I have a new patient, Marissa*, who is just starting out her journey toward better health with a Designed Clinical Nutrition Plan. She is doing very well following the recommendations for avoiding the foods that have been identified as sensitivities for her. Marissa’s progress directly stems from her decision to follow the plan. As she contemplated this decision, she had to weigh in on what she would gain as a result of what she would have to give up.
The day that Marissa received her report of findings from her Nutrition Response TestingSM practitioner, she thought about baking — baking as in mixing together flour, butter, sugar and eggs with flavors to make something delicious. She thought of her cute little loaf tins, and various sizes of muffin pans, and the new cookie sheets she just bought. That’s because she had to give up wheat, sugar and egg yolks. In her mind, she had to give up baking.
Marissa’s story is unique to her because of the way she perceived the impact that changing her diet would have on her lifestyle, but what helped her to overcome the sense of loss was having a vision of what she was going to gain. If she could get rid of headaches and stomachaches, was that worth a cookie? Was an improved immune system worth a muffin? Was a better expectation of longevity worth a piece of cake, a slice of pie or a cinnamon roll? Marissa decided that her gain was going to be well worth what she had to give up.
If you haven’t been assessed with Nutrition Response TestingSM to discover what foods might be negatively impacting your health, there is no way to predict what you might have to give up in order to gain better health. As you contemplate this pathway to an improved quality of life, you can start to list the benefits – easing of aches and pains, more energy, better mood, weight loss, better ability to handle stress and relationships… the list goes on.
Is today the day you make the decision to start your own journey toward better health? Like Marissa, you may have to give something up, but the gains that you will experience can change your life.
*Names are changed to protect patient confidentiality.