At Tournesol, we are avid believers in the power of eating clean, wholesome food. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we are gifting you with $25 towards your initial holistic Nutrition Consultation, when you purchase any one of our Vibroacoustic packages. This special offer expires March 31st, so don’t miss out!
To learn more about holistic nutrition, we sat down with one of our Integrative Nutrition Coaches, Diane Giammarino-Tedaldi, MS RDN...
Diane Giammarino-Tedaldi, MS RDN, NYS Certified Nutritionist and Certified GAPS Practitioner graduated from New York University in 1998 with a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She completed her internship through NYU at NY Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and has worked in hospital settings, doctor's offices and clinics throughout her 20 year career, treating premature babies to critical care patients.
Diane has experience working with all age groups and diagnoses from digestive disorders, cancer, diabetes, pregnancy, hormonal disorders, cardiac issues, autoimmune disorders, and many others, including general wellness and weight loss. Additionally, Diane has studied many different healing modalities including herbalism, energy medicine, Acutonics tuning forks, Axiatonal Light Grid energy work, and New Paradigm MDT Healing.
Q: What is your approach to nutrition?
Diane: What we eat is truly such a vital component in healing and achieving general wellbeing. Food affects every facet of our health from how we feel physically to how we feel mentally. However, although food is so important, what you eat is is just part of the puzzle. Nourishment is more than just what is on your plate. Strong relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, a spiritual practice, gratitude, hobbies, and other factors, are all forms of nourishment that allow you to live a happy, healthy and balanced life.
Q: What are some of the most common mistakes you see in the field of nutrition today?
Diane: One general trend I have noticed is the "Westernizing" of integrative nutrition. People go to a nutritionist, even a holistic or integrative one, expecting to be told exactly what to eat, and what to do in order to feel better. While it is my job to offer suggestions and support throughout the process, the goal is not to be passive and hand over your health someone else to fix. Rather, the ultimate goal is to learn how to be proactive with your own health--to take the reigns to your own healing, and develop your own relationship with food.
Q: I see your are a Certified GAPS Practitioner .Tell us about the GAPS Diet.
Diane: The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet is not really a diet, but more of a protocol that works to repair the gut through whole foods. The protocol is designed to heal and seal the gut wall, re-balance the immune system, and restore the optimal bacterial ecosystem within the gastrointestinal tract.
The main philosophy of GAPS is to nourish the body. We are all so concerned with cleansing and detoxing, but we also need to nourish the body so that ultimately, it can heal and cleanse itself.
One of the main components emphasized by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, the founder, is sunbathing. The sun actually has many more nutrients than vitamin D. And our liver makes vitamin D from cholesterol when we are exposed to the sun. It is our most important sources of vitamin D. Exposure to sunshine is also a great detoxifier, so it not only helps to cleanse, but it also nourishes! Cultures have known this for years. That's why Tuberculosis patients used to be put out in the sun to heal.
Because everybody (and everyone’s body) is different, I do put all of my clients on the GAPS protocol. However, I have seen great success on the protocol.
Q: What's one nutritional "quick tip" you can give us?
Diane: Be as mindful and as relaxed as you can when eating. Remember that the digestion process starts before the first bite even enters your mouth!
It begins when you smell or see some really yummy food. This causes you to salivate, thus beginning the digestive process. Saliva helps to chemically break down your food (also why properly chewing is so important!). Furthermore, the sight and smell of your food in anticipation of eating, signals to your stomach to release "gastric juices," that are integral to the digestive process.
If you mindlessly eat your food--without taking the time to smell, observe and be thankful for it--you miss out of these vital first steps of digestion.
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