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Nicole || Holistic Dietitian Functional Nutrition Therapy Making food make sense Food Sensitivities | Autoimmune | Gut health No fads, just facts🧐 Mompreneur👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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  • Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist day! Man, I love being a Dietitian. I’ve been studying Nutritional Sciences since my high school HOSA program. In college, while majoring in nutrition, I took one of those aptitude tests at the career center and guess what the #1 result was... Dietitian! This job is in my DNA and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
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The hardest part is hyping up others to be as passionate and believe as wildly in nutrition as we do. Nutrition therapy requires not only hearing the advice, but applying... and being really stinking consistent with the application of it.
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Being in dietetics is the best of both worlds. We get the thrill of scientific discovery and being neck deep in technical terminology, but are skilled at breaking it down into bite-size (no pun intended) pieces for others to understand.
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We are the educators of the health field with wicked intelligence rivaled only by our passion for others.
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We are hardcore nerds and deep-rooted caretakers.
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We are coaches and motivational speakers who won’t just cheer you on, but will challenge you until you’ve crept out of your comfort zone to the real big change.
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We are scientists👩‍🔬 and will always back up our recommendations with facts.
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We are students who are continually learning. We’ll sign up for webinars, conferences, and read books on nutrition and not even get continuing education credits.
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We are RDNs! Happy #registereddietitiannutritionist Day!!!!
  • Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist day! Man, I love being a Dietitian. I’ve been studying Nutritional Sciences since my high school HOSA program. In college, while majoring in nutrition, I took one of those aptitude tests at the career center and guess what the #1 result was... Dietitian! This job is in my DNA and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.

    The hardest part is hyping up others to be as passionate and believe as wildly in nutrition as we do. Nutrition therapy requires not only hearing the advice, but applying... and being really stinking consistent with the application of it.

    Being in dietetics is the best of both worlds. We get the thrill of scientific discovery and being neck deep in technical terminology, but are skilled at breaking it down into bite-size (no pun intended) pieces for others to understand.

    We are the educators of the health field with wicked intelligence rivaled only by our passion for others.

    We are hardcore nerds and deep-rooted caretakers.

    We are coaches and motivational speakers who won’t just cheer you on, but will challenge you until you’ve crept out of your comfort zone to the real big change.

    We are scientists👩‍🔬 and will always back up our recommendations with facts.

    We are students who are continually learning. We’ll sign up for webinars, conferences, and read books on nutrition and not even get continuing education credits.

    We are RDNs! Happy #registereddietitiannutritionist Day!!!!
  • 186 10 14 March, 2019
  • Girl, wash your face— but make sure it’s non-toxic. 😆
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Are you in? Leave a 👋 below if you’re planning to attend!
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When: March 21 4-6 PM
Where: Chews Food Wisely
Attire: Casual (99% chance I’ll be in workout clothes!)
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Beauty Counter consultant LeAnne is going to be talking safer skin care and doing some fun demos. There may even be a giveaway or two 😜
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And I’ll be going over common causes of #adultacne and remedies to try to nip it in the bud from the inside out.
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Hope to see you there! ❤️
  • Girl, wash your face— but make sure it’s non-toxic. 😆

    Are you in? Leave a 👋 below if you’re planning to attend!

    When: March 21 4-6 PM
    Where: Chews Food Wisely
    Attire: Casual (99% chance I’ll be in workout clothes!)

    Beauty Counter consultant LeAnne is going to be talking safer skin care and doing some fun demos. There may even be a giveaway or two 😜

    And I’ll be going over common causes of #adultacne and remedies to try to nip it in the bud from the inside out.

