Nutrition Counseling

Do you ever wonder what is the perfect food, the perfect diet, combination of foods, timing of meals as well as understanding the newest supplement?  You are not alone.  The media, marketing, and fad diets have succeeded in making food trendy in its most processed state and colorful in its marketing façade, all the while turning a blind eye to the detrimental effects on the human condition. The health of our nation is less than desirable.

With obesity affecting 34.9% of US adults and 17% of children and adolescents, nutrition is clearly at the center of this common, yet serious condition.  Obesity is the cause of heart diseases, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.  Additionally, allergies appear to be on the rise with an increase in children of 50% between 1997 and 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  I understand that food plays a very personal role in your life. It is essential to survival, but it takes on many other roles. It can satisfy an emotion, cure an illness, fuel the demands of a sport, and for some, it becomes the one control they have over their lives.

If you are someone who has successfully lost weight on a designed or medically supervised diet, but you were not educated on how to continue to eat in the real world, then I can help you.  I will educate you, so that you understand what food does for you. Learning to eat socially, on the run, and/or during stressful times is the real world, and you will learn how to be successful in it.  If you are training hard but not getting the results you expect, then let me look at your nutrition and tailor it to your needs.  Bars, gels and protein powders are not foods for someone who wishes to excel in competitive sports.Perhaps food is none of the above for you. If you struggle with an eating disorder that controls your life, then you will find a compassionate team at Life Worth Living.  In a team approach, Jennifer Martin MA, LPCC and I will help you in your journey to recover.


Valerie Young, PhD, RD, LD

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