Yes, because you are what you eat!
Health is like money, we never know the true value of it until we lose it. - Josh Billings
The food choices we make on a daily basis impacts us in surprising ways: our stress and energy levels, focus and memory, digestion, mood, aches and pain and even our ability to get a good night’s sleep. What we eat can also set us up to develop chronic lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and pre-diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Today, people are not eating a healthy whole-foods diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly or getting enough sleep. We don’t feel well or have the energy to do what we want to do and we are dealing with chronic disease that is costing us financially. In the United States, 17% of our gross domestic product goes to health care. That is more than any other country.
To get a perspective of how our diets are impacting our overall health here are some great data infographics showing the impact of unhealthy eating. I’m using Colorado numbers to show that even the "healthier" states are being impacted.
Overweight and Obesity in Colorado
Diabetes Impact in Colorado
What is Nutrition Therapy?
Nutrition therapy is designed to counsel individuals on the behavioral and lifestyle changes that are relevant for people with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their overall health and well-being. It promotes the benefits of eating real unprocessed foods for optimal well-being. Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutrition therapy works on the basis that we are all unique and different in our makeup and therefore the one size fits all models of eating doesn’t work well for the majority of people. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ symptoms to their medical professional. They are more than happy to work alongside a medical professional and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy program that has been provided.
What are the benefits of Nutrition Counseling?
Thinking outside of the box
As a coach, I want to you experience “aha moments”. That could be a shift in perspective or letting go of a habit. Over time making small changes add up to a whole new mindset and a new vision of what health means to you. We want to create a vision for wellness and design a strategy to reach health goals. As our behavior and attitude changes, we set our self up for long-term success.
Accountable = Success
The personalized attention that you get from a nutritionist is the surest way to reach your health goals. You get an eating and lifestyle plan that focuses on your specific health goals and challenges and your unique lifestyle. You will also get the support, motivation, and accountability to stay on track. It’s so helpful to know that you have a trusted health professional in your corner.
It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle
Nutrition therapy is not a diet. It a shift from unhealthy behaviors in eating and lifestyle habits to a new way of eating for health. Diets are temporary and after a brief period of restriction, most revert back to their previous way of eating. The goal of nutrition therapy is to create a healthy balanced attitude toward eating that is maintainable long-term.
Learn to be your own coach
“Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” - Maimonides
So true but even better if they gave you a fishing rod. A good nutritionist will teach you how to create a new healthy diet and lifestyle habits but they should give you the tools so that it is maintainable. The best thing that I can teach my clients is how to coach themselves to stay on their health path for life.
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Hello! I'm Jori Zimmerman, a nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Savvy. I work with individuals that are looking to make dietary and lifestyle changes that will lead them to living a healthier and higher quality of life.