Diet, Sleep, Movement, and Mindfulness

The essential key to optimum health lies in the adherence to what I refer to as the Four Pillars: Diet, Sleep, Movement, and Mindfulness. In my practice I embrace a comprehensive lifestyle approach to wellbeing. The four pillars need to maintain a state of balance; any one pillar not fully supported could impact your overall state of being.

What to Expect

On your first visit to my office we will take a close look at these four areas of your life and begin to address any underlying issues that may surface initially. We will then explore more deeply some of the dietary causes of health concerns, issues, and conditions.

Here’s a look at each pillar and how we lay the groundwork toward wellness:

1. Diet

Diet is the cornerstone of the Four Pillars. While proper rest, exercise, and serenity form a supportive foundation for the structure of a healthy life, the core of health is built around proper nutrition. My approach includes personalized medicine, an essential component to outlining a diet that is designed for just for you to attain optimum health.

Our first session together includes a detailed intake in which we assess everything that has made you who you are today. Since your genetic blueprint is unique to you, you in all your special individuality are the center of the plan we devise for you. We take into account your blood type, food sensitivities, and your genetic make-up.

This science of nutritional individuality was developed by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, and I have worked closely with him for over eight years, learning and adopting his methodology. I utilize his proprietary GenoType diet in my treatment plan for you, a diet that is based on more than 35 years of supportive research. We provide you with a completely tailored nutritional guide that will include over 800+ whole foods and a set of recipes created specifically for you.

2. Movement

Incorporating movement into your daily life is critical to both physical and mental wellbeing. A sedentary lifestyle leads to all kinds of issues including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and more. The long list of benefits from exercise is astounding, and includes weight loss, increased energy, a positive mood, improved sleep, sharpened cognitive ability, and social connectivity. Even thirty minutes a day is enough to support the movement pillar and allow to reap the rewards. Doing something you enjoy will help you stick with it – the key is to get up and move your body in a way that is enjoyable, inspiring, and healthful.

3. Sleep

For many of us getting a full night’s sleep has become a real challenge. Sleep is essential for optimal health, as this is the time for the body and mind to heal and rejuvenate. Sleep deficiency is directly connected to chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. Lack of proper rest can also lead to obesity, poor immune function, anxiety, and depression. We will uncover the root causes of your inability to sleep. It may mean minor adjustments in habits, diet, daily routines, and more.

4. Mindfulness

The notion of mindfulness has been around for thousands of years, and the practice can take many forms – meditation, prayer, awareness, and more. Although mindfulness has a spiritual component, the state of being truly present and connected to your surroundings is directly linked to emotional and physical wellness.

Many of us are overcome by stress, our daily lives overflowing with commitments, challenges, and concerns. We will never eliminate stress completely; therefore, we need to learn to manage its effects. Some ways we can achieve this is through various meditations such as walking or guided meditations, journaling, empowering a feeling of gratitude, and immersing ourselves in our natural world.

Embracing mindfulness will have profound effects on your state of health, and together we’ll work toward achieving serenity and calm.