Nutritional Lifestyle ServicesThe Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

In naturopathic medicine, your food intake and eating habits play a key role in your health as well as in helping to diagnose and treat any condition. Because we take an all-inclusive view of health, we must look at diet and its impact on the body. While the word “diet” typically has a negative connotation, we simply use this word to refer to “what you’re eating.” In many cases, diet is contributing to health problems and the new eating habits and changes in food choices we recommend will be your primary remedy.

Developing healthy eating habits requires direction and time. We help you by providing the right information and motivation plus the necessary “tools” to make these dietary changes “stick” and become a lifestyle that contributes to your overall health and well-being. Everyone knows that healthy eating habits are important–whether the goal is weight loss, eliminating allergies, or managing blood sugar–but oftentimes individuals are not able to easily identify and make these changes without the help of a healthcare professional. If you are struggling with making good food intake choices or understanding the impact of certain foods on your system, especially if you have tried other approaches without the desired results, please contact us to learn more about our nutritional lifestyle programs.

First Line Therapy Weight Loss Treatment

First Line Therapy Weight Loss Treatment (FLT) consists of a 12-week program that teaches you what your body needs to be healthy, fit, and lean. Using a precise measuring device, you will discover your body composition (fat, muscle, and water); how healthy your cells are; how many calories you need to consume each day of good, healthy food; and how to identify, prepare, and combine those foods for the greatest nutritional benefit. After your doctor’s review of this along with your labs and symptoms, the best FLT program for you will be determined. Your doctor will choose from the different programs which include the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Detox
  • Cholesterol lowering
  • Blood pressure controlling
  • Weight balancing

You’ll also learn about exercise, de-stressing, and changing your lifestyle to better support your health goals long-term. FLT is the perfect solution if you are serious about making a healthy lifestyle change to last a lifetime.

Food Sensitivity and Elimination Weight Loss Treatment

Looking at “what you’re eating” (aka your diet) can help us to heal your body with the added benefit of weight loss, if that is part of your goal. Either way, with food as your medicine, we can ensure you are getting the proper nutrition. Plus, if you are experiencing health issues such as arthritis, allergies, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, overweight/ obesity, attention deficit (and hyperactivity) disorders, autism, chronic fatigue, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal issues, migraine headaches, otitis media–just to name a few–food intolerances or sensitivities may be the cause.

A blood test can help us identify anything you need to eliminate from your diet for optimal health. It’s important to note that the majority of adverse immune reactions to foods does not have an immediate allergic reaction, but a delayed symptom onset and are termed food sensitivities. It has been estimated that 90% of immune reactions to foods are this type, which are identified through testing the IgG antibodies. While there are different labs and choices we can make for testing, as an example, there are 154 foods tested in the Comprehensive Panel. These reactions cause inflammation which leads to symptoms, disease and extra weight, much of which is eliminated or improved after treatment.   Recommended treatment for food sensitivities is elimination of foods to which you are reactive for a period of 3 to 4 months followed by reintroduction and rotation. Supplementation of some nutrients may also be added as customized to your results.

Diabetic Diet and Treatment 

Individuals who have diabetes have to take special care to ensure that they are eating the right types and amounts of foods to manage their blood glucose levels. Your naturopathic doctor can teach you how to create meal plans that are best for you so that your self-care is simplified. By making good decisions about healthy food, you will improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health, preventing or minimizing the complications of possible heart disease and other consequences of uncontrolled blood sugar.

Eating well can be a true joy. Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t savor a wide range of delicious and healthy foods . Everyone has the same nutritional needs, whether they have diabetes or not. With professional guidance on how to meal plan to help you manage your diabetes, and you can thrive, even normalizing your blood glucose and lab results. Today diabetes has become a common disease, and everyone needs individualized care. We encourage people with diabetes and their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical therapies and approaches, as well as healthy lifestyle choices. With a good rapport with and support from experts in natural medicine, you can have a sense of control and be able to respond to your body’ needs.

Prediabetes Diet and Treatment 

Prediabetes is simply the term for having higher blood sugar levels than normal but not yet at the level that would mean a diabetes diagnosis. There are a few tests that we can use to detect if you are trending towards or have prediabetes, which is most important to address because according to the American Diabetes Association “For most people, eating less, being more active, and losing weight work better than taking medicines.” Obviously, this fact makes natural medicine a highly effective means of preventing prediabetes as well as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke, all of which are high risks for patients with this disease.

Are you at risk for prediabetes? The following characteristics are considered risk factors, according to the Center for Disease Control and others:

  • 45+ years old
  • Overweight (defined as a body mass index (BMI) above 30.0)
  • High waist-to-hip ratio (above 0.85 for females and above 0.95 for males–called an apple shape)
  • A parent or sibling with diabetes
  • An African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander family background
  • Had gestational diabetes (diabetes only when pregnant)
  • Had a baby weighing 9 pounds or more
  • Physically active less than three times a week

If two (2) or more of these risk factors pertain to you, make an appointment with us to begin testing and, if necessary, develop a prevention plan and maintain good overall health.

Call 623.487.0002 now to schedule a free 15-minute consultation or new patient appointment.