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A Nutritionist Can Help You Achieve Your Health and Wellness Goals in 2017

Do you find yourself thinking about your overall wellness and desiring to make positive changes in your life? A great first step to achieving your health and wellness goals can begin with a review of your nutrition intake. For this thorough analysis consider a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist or RD/RDN. An individual with this credential is a trained professional for all nutrition related areas. There are many reasons one may seek out the advice of a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. These can range from weight loss, food allergies/food sensitivities to disordered eating. You will find outlined in this article three specialty areas in which the RDs at the Washington Health System Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center excel.

Is your food making you sick? Food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances can play an important role in triggering symptoms in patients with IBS, migraine, and fibromyalgia.  Yet for many reasons diet remains one of the most neglected areas of treatment. The Washington Health System Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center offers a mediated release test (MRT) to measure adverse food reactions. With this test the RD/RDN can pinpoint the exact foods that are contributing to your symptom onset and recommend an immunocalm diet plan to heal the body. This test measures the reaction level of 150 foods and food chemicals. You will work closely with the RD/RDN to get back to feeling great again!

Eating disorders are bio-psycho-social illnesses.  Specifically, in genetically at risk individuals, aberrant eating and exercise behaviors arise as a way to cope with a psychological trauma or emotional issue. The American Psychiatric Association defines 4 categories of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa (AN) Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge-Eating Disorder (BED), and Other Feeding and Eating Disorders (OFSED).  AN is characterized by excessive weight loss from a combination of restrictive eating and purging along with an intense fear of weight gain.  BN is marked by repeated bouts of overeating followed by compensatory behavior such as excessive exercise, vomiting, and/or abuse of laxatives and diuretics such that weight is more or less within a normal range.  BED is marked by overeating without compensatory behavior, these individuals are thus, overweight or obese.   OFSED is marked by pathological eating and exercise habits that do not meet the strict criteria (i.e.  AN without being underweight, BN with episodic or infrequent purging) of one of the 3 previous outlined eating disorders.

A person's risk for developing many diseases and conditions is increased by being overweight or obese.  The more weight you carry, the more likely you are to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea and some cancers.  However, losing even a small amount of weight can help to decrease your risk, gives you more energy and makes you feel good about yourself.  At the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, the Registered Dietitians are very successful in helping people lose weight by being both knowledgeable and motivational.  They use a very individualized approach during counseling sessions to help you meet your goals.  This includes the Fitstops Plus program, the most popular program available.  It includes a one hour initial counseling/coaching appointment with the dietitian, followed by weekly 15 minute sessions, for at least 6 months to 1 year.  This allows for the most accountability and structure necessary to maximize results and to reach your wellness goals.

Please contact the Registered Dietitians at the WRCWC at 724-250-5207 to set up an appointment for food sensitivity testing, weight loss, disordered eating or any other nutrition related concerns.  They look forward to helping you on your journey to better health!

To learn more about the Washington Health System Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, visit the website www.wrcameronwellness.org. For membership information, call (724) 250-5208.

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