutrition consults provided by a registered dietitian. Clients are responsible for payment at the time of the appointment.