Before moving to Portland, Oregon to attend The National College of Naturopathic Medicine, I was a chef. I worked in several restaurants and owned a catering business in Philadelphia. I love well-prepared, good food and I understand the pleasure and benefits it brings. I bring my passion for good food to the work I do in my healing practice.
Food as medicine
Several years of Clinical Nutrition courses while a student at NCNM, and countless hours in advanced Functional Medicine™ classes, have solidified my ability to apply the idea of “food as medicine.”
I have witnessed the healing power of food and feel fresh, healthy food, simply prepared, should be available to everyone. But our society’s nutrition has been adversely compromised by industrial-farming methods, GMOs, and too much processed (fast) food!
People have such busy lifestyles that the concept of “breaking bread” as a family, or as a group of friends, has fallen by the wayside. We’ve lost the connection to the essential ingredient that food represents – nourishment of the body and the soul.
The roots of chronic illness
Chronic illness is now viewed as the interaction between a person’s unique genetic profile and their unhealthy environment. Diseases are metabolic imbalances, no longer happening to random people, but part of “normal” life in the 21st century. Serious illness has become personal.
The path back to health – Clinical Nutrition
One of the main ways to return to health is through nutrition. Nutrition is similar to the foundation of a house: if the foundation is not sturdy, the house will weaken and eventually collapse. Eating organic foods and making healthier food choices help rebuild the foundation for a healthier you.
Complex metabolic illnesses require a higher level of nutrition which can be difficult to obtain through food alone. The practice of Clinical Nutrition is how we achieve the right nutritional balance to work towards and sustain your optimal health.
Clinical Nutrition consists of consuming the right foods and nutritional supplements to provide your body with the super-nutrition it requires. Smarter food choices as well as nutritional supplements can effectively treat many medical conditions with fewer complications and side effects than can occur with traditional Western medicine.
Clinical Nutrition with targeted supplementation can:
- Can reduce risk factors and dependency on medications
- May provide you with improved clinical outcomes over dietary changes alone
- Are backed by a body of research
- Can reverse Metabolic Syndromes of Diabetes, Obesity, and Inflammatory Processes
- Leveraging the healing power of food and nutritional supplements are an important part of The Lourie Process.