If you are like most people I work with, you have already tried lots of things to control and change the way you relate to food. Perhaps you have clenched your teeth and through sheer will power tried to change your habits. Maybe you have gone on diets, counted calories, followed meal plans, or tried cleanses. Perhaps you have read self-help books, attended support groups, or done exercise challenges.
However, difficulties with food are complex and involve both emotional and physical aspects. As long as you are only focusing on weight, calories, or eating plans, you are only addressing a piece of the problem. Until you work with a system of medicine that understands the big picture of health—how to balance both the body and mind—you won’t be getting a complete and lasting solution to your struggle.
Specifically, some of the principles that make this approach effective include:
This method treats the person not the problem. The aim is to restore balance in your individual body rather than throw a generic treatment at your diagnosis or health issue. No two bodies or circumstances are identical, so treatment is individualized and flexible. Our work is shaped by your needs, goals, and what methods of care will work most efficiently and effectively for you.
Respect for the Body
The human body has amazing healing abilities and often just needs the correct support. Rather than attacking a problem, this approach bolsters the body’s inborn tendency toward healing, balance, and repair. You and your body should be on the same team, and by respecting your body’s rhythms, this approach minimizes side effects and maximizes wellness.
The naturalist John Muir said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” This is true of our bodies, which can be thought of as miniature universes. Influencing one part of the body has consequences for the whole body, and what happens on the mental/emotional level influences the physical level—and vice versa. This system of wellness uses these complex relationships to efficiently initiate healing reactions.
Looking at the big picture provides comprehensive treatment that gets to the root of the issues rather than just a quick, temporary fix. Effective, long-term solutions focus on maintaining overall physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual balance to solve and prevent future challenges.
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