Nutrition Methodology

My method­ol­ogy to eval­u­ate indi­vid­ual Con­sti­tu­tion* com­bines modal­i­ties of Indian Ayurveda, Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Med­i­cine and Japan­ese Mac­ro­bi­otic (as taught by George Ohsawa) while com­bin­ing new research in areas of  Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion, Acid/Alkaline, Anti-inflamation, indi­vid­ual Blood Type and fam­ily genetics.

As a Yoga Ther­a­pist, Reiki Prac­ti­tioner, and Sound Healer along with being a Nutri­tion Health Coach affords me the addi­tional tools to under­stand the body in its rela­tion­ship with human emo­tions and men­tal manip­u­la­tions.  My tech­niques in my heal­ing prac­tice enables my intu­itive mind to draw clear and objec­tive under­stand­ing of ones ener­getic and phys­i­cal imbal­ances in ones constitution.

My assess­ment and health coach­ing style leads you down a path that aligns and guides your whole body and mind to a health­ier life style rather than fix­ing symp­toms of a prob­lem.  My goal is to find a place that is both real­is­tic and ideal that is sus­tain­able and posi­tion­ing you for the high­est qual­ity life while you are alive.  Tak­ing care of your­self is not about liv­ing long nec­es­sar­ily (even though it may assist in this), but about liv­ing with vital­ity while you are alive.

Assess­ments are non-invasive and include:

1–      Ques­tion­naire

2–       Pulse reading

3–      Obser­va­tions:  phys­i­cal traits,  body pro­por­tions, Face zones, skin pig­men­ta­tions, body expan­sions,  body con­trac­tions, accu­mu­la­tions, inflam­ma­tions, eyes, tongue, and hair;  lifestyle dis­cus­sion and diet pat­terns & jour­nal review;  dis­cus­sion of chief com­plaint and goals for health and wellbeing;

4–      phys­i­cal pat­tern discussions

5–       psy­cho­log­i­cal pat­tern discussions

6–      Emo­tional pat­tern discussions

7–       Senses review-color, smell, sound, tastes, and touch

8–       West­ern objec­tive infor­ma­tion and analy­sis pro­vided by client that was obtained by med­ical physi­cian.  IE: blood sugar, Cho­les­terol read­ing , blood type, phys­i­cal infor­ma­tion, blood pressure

9–      Palpations(if needed)

*Note:  Depend­ing on the com­fort level of the client and the necessity-not all assess­ment tech­niques will be used at ini­tial consultation.

In nutri­tion, one shoe does not fit every client.  There is not just one type of lifestyle or diet that is good for every­one.   Every­one has a dif­fer­ent puz­zle to put together dur­ing their jour­ney and what is ben­e­fi­cial for one per­son may not be as ben­e­fi­cial for the next per­son.  My goal is to give the client ideal con­sti­tu­tional infor­ma­tion so they can adjust their daily pro­ce­dures at your own pace.

Con­sti­tu­tion:  Refers to a person’s orig­i­nal, innate, struc­tural blue­print.  It serves as a base upon which the body’s con­stantly chang­ing daily func­tions are built upon.  In my assess­ment I will review ones con­sti­tu­tion and dis­cover any imbal­ances in diet and lifestyle and make rec­om­men­da­tions to bring you back to bal­ance with your orig­i­nal con­sti­tu­tion so you may get closer to your goals and dreams. Back to Top

Ayurveda:  In tra­di­tional Indian cul­ture Ayurveda(Ayu-life; Veda-Knowledge) is described as “the sci­ence of life” that deals with chal­lenges of longevity and sug­gests a safe, gen­tle way to min­i­mize dis­com­forts in our health.  Ayurveda is regarded as the fifth Veda-by its virtue– and has been prac­ticed in India for more than 5000 years.  Accord­ing to Ayurvedic texts, the human body is com­prised of the five ele­ments of nature: ether (space), air, fire, water and earth. The struc­tural aspects are then com­bined to cre­ate the three con­sti­tu­tional doshas (forces that dis­turb) which are respon­si­ble for the func­tional aspects of the body.  Each dosha is a com­bi­na­tion of two of the ele­ments and is used to deter­mine an indi­vid­u­als pri­mary con­sti­tu­tion.  The three con­sti­tu­tional doshas include:
1– Vata (Air/Ether) and involves move­ment, reflexes and motor skills, breath­ing, cir­cu­la­tion of blood and nutri­ents, trans­mis­sion of sen­sory stim­uli, elim­i­na­tion, move­ment of thoughts and mem­ory recall.
2–  Pitta (Fire/Water) and  involves metab­o­lism, com­pre­hen­sion of men­tal expe­ri­ences, diges­tion, absorb­tion, assim­i­la­tion of food, rea­son­ing of thoughts and the­o­ries, vision, sen­sory per­cep­tion, vision, and reg­u­lates tem­per­a­ture in the body.
3–  Kapha (Water/Earth) and involves lubri­ca­tion, bod­ily secre­tions, cell struc­ture, sta­bil­ity of mind, dis­tri­b­u­tion of heat.  Kapha pro­vides sub­stance and sup­port for the body and acts as a basis for Vata and Pitta.
The qual­i­ties of Vata, Pitta, Kapha are present in every­one and are required to co-exist because they are gov­erned by dif­fer­ent organs, processes, and bod­ily func­tions.  One or two doshas typ­i­cally dom­i­nate one’s con­sti­tu­tion while phys­i­cal (diet, activ­i­ties and exer­cise), emo­tional, and psy­cho­log­i­cal pat­terns can alter your dom­i­nant doshas or ele­ments caus­ing imbal­ances, dishar­mony, and dis­com­fort. Back to Top

