WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSTIC NUTRITION?
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) provides a systematic and holistic approach that allows clients to rebuild their health. FDN is based on the premise that we are designed to be healthy and feel good, provided we nourish and support our minds and bodies in optimal ways. Unfortunately, in today’s society, this is becoming increasingly difficult as stress levels and toxic exposure increase, while the quality of our food supply diminishes.
Symptoms and chronic health complaints are indeed common nowadays but they are not normal. Symptoms are our body’s alarm system, signalling that we need to pay attention. If we keep suppressing symptoms in the body without identifying and addressing the root causes, this can lead to Metabolic Chaos™(loss of homeostasis, where a stressor or imbalance in one area of the body, cascades into other areas) and ultimately dis-ease.
FDN uses functional laboratory assessments to identify underlying causes of health challenges instead of treating symptoms. Functional testing provides a window into hidden, physiological imbalances that may exist in the areas of hormones, immune function, digestion and detoxification. Once imbalances are identified, clients are educated, coached, and supported in the areas of diet/nutrition, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and supplementation where needed. This process is very empowering as it provides clients with tools they can use as part of an opt-in, self-care program. This is for clients who are ready to take charge of their own wellbeing and create longterm, sustainable health.
WHAT IS EATING PSYCHOLOGY?
Eating Psychology is divided into Mind Body Nutrition™ and Dynamic Eating Psychology™.
Mind Body Nutrition™ is an exciting new approach that looks at the psychophysiology of how digestion, assimilation, calorie burning and all the nutritive functions of the body are literally and scientifically impacted by stress, relaxation, thoughts, beliefs, emotions, pleasure, eating rhythm, eating speed, awareness, our personal story, and more…In other words the mind has a profound influence on the body when it comes to how we metabolise a meal. What we eat is half the story of good nutrition – the other half of the story is who we are as eaters. That is, the person who we are literally and scientifically influences how we digest, absorb and calorie burn a meal.
Dynamic Eating Psychology is a positive and empowering approach to transforming our eating challenges. It recognises that our eating challenges are intimately connected to all of what makes us human – relationship, family, work, money, sexuality, spirituality, our search for fulfilment, and much more. And it sees our concerns with food not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a powerful opportunity to grow and evolve. Each of us has a unique food and body story. Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the importance of this epic story. It helps us transform our eating concerns through a deeper understanding of what they’re here to teach us, using the right skills, and within a context of love and insight. And it honours all of who we are as eaters – body, mind, heart and soul.
True change never happens when we attack and punish self, or aim hate at our own body or soul. It’s only the positive, uplifting, life affirming strategies that deliver real transformation and lasting satisfaction. Most people want to have their ideal weight and body and the best relationship with food so they can be happy. We need an eating psychology that doesn’t shame us, make us feel like we need to keep fighting our body, and that indeed helps us find a way of nourishing ourselves that truly ignites our soul and is in alignment with not only our metabolic potential, but our personal potential as well.
The food we nurture ourselves with has a major effect on our bodies and many people are confused about what is healthy. There are plenty articles going around the internet telling you how amazing or how bad something is, or about a new diet that is the best. And then you find another article that says exactly the opposite! Most of this information is not backed up by science, and it leaves people confused and/or with a feeling that they are doing something wrong as it is not working for them.
Why use whole foods? Well, this is exactly what nature intended our bodies to thrive on. No pill or supplement can substitute what comes in a truly magical package delivered by nature, filled with fibre and nutrients. Another reason to use whole foods is that it is sustainable. If what you are doing is working for you, great, keep doing what you are doing. But if something isn’t working for you and you keep having to rely on nutritional supplements or drugs c