Have you ever heard the phrase “holistic nutrition” before? The term refers to a type of wellness that’s focused on a whole-life approach to being healthy—and we have a Holistic Health Practitioner who will help you with just that.
“Simply stated, holistic nutrition is healing with whole foods,”
says Michele Stanford, our holistic health practitioner at Gut Harmony.
(Sorry, Twinkies and potato chips don’t count!) But it’s more than just that—the concept has expanded to include a new way of life, bridging “ancient wisdom with modern knowledge,” and recognizing the mental, physical and spiritual components of health.
Holistic nutrition uses food as healing for a person’s emotional, physical, and spiritual health. It involves consuming healthy, whole foods that are unrefined, unprocessed, organic, and locally-grown.
Instead of experts taking a one-size-fits-all approach to your health, our Holistic Health Practitioner can craft a specific overall plan based on your likes, dislikes as well as lifestyle (allergies, too). Plus, you won’t just go home with a prescription—you’ll have guidance and support from start to finish. “It’s like having a food trainer instead of a personal trainer—your personal food coach to give you a gentle push,” says Neda Smith, owner of Gut Harmony and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner as well as Colon Hydrotherapist.
By cutting out processed foods and doing a whole food diet, like us, you too will notice a change in energy and focus, Because of this we are firm believers that eating whole foods makes our bodies run better and gives us more energy (FYI: I’m not a morning person, and I was up at 6:30 a.m. every day ready to go). But why do our bodies crave clean eating? “Foods that are not altered, stripped, or refined in any way, our bodies know how to break them down and utilize them for maximum energy and potential,” says Michele Stanford.
Although keeping your body healthy is a necessity, so is finding a mental and spiritual calm, especially with all the stresses we deal with on a daily basis. “Because so many ailments are linked to emotional stresses, like anger or worry, by improving the diet, you can improve the mood,” says Mandy Natt, a naturopath in Australia. “This, in turn, helps people to cope and even master problems that come their way—making them happier and more able to live well,” she says.
Did you know that an estimated 80% of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented if you alter your nutrition and exercise regimen? If you need more evidence that healthy eating can prevent disease, then look to those who eat the Mediterranean diet (plant-based food with little red meat).
This type of nutritious meal plan can prevent a second heart attack by up to 70%. “The body’s immune system and ability to repair itself is linked to nutrition, and by improving what you eat, you can encourage greater healing, as well as keep ailments from developing,” Nott says.
Holistic Nutrition is more than a diet—it’s a way of life. Anyone who has gone on a “diet” knows that it works for a little while, but it’s not sustainable. “Our Holistic Health Practitioner teaches you a holistic model of health by providing not only dietary guidance but lifestyle suggestions too,” says Neda Smith. Plus, you’ll never have to consult a food pyramid again.
Michele is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Certified Health Coach. Doctors failed her, repeatedly, so she was forced to seek and to find the answers to her health issues on her own. This led her on a path of discovery, and on a mission to help others. Michele’s functional approach to health begins with teaching her clients about the root cause of dysfunction and guiding them to incorporate lifestyle changes. She focuses on gut health, nutrient sufficiency, and maximizing the ability of the body to bring balance to the physical and emotional needs of the client.
Michele maintains continuing education in different areas of health with a focus on whole-body wellness, and herbalism. As well, Michele holds a Master of Education from Liberty University. She is the author of Informed Consent: Critical Truths Essential to Your Health and to the Health of Future Generations, available wherever books are sold.