It’s taken a long time, but I’ve come to understand that health is holistic. What that means to me is we are not a sum of our parts, we are a whole being and need to be treated as such. Who we are, what we experience, how we feel, how we see the world, all comes about from our experiences and lifestyle. Our health is affected by the food we eat, the environment we’re in, the relationships we’re a part of, our spiritual health, just to name a few. As there is not one specific way to live our life, there is not one way to be healthy. We are bio-individuals and as such, there is not a one-size-fits-all way to reach optimal wellness. My goal as a Nutritional Therapist is to help you reach your health goals by finding the path that is right for you.
We all need to be eating a whole food, nutrient dense, properly prepared diet.
There are a few hard and fast rules I do follow for myself and those I work with. We all need to be eating a whole food, nutrient dense, properly prepared diet. The great thing about this way of eating, is there is no depravation, there is no need to go hungry, and the food tastes amazing! Changing your diet is not the only step to wellness, but it is a big one and will significantly move you towards feeling great. A few reasons I love this way of eating is because it will help reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar and ease digestive issues. I take a gentle approach to dietary changes, the goal is always progress, not perfection. All of us have taken a lifetime to get where we are, and it does take time to reverse the damage we’ve done. There rarely is a quick fix, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race. Living your best life is worth the effort it will take, and I believe with all my heart you can and will feel so much better making some dietary and lifestyle changes. There is no reason you should settle for just getting by, you deserve to feel amazing, and it is my passion to help you feel that way.
With your health concerns and goals always front and center, I will help you find your personalized path to wellness that is satisfying and sustainable.
My name is Ginger and I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. My journey to becoming a Nutritional Therapist happened because of my own personal health struggles with depression, anxiety and insomnia. In a moment of desperation, I discovered just how powerful food is. To say it saved my life might sound dramatic, but it’s my truth.
My depression started when I was in high school. It came on as an incredible sadness that appeared out of nowhere, seemingly for no reason, and settled in for the long haul. I was officially diagnosed in my early 20’s. This started me on a journey of doctor visits and the rollercoaster of going on and off a multitude of antidepressants that never helped. About 10 years ago, I hit a particularly bad low. I saw a new doctor and he diagnosed me as bipolar and wrote me a prescription for a mood stabilizer. I was shocked and terrified by this diagnosis, but not knowing what else to do, I filled the prescription and started taking it. To my surprise, it actually helped. For the next 8 or so years, I was on and off a variety of mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety meds, sleeping pills, etc. They’d help for awhile and then they didn’t, and the process would start again. In 2016 I hit the lowest low I’d ever had. Most of that year, I was seeing my doctor almost every week. With her guidance, I tried a variety of medications, different dosages and combinations, nothing was helping. At one point, she wrote me a prescription and said if it didn’t work, the only options left were inpatient treatment or shock therapy. This took my already low mood even lower. I was ready to give up.
Other than using food for comfort, it never crossed my mind the impact it could have on my mood.
It was at this time I stumbled upon an article about the ketogenic diet. I’d heard of it but really didn’t know much. The reason it caught my attention was because the article said that the ketogenic diet had been the go-to treatment for epilepsy for many years before a pharmaceutical company came up with a medication. All those mood stabilizers I’d been on over the years, the ones that helped, just about every single one was also used to treat epilepsy. I jumped to what seemed like a pretty wild idea, if the medication that helps epileptics helps with my depression, I wonder if whatever it is in the ketogenic diet that helps epileptics will also help with my depression. With shock therapy looming in my mind, I figured I had nothing to lose. I jumped in head first. Almost immediately I felt better, and within just a few short months I felt so good I was able to slowly ween off all my medications. I couldn’t believe how amazing I felt, better than I could ever remember feeling. Since changing my diet, I may have a bad day now and then, but no depression, and very little anxiety. I still struggle some with my sleep, but even that is significantly better. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about how changing my diet changed my life in such a significant and profound way. In seeing doctors for close to 20 years, not one asked me what I was eating. Other than using food for comfort, it never crossed my mind the impact it could have on my mood.
I’ve come to understand that depression is often a symptom of something else going wrong in the body. It’s the bodies response to dealing with the stress of that disturbance. This new knowledge sparked a fire in me I’ve never had before. So much so I decided to go back to school and get certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at the Nutritional Therapy Association. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. With this powerful new knowledge, I am now pursuing my dream of helping others discover what I discovered.
If any of this resonates with you, I hope you will consider the idea that food might be the medicine you need. You do not need to settle for the status quo, there is another way. Never give up, never settle. You deserve better!