These files may not look like much, but the paperwork in these files was gathered over 300 hours during the semester! Each file contains my clients health history, physical examination, dietary analysis, red flag forms, referral letters, wellness plans with SMART goals and herbal formulas, supplement prescriptions (if I thought they needed one), documentation from follow up appointments and many, many hours worth of research around each client not only there presenting concerns, but their life stage requirements and contributing factors that have impacted them over there life.
Over 100 hours in clinic
Over 200 hours out of clinic
Being a student naturopath means that I go the extra mile to ensure that I understand my client’s needs from a naturopathic perspective 🙂
I’ve learnt so much from my clients including
- just how much stress impacts everyone
- how small changes make the biggest differences
After seeing people with anxiety to poor circulation, two easy changes I’ve had amazing results with were diaphragmatic breathing and ensuring you eat enough food to support your bodies metabolic needs!
This breathing technique involves taking slow even breaths into the diaphragm (belly breathing!). This technique creates a relaxation response and decreases the effects of the sympathetic nervous system (heart rate, slow digestion, and circulation), it has also been shown to increase your sense of wellbeing.
You can practice anywhere anytime! starting now; put one hand on your chest and the other on your belly, slowly breath into your belly and watch your hand rise and fall with each breath. This can be done multiple times a day until its the way you breathe naturally. Try it in the supermarket, when your at a traffic light or in bed either before going to sleep and/or waking up 🙂
Food for Health
Now one thing I’ve noticed in the clinic, is that most people don’t seem to eat enough to support their metabolic needs. While I don’t usually recommend calorie counting, you should be eating 7600kJs for a sedentary lifestyle and 9800kJ for a moderate lifestyle – if you’re having trouble with fatigue, low motivation, sleep problems, weight management, menstrual pain and more; you may not be meeting your daily requirements.
Eating lots of nutritious foods like whole milk, butter, avocado, eggs, nuts and seeds, tofu, beans, peas, lentils, green leafy vegetables, and seafood may help to support these pathways and increase your energy, help you sleep and help decrease inflammation in the body. A qualified naturopath or nutritionist will be able to have a look at your diet and see what you may need for optimal health.
With the semester over, I have said goodbye to my previous clients and look forward to the ones whom I will see in the next semester 🙂
In saying that, if you or someone you know has a medically diagnosed chronic condition; I’m looking to support two people over the rest of the year (click HERE for more information).
What counts as a chronic condition?
Anything you have been dealing with long term that has been diagnosed by a doctor, including but not limited to; diabetes, PCOS, anxiety, depression, PTSD, TBI, chronic fatigue, metabolic syndrome, gallstones, arthritis, osteoporosis, insomnia, alopecia, Parkinson’s, and many more!
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