Are You Getting Complete Nutrition?

Why get Nutritional Counseling with Body Composition Analysis?

Eating healthfully is a key lifestyle choice that is imperative in optimizing wellbeing.  Let us guide you through the maze of nutrition mis-information to a personalized eating program designed just for you.

  • Do you want to want to get coaching on participating in an Elimination Diet?
  • Do you want to increase your energy?
  • Do you need to change undesirable laboratory results?
  • Are you not sure what to eat or just want to eat healthier?
  • Do you need to gain weight after an illness or treatment?
  • Do you need to lose weight?
  • Do you want to enhance sports performance?
  • We measure % fat and lean body mass to monitor progress and ensure that muscle is not being lost.
  • Having a coach is a great way to stay on track!

Your first appointment will be one hour/ Follow up appointments are 30 or 60 minutes

Please download New Patient Appointment Forms here, complete and bring to your first visit:

Patient Communicator for Lifestyle Education & Diet and Activity Log (please download and complete 2 weeks’ worth of logs prior to your appointment)

Why measure Body Composition?
It is critically important to monitor body composition during any weight loss effort to ensure that the weight being lost is from the correct compartment.  In most cases, a significant loss of muscle will negatively affect metabolism, resulting in rebound fat gain which is usually worse than the original problem. This creates a vicious cycle of lower and lower metabolic rate and steadily increasing fat mass.  When lean body mass (muscle) is preserved or increased, metabolic rate remains steady or rises, which results in more calories burned at rest.  This is one of the secrets of maintaining your weight loss over time.  Increased muscle mass also encourages mineralization of bones, contributes to good balance, and helps with stamina and endurance, especially as we age.  Muscle is a precious commodity and has been shown to be higher in persons who have aged healthfully and actively, even  into their 90’s!

How to prepare for your body composition test with bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA):

  • Avoid any intake of alcohol for 24hrs prior to the test.
  • Do not exercise (strenuously)  or sauna for 4 hrs prior to the test.
  • For the most accurate results, avoid caffeine or food for 4 hrs. prior to the test.
  • DO consume 2-4 glasses of water within 2 hours of the test.
  • If you take diuretics, be consistent with the time of day that you take them.
  • Try to be consistent with regards to the time of day the test is performed.
  • Women:  Please inform your practitioner if you are about to start, or have just started, a menstrual period as this can sometimes alter your results.
  •  Please inform your practitioner about the presence of any metal in your body (e.g. rods or plates, pacemaker, defibrillator, etc.) as this will affect placement of the electrodes.  In some cases the practitioner may determine that a particular patient is not a candidate for bioimpedence analysis.
  • It is extremely important that you notify your practitioner immediately should you become pregnant (or suspect that you are)!  Bioimpedence analysis has not been tested in pregnancy.

For a full review of the test watch

Want to get started with the basics before you see our counselor?

Start cleans)ing your body by Eliminating The “White Stuff” from your diet!

Refined foods are among the biggest culprits in causing inflammation, pain, fatigue and sleep disruption.  The problem with these foods is that they tend to rapidly spike blood sugar levels, which then leads to elevated insulin levels (or “hyperinsulinemia”), which in turn sets off an inflammatory response.  Because inflammation can manifest as some very serious health conditions (e.g. elevated cholesterol, coronary artery disease, arthritis, asthma – to name a few), the elimination of these foods can have a very positive impact on your overall health in a relatively short period of time.

Some examples of “white foods” are:

  • ALL breads (with the possible exception of sprouted grain breads, such as Ezechial Breads or Alvarado Street Breads)
  • Candy
  • Corn
  • Desserts
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup*
  • Fruit Juices
  • Jams and Jellies (including “all natural”)
  • ALL pasta (with the possible exception of high protein pasta such as “Barilla Plus” or Quinoa pasta(pronounced /ˈkin-wɑh/)
  • Sodas (regular or diet)
  • Sugar (including white sugar, honey, fructose,  molasses)*
  • White or ‘enriched’ flour*
  • White Potatoes (a small sweet potato is OK)
  • White Rice (short grain brown rice is OK)

*Be sure to read ingredients labels, as these are often ‘hidden’ in foods!

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