The CORE of Functional Nutrition

Making changes to your dietary choices and lifestyle are the most difficult. Living and eating simple can be a mantra to repeat to yourself daily. Allowing for flexibility as life throws you curve balls and instituting rewards systems for when you have done the hard work are the cornerstone of making successful change.

The foundations to eating well cannot be ignored. Jumping into detailed diet regimes only leads to confusion and inconsistency. Our dietary influences began as we were in mothers womb so a 6 week diet overhaul just isn’t going to cut it. So let’s get off the latest diet trend and get back to basics. Most of the time if we can get the foundational applications consistent long term success is easier.

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As we begin to remove foods that we crave our willpower will be tested. Because our willpower is limited this is where reward systems come into play. Picking a weekly or daily reward is critical to keeping us sane and not feeling restricted. I know personally that if I set aside the squares of dark chocolate for after dinner I tend to stay regimented to my clean foundational eating habits. If I know there is going to be a social event or eating out looks imminent I will plan for that as well. Allowing for some indulgence in the social setting is the reward! Having a smile on my face is sometimes as important as the foods I choose to eat. Smiles can change your neurochemistry and influence our metabolism…believe it or not!

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Food is not just calories you take in…It’s information. It has the ability to help you function at your best level. Or it has the ability to reduce your performance. Every bite you take is turning genes on/off, preventing disease, enhancing lifespan and metabolism. For example, eating too much food can or food that is non-organic can cause you to become overweight and loaded with toxins. Finding locally grown, organic foods leads to more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and a lower risk of dysfunction.

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At the Institute for Functional Medicine they have created the CORE Food Plan that is foundational to wellness, longevity, and prevention. It is comprised of philosophies from the Mediterranean diet and Hunter-Gatherer diet with a focus on low glycemic intake and nutrient density. Eating a full spectrum of the rainbow for complete nutrient variety. The CORE Food Plan uses the foundation of “Food as Your Medicine” to support your health goals and improve your relationship with food.

Your journey to healthier eating starts here. Download to begin!!!

Included in the CORE Food Plan:

27 PAGE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

CORE FOOD PLAN – FOOD LIST

CORE FOOD PLAN – WEEKLY PLANNER AND RECIPES


Functional Medicine 101 – The Rise of Personalized Medicine

The future of health and performance lies in understanding your individual biochemistry and applying nutritional, supplemental, and hormonal techniques to gain the advantage on life.

Having grown up with a father trained in conventional medicine I experienced first hand what “medicine for the masses” had in store. I spent many weekends watching my father do rounds at the hospital tending to his unwell patients and sat in the car for hours waiting for him to finish a “house-call”. Remember when doctors actually did house calls…Now you’re lucky if you get 10 mins of their time. He was a true physician. Giving his all to his patients. But his tool box was limited!! The Hippocratic Oath – “First do no Harm” was tough to accomplish with this tool box of drugs and knives. A dramatic paradigm shift was about to happen.

So most of my childhood and teens was spent experiencing traditional medicine’s from all over the world as my father searched for true wellness and true healing. From Ayurvedic medicine,meditation and Chi Qong to vitamin therapy and sports medicine. We tried it all and today our health is a reflection of our lifestyle.

Since disease and sick-care did not resonate with me, i dropped out of University and decided that I should learn the most ancient form of healing and wellness, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. I practiced for 5 years achieving some absolutely incredible results. But it still left me wanting more. So during my Acupuncture practice days, I also trained and studied with Canada’s sports nutrition legend Cory Holly. Cory taught me what it took to achieve peak performance without having to give up your health. I was hooked!! Now I employed the recovery techniques and supplementation from sports nutrition added with the energy healing from acupuncture. I was on to something!!

My father and I began to heal clients together as a deadly father/son duo!! Our little “word of mouth” side business took off like crazy. His knowledge of Anti Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, and Regenerative Medicine allowed me to grasp the future of medicine by osmosis. I absorbed everything from him that I could. We were pushing boundaries that no one locally was doing. We became so busy that we needed to clone ourselves!! I never had the desire to be a doctor…I wanted to be an optimal health advisor and high performance advocate. So I did the closest thing to becoming a doctor and that journey began 3 years ago when I enrolled at the Institute for Functional Medicine, headed by the pioneers in real medicine Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Dr. David Jones, and Dr. Mark Hyman. This journey has propelled my abilities as a practitioner to help clients achieve the health results they’ve been looking for. Now our protocols are treating, reversing, enhancing, and empowering lives on a daily basis.

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The new model of medicine is emerging!

“The term FUNCTIONAL is being used to describe a manifestation of changes in basic physiological processes that produce symptoms of increasing duration, intensity, and frequency.”

Chronic disease, dysfunction, or poor performance is always preceded by a time period of declining health. An approach focussed on determining where the individual has broken down is the process of functional medicine. We are a product of the interaction we have with our environment, our lifestyle, and our genetics. No two people are alike, and thus tailored health care is the future of medicine.

Understanding where your physiological “weak spots” are and having the tools to correct them is powerful. Prevention of disease is a tough gig to sell. We maintain the attitude of “I’ll never get that”…or “Won’t happen to me”. But the truth is, We don’t know what we don’t know!! Knowledge is power, so taking control of your health and performance requires an understanding of your own unique biochemistry.

These basic principles characterize the functional medicine paradigm:

An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness.

Awareness of the evidence that supports a patient-centred rather than disease-centred approach to treatment.

The search for a dynamic balance among the internal and external factors in a patient’s body, mind, and spirit.

Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of internal physiological factors.

Identification of health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease – emphasizing those factors that encourage the enhancement of a vigorous physiology, and

Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance the health span, not just the life span, of each patient.

Diving deeper into the inner workings of your system gives you control over processes that you previously thought ran on “auto pilot”. Grab the Yoke…and become your own health pilot!!

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FUNDAMENTAL PHYSIOLOGICAL PROCESSES – that ultimately determine health or disease:

Communication, both inside and outside the cell.

Bioenergetics, or the transformation of food, air, and water into energy.

Replication, repair and maintenance of structural integrity, from the cellular to the whole body level.

Elimination of waste.

Protection and defence.

Transport and circulation.

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FUNCTIONAL EXAMINATION AND EVALUATION – core clinical imbalances that You need to know:

Hormonal and Neurotransmitter imbalances.

Oxidation-Reduction imbalances and Mitochondropathy.

Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances.

Immune and inflammatory imbalances.

Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances.

Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system.

This is not a complete system overhaul as it may seem. But a tool to understand where your machine needs attention. Working on these systems will empower you to achieve new levels of energy, health, and performance in life.