What is Functional Nutrition?

Functional nutrition is never one-size-fits-all, instead it is a highly customized holistic health perspective that takes an individual's unique specifications into account. Functional nutrition follows a systems approach that takes into consideration how interrelated every part of the body is, looking at the big picture of health by restoring optimal physiological functioning. While standard healthcare will try to suppress symptoms with medication, functional nutrition instead sees them as clues for understanding the underlying issues within the body. 


Five Foundational Factors


MANY ROOT CAUSES: Dr. Dale Bredesen coined the term "36 holes in the roof" to describe chronic illness. There are many factors contributing to your suffering, and we need to address all of them. There is no single pill or protocol that will help you get well. We need to find all the holes in your particular roof, and plug as many of them as we're able to.


WE ARE ALL UNIQUE: Your physiology and associated dysfunctions are the way they are because of myriad factors that are unique to you. You do not fit into a pre-determined formula. You are an individual with a particular history, experience, body, and lifestyle. You also have goals and aspirations that are special to you. Kate works with all of these factors to create a custom-made plan for you.


EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED: By considering the impacts of seemingly unrelated factors on health, each client is carefully evaluated and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive holistic plan that takes all five pillars of wellness into consideration. Kate takes a systems-based approach, considering the interrelatedness of all parts of the body and looking at the big picture of health by bringing balance and restoring proper functioning.


ALL THINGS MATTER: It is not simply about changing your diet - literally everything matters. Kate takes a detailed history and asks important questions in order to begin work on clearing the muddy waters and working towards finding your root causes. You will identify the triggers that likely contributed to your current state of dis-ease, and start to reframe what has and hasn't worked in the past as clues to more effectively determine "what's going on in there?"


TEAMWORK: Kate is with you every step of the way! That means partnering with you and any other providers on your healthcare team that understand the need for a collaborative approach. Today’s health challenges are best served by practitioners and patients working closely together, with the patient's input being just as important as the practitioner's. 

The General Process


Although HHANC's process is bespoke and tailored to each individual, there are some general commonalities. 

1. Kate helps you remove the top inflammatory culprits in your diet and lifestyle (AKA clearing the muddy waters). This step reduces systemic inflammation (the cause of so many symptoms) and helps you see what is going on in your body that is unique to you. Without taking this step, it’s impossible to move to the next level of care.

2. After the muddy waters have been cleared, Kate focuses on the symptoms that still remain. She takes a careful history, listening to all aspects of your story in order to identify triggers and root causes in your past and present life. The aim here is to address any deficiencies that might be getting in the way of your healing. These may be nutrient or lifestyle deficiencies.

3. Kate works with you, taking into consideration your current situation and life demands, to create a custom plan that feels right to you and evolves with your progress and your needs. Kate will assess, recommend, track, and then pivot in response to your unique physiological reactions to a recommendation. 

Note: This work is most successful for people who are willing to make significant changes in their diet and lifestyle in order to get better. For more information and details, you can read answers to common questions about the HHANC counselling approach here.

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Free Strategy Session 30 MINUTES

During this free consultation you will discuss your current challenges and goals, hear about Kate's general practice and receive some basic recommendations around your specific circumstances, decide if it is a good fit and what package works best for you.


Vitality VIP Program 6 MONTH PROGRAM

Enlist Kate as a true partner on your wellness journey and sign up as a VIP client! You’re ready to do what it takes and are fully committed to making changes and reclaiming your vitality. You are struggling to manage chronic symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, digestive issues, joint pain, headaches, skin conditions, insomnia, and/or resistant weight loss and are ready to dive deep to get to the root causes. Using the principles of functional nutrition, you’ll work together with Kate over the course of 6 months to identify the subtle blocks and lifestyle habits that are compromising your body’s optimal function and prematurely ageing you. You’ll then create a personalized plan of simple, small steps to restore optimal function and revitalize your life. You’ll deep dive into both your health challenges and lifestyle goals, desires and dreams, work through what’s holding you back and get on the path to balance, resiliency and vitality. You will feel empowered with frameworks, tools, recipes and recommendations to take charge of your health and make confident decisions going forward.

Wellness Warrior Program 3 MONTH PROGRAM

A 3-month program for clients wanting to dive deep into their health and lifestyle challenges and goals, with extensive recommendations, education and support from Kate. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and continue to implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health into the future.

Starter Pack 6 WEEK PROGRAM

You want some basic advice and help getting started on your healthcare journey, but aren't quite ready to commit to a longer term program. This pack is composed of an initial intake session plus two follow-up nutrition counselling sessions with a 6-week period.

Standard Consult 60 MINUTES

Individual sessions can be used as an add-on to programs, either as a single 'top-up' session once you have finished a program and are no longer seeing Kate regularly or during a program term if you feel you need an extra session.

Short Consult 30 MINUTES

Short sessions can be used as an add-on to programs, in the same way that Standard Consults are used. They are for check-ins with Kate and/or to ask specific questions that you feel can't be addressed by email. 

If you have questions about the programs, please get in touch or book your free Strategy Session now!

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