My Approach as an Integrative RDN
I believe in mindful eating and all my recommendations are customized to your needs and aspirations. I am a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine and we believe in treating the person as a whole and not just looking at food intake and exercise. I am also a member of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Womens' Health group.
What does an Integrative RDN mean for You?
The integrative component really focuses on the collaboration and communication between professional and patient, but also incorporating other professionals and modalities in order to achieve optimal health, healing and wellness. It is a holistic approach, individualized for every unique person’s needs. Functional medicine doesn’t just look to manage a disease, but takes a deeper look at the root causes, environmental impact, genetic predisposition, physiological, psychological and interdependent factors that contribute to the disease. Internal (mind, body, spirit) and external factors (physical and social environment) are taken into consideration in order to assess the intervention and treatment. These may include Western, or traditional medicine, along with more alternative and complementary care such as supplementing with herbs, probiotics or specific vitamins and minerals, eliminating specific foods , employing certain cooking methods , or using of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, homeopathy and naturopathy, to name just a few.
Finally, this leads us to who integrative RDNs are and what they do. An integrative RDN puts all these components together—from the knowledge attained as a registered dietitian nutritionist to the many components of integrative and functional medicine—and combines it to take it a step further and dig a little deeper. Often working as a team, the integrative RDN collaborates with a physician in order to investigate clinical markers such as specific laboratory diagnostics that may be indicative of a vitamin, mineral, or nutrient deficiency. A specific whole-foods based plan can be developed and specific supplementation may be necessary.
Stress-management is also a focus and can be recommended with physical movement and release such as yoga, massage, Qi gong, energy healing, meditation, or simply identifying triggers and creating a plan to address them.