Tag: nutrition

October 29, 2019
healthy eating, gluten free, paleo, keto, GAPS, casein free, nutritionist, naturopathic doctor, the wholeness center, Fort Collins, CO

At  Wholeness Center, our focus on eating healthy comes from our goal to create whole health for each of our clients.  How we fuel our bodies has a significant effect on our minds too.  Contact our naturopathic doctors to learn more about how we can support you on your health journey, call  970-221-1106.





Eating and drinking should be such a simple, innate task, shouldn’t it?  Are you hungry?  Eat.  Thirsty?  Drink.  Simple right?  For the majority of us reading this, however, we have the luxury and the complications of choice.  At every turn, we’re facing marketing that tells us what to eat or drink.  Many of our foods and drinks are altered with precise manipulations so that we will crave more of them.

We’re here to tell you, that when it comes to eating healthy, we know the messages out there are increasingly difficult to decipher.  We also know that they change with the latest fads.  It can be exhausting and that’s where we come in to help.

What Should I Eat?
We all know that reaching for an apple rather than a bag of orange powered cheese puffs is a better choice.  But what about beyond that?  What about dairy?  Is it good or bad for you?  It depends on what article you read, right?  What about nuts and legumes?  They’re supposed to be healthy for you, but what if eating them every day is causing stomach cramps?  Which is better, steamed broccoli or fresh broccoli?

What the dieting books, news articles, and trend-setters don’t tell you is that you are an individual.  What you should eat depends on your unique body, mind, lifestyle, and daily challenges.  Also, the healthy eating routine that works for you today, might not work next month or next year.

General Healthy Eating Tips
Although healthy eating routines need to be unique and individualized, we do have a few general tips for you.  Most people benefit from the following:

  • Whole Foods.  Minimally processed foods.  Foods that have a single ingredient, low or no additives, and are nutrient dense.
  • Gluten Free.  A gluten free diet can be helpful for many, but should be done with a doctor’s supervision.  “Gluten free” does not mean that a food product is healthier.  In fact, rather than looking for gluten free food replacements, a better option may be to replace simple carbs (white bread, pasta, cakes) with fruits and vegetables.
  • Take Note.  Note any symptoms you have after eating.  Brain fog, headaches, or digestive discomfort after eating a specific food could signal a food sensitivity.

Gut Health
One day, you eat a meal and you feel fine.  The next time, you eat the same meal and feel terrible.  What happened?

Your friend tells you about a healthy meal that has all the right ingredients.  You make the meal, eat it, and it doesn’t sit well.  Why not?

Your gut health is different that anyone else’s.  It also changes depending on a variety of factors like stress, anxiety, hormone changes, illness and illness recovery, etc.  A healthy digestive tract can make a big difference when it comes to how healthy foods get processed by your body.

Biomedical Nutritional Assessments
So now, you know how unique your health needs are and you feel like a special unicorn!  Great right?!  But again, what do you eat that is healthy for your specific needs and this specific time in your life?

How do you get and stay vibrant from the inside out?

At Wholeness Center, we recommend a Biomedical Nutritional Assessment.  This process helps us find out if you are getting the right essential nutrients.  That is, the right essential nutrients for your body and your lifestyle.

Neurological Symptoms and Diet
As we focus on the whole person, we often find that neurological symptoms can be closely related to physical ailments.  Our team creates a therapy plan that involves nutritional, dietary, behavioral, and even medical interventions.

Dietary Restrictions
With our highly individualized protocols, we often support our patients through a specialized dietary plan.  This can include casein free, ketogenic, low glycemic, gluten free, GAPS, etc., or even a combination.  Our team recognizes that specialty diets can be challenging, especially for families with young children.  That’s why we have nutrition experts, Dr. Mary Rondeau and Dr. Nicole Lewis.  They are dedicated to making the dietary changes and adjustments something sustainable for our patients and their families.

Want to learn more about eating healthy for your unique needs?  Contact us today for more information, 970-221-1106.

