Oriental Medicine Dietary Education and Consultations
Imagine this: you are relatively well-informed when it comes to food and nutrition. You feel that you have a well-balanced diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, low fat yogurt, whole wheat bread, sugar-free drinks. You even make an effort to buy organic chicken. And yet, you are tired all the time. You suffer from indigestion. You have headaches. You sleep poorly. You are irritable. Despite regular exercise, you have a hard time losing weight. Sound familiar? It does to us, because we see many, many people, experiencing some variation of the above, walking into our clinic every week. The world of dietary and nutritional advice is full of contradicting opinions. The government tells you one thing, the CNN report with the “latest research” tells another story, and the newest dietary fad books say something else. Even one who makes Herculean efforts to become a well-educated consumer is often misled about what actually constitutes a healthy diet. This is why, day after day, we see people come to us, frustrated, seeking answers.
What does OHS have to offer that I can’t get somewhere else?
The practitioners at OHS have studied diet and nutrition for decades. We have a unique perspective on how food affects the body. We understand food from the traditional Oriental Medicine perspective—for example, a woman who has very light menses and is trying to conceive should eat foods that build Blood such as liver, grass-fed beef, and beet roots. We also have extensive knowledge of nutrition from a scientific, research-driven perspective. For example, if someone comes to us seeking help for his deteriorating memory, we would assess his blood sugar and insulin regulation systems, re-balance these pathways, and subsequently improve his memory (1, 2). In the process, we would also be helping to decrease his risk for heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension; improve his work and athletic performance; and make it much easier for him to lose weight (3).
What does a Dietary Consultation entail?
We do a complete intake of your health history in order to understand your body and your nutritional needs. This is important because you are a unique person rather than a statistic. You are you, and your body may have very different needs from your friend who “followed that (fill in the blank) diet and lost 20 pounds.” After taking your history, we lay it out for you in simple terms. We explain the likely physiology of your body from an Oriental Medicine perspective, and what you need nutritionally. We give you breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas. We help you explore different ways of eating that will benefit you. We give you a lot of dietary education—in the form of research studies, nutritional articles, and most importantly, food and recipe ideas—that will help you understand how food impacts your body and mind, and empower you to finally make the right choices for you. Then, we tell you to go and play with these new ideas for a while. For some people, one dietary consultation session is all that’s needed. They understand what needs to be done, enact the changes, lose the weight/pain/skin rashes/hot flashes, or gain energy/confidence/have a baby, and move on with their lives. Others may take a few weeks to make some changes, and return for a few more consultations as they explore, learn, and come up with questions on their journey to eating well.
I live far away. Can I still talk to someone about my diet?
Yes! We offer dietary educational information over the phone or online. Because of the detailed health history intake, the initial session may take up to an hour. Follow-up educational sessions, if needed, take 20-30 minutes.
Which conditions may benefit from changing my diet?
Allergies Andropause (male menopause) Arthritis Asthma Brain function, Focus/concentration, Memory loss Digestion: acid reflux, IBS Fatigue Fertility Food cravings Hair loss Headaches Kids: immune system, behavioral issues, developmental concerns Menstrual concerns: PMS, irregular/light/heavy/painful periods, anovulation Pain PCOS Perimenopause, Menopause Osteoporosis Skin rashes Sleep Weight loss/gain … and many, many others. Contact us or call 919-286-9595 to learn more.
- Correia SC, et al. Insulin signaling, glucose metabolism and mitochondria: major players in Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes interrelation. Brain Res. 2012 Jan 12 [Epub ahead of print]
- Bosco D, et al. Dementia is associated with Insulin Resistance in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. J Neurol Sci. 2012 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print]
- Taubes, Gary. Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health. 2007. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
Disclaimer: The content of the information presented during the online or phone sessions is for educational purposes only. The information and recommendations presented are not intended as a substitute for personalized medical advice. It is the sole responsibility of the user of this information to determine if the recommendations are appropriate for the user. Neither the practitioners or the clinic can be held liable for the information presented or any possible errors or omissions of such information. The information presented during these phone or online sessions should not be construed as a claim or representation that any type of food constitutes a cure, palliative or ameliorative. Foods described should be considered as adjunctive to other accepted conventional procedures deemed necessary by the user’s attending licensed physician. Foods presented during these sessions are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.