Thursday, January 24, 2008

My Nutritionist

I have been receiving many personal emails from all of you in regards to my nutritionist so here is a review!

Let me start off by saying that I feel 100% better and it’s only been a couple of weeks. I actually noticed a difference a few days after our first meeting! One more thing to keep in mind before reading further is I have really come to understand that you need to go through this process as an individual. So please do not take what I am doing and think that it is going to work for you or be safe for you. “what works for one, may not work for another”. There are several reasons why I wanted see a nutritionist:
•    Disgestive problems – For the last eight months I have had digestive problems and have been living on Tums.
•    Wanting to eat healthier and buy better food products
•    Getting through NW winter
•    Making sure my hormones are on track before heading into menopause (see the link I give for Sandy, she wrote a great article on “Are you hormones making you fat?”

I found Sandy (my nutritionist) at the yoga studio that I go to. She came highly recommended by Dana, who owns the yoga studio. I am lucky enough that I belong to a yoga studio that has well rounded services available! Now I am sure that you can go through your doctor and they can recommend someone and it will most likely be covered by your insurance. I chose this route because I want to have a mixture of traditional advice from my doctor and more of a natural option from Sandy. If you live in the area of Vancouver – I highly recommend her. If you need someone in Portland email me and I can give you a contact over there. For other parts of the country I again recommend talking to your doctor.

In the first meeting this is what Sandy and I did:
•    Discussed my Nutritional Assesment Questionaire – I had this filled out prior, it was about 5 pages long and asked various questions your eating habits, how you feel after eating, lifestyle habits, etc.
•    Body type tests
•    Metabolic tests

After that first day Sandy had a good idea of what small changes I needed to make right away. The main one was cut out most of my refined sugar – carbs. And I did, and the very next day I felt so much better. Also at this time she recommended five different supplements that I needed to take. Two of which I take with meals to help my digestive system. She also sent me a report and the steps we were going to take to reach my optimal health. Sandy also provided meal ideas – which is always a plus for me.

The following week I met with Sandy at my house! She and I discussed any questions I had regarding her report and the steps she was having me go through. I had several but she was great in walking me through them. Having her go through my pantry and refrigerator was not as painful as I thought it was going be. Probably because we don’t have very much food in the house anyway! LOL! I did learn that most of the food I had in the house wasn’t that bad – but I could make better choices. Some of the things that we did recently was to cut back on artificial sweeteners. Hubby is now using sugar in the raw for his coffee. Diet Coke isn’t something that we can give up right now but I have cut back to one a day. We are also buying organic dairy products and meat and trying to make sure that we buy local. One of the interesting things that Sandy said was "That if I had the choice between buying organic or buying from a local farmer – I would choose the local farmer."

At first I thought this was going to be a daunting task – but then I
figured this was way easier than counting points! I am just coming back
from a trip to Seattle and eating out was very easy. I also found a
great powder shake that I can take with me when I travel. It is made by Advocare
and the ingredients work for my program. Very low in sugar, has some
fat, etc. I drink one of these in the morning because it is easier than
finding what I need for breakfast and fills me up. The other product
that I get from them is the energy drink
this helps keep me hydrated while on the plane since the airlines don’t
give you enough. It also energy boost – it has caffeine, but since I
have cut back on my diet coke and I don’t drink coffee anymore Sandy
says this is okay for me.  Contact my friend Suzanne at:
if you can’t find anyone local, she is a distributor for the company.
But also have your nutritionist look at the nutritional information to
make sure it is the right choice for you.

I did have one night that I didn’t bring my supplements to take with
the meal and I paid for it. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel
so sick after I ate, since I had felt so good for the last couple of
weeks! But as soon as I got back to the hotel and took the supplements,
I was fine in a couple of hours. Now I am on the hunt for the right
kind of pill case…

I have also lost four pounds – one of the ‘perks’ to getting your body
on track. Sandy says once we really get everything dialed in I should
see some more weight loss.

Remember we are all individuals and should be treated as such when it
comes to our bodies! Can’t wait to hear from you and your experience
with a nutritionist.


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