Nutrition Counseling

When working with Balance Fitness and Nutrition, you can expect to be treated as a whole person. We are passionate about utilizing the principles of functional nutrition to help our clients get to the root of their health issues.

Learn more about what to expect at your first appointment, as well as the the principles of functional nutrition by visiting our FAQs page and watching this short video.

Balance Fitness and Nutrition specializes in the areas below. Click on the links to learn more about each service:

Celiac Disease and Gluten Free Diets

Following a gluten free diet can be hard. Not only are your food choices restricted, but you also have to become a very careful food label reader, and navigate through the mounds of gluten free diet information out there! If you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or suspect a gluten sensitivity, working with a dietitian to ensure you are following a diet that is right for you is critical to your healing and success.

When working with Balance Fitness and Nutrition for Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, you can expect a review of your medical history, relevant testing, and current diet. You may also opt to meet at the grocery store for a session. There we will review how to read labels and point out  popular gluten free options.

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Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Balance Fitness and Nutrition offers counseling for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Did you know that there are foods that you should eat to help you to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure? Contrary to popular belief, managing these conditions is not all about dietary restrictions, food can actually be what cures you.

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Say what? FODMAP is an acronym that stands for different groups of carbohydrates consumed in every American’s diet.

Trouble digesting FODMAPs can contribute to symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. FODMAPs can be hard to digest for different reasons, including:

  • Poor absorption by the small intestine
  • The production of gas due to fermentation of high FODMAP foods in the  intestine
  • The ability of FODMAPs to hold access fluid in the intestine

No matter what the cause of the FODMAP intolerance in an individual may be, removing foods high in FODMAP content from the diet has been shown to greatly relieve symptoms of IBS in certain individuals.

Patients receiving education on a low FODMAP diet can expect:

  • A thorough review of medical history and current diet
  • Instruction through the three phases of the FODMAP elimination diet
  • Help formulating a new, well balanced diet based on the results of your FODMAP challenges

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Food allergies and medically restricted diets

Optimal nutrition is essential for good health. If you have been newly diagnosed with a food allergy, or have another medical reason for following a restrictive diet, you will benefit from working with a registered dietitian.

Whenever foods, or groups of nutrients are removed from one’s diet, the chance of developing a nutrient deficiency arises. Working with a registered dietitian can help you restrict the necessary foods while still meeting your nutrient needs.

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Grocery Store Tours

If you are interested in making better food choices, who better to go to the grocery store with than a registered dietitian? The grocery store makes a wonderful classroom. Tours can be done one on one, with couples, or in groups of up to five people. Balance Fitness and Nutrition’s grocery store tours will teach you:

  • How to eat in a way that is good for you and the environment
  • Which foods pack the biggest nutritional punch
  • How to select the best foods for your body
  • How to read food labels
  • How to identify whole grain products
  • What to watch out for on ingredients lists

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Insulin Resistance, Prediabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes

Learn what to eat and how to exercise to improve your blood sugar levels.  Many patients are surprised to learn that they don’t have to give up their favorite foods in order to manage their diabetes. When it comes to managing your blood sugar, it’s not only what you eat that matters, but how much you are eating and how often you eat.

With their doctor’s permission, patients of this program have been able to come off of medication, or avoid medication entirely!

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LEAP Food Sensitivity Testing (Mediator Release Testing)

If you suffer from an autoimmune or inflammatory condition and can’t seem to find relief from your symptoms, you should be tested for food sensitivities.

Patients that make good candidates for food sensitivity testing suffer from conditions such as:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or Colitis)
  • Chronic migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sinusitis
  • Arthritis

Balance Fitness and Nutrition uses the LEAP dietary protocol for food sensitivity testing. The LEAP dietary protocol is the most accurate form of testing available for non-IgE mediated food sensitivities. Click here for success stories of our previous LEAP patients.

The LEAP dietary protocol utilizes Mediator Release Testing (MRT) to develop a personalized eating plan based on food sensitivities that are determined through blood work analysis. This takes the guess work out of which foods or chemicals may be causing your symptoms. Check out this short video to learn more about the blood test.

Click on the image below to see the 150 different foods and chemicals included in the food sensitivity testing panel.

150 Profile

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Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors linked to overweight and obesity that increase your chance for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Metabolic syndrome can be diagnosed when a person has at least three of these heart disease risk factors:

  • A large waistline, presenting as an “apple shape”
  • High triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood
  • A low level of HDL, or the ‘good’ cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High fasting blood sugar

The goal of diet and exercise for someone with metabolic syndrome is to reduce the risk of heart disease for that individual. Diet can be modified to:

  • Decrease LDL, or ‘the bad’ cholesterol
  • Decrease high blood pressure
  • Help control blood sugar, which can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • Minimize the effects of controllable underlying risk factors
  • Help manage weight
  • Exercise can help to raise HDL, or ‘the good’ cholesterol levels

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Sports Nutrition

Balance Fitness and Nutrition has helped several athletes improve their performance. Understanding how to fuel your body for exercise can make a huge difference at your next competitive event.  Sports nutrition patients will learn:

    • How to properly plan and time meals for your best training and performance
    • Which foods to eat to enhance your performance and recovery
    • How to fuel and hydrate to prevent fatigue during an event
    • How to identify high quality supplements and when to take supplements
    • The best foods to eat to build muscle

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Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

Plant based diets are definitely the way to go! If you are considering or are following a vegan or vegetarian diet, it would be worth your time to meet with a registered dietitian to make sure you are filling in the nutrient gaps that can come along when avoiding animal proteins or animal products. There is so much more to consider than just protein.

Did you know that vegans and vegetarians also need to pay attention to the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, B12, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin D in their diets? Proper nutrition for vegans and vegetarians is important for energy level, stress management, and optimal health.

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Weight Management

Managing weight is about so much more than calories in and calories out! There are emotional factors surrounding food and logistical factors surrounding meal planning and preparation. There can even be hormonal factors that can play a significant role in weight management.

Participants of this program will:

  • Receive personalized dietary analysis
  • Learn how to eat intuitively and healthfully
  • Get to the root of any underlying imbalances that could be affecting weight management
  • Learn how to listen to your body to determine what to eat and how much to eat
  • Learn how to plan and prepare healthy meals
  • Meet regularly to set goals and explore barriers to success

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