Personal Eating Style

Happy Holidays!  It’s that time in the year when everyone is stretched thin in many different areas, but health and wellness initiatives must go on. Undoubtedly, November and December are challenging times for people who are trying to lose weight. Food and folly is everywhere. Stress levels rise. It’s almost as if we’re all under a spell until New Year’s resolutions come and break it. Not all is lost though. This time of year can be a time of deep reflection and self-assessment. Just as trees stop putting out new growth to focus on strengthening their root systems, so too must we bring our focus inward with the intention of identifying our true needs for wholeness–body, soul and spirit.

This week in our groups we discussed how our personal history with food impacts our eating behavior today. Some common family patterns discussed yesterday:

  • “Clean your plate” club which taught us early on that we can’t trust our own feelings as it relates to hunger and satiety
  • Parents over-restricting or placing child on a diet
  • Parents with disordered eating themselves
  • Working parents–child left alone to binge on sugary, high-calorie foods
  • Parents too busy and relying heavily on fast food meals

Above are some of the more common ones, but if this doesn’t describe your situation then keep reading. You cannot change your past, but if you dig deep you will begin to understand what drives your eating habits. A famous proverb reads, “to know where you are going, you have to know where you’ve come from.” We discuss this a lot, but it’s worth repeating:  weight loss isn’t just about reaching a number on the scale.  Many of the people I work with are experts at losing weight–their determination is truly admirable, but keeping the weight off requires an entirely different set of strategies. In fact, it’s almost an entirely different game. Keeping the weight off requires this deep understanding of what drives personal health choices.

What motivates you?

Motivation to change is more complex than simply wanting to do something. When a person says, “I want to lose weight,” I follow up with, “but why?” They may cite reasons such as health or to feel better, and I follow up with “why?”  I’m sure it may seem like a redundant question to the client, but I’m trying to get the person to dig a little deeper because when challenges arise, motivation must come deep from within. Losing weight requires an investment of time and energy and the rewards of changing must outweigh the cost. You must fall in love with the rewards of being healthy and vibrant, otherwise you’ll return to familiar habits, even if they are destructive.

Finally, change is a process and not an event.  The weight loss journey is rarely straightforward and a person will often make many mistakes before it actually clicks for them.  Although each person’s journey is unique, the challenges are universal. Jim Rohn: “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

 

Mind Your Meals

If you’ve ever polished off a bag of chips while watching your favorite Netflix show, you’ll be familiar with the practice of mindless eating.  We all do it more than we realize or care to admit.  What you may be less familiar with is the concept of Mindful eating, or more specifically, how Mindful eating can help you plug back in to your internal cues for hunger and satiety.

The body is incredible.  It was designed to notify, or “cue” us to eat when we’re hungry, and cue us to stop eating when we’re full.  It does this through the action of the nervous system and hormone messengers.  Grehlin, for example, is a hormone secreted by the gut and it essentially yells, “hey, I’m hungry!  Feed me now!”  On the other hand, the hormone Leptin is secreted by adipose cells and its role is to whisper, “hey, I’m full now.  Human, you may stop eating.” These are 2 of the more well-known hormone regulators of appetite and I share this with you to help you understanding that minding what you eat is more complex than simply exerting willpower.  Sometimes your intention of mindfully eating only 1 cookie will be overridden by the brains executive decision to binge, since the parts of your brain involved in reward are powerful drivers of your eating behavior.

So what is Mindful Eating?  Mindful eating is the practice (emphasis on the word “practice”) to consciously eat in way that nourishes you.  Mindful Eating means that you focus your attention on the experiences involved with eating, free from any distractions.  Mindful eating means you are fully present while eating. not driving, texting or watching TV.  When you are consciously tuned in and aware, the idea is that you will be able to know when you are full.  The reality, however, is more complex for two reasons:  One, in our modern culture, it’s nearly impossible to be mindful every time we eat or drink (unless you happen to be a Buddhist Monk).  Secondly, mindful eating doesn’t hold up too well when it comes to hyperpalatable foods that are high in sugar.  Appetite regulation was designed to work perfectly for our ancestors, who ate whole, natural foods when food wasn’t always readily available.  In our modern culture, processed food is ubiquitous.  Whereas our ancestors faced periods of feast and famine, our modern lives are shaped by life-long relationships with junk food, in a constant state of feasting.