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Med­i­cine–Con­sti­tu­tion is deter­mined by Metab­o­lism, func­tion­ing of organs and organ struc­tures.  These traits deter­mine our sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to cer­tain dis­com­forts.  The four con­sti­tu­tional types are based on neu­tral, yin/cold/flexible, yang/hot/steadfast, phlegm/dampness, and dry­ness.  Typ­i­cally most indi­vid­u­als are com­bi­na­tions of the above con­sti­tu­tions and diet is deter­mined based on imbal­ances or defi­cien­cies. Back to Top

Macrobiotics(macro-large, biotics-life)-Mac­ro­bi­otics is a sys­tem of liv­ing, eat­ing and heal­ing that orig­i­nated in 19th cen­tury Japan. This Japan­ese phi­los­o­phy now enjoys a world­wide fol­low­ing attracted by its prin­ci­ples of har­mo­nious liv­ing with nature through a bal­anced whole foods diet, an active lifestyle and respect for the envi­ron­ment.  Mac­ro­bi­otic phi­los­o­phy is based on the ancient Taoist belief that every­thing in cre­ation is made up of two antag­o­nis­tic but com­ple­men­tary forces—yin (pas­sive, flex­i­ble, cold and dark) and yang (active, hot, stead­fast and heavy). Con­se­quently, all food­stuffs are cat­e­go­rized as ‘yin’ and ‘yang’.  A person’s con­sti­tu­tion refers to an orig­i­nal, innate, struc­tural blue­print.  It serves as a base upon which the body’s con­stantly chang­ing daily func­tions are built upon.  These con­sti­tu­tions are yang/steadfast (down­ward grav­i­ta­tional force), Yin/flexible (upward elec­tro­mag­netic force) and neu­tral.  These con­sti­tu­tions are influ­enced first by con­cep­tion between mother and father, sec­ond influ­ences occur in the womb when body struc­tures are devel­op­ing and lastly the third influ­ence to our foun­da­tion is our blue­print after birth and dimin­ishes grad­u­ally through age 24 while our bod­ies are fully matur­ing.  After a con­sti­tu­tion is dis­cov­ered a diet is rec­om­mended based on any imbal­ances of the two forces of yin/yang and its rela­tion to the five ele­ments or five trans­for­ma­tions includ­ing Water(flowing-kidney/bladder), Air(rising energy-liver/gallbladder), Fire(radiating energy-heart/small intes­tine), Earth (descend­ing energy-stomach/spleen) and Metal(materializing-lungs/large intes­tine). Back to Top

The bal­anced women come from a ris­ing energy of yin and is exter­nally fluid and flex­i­ble as their inter­nal energy is stead­fast and grounded or yang.  The bal­anced man is exter­nally stead­fast and con­tracted and is born of down­ward spi­ral of energy where as inside he is fluid and expan­sive or yin.   We are all a com­bi­na­tion of both yin and yang in dif­fer­ent pro­por­tions and dif­fer­ent man­i­fes­ta­tion of being. Back to Top

Blood Type and Genet­ics–Dr Peter and James D’Adamo have exten­sively tested foods to deter­mine the like­li­hood of them inter­fer­ing with your metab­o­lism (effi­ciency in burn­ing calo­ries) and energy lev­els.  They also deter­mined blood types sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to ill­ness, emo­tional responses to stress, what food you should eat and how you should exer­cise.   A chem­i­cal reac­tion hap­pens between your blood and the foods you eat and is part of your genetic inher­i­tance.  They deter­mined this by the fac­tor called lectins or pro­teins found in foods that have agglu­ti­nat­ing prop­er­ties that affect your blood.  Lectins are a pow­er­ful way for organ­isms in nature to attach them­selves with other organ­isms.   Sim­ply put, when you eat a food con­tain­ing pro­tein lectin that are incom­pat­i­ble with your blood type anti­gen, the lectins tar­get an organ or bod­ily sys­tem and begin to agglutinate(bind together) blood cells in that area.  After deter­mi­na­tion of con­sti­tu­tional imbal­ances a diet is rec­om­mended after cross ref­er­enc­ing foods that either ben­e­fit or hin­der the client’s metab­o­lism. Back to Top

Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion:  Good nutri­tion can help pro­mote health. There are six cat­e­gories of nutri­ents that the body needs to acquire from food: pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates, fat, fibers, vit­a­mins and min­er­als, and water.  After a con­sti­tu­tional assess­ment, an ideal diet will be deter­mined based on clients over­all goals and given in a clin­i­cal nutri­tional for­mat along with any sup­ple­ments or herb recommendations.

