We all want to grow old gracefully and lead a healthy and happy life. But it is quite difficult to keep positive when we are constantly reminded of our daily exposure to numerous toxins, whether they are in the foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink or the thoughts we think, not to mention our worry about the state of our genes.
There is, in fact, a very complex relationship between our genes, lifestyle and nutrition that is still far from being understood. What is clear is that if we are proactive and take preventive measures, while adapting positive lifestyle and nutritional habits, we may just be able to affect how our genes are expressed and improve our chances of living an optimal, disease-free life.
If we consider each person as biochemically distinct, with unique nutritional and lifestyle needs, we may think of our body as a barrel. When the amount of toxins (food, environment, stress, etc) entering our body is the same as the amount of toxins leaving, we experience balance. But, if our "barrel" begins to fill up with more toxins than it can handle, it will begin to spill over. This toxic overflow will result in unwanted symptoms which may eventually lead to chronic conditions. In other words, a combination of a refined and processed diet, negative thoughts and emotions, prolonged stress, lack of movement, exposure to environmental toxins and less-than-perfect lifestyle habits, can all contribute to the barrel spilling over. As our body does not want to be stressed and sick, it will thrive to heal and be healthy if we focus on "filling the barrel", as much as possible, with doses of positive daily habits.
A Holistic Nutritionist's purpose is to balance and harmonize your body. Through individual nutritional consultations, a Nutritionist will take into account your unique history, environment and lifestyle habits while looking beyond your symptoms and focusing on underlying factors. She will then develop a personalized Health Plan to help bring you back to good health and get you on a path of wellness. You will learn how to appropriately "fill your barrel", while eating according to your personal needs, reducing your toxic load and adhering to a lifestyle which suits you best. You will become empowered, in-tuned with your ailments and will eventually be able to "write your own prescription".
As you embark on a quest for balance and optimal health, you will become aware that it's not just about nutrition or eating the newest "super-food", it's about consistently nourishing your whole self, body, mind and spirit.