Modern Mindful Eating
This doesn’t mean we should abandon the practice of Mindful Eating, but we need to acknowledge its limitations.  Mindful eating is an excellent way to free yourself from the guilt and shame involved in eating and dieting.  The practice of Mindful Eating may look different for each person, but what is important is that we each take time to prepare our own meals and slow down when we’re eating.  Get curious about your eating behaviors and pay attention.  Your body is always talking to you.  Are you listening?

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Try Mindful Eating This Thanksgiving

As a dietitian and personal trainer, I’m acutely aware of the challenges we all face during the holiday season.  If the experts are correct, Americans may gain a few pounds during the months stretching from Halloween to New Year’s Day, and those few pounds will hang around for the following year.  You don’t have to be a mathematician to realize that 2-3 lbs. each year will add up over the years.  Often, insidious weight gain is the norm for many.  Fortunately, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  With the right plan, holiday weight gain can be prevented.

Before we get into diet tips and strategies, let’s talk about mindset, habits, and intentions.  It’s important to know what your intentions and goals are for Thanksgiving, because without this awareness, you’ll lack direction.  Without direction, you won’t have a winning game plan.  Don’t walk into the Thanksgiving week naively assuming you can rely on willpower and motivation alone.  Willpower is limited, and motivation wanes so use your mental resources wisely.  Do you want to avoid overeating? Maintain weight during the holidays?  Stick to 1 dessert?  What is your intention and more importantly why?  Some non-obvious benefits of eating balanced during the holiday season are improved energy and a sense of balance and well-being, which is priceless if you really think about it.  If we’re honest, overeating and over-indulgence ultimately doesn’t feel good.

Rather than looking for magical tips and tricks to avoid weight gain during the holidays, a better approach is to focus on mindful eating strategies and get clear about the pros and cons of adopting healthy habits during this very difficult time.  Recognize cues to eat inappropriately such as stress, lack of sleep, or increased food cues in your environment (well-meaning co-workers who bring you tempting junk food so they don’t have to deal with it).

As for nutritional strategies, that’s actually much more straight-forward.  First of all, you want to avoid sitting down to the holiday meal overly-hungry.  It’s easier to make mindful choices when you’re not dealing with a ravenous appetite.  Secondly, you want to pay attention to portion sizes.  A simple mantra I tell my clients is to focus on “lean and clean protein and vegetables.”  When you fill up your plate with lean protein and vegetables, you will fill up on nutrient-dense foods and naturally “crowd out” some of the more savory, albeit calorie and sugar-laden options.  You can still enjoy some of these foods, but you’ll do so in much less quantities. Other strategies must be personalized to you, but they include:

  • Eating on a salad plate or flimsy paper plate
  • Don’t drink your calories. Try club soda, herbal teas, or unsweetened coffee or tea
  • Enjoy appetizers of crudités, a protein such as shrimp, grilled chicken, or ahi tuna as this will help induce satiety
  • Chew gum after eating!

Behavioral strategies include:

  • Manage stress during the holidays
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night
  • Be active and exercise daily
  • Commit to surrounding yourself with healthy people—peer pressure works!
  • Practice mindfulness in your daily activities, and let this spill over into your eating habits
  • Avoid “all or nothing” mentality. Changing habits is hard—it requires lots of practice

The holiday season is a wonderful time to connect with family, friends, and people in your community.  Try to make the time focused on relationships and experiences, instead of only the food.  With the right intentions and proper planning, you can be sure to have a happy and healthy holiday season.

If you know you need a little help in the cooking department, consider utilizing the chefs at Nutrition Solutions Culinary.  At their Better Bites café located inside the GHS Family YMCA, they can do your catering, or even prepare your individual or family meals.  Visit the website, or call 676-1248.

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Eat More, Weigh Less

As I often say, losing weight and keeping it off are not necessarily the same thing. Most weight loss programs focus on weight loss without much, or any consideration for maintenance. Keeping the weight off requires a person to sustain health habits for life. Losing weight can be exciting, whereas keeping the weight off can be rather mundane.

Weight maintenance may not be so easy, but it’s also not complex. It requires total commitment to diet, exercise, sleep and stress management. The correct diet for maintenance of a healthy weight (which, by the way is not just a number on a scale) is one that is that is personalized to you. But in general, your diet will be abundant in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, while also low in processed foods and sugar. Essentially, your diet should consist of a lot of plant foods, sprinkled with lean meats, proteins and seafood, with some good quality fats. Rather than getting hung up on details, for most people it’s better to focus on dietary patterns rather than specific nutrients and diets.