    Hope to see you there! ❤️
  • 59 12 12 March, 2019
  • Hi 👋 there! I’m Nicole— the face behind @chewsfoodwisely. The tired, over-committed, usually running around like a chicken with my head cut off face. When I’m not chasing after my two littles or seeing patients in my Houston-based private practice, you can usually find me taking walks with my family, watching (bad) reality TV, or doing some deep research (ranging from nutrition topics to furniture shopping  to what “mercury in retrograde” actually means— which I’m still unsure about!)
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Some of my fave gal pals 👯 (@milknhoneynutrition and @veggiesandvirtue) did a fun 5-facts post, so I am following suit.
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1. Growing up, I always said I wanted to have boy-girl twins and live in NYC. I even have the written evidence to prove it from old school assignments. While that’s far from my current life, I did marry a twin (boy-girl) and got engaged in NYC. Coincidence? 🧐
2. I grew up at the beach (#southpadreisland) and am drawn to the salt water when I’m feeling disconnected.
3. My best friend and I used to put on Spice Girl and Gloria Estefan “concerts” (that we videotaped 🙈).
4. I grew up in a house of all boys, so find it hard sometimes to do girly things. I am excellent at poking fun at people and being sarcastic though, which isn’t always understood.
5. I’m a “doer” and will feel really stressed if something is left undone. My idea of a good day is having a few hours alone (#introvert) to check off my to-do list.
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Okay, your turn! Tell me something unique about you!
  • Hi 👋 there! I’m Nicole— the face behind @chewsfoodwisely. The tired, over-committed, usually running around like a chicken with my head cut off face. When I’m not chasing after my two littles or seeing patients in my Houston-based private practice, you can usually find me taking walks with my family, watching (bad) reality TV, or doing some deep research (ranging from nutrition topics to furniture shopping to what “mercury in retrograde” actually means— which I’m still unsure about!)

    Some of my fave gal pals 👯 (@milknhoneynutrition and @veggiesandvirtue) did a fun 5-facts post, so I am following suit.

    1. Growing up, I always said I wanted to have boy-girl twins and live in NYC. I even have the written evidence to prove it from old school assignments. While that’s far from my current life, I did marry a twin (boy-girl) and got engaged in NYC. Coincidence? 🧐
    2. I grew up at the beach ( #southpadreisland ) and am drawn to the salt water when I’m feeling disconnected.
    3. My best friend and I used to put on Spice Girl and Gloria Estefan “concerts” (that we videotaped 🙈).
    4. I grew up in a house of all boys, so find it hard sometimes to do girly things. I am excellent at poking fun at people and being sarcastic though, which isn’t always understood.
    5. I’m a “doer” and will feel really stressed if something is left undone. My idea of a good day is having a few hours alone ( #introvert ) to check off my to-do list.

    Okay, your turn! Tell me something unique about you!
  • 171 21 8 March, 2019
  • Almost all of the women who came to my office yesterday cried.
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75% of them.
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It’s such a compliment when tears come out during session because it means we’re really getting there. We’re that much closer to finding root cause. The uncomfortable feelings that express as tears is where the magic happens.
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Why would someone cry during a session with a Dietitian? Food is pretty straight forward, right?
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Nope.
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Emotions are delicately intertwined into our food choices. When the world seems like it’s crumbling around us, food is one thing we can control. We think that no matter how much sleep we’re losing from staying up too late, how overcommitted we are with kids’ activities, how unfulfilled we are in our jobs, how empty we’re feeling in our relationships that if we just fix food that all will be right in the world.
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And as a Dietitian, I’m here to tell you...ITS NOT ALL ABOUT THE FOOD. It plays a big role, but it’s not just the food.
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Food aversions, food sensitivities, food cravings are not cause of the issues, but the RESULT of underlying imbalance— ranging from stress to sleep deprivation to microbial imbalances in the gut.
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Listen, I love you and I want you to eat nourishingly. You deserve it.
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You also deserve to be a priority in your own life. It’s not selfish to make YOU the most important person to you. (On the contrary, placing expectation on others to make you the most important person is. To quote @lauraschoenfeldrd ... “it may not be your fault, but it is your responsibility”)
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Your health is up to you.
Health is more than food.
It’s okay to say “no”.
You are worth it.
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XOXO
  • Almost all of the women who came to my office yesterday cried.

    75% of them.

    It’s such a compliment when tears come out during session because it means we’re really getting there. We’re that much closer to finding root cause. The uncomfortable feelings that express as tears is where the magic happens.

    Why would someone cry during a session with a Dietitian? Food is pretty straight forward, right?

    Nope.

