My approach is rooted in functional + integrative nutrition – a way of looking for root causes versus labeling and treating symptoms. The Body Balance Wheel is influenced by Mark Hyman's work, specially his book The UltraMind Solution. When all seven pieces are in alignment we can reach a level where we are thriving in optimal health. I explore all of these areas with my clients.
Did you know your body can speak to you? It's doing it right now. That energy crash at 3 pm, that pimple that 'came out of nowhere', those sugar cravings. Yep, those are all ways your body is trying to tell you what it needs. We just haven't learned to speak the language. I'm here to change that.If your nails could talk, what would they be dying to tell you?
Now that we've gone through the six factors to keep in mind in Part 2, it's important to get your blood checked to establish your baseline, bring awareness to any deficiencies, and correct any imbalances. It's important for everyone to know their numbers, but it's especially important if you are moving toward this way of eating.
In Part 1 I shared my story of the evolution of my plant-based eating. Here I'm going to share with you six important factors to keep in mind when eating or transitioning to a vegan or more plant-based diet. There are key nutrients to make sure to include to prevent deficiencies and ways our bodies will let us know if we're staying balanced nutritionally.
In 2009, I stopped eating meat and became a vegetarian after reading the book Skinny Bitch by Kim Barnouin. The horrifying depictions of the meat industry were enough for me to completely cut out red meat and chicken right away. At the time I was a freshman in college and had barely started any of my nutrition classes and things that make total sense to me now about balanced eating, I had no clue about then.