Cutting calories does not need to be boring, and it certainly does not mean depriving yourself of nourishing and delicious foods. By focusing on nutrient-density in meals, it’s possible to eat MORE, but get LESS CALORIES. Many people mistakenly assume that cutting calories equates to eating diet foods and salads, but this is far from the truth. Your diet should be sustainable, nourishing, and pleasing to the palate. Nutrient-dense foods meet all of these criteria.

My criteria for nutrient-dense foods are whole foods that are full of nutrients, while also being low in calories for what they provide. Essentially, nutrient-dense foods give you a better bang for your buck. They contain numerous important nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and often times phytochemicals or important anti-oxidant compounds. Dietary patterns that meat this criteria are Volumetrics Eating Plan, Mediterranean, and DASH. You can glean from these diets, but experiment with what works for you and have fun.

 

Smart, Savvy Grocery Shopping

How much thought and planning goes into your grocery store experience? Do you stick to a grocery list or do you just “wing” it every time and hope for the best? The good news is that with a little understanding and planning, you can transform your health completely by stocking your kitchen with wholesome, nourishing foods. The opposite is also true; If you stock your kitchen with junk food and give no thought as to what you will eat, your health will suffer.

Let’s talk about confusion for a moment. Think about catchy buzzwords or phrases that grab your attention–  “High protein, low-carb, gluten-free, non-gmo, organic, made with whole grains, 100% natural, immune support.” What do all these terms really mean? Well, not much. They are just words that have been glossed up so you’ll by their product. The first step to becoming a savvy and smart shopper is simply an awareness that your food purchasing decisions are heavily influenced by external factors such as marketing, product placement, consumer trends, etc. Buyer Beware and be on the lookout for marketing ploys. Even the layout, the lighting and the smells at grocery stores may have been manufactured to encourage increased spending on junk food.

The second step involves sticking to a plan, or a shopping list, but how do you determine if a food is healthy or worthy to be in your cart? There are some general rules to follow:

  • Eat food in its mostly natural state. Begin the process of incorporating whole, REAL foods into your diet and phase out “food-like substances.” As a general rule, the majority of your food should have less than 5 ingredients.
  • Forget the packaging and look deeper. Peek at the Nutrition Facts Label and thoroughly read the ingredient list. Are the ingredients substances that you want in your body?
  • Is this food satisfying and nourishing, without being addictive?
  • Is this food high in sugar and salt? Hint: there are over 50 names for sugar. If you struggle with portion control or binge eating, engineered foods with the fat-salt-sugar combo may be nearly impossible to eat mindfully
  • Is this food a good investment for my health? Does it fit within my budget?

There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to meeting your nutrition needs and it’s important to consider your goals, preferences, genetics and lifestyle factors. So although I wholly believe in eating natural, REAL foods, keep this in mind when preparing your nutrition plan and most importantly, seek the support and advice of your registered dietitian or nutrition coach.  He or she can provide advice, as well as offer suggestions on tools and apps that may help with your grocery planning.

Smart Buys for Convenience:

Proteins

  • Chicken, Fish, Shrimp
  • Tuna, Salmon packages/cans
  • Tofu/Tempeh
  • Protein powder of choice
  • Egg whites
  • Eggs
  • Natural Nut Butters/Natural Peanut Butter
  • Protein bar of choice, low in sugar

Starches

  • Canned beans/lentils
  • Frozen Quinoa/Brown Rice
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • squash

Vegetables/Fruits

  • Frozen or Fresh Vegetables
  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit

Dairy

  • Plain, Lowfat yogurt
  • Lowfat dairy or unsweetened Almond or Soymilk
  • Low-fat Cheese Sticks

Miscellaneous

  • Sparkling water, La Croix, Club Soda or Unsweetened Tea
  • Herbs and Seasoning
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos or low sodium Tamari
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Nutritional Yeast

When you get home from the grocery store, make sure to set yourself up for success by prepping vegetables, fruits and healthy snacks for easy access. If you have the opportunity, try to attend a grocery shopping tour that’s held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6pm.

Mindful Eating

Reflect on your typical day. Is it filled with stress, tension and emotional eating? It seems there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that needs to be done. Exercise? Planning meals? Fahgettaboudit! There’s barely enough time for sleep, much less planning ahead for quality meals and exercise. If this sounds all too familiar, get out of the rat race and learn a new way of doing life. It’s called Mindfulness. Combine mindfulness with the experience of eating and you have “Mindful Eating,” which is what we talked about in class this week.

