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Optimal Diet & Lifestyle

Does our diet really matter?

What we eat on a daily basis is the number one determinant of our health and longevity. The majority of death and disability is preventable with a healthy diet. What we eat is therefore one of the most important decisions we make in our lives – it’s a matter of life and death!

We are what we eat

Diet has widespread effects on our bodies. This is because although some of the food we eat is used as fuel for energy, the rest is broken down in the body and incorporated into our cells, tissues and organs. It actually becomes a part of us – we literally are what we eat! Therefore, the quality of the food we eat affects the structure and quality of our bodies – and our health.

The benefits of a healthy diet

Optimal nutrition is central to health and wellbeing. A healthy diet improves your:

  • energy levels / vitality
  • performance
  • mood
  • cognitive ability and concentration
  • sleep
  • gut health
  • ability to lose or maintain weight
  • ability to prevent disease
  • skin, hair and appearance
  • strength
  • growth and repair
  • organ function

Food as medicine

It is now well known that dietary practices can cause, prevent, or even reverse a wide range of diseases. An optimal diet should not only supply the kilojoules and nutrients required by the body – it should also reduce the risks of disease and fortify the body’s defences and internal healing mechanisms.

Food has been used for thousands of years to treat health conditions. As well as vitamins and minerals, plant foods contain many incredible substances called phytonutrients that can heal and support the body, including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, anti-cancer compounds, enzymes and fibre to feed our intestinal bacteria. As a natural health practitioner, I believe that nutritional medicine is an integral part of the treatment for any health condition, and it forms the basis of my treatment plans.

Creating a healthy lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle involves optimal dietary habits and so much more. Holistic health involves ensuring a balance between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives. This means we need to get good quality, refreshing sleep, regular exercise, time out for relaxation and nurturing, time in nature, and very importantly, time for doing the things we really love!

Just like diet, lifestyle is a well-known contributor to either health or disease, and it forms an important part of my treatment plans.

From confusion to clarity

What constitutes a healthy diet and lifestyle? There is a vast amount of often conflicting information available, and it can be very confusing! As a qualified holistic nutritionist, it’s my job to remove the confusion and empower you to feel confident in your choices.

Whatever your health objectives are, I’ll develop a tailored plan for you with clear, achievable goals and simple, manageable steps to make changes in your diet and lifestyle. Kaleidoscope Wellbeing can help you to:

  • achieve an optimal lifestyle and a balanced diet with all the nutrients you need to be healthy
  • maintain your health as you age
  • lose weight, or maintain your weight
  • regain your vitality
  • optimise your digestive health
  • treat your health conditions naturally through diet and specific, evidence based nutrients
  • eat optimally when following a particular diet, such as plant-based, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free etc.
  • eat optimally when living with a diagnosed condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disease, migraine, anxiety, depression, skin conditions or hormonal imbalances.

Understanding and support – every step of the way

Healthy eating is a skill. To develop a new skill, we need education, simple, incremental steps, and support and encouragement with behavioural changes and establishing new habits. Studies have shown that working with a nutritionist can help people make sustainable changes.

“Think of me as your partner in holistic health. I’ll listen and spend time understanding your health challenges and objectives. I’ll work with you to develop simple, achievable health goals, empower you to make changes, monitor your progress – and support you every step of the way. Together, we’ll work to create your optimal health and wellbeing.”