You know that saying, “You are what you eat”? It sounds trite, but there’s actually a lot of truth to it. Everything you do depends on the foods you eat; those foods are your body’s only source of energy. That means when you eat a healthy diet, your body functions better and you feel more energized to do the things you want to do. And since your brain is part of your body, your dietary choices can have a big impact on your mood and your state of mind, as well.
And it’s not just your diet that has an influence over your physical and emotional health. Your physical activity — both the type and the amount — and your sleep patterns play major roles too. The problem is, even though we may think we’re doing our best to balance diet, exercise and sleep, it’s very easy to get sidetracked, especially when we’re busy at work, at school, and with family and social obligations. And before we know it, we wind up sacrificing some of those good intentions, along with the health benefits they provide. And once we’re off track, it can be really difficult to get that focus back; or maybe the things we did that had been working are no longer effective in helping us feel our best. That’s where lifestyle education and nutritional counseling can help.
A healthier lifestyle adapted to your needs
Lifestyle education and nutritional counseling work hand-in-hand to help you learn new ways to nourish and fuel your body and new habits that can help you feel your best, too, no matter what age you are and no matter what physical condition you’re in. And at Genesis Family Medicine, our lifestyle education and nutrition counseling plans are designed to be fully customized, which means you can expect to get the support you need, based on your unique medical and lifestyle factors, for optimal results and optimal health.
No, it’s not just another word for dieting. Nutritional counseling looks at your health and how the food choices you’re making could be affecting it. Through counseling, you’ll learn about the nutritional deficiencies that are taking a toll on your health and wellness and what foods you can incorporate to rebalance your diet, so your body gets the support it needs for optimal health and function. And you’ll also learn how to incorporate mindfulness and other changes into your eating habits and your lifestyle as well, so you can reap the rewards even if your schedule is super busy.
What you eat is just one factor that affects your health (albeit an important one). Your other activities — physical activity, social activity, hobbies, interactions with other people, sleep and so on — also affect your health. And again, all these factors can be affected negatively when you’re really busy and distracted. Lifestyle education helps you focus on new routines designed to improve your life. That doesn’t mean giving up what you love; it just means setting priorities, so you recognize what’s important for supporting your health — and you act on those priorities. In addition to fine-tuning your overall lifestyle, we also offer personal training for optimal physical health — without the drudgery and boredom of daily gym workouts.
Start living healthier — today
Both lifestyle education and nutritional guidance begin with a comprehensive health and medical evaluation, looking at your personal and family medical histories along with your current health. In addition to a physical exam, you’ll probably have blood work to determine if you’re suffering from low levels of specific nutrients or if you have metabolic issues or other medical concerns that need to be addressed. You’ll also be asked about your current lifestyle — work, school, family, physical activity levels, and even your social life. Then, we’ll use all that information to develop a plan that’s designed for success, right from the start. And of course, we’ll provide you with all the support and guidance you need, beginning with that first office visit.
With lifestyle education and nutrition counseling at Genesis Family Medicine, you can tap into your body’s natural abilities to heal and to thrive. And the good news is, you don’t need any special equipment or training to get started, and you can start to notice results faster than you probably imagine. Plus, our programs are easy to adapt to any lifestyle, so you feel supported and confident, every step of the way. It all starts with a single office visit. To learn more about the customizable plans and tools we offer — and to get started on a better physical and emotional health — contact the practice today.