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Saving my sister’s life with food

The food abuse had been going on for years, leading to obesity, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.  This  was managed with a myriad of medications. I think at one point she told me she was on nine different medications!  Some 20 years later, it all came to a head with a medical crisis (though there were many warning signs prior to this), one that to this day leave some serious physical, mental and emotional scars.

It sounds dramatic but I can assure you it’s no  exaggeration because I was there and I’m still there today helping my sister negotiate her way back to health through nutrition.

But let me back up a bit to the day I flew to Alberta with no idea if I would be heading straight to the hospital or my sister’s home.  Because for the past year or so, her life consisted of one medical crisis after the next that no medical professional could figure out.

She was plagued with chronic, acute diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, near fainting spells, severe pain in her shoulders, neck and head that seemed to be progressively getting worse.  The irony was that she was losing weight, something that had alluded her for years even though I was right there, with all the knowledge and expertise in nutrition and weight loss, for whatever reason, she didn’t want to know.  As time went on and her symptoms were not improving, the realization hit home; her disease could no longer be chemically managed through traditional medicine.

During our many telephone conversations I had suggested the possibility that the medications could be causing these issues.  However, she felt that the doctors, either her own or the many that had treated her in the ER would have caught that. Eventually, one of them did.  It turned out that she had developed a severe reaction to Metformin, the drug prescribed to control the type 2 diabetes.

It was shortly after I arrived, following another doctor visit, that she was given this information about the Metformin.  She was immediately taken off the drug and within 24 hours there was an improvement in her symptoms. She also decided, along with her family doctor that she wanted to come off  many of the other medications she was being prescribed.

Of course she was depleted and exhausted but now she could focus on recovery and building back her strength.  She became increasingly interested in nutrition and the type of foods that would support her recovery and those foods in particular that could also help manage her blood sugar. So I got to work, I finally had an opportunity to help her gain control of her health and trust me, I had her undivided attention this time!

It was not easy I was dealing with food restrictions, likes, dislikes and sensitivities.  But she was a willing participant, highly motivated and desperately wanting to feel better.  So I started to cook, using  real whole foods, plant foods, anti-inflammatory foods, supportive herbs and spices all prepared in a method for easy digestion and maximum nutrient uptake.  I filled the fridge and freezer and left a menu of easy to follow recipes.

There were also some supplement requirements due to vitamin and mineral depletion, in particular, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.  I started slow and kept it simple.  I didn’t know how her body would react. There has been some trial and error and set backs, but the good news to date is that her blood sugar is stable, she has kept the weight off  and  now, she is in control of her health.

 

Important small print you must read:
Disclaimer
The information contained herein is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health professional. Always consult your doctor for all diagnoses, treatments, and cures for any diseases or conditions, as well as before changing your health care regimen.

Personalized Nutrition

There’s a lot of talk, and a lot of books out there on personalized nutrition, those foods that contain the right combination and amounts of nutrients designed just for you.

Imagine knowing exactly what foods to eat to optimize your health and prevent disease! I haven’t seen one of those diets yet, but there’s plenty of information on what we should be eating to stay healthy, some of it based on science and much of it based on anecdotal evidence and a heavy dose of bias.  There are so many variables that affect the way each individual responds to food but I do believe the next frontier in nutrition will be personalized nutrition.

This is where the metabolic balance® program shines, a personalized nutrition plan based on a person’s unique body chemistry by measuring 30 plus blood markers and taking into consideration food preferences and allergies.  Pretty unique.  Read what one of my clients has to say about her experience with the metabolic balance program:

The metabolic balance ® program has truly changed my life and done absolute wonders for my confidence!  I have tried and failed at many diets.  I just could not lose that 20 pounds and keep it off; I always gained back the weight.  On the metabolic balance® program not only have I lost the excess weight but have managed to keep it off for almost a year!

Better yet, I know that I will keep the weight off because I use the principles of the plan and the knowledge I gained about food and health from my coach, Tessa, who supported and guided me along the way.

I loved the fact that the plan provided me with a list of foods that are right for my body, that I purchase and cook for myself.  With other plans using their foods, I was left on my own when off their foods, and having to then shop for myself, not knowing really what to buy.  This plan gave me the shopping list for the rest of my life.  With Tessa’s assistance I can now add to this shopping list with confidence in what I am buying.    

The plan was easy to follow and fit perfectly into my lifestyle. It was also a bonus that I had zero cravings and was not hungry.  I really believe that the metabolic balance customized nutrition program resets the metabolism and makes it so much easier to maintain my ideal body weight.

Thank you metabolic balance®!

To learn more about the metabolic balance® program and how it can help you achieve your health goals contact me at tessanp@shaw.ca

There is still time to take advantage of the special pricing available for the month of April.  To learn more contact me at tessanp@shaw.ca

 

 

Important small print you must read:
Disclaimer
The information contained herein is NOT intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the care of a qualified health professional. Always consult your doctor for all diagnoses, treatments, and cures for any diseases or conditions, as well as before changing your health care regimen.

My life long adventure with food

My eating habits went off the rails when I moved to Canada back in the early 80’s.  Growing up in London in a Greek/Cypriot household meant eating mostly beans, lentils, grains, fruits and vegetables. Of course, there was always olive oil and full-fat plain yoghurt.  This style of eating, labeled the  Mediterranean Diet now, has been sanctioned by some and damned by others as is the norm when it comes to the most confusing world of  nutrition research.

Meat was a luxury, too expensive to eat on a regular basis for a large family with 5 kids.  Apparently the same was said about lettuce.  Let me explain.  My dad was the salad maker in the house and pretty much every day we ate salad with our evening meal.  This salad consisted of very thinly diced green cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery and cilantro.  The dressing was olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Growing  up in London and having British friends, I noticed that their salads were made with lettuce, well maybe a leaf or two not quite enough to call it a salad but you get the idea.  I was curious, so I asked my dad why he didn’t use lettuce in the salad he made for us.  He said in his thick Greek accent, “too expensive for big salad” .

I left it at that but continued the tradition and have since been delighted to learn about the incredible health benefits of the under appreciated cabbage.  I have expanded my repertoire since then and included all varieties of cabbage prepared in numerous and delicious ways.  Just for the record, I also use lettuce  when I make a salad.

Which brings me back to how my diet went off the rails when I moved to Canada.  Believe it or not finding olive oil was next to impossible.  I was used to my parents buying it in huge jugs or lugging these giant containers of olive oil on the plane when we returned from family visits in Cyprus. All I could find was a tiny bottle in some obscure section of  the grocery store and as for plain yoghurt, that was a lost cause.

Dried beans were also hard to find, canned just wasn’t going to do, the sodium content was through the roof so I settled on dried lentils as they were more readily available. (More about my love affair with beans later).

As it goes with most things, I adapted to the changes and found myself eating more fast foods that were quite alien to me, which was burgers, pizza and fried chicken.  Portions seemed so much bigger and fast food restaurants appeared to be on every corner and being young and broke I fell into a dangerous pattern.

Thankfully this was short lived, I rebelled and went back to my old ways of cooking. The kind I learned at home in the family kitchen in London and Cyprus. I realized that real, good food is simple; it does not contain preservatives, chemical dyes, fillers or additives.

My decision to pursue studies in Natural Nutrition and its impact on human health was born out of my passion for food and my own personal experiences of the power of healthy eating.

Now, my goal is to share my knowledge with others, about how to make the most of beautiful, simple foods and reap all the tremendous benefits they provide to the body, mind and soul.