By: Julie Mancuso, JM Nutrition
“I don’t need to see a nutritionist; I already know which foods are healthy,” is often what people say when a suggestion to see a nutritionist is offered.
But a nutritionist can help you in many ways—some which are obvious and some less so.
1. Weight Loss
Did you know fruit should not be eaten with animal protein? It’s true, but most people don’t know that. When eaten alone, the nutrients in fruit are processed and absorbed more easily by your body. If eaten with other food, it can sit in the stomach longer, unprocessed, causing fermentation.
This is just one example of a small tip that a nutritionist can provide, which can make a world of a difference and help you feel better.
A qualified nutritionist can help you combine different foods and outline portion sizes—a key element to weight maintenance—so you get the results you desire, while working to make you feel better in the process. Remember, it’s not just about looking better; it’s also important to feel better.
A nutritionist can also offer valuable advice regarding what you specifically should eat to help you achieve your individual goal.
As informative as some online sources are, they are generic. And generic information cannot be applied to any and every case.
Similarly, the many existing fad diets bring about immediate changes but these are usually of short-term nature and rarely sustainable. Conversely, a nutritionist can help you to create long-term nutrition and lifestyle changes, ensuring you are well on your way to optimum nutrition for the rest of your life.
Furthermore, a nutritionist can provide you with the following information:
2. Increased Energy
Are you craving sweets and sugar, whether in the afternoon, following a meal or late in the evening? Well, you’re not alone.
A nutritionist will explain exactly why you feel this need for sweets, helping you overcome these unhealthy and hard to shake-off cravings with healthy substitutions. We have ways.
Sugar is not your vice? Perhaps you just need more energy upon waking? No problem. A common struggle for most of us. A nutritionist can show you simple ways to overcome this obstacle, avoiding pitfalls and giving you tools to energize your body more naturally. And yes, you can still have your coffee.
Do you work out? A nutritionist can show you what to eat before and after a work out in order to maximize energy and help with recovery. I can’t tell you how often I encounter fit and healthy people who frequent the gym for some form of exercise and do not fuel or replenish their bodies properly, often sabotaging their health and wellness goals. It’s staggering.
And if building muscle is your key objective, don’t you worry, we can help there too.
3. Digestive Problems
Do you feel like you suffer from constant gas or regular bloating? Many of my existing clients incessantly complain about these symptoms and feel they are just unable to get rid of them no matter what they do.
A nutritionist can promptly help you discover that a wholesome, nutrient-filled meals and supplementation play an enormous role in controlling and even resolving these unpleasant symptoms. Specific remedies to curb these digestive problems can be swiftly recommended. My extensive personal struggles in this area make me especially sympathetic and qualified to help you feel better. To help you get started read this post:
4. Alternative Diets
Unfortunately, allergies and sensitivities are common among people nowadays. Dealing with these afflictions is part and parcel of daily life for many people around the world, their children and their families. I fall under that category as well.
As a nutritionist, I can guide you in creating meal plans that ensure you obtain all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins, while avoiding all those ingredients that may potentially irritate and upset your digestive system, leading you to feel unwell.
Some of the allergens are obvious and people know that they should avoid from them. Other ingredients and substances, on the other hand, are seemingly harmless but are in fact more insidious than suspected. A nutritionist can certainly help you sort this out.
5. Avoid Plateaus
So you’ve been eating healthy, working out and now you’ve reached this dreadful thing called a plateau. You stall, get stuck and the desired results are no more.
What do you do? A nutritionist can help you make small adjustments and changes in order to help you kickstart a move upward towards your goal, guiding you along the way, helping you avoid certain pitfalls that lead to health and fitness plateaus.
6. Mood and Sleep Disorders
Lack of sleep and its side effects (bags and circles under the eyes, yawning, lethargy, caffeine-cravings, etc.) can be an incredible nuisance for all of us both, in terms of how we feel and how we look.
But did you know that a shortage of sleep can cause weight gain and sugar cravings?
Yes, diet indeed impacts a person’s sleep and, in turn, mood. A nutritionist can first show you how this happens, which is significant because you need to have basic knowledge so you can prevent these undesirable outcomes. Second, appropriate remedies designed to combat lack of sleep, insomnia and anxiety can be recommended.
So what now?
You have two options. One, you lead extensive research online independently, decide what is true and what is untrue, then devise your own plan to help you reach your goals.
Does this work? Sometimes, yes. Some people—the resourceful, self-sufficient types blessed with time on their hands—can certainly improve their nutrition and health independently.
Most of the time, however, doing so is a tall order. Too tall, in fact. The vast majority of us need accountability, guidance, support and someone to monitor the process.
Option two centres around seeing a qualified, registered nutritionist who will save you a great deal of time and guide you on your way to a better, healthier life—something we all want. The choice is yours.
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Julie Mancuso is a registered holistic Toronto nutritionist who has been counseling clients for over 15 years. Julie’s personalized approach has helped thousands reach their health, wellness and nutrition goals.