My clients come to me for a variety of reasons, as they seek wellness and vitality. For almost all of them, the medical model of, “You’re sick, here’s a pill, now you’re healthy!” hasn’t worked. My role is to give you the tools and guidance you need to allow your body to heal and return to a balanced state. I spend a good bit of time addressing foundational systems and processes such as digestion and blood sugar regulation, and restoring deficiencies so that the body can work again as designed.
My focus on achieving balance means I am not going to chase symptoms and try to apply “band-aids.” I’m going to address you as a whole unique individual, and in so doing, know that your symptoms will start to resolve. Supplements are a part of that, but so are food, exercise, and stress management, among others.
I’m also a believer in “test, don’t guess.” When the foundational approach outlined above isn’t quite enough, and the picture is more complex, I offer laboratory testing in such areas as blood chemistry, adrenal health, digestion, food sensitivities, male and female hormones, thyroid, and hair tissue mineral analysis. I use specific, highly sensitive and accurate tests that differ from what you might find elsewhere. I am trained to interpret these tests, and to work with you to provide nutritional support for the body based on the results and your health goals. I do not diagnose or treat disease.
For your part, you will be one of my most successful clients if you:
- Are ready to make a committed investment of time, effort, and/or money in your health and well-being.
- Have a clear idea of your general health concerns but need guidance in making the best dietary decisions.
- Believe diet plays an important role in your overall mental and physical health and well-being.
- Are committed to making the diet and lifestyle changes that will help you reach your wellness goals.
- Will not refuse to give up a specific type of food, if we discover that those foods are making you sick.
- Understand that laboratory testing and supplementation may be necessary to your healing process.
- Want to receive education and support, but not rigidity and black-and-white rules.
- Want to work with a nutritionist who is 100% devoted to your successful health outcomes, and has the knowledge to back up her recommendations.
Our work together will start with an examination of your current diet, lifestyle, and health concerns. We will review your health history, discuss your goals, and then use a customized combination of a nutrient-dense whole foods plan, supplement protocols, and laboratory testing (where needed) to help find the best path for you. I might recommend adding or avoiding foods, supplementation to help you heal, and lifestyle changes to help with balance. If you have food sensitivities, I’ll help you design a nutrition plan that includes healthy, satisfying alternatives. I like to focus on what you CAN eat, not what you shouldn’t. Every client is treated as an individual—there’s no cookie-cutter solution to your unique needs.
Together, we’ll come up with a plan that is achievable and feels manageable, and that goes at a pace you feel comfortable handling. I’ll help you sort through all of the conflicting information that’s out there, providing you with the knowledge and support you need to feel empowered to play a role in restoring your own health.
“Before I started working with Ellen I thought of myself as a very healthy eater but had no appetite in the morning and no matter how much I ate for lunch I always felt like I needed a serious power nap by the early afternoon. I also had a hard time gaining muscle mass even though I worked out every day. Within a few months, Ellen helped me rebalance my meals which led to a 10 pound weight gain of pure muscle mass (my abs have never looked flatter!) and an even energy level throughout the day. ” –Seanmichael, Berkeley, CA