Wholistic Weight Loss
” For many years I struggled with losing weight. I saw a lot of different people for my weight issues, but no one was able to put the pieces together to truly help me. Through my own struggles with weight and yo-yo dieting, I created a Holistic Plan that worked and is still working!” ~Dr. Jen
What is “Wholistic Weight Loss”?
I must say, weight gain is the top reason people seek my care. I love helping people lose weight. Why? Because it is the most amazing platform to begin healing. Weight gain is always a good “wake up call”. When it comes to losing weight, I have realized that it isn’t as simple as “calories in minus calories out”. With today’s stressful lifestyle, it has become more complicated than that. Food is just one part of the equation and a minor one to start with.
The program I created addresses all aspects of one’s health and combines the many pieces for lasting weight loss. This program is a call for more self love and a healthier more balanced you. YES! In the process, weight loss will happen. Listed below are some, but not all, of the issues I address with my patients.
Most people who struggle with their weight have some sort of hormonal imbalance. Whether it is estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, insulin, thyroid or adrenal hormones- each play an important role in healthy weight management. Deficiencies or excesses of each can hinder your weight loss efforts.
How do you know if you are out of balance? Take this simple quiz to see if you have adrenal or thyroid imbalances that may be contributing to your weight gain.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Environmental toxicity has become more rampant in today’s society and as a result, we are being exposed to thousands of toxic compounds in our air, water and soil. Our body’s detoxification system is of primary importance NOW. When toxic metals accumulate in our body, they cause enzyme dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, among other ill effects. Heavy metals can be detected through a hair analysis test.
Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies
This is a very common finding, especially among individuals who are “dieting”.
Hair Mineral Analysis is a great tool for determining the mineral content in your body. If you have low minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, calcium, magnesium etc. this can lead to slow metabolism, poor enzyme function, altered hormone synthesis and a feeling of fatigue- all of which can impede your weight loss efforts.
Constipation, bloating, diarrhea, acid reflux and stomach pain are all symptoms that your digestion is poor. Food sensitivities can also be a reason for these symptoms with gluten, eggs and diary being the most common allergies I see in my office. A Food Sensitivity Test is a great way to determine if one’s body is reacting to certain foods, causing inflammation in the body. When there is inflammation in the body, there is a whole cascade of hormonal fluctuations that can hinder weight loss.
Stress is an all too familiar word and feeling in today’s fast paced society. The effects of chronic stress are numerous, with weight gain being one of them. Exploring your sources of stress and regulating your stress hormone “cortisol” is a goal for lasting weight loss. Stress management is key and exploring the different strategies that you respond best to is also important.
The vast majority of people do not move as much as their bodies were meant to. There are also some people who “over” exercise and partake in the wrong type of exercise for their body. As a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I will guide you through an exercise plan that suits you and is enjoyable!
Mental health is a very important factor in losing weight and keeping it off. Emotional eating is a very common reason for weight gain. I use different techniques in my office to help absolve this habit. Self love is the most magical love that transforms our bodies and health. It shapes our behaviours and motivations to eat. I help people see the love in themselves and shine like they were meant to!