Not long ago, I realized that food really is the best medicine. After 35 years in the healthcare field, I’ve seen first hand how poor nutrition can be harmful to both the body and the mind.
But with so much bewildering, often conflicting information about diet and lifestyle, it is easy for many of us to feel overwhelmed and frustrated when we decide to start making good choices about food.
This is why I focus my practice on helping clients navigate food labels, supermarket aisles and cooking techniques to feel better and be their healthiest selves.
Most importantly, I work with clients to set personal goals, respecting their dietary choices, be they vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, and dietary challenges like gluten allergies and diabetes. I am mindful, too, of the ways in which psychotropic, diabetes and hypertension medications, as well as homeopathic and herbal remedies, interact with food.
A key aspect of my practice is its family focus. Healthy nutrition doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Oftentimes, when one family member decides to make good food choices, the whole family needs to get involved, to provide moral and emotional support.
There is nothing as satisfying to me as watching children and adults experience community gardens. When I see the excitement of exploration for those who’ve been intimidated by farmers’ markets and organic produce grow their own food, I know that people can empower themselves to take charge of their health.
Learning to then cook that food using easy recipes and techniques, plus a well stocked pantry, is extremely fulfilling. I take pride in knowing that individuals and families can make better choices for mind and body.