What is holistic health counseling?
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, your amazing body will have analyzed, synthesized, restructured, and utilized thousands of nutrient molecules. It will have split proteins, burned sugars, pumped minerals, exchanged gases, and transferred electrons. Many common chronic conditions have a primary nutritional and/or toxin imbalance as a root cause. When lifestyle changes (and if necessary nutritional supplementation) are incorporated, our patients experience a significant recovery with chronic health conditions.
Rather than a one-size-fits all approach to diet and nutritional guidance, holistic nutrition and health counseling understands metabolism is as unique as your fingerprint and varies at different times in one's life. We tailor lifestyle programs to fit your body's needs and never encourage "fad diets" as long-term success is better achieved when permanent healthy habits are incorporated into your regular routine. It's not about counting calories or "points", it's about eating nutrient dense, naturally colorful foods that are higher quality.
The proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that you eat are fuel for your physical engine. The vitamins and minerals are its spark plugs. You need both high quality fuel and the ability to "fire on all cylinders" in order to achieve optimal health. An automobile can run with misfiring spark plugs, but for how long and how well? How fast and efficiently can it respond to an emergency demand for more power? The stress of living in our fast-paced world demands that kind of emergency power for our bodies on a daily basis.
Think of other nutrients as protecting agents. Just as your car has additives and devices that protect the body, engine, and driver, nutrients serve to protect your heart, brain, and other critical organs. Just as a car's gauges warn the driver of potential problems, your body has certain chemical indicators that can alert you to potential problems. Early warnings can help you make diet and lifestyle changes that may both extend your life and enhance your quality of life.
Why is holistic health counseling important?
Thousands of chemical reactions occur each second in your body, every second of your life. Just imagine the energy required to perform this biochemical magic that powers your human machine! Where does your body get this energy? The foods you eat provide fuel for your body. The nutrients you consume each day are your body's only source of raw materials. Each chemical reaction occurs in a step-wise sequence and depends on the daily availability of raw materials. A shortage of any nutrient can shut down the "assembly lines" that are your body's biochemical pathways.
Your body is amazingly adaptive and can sometimes function for long periods of time even though particular biochemical "assembly lines" are closed down. Eventually, however, certain nagging symptoms can progress to become diseases that can destroy the quality of life or even life itself.
Working with a health counselor is a more comprehensive support system that helps to identify components of your lifestyle that may be preventing you from making healthy choices and changes. Food and nutrition is linked to many other areas of our lives, especially our emotional and mental states. Most "diets" restrict intake rather than working through emotional barriers that lead to chronic unhealthy choices of nutrient-void foods. Health counselors recognize spiritual beliefs and never ask a client to go against their beliefs (i.e. vegans and vegetarians are never encouraged to change their philosophical beliefs).