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 or client 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 nutrition plan that will help each client reach a successful outcome. There is not one way of eating that works for everyone. A 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.