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I am a Holistic Health Counselor and founder of Elemental Health and Wellness, which serves Cape Cod, MA, The United States and even help clients world wide with a growing practice in South Africa.As a former Mortgage Loan Officer, I understand the stresses that people face in their day-to-day lives and know how to offer easy-to-implement advice even if you are in a high stress environment.Having had my own issues with weight and body image in the past, I think that I am able to really understand where my clients are coming from. My healing approach is compassionate, understanding and loving, but if you don''t want to be held accountable, you have the wrong counselor. Accountability is key when trying to make long-term, sustainable changes.I received my training to practice Health Counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which is the only nutrition school integrating all the different dietary theories—combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone and raw foods.A holistic approachI practice a holistic approach to nutrition, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we look at how all parts of your life affect the whole.No one diet works for everyoneThe concept of bio-individuality is that each person has their own nutritional needs. So, when the experts say, “dairy is good for you” or “fat is unhealthy,” it’s too much of a generalization. One person’s food is another person’s poison, and that’s why fad diets don’t work in the long run. I look at your age, health, activity level, blood type, metabolic rate and personal preferences to determine your dietary needs.Everything is foodHealthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity and a spiritual practice are essential forms of nourishment. When these “primary foods” are balanced, what you eat becomes secondary.Integrative Nutrition PyramidThe Integrative Nutrition pyramid depicts a balanced approach to nutrition: more high-quality, organic vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, protein and water; less meat, milk, sugar and artificial food. The pyramid is surrounded with the primary food circle, the parts of life that satisfy our hunger for living and create a balanced life.MissionIntegrative Nutrition’s mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness in America, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.
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