What is Clinical Nutrition?

Sep 10, 2018

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At my very first appointment with a clinical nutritionist, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was still somewhat entrenched in disordered eating, compulsive bingeing (ex: eating a whole bag of mini Reese's peanut butter cups! - IN ONE SITTING), horrible acne, constant tummy troubles (hmmm I wonder why!?), and really wishing I didn't behave around food the way that I did. I was looking for someone to tell me to eat more apples instead, and I would magically do that or something. I was looking for motivation to exercise in some special kind of way that would finally get me the abs that I had always dreamed of. I was NOT looking for supplements, or so I thought.

I walked away from that first appointment with a few supplements, and I remember one of them being Zypan (I was thinking, what the heck is this crap with these strange names), and instructions to not change a THING about my current way of eating...ok...huh? I was also so distortedly concerned with calories and my weight, that I was afraid that the few extra calories in the whole food supplements were going to make me fat. I was also warned that the Zypan might make me hungrier, which was also scary to me, but to trust it, and eat when I was hungry.

I was confused that we had another appointment scheduled about four weeks later, because I assumed that this process was a one shot deal - I get the stuff I need, and then I'm good to go, right? But at all the following appointments, we did the whole process again - taking note of symptoms, improvements, food observation logs, eventually doing dietary "experiments" to see what foods were and weren't working for my body, and re-testing all the glands and organs in my body to assess their challenges and need for nutritional support. Some of the supplements I had started with began to decrease in dose, or I didn't need them at all anymore. But just like an onion, the healing process peeled away like layers, and deeper issues began to surface, and other parts of my body were needing support.

For the first time, I was aware of and cared about my insides. Prior to this I would have drank gasoline if someone told me it could make me skinny. Something about getting the support my organs and glands were needing, and FEELING them change with the supplements, was extremely healing for me. I also began to notice that when I ate a certain way, good or bad, it always showed up in my appointment, and I could see how I was negatively or positively effecting my insides with my habits. My choices gradually shifted towards wanting to take care of my body, and wanting to feel my best. It still took MANY YEARS, and lots of PRACTICE, even after KNOWING what was hurting me vs. helping me, to actually do the right things for myself. I also began to notice how my body's health was directly related to my mind's activity, as well as how my baseline nutrition (or lack of) was related to my compulsive behaviors with cravings and bingeing. My body was in need, and acting out.

This is a round-about way to explain to you what Clinical Nutrition is, and what it can be for you. Nutritional healing played a MASSIVE role in becoming the person that I am today, both mentally and physically. Maybe you have struggled with issues similar to mine, or maybe you just suspect that you could feel better than you currently do. Let me tell you, that I actually thought I felt FINE after eating a whole bag of mini Reese's peanut butter cups. I honestly had completely forgotten how good I was actually supposed to be feeling. In fact, I don't think I've ever felt this healthy, even compared to when I was a child. It is my mission to help YOU live a life where you feel as great as what is possible.

Have you ever really asked your gall bladder how it's doing? If it needs anything to do what it's supposed to do for you? How about your hypothalamus? Is it able to make all the important hormones to keep many of your systems balanced? Or how about your adrenals - are they tired (probably), and need some help to keep you doing all the things that are important to you? Through Clinical Nutrition we ask those questions and more, and give the body what it needs to be its best. Very often, symptoms that we accepted as "a part of aging" or "just the way I am", decrease or completely disappear. Sometimes, issues get address that we had completely forgotten were even a problem, and we are reminded of how great it feels to live in our body.

Diet and food quality is greatly discussed in Clinical Nutrition, but as I learned from my experience, it is not a macronutrient program, although some general guidelines may be discussed to find the best balance of food types for your needs. I guess you could say that Clinical Nutrition is the MICRO nutrient program, and our primary concern is healing your body from the inside out. The ripple effect that a healthy body has on your entire life is remarkable.

Do you have any questions about what we do or what the process will be like? I am really excited to help you on your journey to a life of health from within!

Dr. Vicky McCoy is a Chiropractor and Clinical Nutritionist in Reno, NV.