    Emotions are delicately intertwined into our food choices. When the world seems like it’s crumbling around us, food is one thing we can control. We think that no matter how much sleep we’re losing from staying up too late, how overcommitted we are with kids’ activities, how unfulfilled we are in our jobs, how empty we’re feeling in our relationships that if we just fix food that all will be right in the world.

    And as a Dietitian, I’m here to tell you...ITS NOT ALL ABOUT THE FOOD. It plays a big role, but it’s not just the food.

    Food aversions, food sensitivities, food cravings are not cause of the issues, but the RESULT of underlying imbalance— ranging from stress to sleep deprivation to microbial imbalances in the gut.

    Listen, I love you and I want you to eat nourishingly. You deserve it.

    You also deserve to be a priority in your own life. It’s not selfish to make YOU the most important person to you. (On the contrary, placing expectation on others to make you the most important person is. To quote @lauraschoenfeldrd ... “it may not be your fault, but it is your responsibility”)

    Your health is up to you.
    Health is more than food.
    It’s okay to say “no”.
    You are worth it.

    XOXO
  • 103 35 5 March, 2019
  • #onmykidsplate  Just in time for the #rodeo 🤠. How precious is this little set we found @bucc_ees ?! Little Man has full-fat @maplehillcreamery yogurt, blueberries, a drizzle of honey 🍯 and “sprinkles” (AKA hemp seeds from @manitobaharvest).
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I was brought breakfast 🍳 in bed today for the first time ever. For no reason.#icouldgetusedtothis It was glorious, but still waiting to find out what my husband did or what he’s wanting to buy. 😂
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What did you have for breakfast today?
  • #onmykidsplate Just in time for the #rodeo 🤠. How precious is this little set we found @bucc_ees ?! Little Man has full-fat @maplehillcreamery yogurt, blueberries, a drizzle of honey 🍯 and “sprinkles” (AKA hemp seeds from @manitobaharvest).

    I was brought breakfast 🍳 in bed today for the first time ever. For no reason. #icouldgetusedtothis It was glorious, but still waiting to find out what my husband did or what he’s wanting to buy. 😂

    What did you have for breakfast today?
  • 61 5 2 March, 2019
  • If you’re new around here, you better get used to a lot of bad food photography! If there’s one thing I am, it’s REAL! Keeping it real, straight up, no nonsense, down to earth, no BS is all my #mombrain has time for these days 🤷‍♀️
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We made ceviche 🐠 the other night and paired it with @ciaosamin crispy rice and it was perfection. Only to be up-leveled by a perfect avocado 🥑 with lime juice. 🤤
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Food should taste good. Period. No more bland and boring cardboard. 🤢
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Double tap if you’re a ceviche lover like me!
  • If you’re new around here, you better get used to a lot of bad food photography! If there’s one thing I am, it’s REAL! Keeping it real, straight up, no nonsense, down to earth, no BS is all my #mombrain has time for these days 🤷‍♀️

    We made ceviche 🐠 the other night and paired it with @ciaosamin crispy rice and it was perfection. Only to be up-leveled by a perfect avocado 🥑 with lime juice. 🤤

    Food should taste good. Period. No more bland and boring cardboard. 🤢

    Double tap if you’re a ceviche lover like me!
  • 109 18 28 February, 2019
  • Hey 👋 there! If you’re planning to come, please let me know! Had several people interested when I first announced, so trying to get a final head count because space is limited! It’ll be an intimate group setting where we will learn about body typing, digestive enzymes, and do a few body typing demos of some of you! My gal pal Amy from Transformation Enzymes will be there with her super knowledge and expertise in typing. Can’t wait to see you all! 🍷 🥦 💃🏼
  • Hey 👋 there! If you’re planning to come, please let me know! Had several people interested when I first announced, so trying to get a final head count because space is limited! It’ll be an intimate group setting where we will learn about body typing, digestive enzymes, and do a few body typing demos of some of you! My gal pal Amy from Transformation Enzymes will be there with her super knowledge and expertise in typing. Can’t wait to see you all! 🍷 🥦 💃🏼
  • 22 5 1 hour ago
  • Man, today was beautiful in #houston!
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We spent the day exploring the Heights, visiting with friends, going to church, eating leftover pizza, and spending as much time outside as possible— because it’s rarely this nice here!
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#onmykidsplate is an on-the-go, “let’s just put what we have in a lunch box and get outside” kinda dinner. Leftover #pizza, some green and purple cabbage (which is Little Man’s fave), cucumber 🥒 and carrots. Even on leftover pizza night, we aim for #halfyourplateveggies— which doesn’t always happen, but always is a goal!
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What were you up to this weekend?
  • Man, today was beautiful in #houston !

