I believe very strongly in the importance of nutrition in maintaining good mental and physical health. I am passionate about cooking and the science behind how what you eat affects your mood state and physical body. Did you know that it is estimated that 90 % of serotonin is manufactured in the digestive tract? What we eat does affect neurotransmitters in our brain, which in turn affects how we feel. It is important to assess each client’s diet to determine which areas could use improvement as well as any possible deficiencies that could be affecting mental or physical health.
I completed a six week, three course Plant Based Nutrition Certification program in June 2018 from eCornell. The course was created by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, and focuses on understanding the importance of diet and nutrition. “Eating a plant-based diet has been linked to lower risk of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and cancer. … Rich in vegetables, fruits, legumes and reduced-fat dairy products, these dietary patterns have been linked to lower risk of obesity and chronic disease.” There is enough scientific research out there to show that plant based eating produces far more benefits and lowers risks associated with cancer. Documentaries such as “What the Health,” have contributed to opening the eyes of people who have not thought deeply about how mass produced food (especially meat including pork, cow and chicken) is negatively impacting overall health. If you would like to experiment with changing your diet, I can assess and advise you as well as help you find a licensed nutritionist to help you achieve your nutrition and fitness goals.