Mindful Nourishment: Change your mood with food.
Create personalized nutrition plan to increase your energy and productivity
Integrate affordable, effective, safe holistic approaches to your health and wellness. Live a sweet life without sugar. Ideas for affordable, tasty, practical individualized diets and personalized recipes and cooking methods.
Counseling is about raising awareness and helping you make connections between your behaviors, feelings and relationships: Nutrition is a piece lie that, understanding the connection between what we eat and how we feel. Nutritional, dietary, herbal, paleo, keto, or sugar-free protocols can increase your energy and productivity throughout the day. Gain more calm and discover ways to help stop the anxiety attacks. Have improved attitude, mood and productivity.
And feel at peace with your food-mood connection. I also work with health providers such as doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists to provide nutritional support for mental health. I draw from many resources to meet your therapeutic, health and wellness goals.
Nutritional, ketogenic or sugar-free diets may have mood stabilizing properties and have been shown to improve brain metabolic function by providing the brain with ketones, an alternative fuel source which burns efficiently in a low-insulin environment helping chronic insulin resistance. I use paleo and Wahl protocols and believe nourishing the second brain, your ‘gut’ through key nutrients.
On a personal note, I left the Midwest after college for the Rocky Mountains to study business. There I adopted a gluten, dairy, sugar-free diet thirty years ago transformed my life, well-being and mental health. A cancer health scare and a book, ‘Yeast free syndrome’ prompted an awakening and led me to the local health food store where I formed a gluten free support group with three other women.
My own difficult health problems such as anxiety associated with thyroiditis, gluten-dairy food allergies and migraines prompted my curiosity about the intersection between food and health. Having successfully overturned those syndromes in part with a low-plant ketogenic diet, my passion for mental health nutrition was reborn. My certification as an Integrated Mental Health Nutrition Counselor and Ketogenic Diets for Mental Health Clinician Certification and study of mind-body medicine for 30 years has empowered me with a deep understanding of and appreciation for the power of food to heal the body and mind.
Ten years ago, a hyperthyroidism episode combined with menopause heightened my adrenaline and anxiety. I worked with a naturopath that rebalanced my endocrine systemusing kinesiology testing to test for the dominant root caus. Treatment was singular bite size glandular supplements combined with cranial sacral therapy, protein/plant-based diet and acupuncture; they all helped to reset my endocrine system and balance the ‘fight or flight hormone’. Hence, I no longer need to take a thyroid pill or supplement. A few years ago, I started a strict ketogenic diet under the supervision of naturopath in order to revisit my diet for better brain health, Alzheimer prevention, glucose moderation and evaluate hormone supplementation related to insomnia post menopause. Now I do a modified ketogenic diet with limited dairy, sugar, wheat free and find bioidentical hormones have restored better sleep. I have worked with clients on food mood connection specifically around glucose intolerance providing specific protocol and handouts from a mental health perspective. For example, identifying gluten sensitivity that can be associated with depression and ASD. Sugar and processed foods are an addiction themselves. I have worked in addictions, and I provide you with the support and strategies to work with the resistance to lifestyle changes.