Nutritional Counseling

You are what you eat.

Chinese Medicine has always recognized that different foods produce different effects in the body when eaten by different individuals. Just as two people seeking treatment for headaches will likely be given different acupuncture and herbal medicine because the root cause of their headaches is unique, there is no one universal food pyramid that works for everyone. As a skilled practitioner in holistic and ancestral nutrition, Christina diagnoses imbalances in the body and then recommends specific foods a person should eat in abundance, which foods to moderate, and which foods to avoid to provide therapeutic effects in the body and mind.

We encourage all of our patients to choose an organic whole foods diet that has minimal amounts of sugars, white flour products, synthetic additives, or various ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. Limit the quantity of items you eat from cans, boxes and packages and opt instead for fresh, “real” foods. Eating a broad range of nourishing foods is what we recommend for optimal wellness. Variety truly is the spice of a healthy life. In general, we do best when we eat not just chicken as a source of animal protein, but also moderate amounts of high quality, pasture raised or wild beef, pork, lamb, fish and other seafood. This is universally beneficial to all people.

After that, we believe that nutritional guidelines need to be specific to you as an individual. There is no “one size fits all” approach to the best way to eat because each of us has different constitutions. Some people should be eating more of a raw food diet (those who run dry and over heated), while others need to eat mostly cooked foods (those who run cold and depleted).The goal is for you to find a balanced and authentic way to eat for the long-term. We will rarely advocate restrictive, limited diets because they don’t work. If it feels unnatural, forced, or excessively uncomfortable there is almost no chance of the nutritional program becoming a sustainable habit.

In this day and age, our relationship with food has so much to do with how well we are managing stress, expressing our emotions, and maintaining awareness of our core beliefs. We easily turn to food for immediate gratification and comfort, which so often points to a deeper imbalance that is taking place in the mind. Our goal is to help you work on this level so you can make lasting changes to your health that will help you live the life you desire.