During my first year of practice as a nutritional consultant I was surprised at how many of my clients really didn't need me. Many people I saw had good grasp of their nutritional needs and seemed to be looking for confirmation in that. Also, they were looking for small tweaks to help them drop a few more pounds or boost their energy even more, and that's great!
It seems however, that a lot of people still don't realize how much even small changes in diet can affect your overall health and well being. Most of us only look to change what we eat when we find our pants fitting a little tighter or our doctor has given us reason to change. And I realize that part of this is because most of us like what we eat and don't want to change, and that is fair enough. But I work with so many people who find themselves amazed with the little things they can do that get great results.
I have a friend who was never an official client, but commented to me a few years back that he was having lots of problems with nasal congestion and was awaiting surgery for a deviated septum. My first response was, do you eat a lot of dairy? And his was, no, not really, just milk on cereal, cheese on pizza, this and that. But as we talked, it worked out to him having some milk product every day. I suggested he try switching to almond milk for a while, and guess what? It worked. He found himself not only enjoying the almond milk more than dairy, but he found that he could breathe more clearly, sleep better and was no longer in a big hurry for the surgery. Besides that, he also found that he was able to enjoy the occasional piece of pizza or dairy snack here and there without too much of a flare up.
This may seem like a minor thing, but it made a big difference in his life and it happens a lot. A lot of my clients don't need radical overhauls, they just need minor adjustments. So, how do you know if you need a nutritional change?
There are lots of reasons to want to tweak your diet and here are some of the more common things that can be significantly influenced by even minor changes.
I know this is a long list, but these are things I see on a regular basis that can really be improved by diet. Often you many not even have to give up your favorite foods entirely or on a long term basis.
If you feel like maybe it is time for a change, feel free to get in touch. I'm always willing to do a complimentary email or phone Q&A to see if my services are right for you.
Hi, I'm Shara Vickers, a Nutritional Health and Fitness Specialist located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Please have a look around to find out more about my approach to health and the coaching and consulting services I offer to both local and long-distance clients.