Most of us regularly practice mindless eating—eating on the go, skipping meals, eating in front of the TV or computer. We eat while completely disconnected from the experience. In contrast, Mindful Eating is a practice that allows individuals to plug back into their own internal cues for hunger and satiety so that they can understand when to eat and when to stop. With Mindful Eating, there are no good and bad foods, and there is no one right or wrong way to eat. Simply put, mindful eating is eating with intention and attention. Michelle May, MD describes mindful eating as eating with the intention of caring for yourself and eating with the attention necessary for noticing and enjoying your food and its effects on your body. Can you imagine eating in way that supports health, yet is also satisfying and rich? Perhaps you’re among the millions of Americans trapped in a cycle of yo-yo dieting, fueled by guilt and the promise of tomorrow when you’ll get “back on track.” Mindful Eating provides a way out of that vicious dieting cycle by helping you understand the root causes of your unwanted eating habits

What can Mindful Eating do for you?

  • Help reduce overeating/binge eating
  • Lose body fat
  • Help remove negative, automatic food habits (like eating while watching TV)
  • Promote a peaceful eating relationship with food
  • Enjoy food that is satisfying
  • Improve digestion
  • Help change thoughts and behaviors around food. Instead of reacting, you learn how to respond
  • Help reduce anxious thoughts about food

Practicing Mindful Eating can help you plug back into your body’s internal cues so you know when you are hungry and when you are full, but there’s a catch. Most of us have spent years, if not nearly an entire lifetime learning how to ignore those signals. We come from a “clean your plate” club where not finishing everything on your plate might be considered rude, or worse, wasteful. We’ve also spent years eating food-like substances that are high in sugar, salt and chemicals, while simultaneously being low in nutrients. I can’t prove it, but I’m quite sure this combination scrambles the satiety regulating signals to the brain. Mindful Eating may be the cure to heal our relationship with food, but it isn’t magic, and it certainly isn’t a new practice. Mindful Eating requires lots of practice and patience, but it’s worth the effort. If you truly want to improve your eating habits and enjoy vibrant health, I encourage you to find ways to commit to more Mindful Meals.

Here’s some practical ways to get started:

  • Practice being more mindful in all aspects of your life
  • Practice understanding the difference between hunger and craving
  • Simply notice and acknowledge your emotions when you eat. How do you feel? Are you stressed? Sad? Happy?
  • Begin to eat using all your senses, paying attention to sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures
  • Commit to non-judgment. You are not a good person when you eat well, nor are you a bad person when you eat poorly
  • There are no bad or good foods, but engineered food-like substances may be addictive
  • Start small, perhaps with one mindful meal a week
  • Slow down your eating and take 20-30 minutes to finish a meal
  • Use chopsticks
  • Try eating with non-dominant hand
  • Eat until 80% full
  • Practice, and then practice some more

Mindful Eating can change your life, but not overnight. It may take time for you to listen to and trust your inner intuition when it comes to eating. Eating habits begin when we are very young and are quite firmly established by the time we are adults. I encourage you to begin your journey by visiting the following websites http://amihungry.com/ and http://thecenterformindfuleating.org/ Don’t wait. Start practicing today!

Nutrition Science 101

The study of Nutrition is a science; The application of nutrition is an art.  The wonderful thing about nutrition is that eating right for your body doesn’t require any special knowledge or training.  Humans have an intuitive ability to know what their body needs, and yet, most of us aren’t listening.  Many people tend to be obsessed with fad diets and nutrition facts, and yet lack an overall appreciation or understanding of the affects that whole foods have on their health.  They may “major in the minors” when it comes to nutrition and “miss the forest for the trees.”  An example might be avoiding gluten, while neglecting areas such as over-consumption of foods and physical inactivity.  Four major areas to investigate with weight loss are nutrition, exercise, stress and sleep, but let’s start with a super basic review of nutrition.

Calories

  • In human nutrition, calories are needed by the body to do work
  • Individual needs vary depending on age, sex, size, genetics and activity levels
  • They are neither bad, nor good, but simply a way of measuring the amount of energy a food provides us

Calorie expenditure is divided between resting metabolic rate, thermic effect of foods (energy used for the digestion of food), non-exercise activity and exercise. Our muscles and organs are the biggest consumers of calories at rest.

