What is Nutrition Therapy?
Nutrition therapy identifies:
- Emotional and behavioral connections to struggles with food, weight, and eating as well as what and how much you eat.
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Neurotransmitter imbalance
- Poor nutrient intake
- Negative food talk, body talk, and self-talk
- Distorted family/childhood experiences and cultural values and beliefs around food, weight, and eating
- Poor nutrition knowledge
- How mood and eating behavior affects our brain health, gut health, heart health, and liver health. Gut bacteria imbalances, hormone imbalances, chronic inflammation and digestion, absorption, activation, and utilization of nutrients can all be the root causes of your struggles with mood, food, weight, and eating.
Nutrition therapy sessions will focus on providing you with enjoyable, acceptable, and sustainable strategies in the office or through online counseling sessions. You and I will:
- Reinforce what you have learned in psychotherapy to manage these emotions so you don’t need to use the binge or compulsive eating behaviors
- Create positive self-talk and develop more healthful, less emotionally driven behaviors around food and eating.
- Develop a structured meal plan that complements your lifestyle and helps you to manage those cravings that seem at times to control you!!
- Plan meals, visits to the grocery store or eat at a restaurant (if you need to) to challenge those emotions as they surface around food and binge and compulsive eating.
- Educate your family, friends so you have supports when working on your changes outside of your Nutrition Therapy session.
- Ensure your body and brain is getting the nutrition it needs if anxiety and depression are affecting your appetite.
NOT COUNT CALORIES, GRAMS OF FAT< CARBOHYDRATE OR PROTEIN!!!!!
Functional nutrition testing and recommendations will support these body systems through food and nutrition supplements. You will learn how to use food and supplements to restore bodily functions, decrease cravings, and stabilize weight and moods.
Any suspected disturbances in the thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones will be referred to your PCPs and/or Functional MD.
If you are already with a psychotherapist, I would be happy to work with you as your nutrition therapist and coordinate treatment with him or her.