Nutrition is about more than knowing what food’s are healthiest, it’s about choosing to eat the food that’s healthiest for you. Most food is easy to convenient. It might not be good for you, but it fills you up and keeps you going. But over time, your body will begin to show signs of a poor diet.
At the Longevity Health Institute, our goal is to help you choose the foods that give you the fuel and nutrients you need to live a long, happy life.
Our nutrition programs cover everything related to food, from what you buy at the grocery store to how you prepare foods at home. Finding the internal motivation to eat better and do right by your body often takes support and guidance to stay the course. Maybe your goal is to coach your kid’s soccer team. Maybe your doctor said you have a high risk of heart disease. Whatever your goals, we’re here to support you along the way.
Nutrition coaching is an incredibly effective way to achieve your health and wellness goals, and even develop a healthier weight along the way.
The Goals of Nutrition Coaching
Functional medicine nutrition is about holistic health. We won’t just give you a list of foods and tell you to improve your health on your own. Our relationships to food can be complex, and we want you to know how your nutrition plan will impact your health. Let’s review the goals of nutrition coaching.
Develop a Nutrition Plan
Dr. Lewerenz and his team will work with you to develop a customized nutrition plan. Each person’s body is different and your nutrition needs will change depending on your goals. In general, expect to include the following foods in your new diet:
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Supplements and vitamins
- More water
- Fruits and vegetables
- Grass-fed meat
- Organic foods
The goal is to develop a varied, well-rounded die, one that is far from repetitive and instead nutritious, non-toxic, and colorful. Remember that nutrition coaching does not mean bland foods or miniature portions. Good nutrition is about nourishing your body so it will thrive, not depriving yourself.
One of our primary focuses is to teach you about the foods that give you energy, avoid damaging ingredients, and boost your immunity. Behind every recommendation and recipe is an explanation for how the new foods will help your body heal and function. During our sessions, we will cover metabolism, food types, and immune function. If you have questions, please ask!
With functional medicine, you’ll receive the one-on-one attention you need from your health team. If necessary, we can talk about your relationship to food. How has food influenced your actions in the past? Does food meet or replace any emotional needs? Depending on your situation, we might recommend a therapist to dive deeper into these questions.
Speed Bumps on the Road to Good Nutrition
The demands of daily life can make it very difficult to maintain good nutrition for yourself and your family. After a busy day at work or tending to children, it may seem easier to microwave a high-sodium frozen meal than oven-bake a fresh dish of protein, but maybe you’re tentative or self-conscious about your cooking skills. Good food choices are half the battle. Once you know what you should be feeding yourself, the next step is to learn how to make those dishes come to fruition.
You don’t have to go to culinary school to be a health-focused home chef. And you don’t have to avoid eating out entirely. To not be swayed by your vices, remove those temptations from your fridge and cupboards, and have a game plan in place before you head to a restaurant. Nutritionally deficient options are always available, but you will feel better and function better when you make the best choices for your body.
Nutrition Coaching Specialized to Your Goals and Health Needs
The preventive medicine of nutrition coaching is a service that many people pursue, even if they do know the best ways to nurture their bodies. While each person is biochemically unique and nutrition needs vary from person to person, your lifestyle choices affect the types of foods your body may require.
For example, athletes may seek out nutrition support to get focused nutrition coaching and the right balance of macronutrients for muscle rebuilding, energy renewal, antioxidant development, joint support, improved nerve function, mineral renewal, immune system support, and more.
You can arbitrarily bump up your intake of vitamins and minerals, but if you have too much of a good thing and not enough of another it can knock your body out of sync. A nutrition coach makes sure your nutrients are balanced, targeted, and as beneficial as possible for optimum health.
Nutrition Coaching for Root-Cause Wellness
Not every nutrition issue is based on “poor choices.” When you come to the Longevity Health Institute, we will meet you where you’re at. No assumptions. No guilt. Just an honest look at what’s causing your health issues.
Nutrition deficiencies can be caused by many factors. If you feel that you already eat well and get the right balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, dairy, and more, but you still don’t feel your best, your body may have difficulty absorbing certain nutrients. Or perhaps you’re not getting the nutrients you think you’re getting with your diet. Micronutrient testing identifies vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in your body’s white blood cells, identifying where you are deficient and where you may have a surplus.
Vitamins and supplements support various functions of the body. The micronutrient analysis provides information that enables your preventive medical care team to develop a regimen appropriate for your body’s needs. By boosting specific nutrients, we can help prevent and reverse common health issues. For example:
- Vitamins E and A improve ocular health, which means good eyesight and the reduction in the development of macular degeneration or cataracts.
- Successful cardiovascular support protects arteries and nerve fibers and includes healthy quantities of folic acid and vitamins B2, B6, and B12.
- Heart health is supported by vitamins B6, B12, E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and more.
- Bone health is supported by vitamins D, B6, B12, folic acid, calcium, zinc, and magnesium which together ward off osteoporosis and any diseases that might affect the skeletal system.
- Metabolic health helps the body handle its daily sugar intake and keeps systems responsive to insulin with vitamins like B3, B6, B12, E, biotin, chromium, magnesium, and zinc.
Heal Your Body with Nutrition Coaching in Rochester, MI
There are many common conditions that are caused by nutritional deficiencies. Nutrition coaching can become an essential part of your treatment for the following conditions:
- Adrenal gland fatigue
- Estrogen conversion
- Headaches or migraines
- Infertility or low sperm count
- Inflammatory disease
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Weight management
To develop the best nutritional plan for you, we will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your nutritional status and take inventory of your present and past health conditions. We will help you develop an individualized plan for healthy eating habits, good food choices, and successful meal planning – all tools that you can easily sustain. Contact us at the Longevity Health Institute in Rochester Hills, MI, to schedule your nutrition coaching consultation with our team.