An end of an era has arrived. It is time to put an end to carrying out the routine motions of life, where participation is circumstantial – conditioned by the limited energy the day has to offer. It is time to wake anew. To rediscover the vitality, aliveness, and beauty life has to offer when you are truly present to take part. This new start begins now. It begins by truly learning how to take care of the body you call home. When you learn how to take care of, live in a partnership with, and love your body anything is possible. Everyone hits road blocks along the way and the path to good health may not always be easy. But, it sure is worth the fight. With the right support you can and will find your individual ideal. This is where we can help.
What is a holistic nutritionist anyway? And how can a holistic nutritionist help? The key to understanding these questions lies in the ability to begin thinking differently about your own health.
We want to help you understand how we think about the body and what we can do to support you on your journey towards optimal health. Perhaps the best place to start is by sharing what we are not. We are not a quick fix, one-size-fits-all miracle meal plan. We first and foremost believe that no two people are the same and you deserve to have your individuality respected. This is easy to see when you consider differences in personality, environment, and physical appearance – our individual nutritional needs are equally unique. We will work to find what your unique needs are and this begins by appreciating the body as an intricate working system, instead of reducing it to a list of individual symptoms.
The body constantly strives to be in a state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is “the ability to maintain a constant and steady internal environment.”[i] Given the proper nutrients and support, your body’s entire system of organs, nerves, cells, etc easily work together at peak function to maintain an ideal internal environment which translates to high energy and liveliness. However, your body has a unique ability to adapt to the conditions it faces. This means that when you are not taking in the proper nutrients (proper food choices, vitamins, minerals, water, etc), when you face stress on a regular basis (emotional and physical), and when you encounter environmental toxins (pollution, pesticides, chemicals in personal care products) your body is forced to adapt. Your body will work to find ways to keep performing in the face of these stressors but, as exhaustion sets in, not everything can function at its ideal. The promising part is that with the proper changes your body will always work to get back to homeostasis.
In order to make the proper changes, we must break away from the conventional pattern of treating the symptom while ignoring the root cause of the problem. If we acknowledge that the body is an intricate system working together to create a steady internal environment then we can start to recognize that a symptom is a sign that the system is struggling instead of simply a single issue to fix. We are all guilty of wanting a quick fix to our discomfort. For example, I used to suffer from daily headaches (let’s call it a 10 year long headache) and day in and out I would take a pain killer like aspirin, tylenol, or aleve to ease the pain. This was no more than a band-aid solution. The headache was a symptom that my system was struggling. I began to learn how to listen and learned that my headaches were largely due to digestive issues, and a gluten intolerance. By simply taking a pain killer, I was masking discomfort but never addressing the root cause of my problems.
The positive news is that our bodies are willing to tell us what isn’t quite right. We simply need to know how to listen. That is what we can do for you. You may have loud, glaring symptoms; your symptoms may now feel so common place that you have forgotten you aren’t always supposed to feel some form of discomfort (I’ve been there); or, you may intuitively sense that something just isn’t right but can’t put your finger on it. No matter your situation, we will help you identify what signs and signals your body is presenting and how that translates to your body as a whole working system. We will use food as an alternative medicine. We will help you identify not only nutritional changes that can be made but will also consider the larger picture. Your mental, emotional health, and your environment are equally important to your overall well-being. It is about mind, body and spirit.
By guiding you in the right direction, by identifying the positive changes you can make, we will help you take action to provide your body with the support it needs to find its way back to being a strong self-sustaining system. Your well-being is also more important than simply treating illness/disease when it presents itself so we will also help you focus on prevention.
You don’t have to settle for not feeling well. Feeling ‘okay’ or ‘good’ do not need to remain satisfactory answers to the question how are you. Your potential is limitless.
Our aim as holistic nutritionists is to be your guide and to empower you to discover your own unique version of feeling great, your waking health.
By Lauren Uhde
[i] Murray, Michael, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised 2nd Edition. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1998.