Nutritional therapy takes a holistic approach to wellness and seeks to correct the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances within the body that lead to disease, dysfunction, and emotional distress. Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (NTPs) use a variety of tools to identify and correct these imbalances. If you are suffering from chronic illness, depression or anxiety, battling weight issues, or are otherwise dissatisfied with your health and well-being, there is hope. Nutritional therapy can enable you to take back your health and dramatically improve your quality of life.
About Nutritional Therapy
Are you struggling with weight, counting calories and depriving yourself of the foods your body craves in an effort to shed pounds? Have you tried cleanses, diets, or nutrition challenges only to find yourself unable to maintain healthy habits? Do you suffer from depression, anxiety, or both? Do you have a diagnosed chronic condition that is costing you your quality of life? Are you sick of being tired, but you’ve been told there is nothing wrong with you because all of your labs are normal? Or, have you been told that whatever health problems you may be experiencing are very “common”, but no one has been able to explain the root cause of them, or offer solutions other than pharmaceutical drugs?
If any of these sound familiar, you aren’t crazy, lazy, or doomed to cope with sub-optimal health for the rest of your life. The good news is that humans were not designed to be sick, overweight, or tired. Our natural state is one of health and vitality. Much of the damage we have done to our bodies as a result of processed foods, exposure to toxins, and chronic stress can be reversed. Some conditions are not reversible, but can be managed without being dependent on medications. Our bodies are remarkably resilient and adaptive machines when properly fueled and balanced. Addressing the emotions and mindset related to food and our bodies is equally important. Many people know what they "should" be eating, but find themselves stuck in unhealthy patterns. This requires digging deeper and going beyond nutrition to find out what is getting in your way so you can move past those emotional blocks.
NTPs use a variety of tools to create a comprehensive assessment and individualized recommendation plan for each client. These tools include:
- Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ)
- Detailed health history and lifestyle overview
- Food journal
- Functional evaluation (hands-on palpations of various reflexes in the body to identify weaknesses and deficiencies)
- Lingual-neuro testing (using the autonomic nervous system response to determine exactly what nutrient or supplement will work for a particular client)
If further testing and evaluation is warranted, appropriate referrals will be made. Nutritional therapy is based on the concept of bioindividuality. Bioindividuality essentially means that because we are all a little genetically different, our bodies have different needs. One person might respond very well to a certain dietary protocol and another would have a negative reaction to it. Have you ever watched a friend switch to a paleo or a vegetarian diet with great results, only to try it yourself and feel worse? Many diets out there claim to be the one and only path to wellness, but the truth is that there are many paths to the same destination. There are a lot of factors that play into health and wellness, and nutritional therapy seeks to identify each client’s bioindividual needs and create protocols for healing accordingly. NTP’s don’t just tell you what to eat and what not to eat; they educate you on the how and why certain foods impact your body the way they do. This will provide you with the tools you need to enjoy long-term, sustainable health and vitality.
Will dietary changes be recommended?
Almost certainly, yes. Despite the fact you may be trying hard to do all the “right” things, it is likely the case for anyone suffering from health concerns that they are unintentionally fueling their body in a sub-optimal way. There is a LOT of misinformation out there, and a key component of nutritional therapy is providing education to empower you to make informed decisions, and to find out what works best for your bioindividual needs. Change is a critical part of the solution, and together we will create a plan that works for you and meets you where you are at.
Are supplements recommended?
Each client is different, and dietary and supplement recommendations are done so on a case by case basis. Any recommendations will also be contingent upon factors such as medications currently being taken, whether pregnant or nursing, your budget, and other lifestyle factors. Lingual-neuro testing will help determine what supplement or dietary protocol will work best for you, so you will not have to spend a lot of money on products that may not produce results.
How long will nutritional therapy last?
The number of sessions and length of time for nutritional therapy depends on the extent of your health concerns and your body’s response to the recommended protocols. Sometimes fairly small changes, such as improving digestion, can create profound changes in a short amount of time with results after a single session. Other times there are multiple areas that must be addressed and change takes longer. In these cases it probably took quite a while for your body to develop the imbalances and symptoms that you are seeking to correct, so naturally it will take some time to see results. Together we will create a plan that is appropriate for your health goals and your budget.
What is the cost of nutritional therapy?
Please call for specific pricing information and wellness packages. Nutritional therapy is not covered by medical insurance; however, services may qualify for reimbursement by your healthcare provider. Please contact your provider in advance to inquire about coverage. Payment is due at the time the service is provided. If you have additional questions about nutritional therapy, feel free to contact me for a free phone consultation.
I don't live in San Diego, can you still work with me?
Absolutely! We can conduct our sessions via Skype, FaceTime, or by phone, and I will send you all of the assessments and handouts via email. The only thing I cannot do with long-distance clients is the hands-on functional evaluation and supplement testing; however, this is just one of several tools that I use and I still see very positive results without this evaluation.
Will you make house calls or do I have to come into the office?
Depending on where you live and my current caseload, I am happy to meet with you in your home for our sessions. I am able to do fridge and pantry makeovers, cooking lessons, and offer suggestions about other changes in your environment that will help you reach your health goals. Please contact me for my current availability for house calls.
Disclaimer: Nutritional therapy does not diagnose or treat medical conditions. I am not a doctor or licensed healthcare provider, and do not provide medical advice. Clients are advised to make health decisions in partnership with their health care provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication, please consult your physician before making dietary and lifestyle changes.