If you have been following along, you may have many questions. Let me walk you through the process. One of the first things we will do when working together will be the intake survey to determine how best to address your individual terrain. It is good to remember we are all bio-individual, so what works for Veronica, most likely wouldn’t work for Latha and so forth. Therefore we will be looking at the biological terrain (your internal environment) for the root cause(s) of your symptoms.
Many factors can impact disease expression, such as:
So when we look at all the elements of a person’s life in that big mixing bowl of the body, then add influences and risk of life’s stressors (both internal and external) . . and just like that . . we can see aches, pains, discomfort and disease.
One of our first steps after intake will be a food, mood (i.e. energetic, sluggish, headache, etc) and poop journal. We will sit down together and review the journal to look for the holes in the roof that need plugging, i.e. what is gleaned from this journal will help us determine the next steps.
Remember many factors are important to our physical and mental health, such as how much one sleeps, the quality of sleep. What foods are eaten, time of day one eats. Even how much movement there is in a day. However I will dive into more detail about that in a later post.
Let me tell your a story of how I came to functional medicine. When my was daughter was about 3 she became extremely fearful of places and people, of being left anywhere, even acceptable places like a camp for kids or a friend's house. Case in point, I had signed her up to participate in kid's art camp, she loved to draw, paint, build anything. It appeared to be a perfect fit. First day I dropped her off there were plenty of tears. Now I'll hear you say, that's perfectly normal, however the tears didn't stop. They could not distract her enough to participate. The camp eventually called to ask me to pick up my daughter. She wasn't going to be able to attend the camp. They did give me a refund thankfully. This type of experience continued off and on for another 6 months. Then when she was 3 1/2 we went to her weekly swimming class which she adored, however it caused her to have a full on panic attack, practically strangling me. It was very overwhelming as a parent to understand what was going on. These types of incidents continued in various ways over the next 5 years. Doctors would say oh it's growing pains.
Functional Nutrition Coaching helps to get to the root cause of your symptoms. I'll help you look at your story and uncover the mediators of your symptoms, what makes them worse and what makes them better. Two heads are better than one when investigating the root cause, because:
First thing we will do is look at your sleep, food, mood and poop. It is amazing what information our bodies give us when it is not feeling the best. We will work together to discover what is best to address first. It can be overwhelming to work on everything at once and there is less chance of success when that approach is taken.
I'll help you uncover what is inflaming your body. We'll work on removing those mediators first. This process is called "clearing the muddy waters".
After we address the "muddy waters" we will focus on the remaining symptoms. Take a through inventory of your history and identify what is triggering your symptoms. Then work to remove those triggers.
Are you ready to start? Take this inventory.
Functional Medicine treats the whole person, it is the practice of moving towards a root cause of the symptoms versus managing the symptoms. Thus the outcome of functional medicine is long term health and wellness. I've experienced the benefits of functional medicine first hand. I watch how it brought my daughter back to a neurotypical child. One that was engaging and not melting down EVERY SINGLE DAY for minor reasons. I watched how functional medicine helped my husband recover from generalized anxiety and an out of the blue fear of high bridges and roadways. He now is a much more relaxed and extremely less anxious than he had been for years that he can remember.
A functional medicine practitioner, will not take a wait and see approach. They see lots of places where they can assist the patient to help them start feeling better. They can identify behaviors that are related to her suffering, move the patient towards better nutrition and suggest lifestyle changes that will help them take ownership of their daily life experiences.
It will take a functional practitioner time to uncover the reasons why the patient is not feeling well. It will take time to educate the patient on how they can take control of their health and manage their symptoms.
That is where I as a functional nutrition coach can assist you in making the changes needed in order for you to feel better sooner. I am trained to help you to investigate and find root causes for your symptoms. I can assist you in implementing the changes necessary for you to support your healing and continued wellness. I have the tools and training to get you onto the path to whole wellness.
Mary is a life long advocate for helping others take control of their own health. She enjoys running, yoga, crew, SUP boarding, and hiking. She enjoys reading, and creating.