What is a health coach? A health coach who SHOULD have an education in a field of health in order to understand the body and the pathology of their area of specialty. If a sports health coach, they should have formal training in sports health, for a nutrition coach, they should have specific training in nutrition. A quality health coach uses nutrition and knowledge of the progression of ailments and mentor’s those who I work with to a place of wellness, happiness, balance and better health. A good nutritionist will motivate and hold you accountable to your decisions around nutrition in order to reach your goals.
What is a nutritionist? Good question, in Colorado you do not need any formal education to call yourself a nutritionist. That’s a shame! Look for a Certified Nutrition Therapist or Certified Nutrition Therapist Master who holds a certification in nutrition. This includes Anatomy & Physiology, Biochemistry, Weight Management & Sports Nutrition and MORE. A Master certification includes additional education in hormones, supplements, bloodwork and the pathology of disease to name a few. They have a lot of experience in research and are better equipped to advise based on the pathology of illness and communicate with your doctor as they understand anatomy, biology and a whole host of other subjects like endocrinology and epidemiology. Some nutritionists are generalists, but most specialize in something like sports nutrition, oncology nutrition, metabolic syndrome or weight loss nutrition, just to name a few. A good nutritionist is not regulated by government, so we don’t have to push the Standard American Diet, which in this nutritionist’s opinion is miserably failing our nation. Certified nutritionists are able to help people based on the most recent nutrition and health research.
How do I get started with Better Me at 5280? Easy, just contact me and we will schedule a complimentary 30-minute session in which we can discuss the issue you are having. If Better Me at 5280 is a fit for you, I will then send you the intake forms, which will give me a place to start to learn about you, your habits and current health condition. The more honest you are, the better the results. Better Me at 5280 is a judgement free zone that practices with empathy and determination to help you feel better and be a BETTER YOU!
How does a doctor work with a nutritionist? Doctors are typically specialists in one area or another, but some are general practitioners. Now that I have studied and understand how complex even one specialty is like nutritionist, I can now understand why doctors really pick a focus and master it. It’s critical they specialize and treat what they know and refer what they don’t. Doctors and nutritionist work extremely well together. A nutritionist might spot something that is out of their area of expertise, however we often can see something earlier than the client might and get them referred to a specialist with a specific request like additional bloodwork or a symptom related to hormones or what not. This also works in reverse where a doctor may have diagnosed someone pre-diabetic and refer a certified nutritionist, they believe in to help their patients reverse the disease.
Is it normal to have brain fog as I age? Yes and no! Yes, if not eating nutrient dense foods over a very long time, this can have an effect. “Yes”, if you are female and in any phase of menopause this can be considered a normal reaction. And also I say “No,”you do not have to live with brain fog. It can be reversed through nutrition if you desire to make that change. It is often an early sign of metabolic disorder.
Why am I gaining weight, but I am eating what my doctor recommends? This could be many reasons so we would need to treat each person as an individual. Most often, I find that it is related to blood sugar dysregulation or even insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. Let’s talk and find the reason together. I am here to be your ally and do the research and find the path to stop the progression of weight and work toward the solution. Sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s more complex. Either way, you are worth the journey!
What is the function of insulin and why should I care? Insulin is a hormone that helps your body absorb glucose to create energy. We all like energy right, so this should be good…and it is…but, too much insulin creates havoc in your body. The result is more visceral fat storage. Continued overproduction of insulin leads to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, obesity and is now being linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s. I think that is a lot of good reasons to care.
What is ketosis? Ketosis is a type of fuel sourcing. Your body can burn both glucose and fat as a fuel soure (energy). That is why our bodies store fat, they are storing energy. In the old days, there might be periods of no food, which is when your body pulls from fat stores and through an amazing process, converts the fat to energy to fuel our cells to create the energy needed for life.