Wholeness Center is located in Fort Collins, in the Riverbend Office Complex, just 10 minutes west of 1-25.  We’re near you if you are in the areas of Longmont, Loveland, Windsor, Wellington, Greeley, and Cheyenne.  Wholeness Center offers customized dietary plans along with other services including neurofeedback and IV nutritional therapy.

September 20, 2019
depression treatment, alternative therapy for depression, holistic treatment for depression, the wholeness center, Fort Collins, Ft Collins

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression, Wholeness Center link to offers natural therapy and holistic treatment plans.  Mood changes, loss of interest in activities, insomnia, changes in eating habits, weight changes, patterned thought repetition, irritability, restlessness, and anxiety are common symptoms of depression.  Clear the fog of depression and thrive again, call us at 970-221-1106.  We’re here to support you.


Nutrient deficiencies can worsen or be an underlying cause of depression.  You may have noticed all of the research articles this year about the gut – brain connection.  If bacteria in your digestive system can influence your brain health, how can we support the gut in a way that also supports the brain?

Eating Well
It’s not news that eating well makes you feel well.  But what does that really mean?  With all of the conflicting information about “healthy” foods, what exactly does eating well even mean anymore?  Does it mean Paleo or Raw, juicing with the pulp in or out, apple cider vinegar or gluten free?

The bad news is, it’s not that easy.  The good news is, if those diets didn’t work for you, it’s not because of the effort you put in.  How each of our bodies (and minds!) process food is individualized and unique.  It depends on a variety of factors and can be different when you are 25 compared to 35.  It can vary when you are stressed for a period of time vs. when you are on vacation.

You know what makes you feel good, what gives you energy, what makes your stomach cramp up.  Intuition and listening carefully to your body.  Now that’s a diet / lifestyle plan that has real potential!

For more about nutrition, click here to explore Dr. Rondeau’s The Wholeness Chef series.

Magnesium and Omega 3s
We’ve found that often, patients experiencing depression can benefit from magnesium and omega 3s being added to their diet.  Although a magnesium or omega 3 deficiency may not be the cause of the depression, it’s likely to worsen all of the symptoms.

If you are experiencing depression, it can be difficult to understand what your body needs from your food.  Sometimes, you may not even feel like eating.  Or the opposite, you may find yourself binging.  It can be very difficult to break out of these depression / food cycles without support.

Adding in a high quality supplement or IV Nutritional Therapy sessions may be just the boost you need.

Is it a rough patch or is it depression?
Beyond feeling sad or going through a rough time, depression is a symptom in itself that may greatly lower your quality of life.  It’s a state of mental health that should be taken seriously.  It’s also a mood disorder that has a deep impact on daily life.

We also know how difficult it is to seek out help or start a program when you feel so tired and run down that simply getting out of bed is difficult.  That’s where a boost in magnesium and omega 3s can really help.  For some patients who are struggling with depression, this nutritional boost helps to clear the fog of depression just enough so that they can make the next move towards better health.

Natural Alternatives to Antidepressant Drugs
Prescription medications for depression come with a long list of side effects.  At Wholeness Center, we understand and support the need for prescription medications at times.  However, we don’t believe that antidepressants should be a lifelong choice in most cases.  Many of the side effects take a toll on the quality of life.

We advocate for natural alternatives and lifestyle changes and we offer the support our patients need to make those changes last.

How We Can Help
There’s nothing wrong with feeling sad at times or being withdrawn as you process changes in your life. But if you notice those times getting more and more often, you may be experiencing depression and we strongly recommend that you get support as soon as possible.  We are here to help and if we’re not the right fit for your needs, we’re happy to refer you to other providers.

You deserve to be vibrant and to thrive again.  Depression does not define you.  We would be honored to be part of your journey to finding your authentic self.

At Wholeness Center, our doctors and professional providers have a wide variety of therapy and treatment plans with a focus on patients who are experiencing depression.  Nutrition, specifically deficiencies in magnesium or omega 3s is one of the first concerns we address.  Contact us today to find out more, 970-221-1106.

Wholeness Center is located in Fort Collins, 10 minutes west of I-25.  We are near areas of Windsor, Wellington, Longmont, Greeley, and Cheyenne.  We offer treatments for anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and more.

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