“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food” – Hippocrates
Why Does Nutrition Matter?
Good food is the foundation of health. The old saying “you are what you eat” could not ring more true. What we eat influences our physical health, our emotional health, the diseases we develop, and of course our fertility and hormonal health. Diet plays a major role in boosting fertility and supporting healthy hormones. Research has shown that by eating a balanced, whole foods diet, women can decrease the risk of infertility by as much as 80 percent. Without changing our foundation, our diet, we become engaged in an uphill battle with health. Developing healthy food and eating habits is the cornerstone of good and long-lasting health. Nutrition counselling can help you get there!
Nutritional Counselling: What to Expect
When you come for your first nutrition counselling session, it is helpful to come with a 7 day diet diary. The more honest you are with your diet diary, the more we can help you. Ensure your diet diary is a true reflection of what your diet is like on a regular basis.
Nutrition counselling sessions will follow the initial appointment with your Naturopathic Doctor, so chief concerns and health history will be accounted for. We will go through eating habits, foods you dislike, foods you like, when you are most likely to snack, and when you are most likely to falter with your diet. We will go through your diet diary together and come up with alternatives for any meal that requires work.
You will be given a new diet plan with sample recipes to follow. We will also discuss strategies to help you implement your diet and prevent you from falling back into old habits. Nutrition counselling follow ups are offered on a regular basis, and can be scheduled for whenever you feel extra help is needed.
Naturopathic Doctor (ND) vs. Registered Dietitian (RD)
Naturopathic Doctors are extensively trained in clinical nutrition and nutritional sciences. We have the most in depth education of nutrition and supplementation than any other primary health care provider, and as such we are well equipped to provide nutrition counselling. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to assess and identify how diet impacts health, as well as the necessary dietary modifications and requirements for each specific health condition. Naturopathic Doctors do not follow Canada’s Food Guide, and instead rely on the most up to date, evidence based nutritional research. Most NDs will not ask you to count calories, but rather will encourage a whole-foods diet with the right proportions of macro and micro nutrients to ensure you are eating to optimize health.
Registered Dietitians are also trained to help tailor nutrition interventions to meet your needs and lifestyle. However, RDs are trained exclusively based on Canada’s Food Guide, and rely more on the “calories in, calories out” method. Canada’s Food Guide still contains a number of foods that are known to be inflammatory, and may possibly hinder health and fertility. That said, not all RDs will not take this into account when developing a meal plan for you. Since NDs are trained in the biochemistry of food and its impacts on the body, our nutritional style is a lot more individualized to each patient and their health status. We take into consideration the inflammatory nature of certain foods, and incorporate a wide variety of foods not necessarily included in Canada’s Food Guide.