Nutritional Coaching/Nutrition Counseling
Proper nutrition is essential to ensure a well-functioning brain, to complete the biologic repair of damaged or malfunctioning body systems, and to establish optimal wellness. The problem is that many people don’t know what the proper nutrition for their body is or don’t have the necessary skills to execute their nutritional plans.
Our naturopathic medicine doctor provides nutrition counseling to cancer patients and all other patients. Patients will undergo a series of testing, nutritional counseling sessions and education that will prepare patients for certain lifestyle changes.
Our Naturopathic Medicine Doctor Will Walk You Through:
- Lifestyle analysis, counseling and management of changes
- Individualized oral supplement program
- Testing for food allergies
- Meal planning
- Food shopping education
- Food preparation education
Nutritional Coaching/Nutrition Counseling Basics:
Since every moment of our lives affects our health — whether positively or negatively —knowing what decisions to make to improve our overall health and well-being is important.
Some of the lifestyle “basics” from which everyone can benefit include:
- Avoiding toxins in the environment
- Consuming clean, nutritious foods and supplements
- Drinking plenty of water
- Getting adequate amounts of exercise, sunlight and rest
- Seeking treatments to eliminate emotional stress factors, allergies and other sensitivities
- Seeking energetic balance
These are but a few of the lifestyle areas that are a part of the education and nutrition counseling provided to patients at Gentle Wellness Center.
With Our Nutritional Therapist
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Effective Ways to Deal with Stress:
Stress reduction is very important as it can prevent or eliminate a variety of health problems, from minor ones to the most catastrophic, and from physical to mental illnesses. Stress also can lead to poor dietary choices. Our nutrition consultant/nutritional therapist will teach you how to properly deal with stress.
Some of the major stress relievers in our nutritional coaching program include:
Avoid Bad Sugars
Sugar is a serious stressor to our immune and hormonal systems. Reducing or eliminating sugar intake is one of the easiest and fastest ways to lower stress.
Take Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements
Supplements derived from whole foods are best, but many Americans do not get even the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) of most nutrients from their diets. Without the proper nutrients, we cannot rebuild and repair our immune system or our organs and glands.
While jogging and running can be helpful for some people, these activities put too much stress on others’ bodies. Gentle exercise such as bouncing on a trampoline or walking is all that some people need. A mini-trampoline (also known as a rebounder) can be extremely effective in assisting the circulation of your lymph and immune systems. Each person should determine which activities are most appropriate and perform them regularly.
These have proven effective in reducing stress and are widely available in health food stores and online. One example is Bach’s Rescue Remedy, which is used for general stress, trauma, grief or shock. Flower essences do not interfere with drugs or other supplements, and are not addictive.
Many people of all faiths throughout the world find comfort and stress relief via prayer and meditation. Practicing just a few minutes each day can go a long way toward eliminating stress and calming the soul.
Pleasurable pastimes are helpful in reducing stress. In fact, being engaged in virtually any healthful or relaxing activity helps decrease stress.
Cancer Nutrition Therapy:
Cancer nutrition therapy is all about choosing cancer-fighting foods and avoiding foods that create cancer-friendly conditions.
Patients in our comprehensive cancer nutrition therapy program will meet with our certified cancer nutritionist to establish a cancer diet that is rich in cancer-fighting vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and low in compounds that increase cancer risks.
We address the key areas of your diet, including:
- Vitamins and minerals
- Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
- Water intake
- Foods that prevent cancer
- Foods to fight cancer during treatment
Who Should Try Nutrition Counseling?
Nutrition Counseling/Nutritional Coaching is critical for anyone who wants to improve his or her health, lose weight, decrease the likelihood of chronic illness and decrease health care costs.
Meet Dr. Jessica Christie
Dr. Jessica Christie, ND, CNSNaturopathic Doctor & Certified Nutrition Specialist
As a naturopathic doctor and certified nutrition specialist, Dr. Christie, strives to get the root cause of the medical issue. Her holistic approach to wellness and extensive training can help patients reach their optimal health.
Dr. Jessica Christie uses the newest innovations and techniques in naturopathic medicine along with a personalized approach to provide non-invasive, therapeutic treatments for her patients’ medical and wellness needs.
Her training includes a four-year, in-residence Naturopathic Medical curriculum with clinical training at the acclaimed National University of Health Sciences. She also has extensive clinical experience at the Whole Health Center in Lombard, IL, Salvation Army Clinic in Chicago, IL and Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings, MT.
Dr. Jessica Christie has also received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology, Spanish, and International Studies from Penn State University and a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Gallaudet Univerisity.
Dr. Sheeba Asad
Dr. Sheeba Asad is a licensed naturopathic doctor who believes in helping her patients improve their health by addressing underlying conditions that are stopping them from achieving the optimal level of health. With a focus on treating the whole body than just a variety of symptoms, she offers individualized plans that address immediate concerns and look at long-term health goals by optimizing general wellness in an individual. Her passion is to help her patients feel stronger, achieve better function and gain a more joy-filled quality of life.
Dr. Asad focuses on a wide range of diseases through safe and effective natural therapies serving as a naturopathic doctor to children, adults, and seniors. She also offers specialty testing like food allergy test and micro/macronutrient testing and many more to uncover the underlying cause of health issues. She has a special interest in chronic disease, medical weight loss, naturopathic cancer care, women’s health (infertility, PMS, irregular cycles, menopause, prenatal and postnatal care), men’s health, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, thyroid, and adrenal imbalance, digestive issues, and autoimmune diseases.
After graduating from George Mason University, Dr. Asad decided to further her education with a four-year naturopathic medical program at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), located in Tempe, AZ. Upon graduating from SCNM and passing all of the board examinations, she is now licensed by the Maryland Board of Naturopathic Doctors.
She is a member of both the Maryland Naturopathic Medical Association and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her son and loved ones, practicing meditation, hiking, biking, and whole foods cooking.