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WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION COUNSELING?

Nutrition is more than calories in and calories out. Food has the power to heal and to hurt the body.

Functional medicine practitioners aim to identify underlying imbalances that are causing the patient undesirable symptoms and disease. From there, they work with patients to identify and improve the causes of imbalance.  This may include a combination of nutrition, supplements, exercise, stress reduction, prescription medications, etc. Functional nutrition is a scientific and evidence-based approach to using food as medicine to support the body’s innate ability to heal and function optimally.

An individual approach is the key to creating a food plan that will help each client reach a successful outcome. There is not one way of eating that works for everyone. Each client’s unique symptoms, history, preferences, goals and current situation are factors in designing the right nutrition plan.

Mindful eating and behavior counseling are vital for long-term dietary improvements.  Choosing, preparing and enjoying food is intertwined with emotions, coping mechanisms, memories, habits, time availability, and knowledge base.  Guiding clients to better understand their relationship with food improves long-term and sustainable change.

Everyone can benefit from good nutrition. Some of the conditions that can be vastly improved and even reversed with functional nutrition support include type 2 diabetes, obesity, overweight, high cholesterol/dyslipidemia, mental health, hypertension, autoimmunity, gastrointestinal/digestive dysfunction, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, unintended weight loss and more. 

Working together is a dynamic and flexible process involving an approach that meets the immediate needs of each client with room to adjust the plan along the way.


                             A NOTE FROM MEGAN



Nutrition became my passion after my own fight to manage symptoms of fatigue, pain, brain fog and poor immune function.  It was those symptoms, as well as my interest in using food to keep my kids healthy that led me to go back to school as an adult and pursue a higher education in nutrition.  I continue to be amazed at the power of nutrition to cure and heal diseases such as my own autoimmune disease that the conventional medical community labels "chronic" or incurable.  For most of my clients,

they are surprised but empowered to learn that they can greatly improve or reverse their disease with nutrition and lifestyle changes. We truly are what we eat and if we feed out bodies the fuel and nutrients that it needs to function well, we will feel well. The relationship between nutrition and our biochemistry is an ever advancing science. I feel my job is stay up to date on that science and translate it into applicable information for my clients. By using evidence to fuel the work I do with my clients ensures better safety and better results.

MY BIO

Megan Barnett earned a B.S. in Dietetics and an M.S. in Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Megan is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Mindful Eating Coach. She has worked in private practice and with major health care systems, health clubs, and yoga studios to create and implement nutrition/wellness education for people of all ages. Megan’s passion lies in sharing her love of food, wellness and science with her clients to help them connect with their bodies & achieve optimal health.