Macronutrients

  • Nutrients that provide calories or energy
  • Nutrients are substances needed for growth, metabolism, and for other body functions
  • Needed in large amounts

Carbohydrates*Generally, should comprise ~45-65% of daily caloric intake. Provide 4 calories/gm. Slow carbs are low-glycemic load and fast carbs are high-glycemic load.

ProteinGenerally, should comprise ~20-30% of daily caloric intake. Provide 4 calories/gm. 

FatGenerally, should comprise ~15-30%. Provide 9 calories/gm. Saturated fats are typically found in animal products, whereas unsaturated fats are primarily sourced from plants.

Phytochemicals

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring chemicals that provide plants with color, odor and flavor. They contribute greatly to our health by fighting inflammation, free radical damage and they also help to balance our hormones.

Right now many individuals are starting to understand that a calorie is not a calorie.  In fact, different foods have different effects on the body and with genetic testing more widely available, we know that no two people respond to the same diet in the same way.  That’s why it’s important to get a nutrition plan specifically tailored for you.  If you are interested in working with a registered dietitian who can write a nutrition plan for you, click here.  Dietitians are uniquely qualified to prescribe specific nutrient recommendations and it can be highly worth your time.

 

 

Meal planning hacks for the rest of us

What’s the secret to meal planning? The secret is…. there is no secret.  You just do it.  MEAL. PLAN. EVERY. DAY.  There’s nothing inherently “sexy” about it, despite what those flashy instagram posts or blogs lead you to believe, but there are a few tricks to save you time and money. Eventually, you will get to the point where meal prep is just another chore like bathing or brushing your teeth (Am I inspiring you yet!)

IS MEAL PLANNING RIGHT FOR YOU?
You have to get to the point where you are sick and tired of being sick and tired.  The right nutrition will go a long way to improving your energy and health.  Great nutrition nourishes and heals the body.

HERE’S SOME TIPS TO SAVE YOU TIME:

  • Limit Variety During The Week To Save Time And Money. This means the core of what you eat everyday remains the same, but you can make changes to the seasonings or sides.  Core items in my diet include eggs, egg whites, wild Alaskan salmon, cod, chunk light tuna, sardines, or Tempeh. With every meal, I try and have a heaping of leafy greens or cruciferous vegetables. This could be anything from arugula and spinach salad, to roasted cauliflower and broccoli. Steamed kale and sautéed riced cauliflower is another great option.
  • Prep And Cook In Bulk On The Weekends.(or your least busy day). If Sunday is your meal prep day, then you’ll have to make sure your grocery shopping is done by the day before.  For me, this means I have to put the frozen fish in the refrigerator on Friday or Saturday in order for it to be thawed when I’m ready to cook it.
  • Have The Right Tools For The Right Job. You’ll need make sure your kitchen tools are easily accessible.  Tools that I use each week include a vegetable steamer, a toaster oven, an iron skillet, a large skillet, a baking stone, a Nutribullet and of course, a coffee maker.  Everything I use is stored strategically close to my cooking area.  In addition to cookware, an often neglected aspect of meal prep is Tupperware and a large insulated lunch bag.  Remember, you’ll be cooking anywhere from 2-5 servings to last you throughout the week and most of your meals won’t be eaten at home.  You’ll have to find a system that works for you.  For me this means I cook on Sundays and Tuesday evenings since I work Monday through Thursday.
  • Know your grocery store and get in and get out. Stick to your grocery list and try to avoid impulse purchases.  If you can limit variety, then your grocery shopping experience will be quick and easy because you’ll be eating the same core foods each week.  This recommendation is not a popular one, but unless you have extra time to plan, purchase and prepare a new menu each week, it’s really your best option.  The number one reason people don’t prepare their own meals is because of perceived lack of time.

SOME FINAL POINTERS—
The core of a healthy eating plan is one that emphasizes whole foods in their mostly natural state.  It should be low in added sugars, refined carbohydrates and saturated fat.  Feel free to go sugar-free, but don’t replace it with artificial sweeteners.  It’s worth mentioning that your meal plan should also be calorically balanced with the appropriate macro and micronutrients for your individual needs. This is your meal plan!

