Optimal nutrition is imperative for good health, efficient body function, body organ activity, and performance. Nutrition is also a key factor in maintaining a healthy weight & a healthy body fat ratio, optimizing strong & healthy muscles, and also key for healthy aging & vitality. Without proper nutrition, significant consequences can ensue both physically, mentally, and even unseen internally. A poor diet can lead to significant negative changes, shifting body chemistry toward a chronic proinflammatory state. This can impact the body’s ability to heal and is associated with many chronic diseases, including chronic pain syndromes.
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BASE LEVEL NUTRITION PATHWAYS
At Fluid Health & Fitness we recognize that implementing nutrition and lifestyle guidance is an essential part of achieving optimal movement, physical function, and improved health. We help to manage lifestyle-related risk factors by providing all members with our base level nutrition education & guidance. As a benefit all patients and members will receive:
- Our CORE 6 NUTRITION & WELLNESS Assessment by a Registered Dietitian to place individuals into their best NUTRITION PATHWAY.
- Ongoing nutrition education emails tailored to your unique Nutrition Pathway.
- A 60-minute Jump-Start class with a Registered Dietitian covering:
- How your nutrition impacts your health, mood, and recovery.
- The best way to balance your diet for optimal movement, healthy weight, and overall wellness.
- Macronutrient guidelines and the use of the “Fluid Fit Plate” for nutritional balance.
- Begin to establish & set your own individualized nutrition goals that will have the biggest impact for you.
- This basic intro class can be life changing for many….
SIGNATURE CORE 6 NUTRITION VISITS
Private & Semi-Private Consultation Opportunities: Fluid Health and Fitness offers additional visits with our Registered Dietitians for more personalized support at member discounted prices. More in depth lab analysis and micronutrient assessments may be utilized along with strategic coaching for those needing more accountability and support.
WHAT ARE FLUID NUTRITION PATHWAYS?
Each person is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. That’s why we offer these specific pathways below:
HEALTHY WEIGHT & BODY CONFIDENCE PATHWAY
Reaching a healthy weight involves a good balance of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fiber) that is individualized for you. Assisting you with meal planning, portion sizes, recipes, and behavior modification is key. We also address food cravings at its core root and support body confidence and mindful eating techniques. This pathway is ideal for those looking to alter their body composition while learning to eat in a healthy way that is sustainable for a lifetime. At Fluid Health and Fitness, we can measure your RMR (resting metabolic rate) to help clients learn how many calories they can consume without gaining weight and what caloric deficit is required to lose fat. All the pieces are covered when working to reach a healthy weight.
THE CARDIO METABOLIC RISK PATHWAY
The Cardio Metabolic Risk Pathway is for those at-risk individuals dealing with Metabolic Syndrome, Cardiovascular disease, Pre-diabetes, and Diabetes. Our Registered Dietitians can look at lab values for blood sugar regulation, cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine (an indicator of heart health) and CRP (a marker of inflammation). These tests should be considered by anyone with a family history of heart disease or for those who want to establish a baseline of cardiovascular wellness or prevent climbing blood sugars or diabetes. Heart disease, known as the silent killer, takes many years to develop. This pathway proactively looks at the most accepted markers for cardiovascular fitness and provides a proactive wellness plan to address negative values. Nutritional, behavioral, and activity recommendations are given.
This is good for individuals dealing with:
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Personal or family history of Diabetes or Heart Disease
- Elevated or imbalanced lipid profile / cholesterol
- Elevated A1c
ANTI-INFLAMMATION, GUT HEALTH, & FOOD SENSITIVITY PATHWAY
Sometimes inflammation is a large factor in the discomfort our bodies feel and can make recovery difficult. The Inflammation, Gut Health, and Food Sensitivity Pathway helps to determine if there is a way to optimize your food choices to decrease inflammation. Gut health is also addressed in this pathway since there is often a relationship to gastrointestinal symptoms and food sensitivities. Food sensitivities may illicit an immune or inflammatory response and when a threshold is met bothersome symptoms can surface. Working with a Registered Dietitian to do the important detective work can be helpful and depending on where you are located testing may be available.
This pathway is often indicated for individuals dealing with:
- Gastrointestinal Complaints
- Chronic Migraines
- Unexplained Body Aches
- Low Energy/ Malaise
- Suspected Food Intolerances
- Nutrient Deficiencies
- Elevated Inflammatory Response
SPORTS NUTRITION & RECOVERY PATHWAY
Supporting your active body with optimal nutrition can help with your fitness and performance goals. Knowing your specific metabolic calculations below is key along with your macronutrient requirements and timing of your meals and snacks. The next step is finding an easy way to meal plan so that you can fit in the recommended amounts to keep you at the top of your game.
ESTIMATED CALORIC NEEDS BEST FOR YOUR GOALS
Regardless of what pathway is best for you, individual metabolic needs will be established through the completion of a Resting Metabolic Rate assessment. RMR can be determined by estimations or through indirect calorimetry using a metabolic analyzer. However you hope to change your health or body composition, knowing these numbers can be helpful. Your macronutrients are calculated as well.
ESTIMATED CALORIC NEEDS
Fluid Health & Fitness offers an estimated caloric guideline for all members using the Harris Benedict BMI calculator found on their personal Fluid virtual platform. Caloric needs and macronutrient suggestions are listed on the site and change with activity factors and exercise requirements.
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is a measure of the number of calories (energy) used by one’s body daily for essential life processes. It typically accounts for 60-75% of the total calories a person burns each day. The remaining percent of calories burned come from digestion, activities of daily living, and exercise. Another component to the RMR measured is a calculated respiratory quotient (RQ), which shows, in essence, what percentage of calories burned are coming from carbohydrate vs fat vs protein. All of this information can prove extremely beneficial to individuals in different ways, dependent on the individual’s personal dietary and lifestyles goals. Client’s nutrition and exercise plans can be adjusted based on objective measurement.
WHY MEASURE RMR?
Everyone’s metabolism and caloric needs are different, as well as each individual’s macronutrient balance needs. One’s metabolism is affected by:
- Body Composition
- Activity Level
- Other physical and environmental factors