Acid/Alkaline:  The body is in a con­stant state of stay­ing in home­osta­sis.  Acidic form­ing foods cre­ate acid dur­ing metab­o­lism caus­ing the body to become out of bal­ance.  Excess acid waste is the cause of many ail­ments and dis­com­forts.  The human body needs an alka­line envi­ron­ment to con­tinue proper func­tion of vital organs.  Once the alka­line reserves are depleted the body starts to break down and begins to deplete other areas of the body (ie:  Bones) of min­er­als to help main­tain its home­osta­sis.  When deter­min­ing the client’s ideal diet, acid and alka­line foods are con­sid­ered dur­ing the process of mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions.
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Naam Yoga– “Naam Yoga™ is a unique merg­ing and refin­ing of the world’s most pow­er­ful eso­teric tra­di­tions. It is a spir­i­tual sci­ence and art that merges the crown­ing yoga prac­tices of the East with the unpar­al­leled eso­teric tra­di­tion of the West, which is Uni­ver­sal Kab­balah. The result is the most pow­er­ful dis­til­la­tion of the world’s major teach­ings.  Naam Yoga™ is the return to One. It is the uni­ver­sal key for max­i­mum spir­i­tual evo­lu­tion.  Naam Yoga is a sym­bol of energy and energy is the sym­bol of the mag­netic field.  Naam yoga will turn you into a cen­ter of radi­ance and mag­netic energy. It will give you a very cleans­ing and heart open­ing effect, and make you very beau­ti­ful. It will bestow upon you a lumi­nous aura and give you the capac­ity to heal oth­ers with your pres­ence, your touch and your words. Naam Yoga is the most pow­er­ful tool avail­able for the removal of men­tal, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual suf­fer­ing.  Naam Yoga allows you to receive wis­dom, truth and love, or the source of purest knowl­edge, the prin­ci­ple of moral­ity and the essen­tial pure motive of will.”  My Naam yoga prac­tice allows me to tap into ones con­sti­tu­tional with height­ened intu­ition and clar­ity. Back to Top

Kun­dalini Yoga–The “Dia­mond of Yoga”-Is a Raj Yoga or Royal Uni­tive Yoga, Maha Yoga. The Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad refers to it as the com­bined prac­tice of Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Raja Yoga.  “It is a royal com­mand and ruler­ship of yogic virtue and values”-Yogi Bha­jan. With Raj yoga you accept the gift of your soul from the infi­nite and you act to sense and serve the souls in all beings.  There are about twenty-two known forms of yoga with each form empha­siz­ing a dif­fer­ent faucet of the whole. In Kun­dalini yoga, the prac­tice includes all faucets of the whole in one prac­tice using yogic aus­ter­i­ties such as pranayama, breath con­trol, phys­i­cal exer­cises, visu­al­iza­tion, and chant­ing. The dif­fer­ence between Hatha Yoga ( mas­tery of Polar­i­ties) and Kun­dalini Yoga as described by Yogi Bha­jan: “The pur­pose is to raise the aware­ness or Kun­dalini energy.   It is a tech­nol­ogy which brings the apana and prana, the moon and sun pow­ers, together to raise the con­scious­ness through the cen­tral equi­lib­rium line. With Hatha Yoga, it takes 22 years of reg­u­lar prac­tice to raise it that way, even with a per­fect prac­tice. This is the long method.  The dif­fer­ence with that and Kun­dalini is only a mat­ter of time and rate of progress. The pur­pose of both Hatha and Kun­dalini yoga are the same, only Kun­dalini Yoga is a direct, quick, and a per­fect prac­tice for the pace of the mod­ern house­holder.” Kun­dalini Yoga is the mas­ter sci­ence of expe­ri­ence and aware­ness. Kun­dalini Yoga is the clas­sic form of yoga that trans­mits con­science aware­ness from per­son to per­son through the Legacy of the golden chain of teach­ers. Back to Top

