It’s no secret that nutrition is an integral component of a healthy lifestyle. What’s lesser-known, however, is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to eating right. Each individual has different needs based on a variety of factors, such as their age, health history, goals, and, of course, their taste buds!
At Hudson Healing Arts, Joe DelGiodice (our resident acupuncturist, Chinese and Western herbalist, and naturopath) is passionate about helping clients enhance their health and wellbeing through personalized nutrition plans. A firm believer that everyone can benefit from a diet tune-up, he’s worked with people from all walks of life, ranging from 3 months old to 102!
“Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a serious health condition, working towards a health goal, or looking to fend off flu season, nutritional counseling offers beneficial support,” he says.
Here’s what else you should know…
Benefits Of Nutritional Counseling
In today’s busy world, we often accept constant tiredness as the status quo. According to Joe, this lack of vitality shouldn’t be accepted lying down...literally! The food you eat has a direct impact on your brain, for better or for worse. Nutritional counseling can be a huge help in putting the vim and vigor back into your step, which in turn works wonders for your mood and cognition.
For those with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease, proper nutrition is also extra-essential when it comes to maintaining optimal health. Some other signs that you might be in need of nutritional counseling:
How It Works
The first thing Joe asks clients about is their purpose: Are you looking to gain a bit of an edge, to become substantially healthier, or even to obtain supernatural health?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the power that a nutrient-dense diet has to completely transform your health (and thus, your life). Joe’s passion is helping you harness that potential in a way that works best for your dietary needs and lifestyle. When you work together, you’ll learn that eating healthy doesn’t have to be synonymous with “boring” or sacrificing flavor. He focuses on incorporating fresh, whole foods that come from the ground, explaining that “within that realm, there's a lot of options and variety for that person in that season, in both the year and their life.”
Joe harnesses his in-depth knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy to complete an evaluation at the beginning of a session and gain specific insight into a person’s health.
“After I learn a client’s goals, I’ll create a tailored program that fits with what scientific research tells us, which is that diets that are plant-based and highly focused are the most effective in preventing and reversing degenerative health, maintaining a healthy immune system, and making sure you’re absorbing fewer environmental contaminants,” he explains.
Personalized, One-on-One Sessions
Just as every session is tailored to the individual’s needs, the frequency of sessions also varies.
Some clients receive nutritional counseling during acupuncture, an add-in service free of charge with the acupuncture treatment. Others come in on a weekly or seasonal basis, as Joe focuses on the needs of different organs and systems during each season.
“As we enter spring, for instance, it’s time to focus on the liver,” he explains. “Foods that work well for the health of the liver tend to be naturally a bit sour or bitter, like lemons, limes, grapefruit, and dark, leafy greens.”
He also typically recommends a hydrating “lemonade” to encourage detoxification during this time of year, which consists of water mixed with a squeeze of lemon, cayenne pepper, organic extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil, and grade B maple syrup.
“For people who stay with the plan we lay out, we tend to see a number of results: weight loss, improved numbers for things like cholesterol and blood pressure, more resiliant immune systems,” he says. “It also makes me happy to help people better manage conditions like diabetes or heart disease, or withstand the side effects of treatments like chemo.”
Book An Appointment
The bottom line is that everyone can stand to gain the benefits of a balanced, nutrient-dense diet. When you learn the factors unique to your body and health needs, you can unlock greater levels of energy, vitality, and happiness...and enjoy some tasty new foods in the process!
Interested in experiencing the health-boosting effects of a nutritional counseling session yourself? For the month of April, schedule the initial consultation and first follow up session for just $130.00 when you mention this blog post.
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.