Diet and nutrition in the United States are out of control. Many Americans have adopted a “Carpe Diem” attitude toward food, and it is wreaking havoc on their bodies, which is why we take nutritional counseling seriously.
The Devastation of Poor Nutrition
All your major bodily systems are affected by what you eat: your digestive system, your circulatory system, your nervous system and your cardiovascular system, just to name a few major ones. When you begin to realize that the shelf full of medicines that you take daily are by and large the result of poor eating habits, you can see just how senseless this epidemic really is.
Obesity-related healthcare costs are at $190 billion in the United States, while diabetes (mainly the preventable Type II variety) is at $176 billion. Other conditions that are related to poor diet and nutrition add up as well, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Poor nutrition has mental effects as well as physical ones. Patients who undergo a major overhaul in their diet report that they feel happier, more energetic, less anxious and less depressed. They also claim to have clearer thinking and higher cognitive functioning when eating healthier foods.
Our Nutrition Counseling Services
Family Chiropractic Plus fully understands the connection between diet and wellness. We have a highly trained physician on staff, who can guide you through the process of changing your eating habits for a healthier lifestyle.
When you make an appointment for a nutritional counseling session, you will first sit down with the doctor, who will get a full medical history. They will determine if there are factors in your family’s medical history or in your personal life that prevent you from losing weight or that need to be considered before they recommend a personalized nutritional plan.
Dietary Analysis and Recommendations
You may also get a dietary analysis of your current diet. Many patients are stunned to see that they are getting double, triple or quadruple the amount of saturated fat, sugar or sodium that is recommended for one day. They also don’t realize how deficient their diets are of fruits, vegetables, dairy and healthy fats until they see it on paper.
From just looking at this dietary analysis, we can often make recommendations right away. Lowering caloric intake and cutting back on sugar are two things that we recommend to many patients. These things alone can help with many conditions in the body.
During your consultation visit, you will establish goals along with the doctor. You may have a certain number of pounds or inches around your waist that you’d like to lose. Then again, you might want to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure to the point that you can stop taking medication for these conditions. We also have patients who attend nutritional counseling because they want to improve their athletic performance. In all of these cases, we can help you set realistic goals toward your ultimate desired result.
Personalized Nutritional Plan
Once all of your health factors have been taken into account, we will design a personalized nutritional plan just for you. It will have all of the key elements to target your problem areas, and it will be directly focused on meeting the goals you have set together.
Remember, this is not a “diet” that you are being put on. It’s a way of eating that is tailored to your body and your specific goals. Think of your personalized nutritional plan as a lifestyle change rather than a diet to be followed until you reach your goals.
Unfortunately, going back to eating the way you were before will bring back the same health concerns that brought you to Family Chiropractic Plus in the first place!
Supplements are sometimes recommended for patients who may have a hard time getting the nutrients they need from food. Our doctor recommends Juice Plus and Standard Plus products to patients who fall into this category.
While supplements are not necessary for every patient, they are certainly beneficial for some. Juice Plus has over 30 fruit and vegetable concentrates, so it helps to fill in the gap for people who don’t eat enough of these. Standard Plus is a line of supplements that support all types of bodily functions, such as capillary integrity, heart health, connective tissue health, and muscular function. All of these things are necessary for helping the body heal itself.
The Food-Body Connection
We have a strong belief in the power of nutrition to heal the body. Our doctors believe that the good foods we eat help our bodies to heal in the event of sickness or injury. Our bodies have amazing recovery powers in their original state, but we inhibit its abilities when we eat junk food, processed foods and foods with high fat content.
At our recommendation, some of our patients choose to combine their nutritional counseling services with chiropractic care. Because we are one of the only chiropractors in St. Petersburg that offers nutritional counseling, our patients experience maximum healing and overall health benefits.
Pairing nutritional counseling with chiropractic services, such as manual adjustments, can be quite beneficial for those who are recovering from an injury or anyone who has experienced years of chronic pain. Patients are amazed to see how much better they feel when diet and chiropractic services become a part of their everyday routine.
What We Offer
We mentioned earlier some of the different goals you may have for your nutritional counseling. Here is a list of the programs that we may recommend based on those goals:
- Purification – Also known as detoxification or cleansing, a purification program can reset your body if you have gotten off track with your diet.
- Sports nutrition – Athletes have special nutritional needs. We can help you understand and manage them!
- Weight management – Losing weight isn’t a battle you have to fight alone. Let us help you with dietary advice and strategies for losing and maintaining weight.
- Stress management – Stress is a major cause of pain in the body. Eliminating it will make you feel better mentally and physically.
- Energy management – Having enough energy to exercise and get through your work day is important. We can help you increase your energy level with nutrition and supplements!