Nutritional counseling covers a wide range of assessments and philosophies regarding the quality of nutrition in a diet. Dr Elizabeth Grady offers education in nutritional facts, eating habits, nutrients, allergies, and weight loss. She works with individuals to develop dietary patterns that suits their lifestyle as well as their needs.
There are several therapies that include nutritional counseling within their philosophies of healing:
- Ayurvedic – Nutrition encourages the use of all six tastes (salty, sour, pungent, bitter, sweet, and astringent) at each meal with food selections based on one of three body types:
- Vata – tends to be slim, nervous, very energetic, and erratic in behavior and body systems.
- Pitta – tends to be of medium size, fervent, and intelligent with a strict regularity of mind and body.
- Kapha – tends to be heavily built, with slow-functioning systems and a relaxed nature that expresses both sympathy and stubbornness.
- Clinical Nutrition tends to stress whole natural foods and nutritional supplements for health maintenance and treatment of disorders. Natural foods include organically grown, as well as those not processed, refined, or stored for any length of time. Naturopathic physicians are foremost in this type of counseling and adhere to the philosophy that proper food choices will influence the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of the body.
- Clinical Nutrition with Biochemical Application teaches the scientific knowledge behind the nutritional function of foods, as well as the daily nutritional requirements for optimal health. By understanding not only the chemical components of foods but the effects they have on particular illnesses (e.g. peanut consumption and thyroid disorders), individuals are taught to make healthier choices. Naturopathic physicians will point out the risks involved in consuming processed, refined, and chemically treated foodstuffs and will recommend changes in eating habits to promote a healthier lifestyle.
- Food Allergy Counseling helps individuals become “food detectives” to sort through and eliminate those foods causing hypersensitivities, allergies, and intolerances. Foods that are eliminated may be introduced carefully one at a time at a later date. Once again, Naturopathic physicians are foremost in this type of counseling as they get to see all of the “puzzle pieces” and can put them together cohesively; finding allergies, hypersensitivities, and/or intolerances where as others who do not get the whole symptom picture, do not.
- Oriental Nutrition selects foods according to the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, concentrating primarily on the principles of yin (cooler) and yang (warmer). This philosophy teaches the idea of opposites, with one unable to exist without the other. Therefore, the human body requires both for healthy function. The diet is also determined according to constitution, personality, health, climate, and physical environment of the individual.
- Macrobiotic Counseling extends the principles of oriental nutrition while keeping the basic principles of yin and yang. The individual will be taught to select seasonal foods grown locally, to prepare them in a specific manner, and to cook them according to macrobiotic principles. It is the belief that illness is the result of poor nutrition, bad eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. Individuals will be encouraged in an exercise program as well as diet.
NOTE: Currently, at Northside Naturopathic Family Wholistic Health, PLLC, we do not have anyone specifically trained in Ayurvedic, Oriental, or Macrobiotic Nutrition, but Dr Elizabeth Grady has a passing knowledge of the philosophies of each and is willing to work with people who use those systems.