    We spent the day exploring the Heights, visiting with friends, going to church, eating leftover pizza, and spending as much time outside as possible— because it’s rarely this nice here!

    #onmykidsplate is an on-the-go, “let’s just put what we have in a lunch box and get outside” kinda dinner. Leftover #pizza , some green and purple cabbage (which is Little Man’s fave), cucumber 🥒 and carrots. Even on leftover pizza night, we aim for #halfyourplateveggies — which doesn’t always happen, but always is a goal!

    What were you up to this weekend?
  • 75 4 17 hours ago
  • Oh, to be a fly on the wall of my office while it was Me vs. Self Timer. 🙈
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If you’re new around here, it won’t take you long before you notice that, one, I’m a pretty horrendous photographer, and two, I like to keep it pretty real. You’ll often see me looking a hot mess with one or two kids on my hip just trying to make it through the day until bedtime 🙌🏼 Instead of being the social media age version of “keeping up with the Joneses”, I would rather this page be a place of, “OMG, me too!”
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So, who is Chews Food Wisely? Well, it’s me, Nicole! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who runs a private practice in Houston, Texas. My area of expertise is Functional Medicine where I focus on autoimmune disease, gut health, fertility, and mood disorders.
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Most importantly, I teach and empower people just like you (who are confused about health and feeling betrayed by popular diet culture and fad diets) what all those signs and symptoms you’re experiencing mean. With the help of laboratory analysis, I provide clarity into those nagging feelings of “blegh” you’ve been battling for ages. If you’re not feeling awesome most days of your life, I can help you!
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Yesterday I finished part 2 of @msrachelhollis #rachelhollisxbusinesscoaching and have a line lingering in my head still today...”It’s not enough to know, you have to apply!”
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HELLO! (as @mrdavehollis would say).
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Is there anything truer than when it comes to nutritional therapy? Except, sometimes even knowing what to do can be an overwhelming feat in itself. Not knowing what to do first means we can’t effectively apply.
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Enter... personalized nutrition therapy! The no-nonsense, factual, blueprint of what, how, when, and why you should/shouldn’t be eating particular foods, which supplements to take, what’s up with those gut bugs, etc.
•
Nutritional therapy isn’t about weight loss. It’s not about joining the food sensitivities club because it’s “so cool” right now. It’s not about avoiding nightshades because Tom Brady said it’s cool.
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It’s about interpreting the messages your body is sending so you and your body can have a continual dialogue instead of yelling at one another in different languages.
  • Oh, to be a fly on the wall of my office while it was Me vs. Self Timer. 🙈

    If you’re new around here, it won’t take you long before you notice that, one, I’m a pretty horrendous photographer, and two, I like to keep it pretty real. You’ll often see me looking a hot mess with one or two kids on my hip just trying to make it through the day until bedtime 🙌🏼 Instead of being the social media age version of “keeping up with the Joneses”, I would rather this page be a place of, “OMG, me too!”

    So, who is Chews Food Wisely? Well, it’s me, Nicole! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who runs a private practice in Houston, Texas. My area of expertise is Functional Medicine where I focus on autoimmune disease, gut health, fertility, and mood disorders.

    Most importantly, I teach and empower people just like you (who are confused about health and feeling betrayed by popular diet culture and fad diets) what all those signs and symptoms you’re experiencing mean. With the help of laboratory analysis, I provide clarity into those nagging feelings of “blegh” you’ve been battling for ages. If you’re not feeling awesome most days of your life, I can help you!

    Yesterday I finished part 2 of @msrachelhollis #rachelhollisxbusinesscoaching and have a line lingering in my head still today...”It’s not enough to know, you have to apply!”

