Nutritional Counseling

Randall Wellness

Gayle Madeleine Randall, MD

Functional Medicine Practitioner & Integrative Medicine Doctor located in Woodland Hills, CA

Nutritional Counseling can help patients stay on track to better health and weight loss. Dr. Gayle Madeleine Randall is an Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Functional Medicine specialist at Randall Wellness, that combines ancient methods with the most up to date resources to provide all natural, nutritional counseling personalized to each patient's needs at her office in Woodland Hills, CA.

Nutritional Counseling Q & A

Why is nutritional counseling important?

Nutritional counseling is an integral part of the holistic healing process. This type of program is designed to help people who have health issues of all types. Nutrition is an essential part of overall health and wellness and the nutritional counseling program at Randall Wellness recognizes that fact. building it into her holistic healing approach.

What is nutritional counseling like?

Dr. Randall believes food is medicine. She starts her counseling with a clinical nutritional assessment. This assessment includes the patient's weight, eating habits, existing diet, and other relevant information about the patient's relationship with food and their past history of eating habits. Dr. Randall will develop a customized program to meet each patient's needs and often use highly technical testing such as NutrEval to determine your baseline nutrients, toxicity levels, and gastrointestinal balance. Dr. Randall integrates all of this information to come up with a truly unique program to address each person's individual needs. Dr. Randall is always accessible to answer questions, provide support, and tailor the program to each person's individual needs. 

What type of information will a patient receive during nutritional counseling?

During nutritional counseling, you will receive a great deal of information, all of which will help you to develop a healthy eating plan for life. Dr. Randall provides customized nutritional recommendations, nutritional education, and support whenever the patient needs it.

Who needs nutritional counseling?

Nearly anyone can benefit from nutritional counseling, especially when it is paired with Dr. Randall's extensive healing knowledge. This type of counseling can help a person learn how food choices impact overall health. Many people who choose a nutritional counseling program are healthy and want to learn the best methods for staying that way for their whole life including how food can affect their overall health. For instance, she teaches her patients about the dangers of gluten and how gluten can ben deleterious to anyone, not just patients with Celiac Disease. Gluten can cause leaky gut. Other people who take part in a nutritional counseling program are suffering from problems like high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes or pre-diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, or other conditions in which food choices can make a big difference in health. Nutritional counseling can help nearly anyone achieve better health, and with Dr. Randall's help, patients achieve the best quality care and expert guidance.

Sugar is the Enemy

Sugar is one of the main contributions to ill health in our country. Mark Hyman author of "Blood Sugar Solution" calls sugar a recreational drug. Dr. Randall agrees and says "we are all born addicted to sugar." When we evolved as human beings sugar in the purified form did not exist and the sugar available in a tiny amount from overripe fruit, a flower or honey was rare. It became a survival mechanism to be able to get that small amount of sugar first and, thus more energy. So the gene for sugar cravings was born and passed down to us today. In modern times it is an anti-survival gene. Sugar causes our bodies to become imbalanced. Our guts grow unhealthy organisms under the influence of excess refined carbs and sugar and our metabolisms shift because of the excessive glycemic load. This causes weight gain, leaky gut, and inflammation.

 

Inflammation is the final common denominator of all chronic disease: heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune disease, diabetes, asthma, even cancer. Sugar also feeds anxiety and depression and makes us emotionally unstable. The best thing you can do for yourself to promote longevity and health is to cut out overt sugar and refined carbs. Get your body back in line. See your doctor and make sure your Hemoglobin A1C is normal. Once you are stable and free from symptoms: aching, bloating, gas, diarrhea, excess weight, and constipation, you can make refined carbs a "sometimes food" and only have them as a treat. 

 

We all should be eating a paleo-like diet with whole foods mostly plants. Lots of vegetables and fruits and grass fed organic meats and fish. Meats should be treated more as a condiment. Eat as little processed and packaged refined food as possible. Find out without sugar - It is a New Life!