What is it?
Functional nutrition is a personalized, holistic approach to health and healing, that takes into consideration the complexity of an individual, including lifestyle, history, lab work, physiology, and genetics. It understands the power of food as medicine, and uses food, supplements and lifestyle to positively affect how we feel, while preventing, healing and sometimes curing chronic illness.
How does it work?
Your dietitian will obtain a detailed nutrition history from you. She will take into consideration your whole journey, including your medical history and information gathered from lab results. She will help explain lab results to you, and help decide upon appropriate diet modifications and professional supplements to use as a part of your nutrition plan. Your dietitian will then monitor how the plan is working for you, and will make adjustments based upon your response.
What can you expect?
Providing as much information at the initial nutrition appointment will be helpful. Your dietitian will want to know what has worked in the past, what hasn’t, and details about what you are doing now. Your dietitian is your partner in health. You are at the center of your care, and communication is key to navigating the way towards finding a personalized plan that will work long term for you to help you live as healthfully as possible.
How to Find Food Sensitivities Presentation
Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Ashley Oswald gave this presentation on May 4th, 2019. Below is a recording of her lecture. You can also download her slides here.