Kriya Yoga–Is described by its prac­ti­tion­ers as the ancient Yoga sys­tem revived in mod­ern times by Maha­vatar Babaji through his dis­ci­ple Lahiri Mahasaya, c 1861, and brought into wide­spread pub­lic aware­ness through Paramhansa Yogananda’s book Auto­bi­og­ra­phy of a Yogi.  The sys­tem con­sists of a num­ber of lev­els of Pranayama based tech­niques that are intended to rapidly accel­er­ate spir­i­tual devel­op­ment and engen­der a pro­found state of tran­quil­ity and God-communion.  As Yogananda describes Kriya pranayama, “The Kriya Yogi men­tally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and down­ward, around the six spinal cen­ters (medullary, cer­vi­cal, dor­sal, lum­bar, sacral, and coc­cygeal plexuses) which cor­re­spond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the sym­bolic Cos­mic Man.  The Kriya Yoga prac­tice brings my con­scious­ness to higher lev­els to enable me to see clearly the clients con­sti­tu­tion or “true self” so that I may com­mu­ni­cate proper guid­ance on lifestyle and diet.

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Reiki-Western def­i­n­i­tion is “uni­ver­sal life force”.   It is a sys­tem that has been prac­ticed in Tibet, India, Egypt and Japan.   It is an evolved heal­ing prac­tice based on ancient Bud­dhist teach­ings writ­ten in Sand­skrit and devel­oped in 1920’s by Mikao Usui.  After three weeks of fast­ing and med­i­tat­ing on Mount Kurama, in Japan, Usui claimed to receive the abil­ity of “heal­ing with­out energy deple­tion”.   A por­tion of the prac­tice, teno­hira or palm heal­ing, is used as a form of com­ple­men­tary and alter­na­tive med­i­cine.  Teno­hira is a tech­nique where by prac­ti­tion­ers move “heal­ing energy” (a form of ki) through the palms.  Dr. Usui’s five ideals of Reiki:
–Just for today, do not anger
–Just for today, do not worry
–Honor your teach­ers, your father and mother, and neigh­bors
–Count your bless­ings; and show appre­ci­a­tion for your food
–Be kind to every­thing that has life
Reiki prac­tice allows me to assist in chan­nel­ing heal­ing energy to clients and assist in ener­get­i­cally com­mu­ni­cat­ing between dif­fer­ent areas of imbal­ances in the body. Back to Top

Ini­tial rec­om­men­da­tions:  This is the ini­tial stage to set the foun­da­tion for good health and healthy lifestyle choices.  Client will be given some gen­eral tools to start to change their diet and lifestyle.  At the end of the ses­sion client may opt for a cus­tomized rec­om­men­da­tions for their con­sti­tu­tion and fol­low up ses­sion.  Appoint­ment is typ­i­cally about 2 hours.  These ses­sions may also include spe­cial­ized breath and/or med­i­ta­tion tech­nique that will best suit the needs of the client.

Cus­tomized Rec­om­men­da­tions–Exten­sive con­sti­tu­tional evaluation-All diet rec­om­men­da­tions are for edu­ca­tional pur­poses only and will be based on clients Ayurvedic pri­mary dosha con­sti­tu­tion along with the five ele­ment con­sti­tu­tional assess­ments within Japan­ese Mac­ro­bi­otics and Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Med­i­cine.   All three modal­i­ties have syn­er­gis­tic ancient tech­niques to assess imbal­ances and ele­men­tal rea­sons for the rec­om­men­da­tions.   Imbal­ances in the con­sti­tu­tion will then be assessed and then rec­om­men­da­tions will be com­mu­ni­cated via the Amer­i­can clin­i­cal nutri­tional lan­guage of car­bo­hy­drates, pro­tein, fats, fiber, min­er­als, vit­a­mins etc.   The goal with these rec­om­men­da­tions is to cre­ate a lifestyle that is both enjoy­able and sat­is­fy­ing while bal­anc­ing the whole body in its rela­tion to your doshas, ele­ments, alkaline/acid imbal­ances, blood type and gen­eral fam­ily genet­ics.   Addi­tion­ally, rec­om­men­da­tions may include some dietary sup­ple­ments for sup­port of dif­fer­ent structure/function mech­a­nisms of the body to help the client meet their lifestyle and diet goals.  Cus­tomized rec­om­men­da­tions can be gen­er­ated in 1–2 weeks after ini­tial eval­u­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions to allow client to start imple­ment­ing ini­tial rec­om­men­da­tions.  Sec­ond ses­sion is 1 hour.

Con­tin­ued nutri­tion coach­ing- After ini­tial cus­tomized rec­om­men­da­tions, clients may opt for cleans­ing pro­grams that include bowel, par­a­site, organ and other body cleanses.  To put your cus­tomized diet into action one can choose to par­take in cook­ing classes or have weekly menus made specif­i­cally based on your con­sti­tu­tion.  Fol­low up ses­sions are rec­om­mended but are not nec­es­sary for weekly menus.

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