NUTRITION FOR THE WHOLE PERSON
Many struggle with chronic symptoms that could be improved through changes in nutrition and lifestyle.
The problem is that food is not just food. Yes, food sustains survival. Yes it can serve as medicine. But food has a fundamental emotional connection to a person's whole being.
People face information overload from a range of sources that promise magical one-size-fits-all eating regimens.
Even those facing symptoms associated with chronic inflammatory diseases (including arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and Celiac disease) often receive limited guidance on what they can eat and how to actually make changes that stick.
UNDERSTAND THE ROOTS
A nutrition program should consist of more than simply dealing with surface level symptoms.
Investigating root factors in a person's environment - such as stress, relationships, sleep and physical activity - are integral to designing and implementing effective nutrition interventions.
DECODE THE SCIENCE.
APPLY TO LIFESTYLE.
Clients should be met where they are at rather than overwhelmed with information. An explanation of the science is due – not just “eat this not that” but why, and how it integrates with your overall health.
With many chronic diseases, people are told to “lose weight, eat better, and exercise", often receiving little more than a one-pager with tips on what to avoid.
Schuster Nutrition provides missing guidance – because it is our belief that simple changes sustained can liberate people to live their lifestyle.
Our goal for every client is to improve your overall health and quality of life through nutrition and lifestyle changes, while still living your life.
What does that look like? Success will look different for every client, but may focus on one or more of the following:
Improved symptoms for chronic pain or illness
Improved lab values
Weight loss or weight gain
Improved body image
Improved relationship with food
Re-learning how to get in touch with your hunger and fullness cues
Re-framing a mindset - so you can focus on other things in life besides food
Increased physical activity and strength
Improved sleep and stress management
HOW IT WORKS
Melissa has a background in behavioral psychology, and uses motivational interviewing techniques to help facilitate sustainable lifestyle change.
There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to overall health. Instead, your health is a series of small changes. And these small changes add up over time.
Every clients gets an individualized plan based on their initial comprehensive nutrition assessment. We set small goals that we monitor and adjust over time, with frequent check-ins to drive accountability.