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Hidden Cues To Eating

Lifestyle Education Discussion:
“Hidden Cues To Eating”
“Why can’t I stop?” Have you ever repeated this question to yourself in an attempt to understand your eating behaviors? Of course you have. We all have. It’s a battle between what YOU WANT TO HAPPEN and what you ACTUALLY DO. It all comes down to food habits and food cues. It’s often said that nutrition is 20% science and 80% habit, so the question often is not “what,” but “how.” Let’s dig into this a little deeper.

A habit is a routine or behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. No question that habits are hard to break, and this is especially true with eating habits. Cues are anything in your internal or external environment that trigger you to a particular behavior. With food cues, they can originate internally, externally or arise in certain social situations. You will be familiar with the following:

– Eating at weddings, funerals and birthday’s
– Eating/drinking beer watching football games
– Overeating while watching TV
– Eating popcorn and drinking soda at a movie theater
– Eating at night (stressful day and unwinding with food)
– Mindless Eating at parties
– Eating candy from a coworkers desk
– Eating donuts or cookies left in a breakroom
– Eating out with coworkers at lunch
– Overeating at buffets
– Craving a whopper after seeing a Burger King commercial
– Stopping for a Krispy Kreme donut after seeing the “hot now” sign
– Eating for emotional reasons (stress, lonely, anxious, happy, sad, bored, angry, tired, etc)

When I’m working with individuals in a one-on-one setting it may be surprising to find that we spend little time discussing nutrition and “what” he/she should be eating. Instead, the majority of our energy is spent identifying habits and triggers. The focus of yesterday’s discussion was two-fold: Identify and recognize various cues to unhealthy eating habits and to understand how to replace those unwanted habits with habits that provide a positive reward for the brain. As we discussed yesterday, the brain loves reward. The more powerful the reward, the more difficult it is to break the habit. Hyperpalatable foods such as pizza, ice cream, junk food, etc stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain and provide a powerful reward (dopamine) that is hard to break. If you want to change the habit, you have to find an activity that provides a reward to the brain. The challenge is that eating junk food provides instant relief. Eating well and exercising produces more of a long-term, sustained reward. If you truly want to change your eating and exercising habits, you need to do so in a way that provides reward for the brain.

Some rewards of eating well and exercising:

– Improved energy
– Self confidence
– Disease prevention
– Look good
– Feel strong
– Empowered
– Shame-free
– Better sleep
– Getting off medications
– Cured depression/anxiety
– Improved immunity
– Glowing skin
– Increase mobility
– Freedom to live

I say this all the time, but weight loss isn’t about having more willpower or self-control. Instead, it’s about digging deep and understanding what motivates you. It’s about taking an inventory of your environment and then developing strategies that ensure success.

To the ladies and gentlemen that have made this work for them, please post your suggestions/experiences!

Sustainable Weight Loss

Once a quarter, we invite clients to speak about their successes with weight loss and lifestyle change. How do you define “success?”  Well, it turns out that weight loss success isn’t just about hitting a number on a scale.  It’s much deeper than that.

People who come to Nutrition Solutions have one thing in common–they’re desperate to get healthier.  And that’s about where you could draw the line on similarities.  Each person that comes in receives an individualized assessment and a personalized road map for achieving their health and weight loss goals. Why? Because each individual comes in with a unique identity that includes their goals, values, preferences, genetics, biology and so on.  We firmly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to health and our interactions with clients reflect that.

In my role as a dietitian and certified personal trainer, I get to work intimately with clients. I get to know what they want, need, and what matters to them most. Nearly everyone that comes to work with us desires weight loss, but as soon as you scratch below the surface you’ll find that what they want is more personal and nuanced than that.  What clients really want is to return to a place of balance when they weren’t limited by their weight. Over and over I hear clients excited to be able to do basic things like bend over and tie shoes, or ride roller coasters with their kids.  People who get healthy for life realize that certain health choices don’t line up with their values and goals and they commit to the process of change.  This does not, however, mean they are perfect and that they don’t make mistakes.  It does mean that they don’t ever give up and they surround themselves with the right support.

Sustainable weight loss isn’t really about a number, but rather it’s about a lifestyle and a commitment to daily habits that fuel that lifestyle.  At Nutrition Solutions, our mission is to provide tools and professional support to aid in this lifestyle transformation. We have everything from medically supervised weight loss programs, to nutritional genetic testing, and everything in between. We even have a culinary team that will prepare your meals for you!  All of the tools and support are available to each individual at each step of their weight loss journey.

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