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Published on August 17, 2021

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Why Healthy Weight is So Important

We CANNOT understate how important it is for your overall health and well-being to stay at a healthy weight. Obesity contributes to numerous health problems: heart disease, cancer, diabetes and more.

Weight loss helps lower your risk for the following serious issues, which can threaten your quality of life:

  • Hypertension
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
  • Mental health problems such as low self-esteem and/or depression

Yet weight loss is not easy. Those people who succeed at weight loss most often have tools to help them. Finding that tool that will work for you is also not easy. There are hundreds of diet plans out there and not all of them will help you achieve lasting success.

At Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine, we offer integrative nutrition services. People who have gone through our weight loss program report some of these surprising benefits:

  • Being able to keep up with children and grandkids
  • Having energy to function at work
  • Being able to tie their own shoes
  • Fitting in booths at restaurants
  • Not falling asleep in the middle of a conversation
  • Being able to eat healthier for the whole family
  • Getting back on the horse after three years of not being able to ride due to weight.
  • Now being able to ride bike around the Sioux Falls trails

A number of people also have decreased or been able to get off some of their medications.

Health Coaching for Weight Loss

The Integrative Medicine team includes a health coach, Becky Hanzen, who is certified in integrative nutrition care. She has studied over 100 diets, the pros and cons of each, why they work for some and not for all. Interested patients can schedule an appointment directly with her, either in person or via a virtual visit. If there are complex health concerns, the patient will be referred to either me or my colleague, Dr. Dawn Flickema.

Along the journey, coaches provide:

  • Education
  • Accountability
  • Support

Diet and Nutrition Is an Individual Matter

Primarily, we work with finding the right balance of nutrition for the individual. Joshua Rosenthal, the founding father of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition located in New York, has been acknowledged for coining the term, “bio-individuality” which means what works for one, may not and often does not work for another.

It is no wonder there are a lot of questions and concerns in the area of personal nutrition. Because of the many variables in nutrition, to say that this “one” plan is the right plan for all does not work.

Health coaches and providers must take into consideration:

  • The make-up of each person
  • Health habits (smoker, stress, exercise, etc.)
  • Disease — or lack of
  • Family history
  • Gender
  • Other considerations including environment, family situation, stress at work, spiritual well-being, friendships, etc.

Working Together for Your Healthiest Self

It’s rewarding to help individuals piece together strategies and plans that enable them to function better in our world. My hope is that they can develop a plan that works for them. This includes nutrition, of course, but to better balance this we also look at many other components.

In integrative nutrition, we are taught that food is secondary and that the “primary food” in our lives is a balance of the following:

  • Spirituality
  • Career
  • Physical activity
  • Relationships

The above life principals must be considered and balanced in order for the world of “secondary food” to be as it is intended — food intake for the sake of nutrition.

Learn more about integrative nutrition services and if it’s right for you.

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