In my last blog I gave you 7 tips for getting sugar out of your diet. On paper (or your computer screen) this may seem easy. But in reality it can be very difficult. You may recall that Tip #7 was to “Go Easy on Yourself”. Sugar is everywhere, in almost everything and it can be difficult to resist. It’s also addictive. So weaning off it can take some time, patience and guidance.
This is where Nutritional Therapy can really help. And that is Tip #8 for getting sugar out of your diet.
Try Nutritional Therapy!
Let me explain a little more how Nutritional Therapy works. It is much more than just telling someone what to eat. Yes, weaning off sugar, processed foods and replacing them with whole, nutrient dense foods is the foundation. But there’s a lot more to it than that.
For example, you may eat the healthiest diet the world has to offer but chronic digestive issues can impact your ability to break down and absorb the nutrients in your food. Chronic heartburn, bloating, constipation, IBS and dozens more digestive issues are very common in America. Other deficiencies and imbalances may make dietary changes more difficult than they appear in blogs, articles or books.
As a Nutritional Therapist, I help people navigate these obstacles. Let me just explain a little of what I do and how I work with people.
First, everyone must fill out a 3 Day Food Journal before the actual date of our consultation. I want to see what the current diet is like. This can help me help you understand how your diet is connected to your health concerns. Because again, if you live in America, you’re probably eating a lot of carbs and this causes problems, especially the refined ones, as they are broken down in the digestive process to simple sugars. 90% of the Food Journals I see are loaded with carbs. And if you’ve been following my blog lately you know this means weight gain, fatigue and a whole host of connected health problems.
Next I’ll have you fill out a few questionnaires which can help me see a bigger picture of what’s going on. These help me to zero in on the underlying issues that can disrupt good health. You can take a look at these questionnaires on the “Consultation” link on my website. The last one, the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire, contains lots of possible symptoms that you may experience. These questions are divided into various systems in the body such as stomach function, small intestine, liver and gallbladder, adrenal function, etc.
For example, do you have chronic bloating, heartburn or bad breath? Are you not hungry in the morning? Is your stomach upset by taking vitamins? All of these are signs of upper GI dysfunction, in particular, a compromised ability of your stomach to breakdown food. Diet alone may not be enough to correct this.
These questionnaires plus the Food Journal give me an initial picture. You fill these forms out ahead of time and I review all of this before I even meet you.
On the day of the consult, we’ll go over all these forms together and go into more detail. I’ll see where you’re at with your ability to make dietary changes and clearly communicate the dietary changes that need to be made. Some need to go slow, others are ready to really dive in. I never know until I meet someone how things are going to proceed. Regardless, you won’t leave without a very clear and specific protocol
Last, I’ll perform what’s known as a Functional Evaluation. This is a simple, hands on assessment of various reflex and pressure points on your body that are associated with various systems. For example, you’ll lie down on a massage table, (unfortunately, I do not do massage), and I’ll push gently around your belly button. This is where you small intestines lie. Our small intestines should be very soft and squishy. For many people, with just a slight amount of pressure, they feel discomfort. For me it feels hard and resistant to my pressure. This is a sign of small intestine dysfunction. I perform dozens of these little tests that can help me zero in even further on specific bodily weaknesses.
I also give lots of handouts and suggestions for further education via books, websites and various articles. I have the most success with those people who follow up on these suggestions. I understand that the nutritional advice I give is often counter to what most doctors and dietitians say, so I offer these resources so that you can feel confident in your dietary changes.
So maybe you’ve been thinking about getting a little extra help lately. If you’re like me though, when it comes to making big decisions with your hard earned money, you probably delay it, contemplate it, delay more, make an excuse that this is just not the right time and eventually forget entirely about it. It’s human nature. I know.
So here’s what I’m gonna do. For one week, from today until next Friday, May 6th, 2011, I’m gonna offer half off my initial consults. Any consults scheduled within the next week, even if they’re scheduled beyond next week, are half off. As I get busier and busier in my practice, I doubt I’ll be offering that again anytime soon. Truth be told, I don’t even know why I’m doing this. Just feeling generous today I guess. So if you’ve been thinking about it, don’t wait! This offer won’t last long (I’m really not trying to sound like a car salesman).
So what’s the price of your health? What’s the cost of living with chronic fatigue, excess weight or type II diabetes? In one simple consult I can show you how simple it can be to reduce your risk of chronic disease by making a few simple dietary changes.
I think that’s a pretty good deal, don’t you?
Craig Fear is the creator of Fearless Eating and the author of three books, The 30-Day Heartburn Solution, Fearless Broths and Soups and The Thai Soup Secret. After years helping clients with digestive issues, Craig decided to pursue writing full-time. He intends to write many more books on broths and soups from around the world! Click here to learn more about Craig.