    HELLO! (as @mrdavehollis would say).

    Is there anything truer than when it comes to nutritional therapy? Except, sometimes even knowing what to do can be an overwhelming feat in itself. Not knowing what to do first means we can’t effectively apply.

    Enter... personalized nutrition therapy! The no-nonsense, factual, blueprint of what, how, when, and why you should/shouldn’t be eating particular foods, which supplements to take, what’s up with those gut bugs, etc.

    Nutritional therapy isn’t about weight loss. It’s not about joining the food sensitivities club because it’s “so cool” right now. It’s not about avoiding nightshades because Tom Brady said it’s cool.

    It’s about interpreting the messages your body is sending so you and your body can have a continual dialogue instead of yelling at one another in different languages.
  • 131 10 20 February, 2019
  • My husband always tells me not to react in the heat of the moment, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.
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Expectations are everything.
In marriage.
In parenthood.
In friendships.
In career.
In life.
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One of the most common culprits in frustration is unmet expectation— which likely is a result of UNCLEAR expectations imposed on others.
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For example, my expectation is for the kitchen sink to be completely free of dishes before I get home from work. For years, this was a point of frustration because my husband’s expectations were for them to eventually get done at some point in the evening. The end result was the same— the dishes get done— but our expectations of when were two very different scenarios. It wasn’t until we expressed our expectations clearly that this little argument stopped happening so often.
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The expectation, from a practitioner perspective, is not to meet you once and have all your problems solved. Trust me, we want to, but it’s impossible.
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Our expectation is to get to know you. Like, really get to know you. Your habits and your history. Your cravings and your chronic conditions. Your symptoms, stress, and sleep. Your beauty routine and your bowel habits.
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It is in knowing YOU that the personalized nutrition therapy can happen. Otherwise, recommendations are just about as good as Dr. Google or an internet meal plan.
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If you’ve chosen medical nutrition therapy as your avenue for optimal health, expect to work hard. Expect some pretty fast results, but also for some results to just take time. Expect to learn more about yourself than you could have imagined (or wanted to), but it’s all for the purpose of getting to the root cause. Expect to meet with your dietitian more than once.
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You wouldn’t get married after a first date, would you?
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The relationship we enter into is an intimate relationship. I call our first visit the “awkward first date” because we talk about the most taboo stuff, but it’s the start to our ongoing relationship together.
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KEYWORD: ONGOING.
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It won’t always be easy, but it’ll always be worth it. ❤️
  • My husband always tells me not to react in the heat of the moment, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

    Expectations are everything.
    In marriage.
    In parenthood.
    In friendships.
    In career.
    In life.

    One of the most common culprits in frustration is unmet expectation— which likely is a result of UNCLEAR expectations imposed on others.

    For example, my expectation is for the kitchen sink to be completely free of dishes before I get home from work. For years, this was a point of frustration because my husband’s expectations were for them to eventually get done at some point in the evening. The end result was the same— the dishes get done— but our expectations of when were two very different scenarios. It wasn’t until we expressed our expectations clearly that this little argument stopped happening so often.

    The expectation, from a practitioner perspective, is not to meet you once and have all your problems solved. Trust me, we want to, but it’s impossible.

    Our expectation is to get to know you. Like, really get to know you. Your habits and your history. Your cravings and your chronic conditions. Your symptoms, stress, and sleep. Your beauty routine and your bowel habits.

    It is in knowing YOU that the personalized nutrition therapy can happen. Otherwise, recommendations are just about as good as Dr. Google or an internet meal plan.

    If you’ve chosen medical nutrition therapy as your avenue for optimal health, expect to work hard. Expect some pretty fast results, but also for some results to just take time. Expect to learn more about yourself than you could have imagined (or wanted to), but it’s all for the purpose of getting to the root cause. Expect to meet with your dietitian more than once.

    You wouldn’t get married after a first date, would you?

    The relationship we enter into is an intimate relationship. I call our first visit the “awkward first date” because we talk about the most taboo stuff, but it’s the start to our ongoing relationship together.

    KEYWORD: ONGOING.

    It won’t always be easy, but it’ll always be worth it. ❤️
  • 102 35 18 February, 2019