Our company is a teaching facility, based on the core belief that our food choices are the key to controlling our health. We take a very conservative 'food first' approach, checking to see how you feel and if symptoms go away when you eat our nutrient dense diet. We typically won't even talk about vitamins or other supplements until we get your diet right.
At the first meeting, you will be given a 3-week food challenge. We expect our clients to feel better with this food challenge, and these are the types of reactions we're looking for:
- normalizing blood sugar and moods
- improved attention and focus
- normalizing cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- improved sleep
- decreased pain
- decrease in digestive complaints such as bloating or gas
- normalizing of weight and looking better
- decreased inflammation
- emotional balance, cheerful disposition
- improved skin, hair and nails
- and other things that you may have never guessed are related to your nutrition
Pamela Zinn MS, the owner of Holistic Nutrition Center is a Hope College graduate. Pam worked as a nurse for 30 years while her children were growing up. She contracted a 'mystery illness' and was ill for several years, going from doctor to doctor, seeking help. Being a nurse, she was a perfect patient, trying every medication and treatment prescribed. Instead of getting better, she kept getting sicker and more drained of physical and mental energy. She couldn't drive, dialing a telephone was nearly impossible, people finished her sentences, and she was literally frozen in place at times from lack of energy.
Her husband found a doctor who was interested in nutrition, and from there, things changed. She learned how to start making dietary changes that restored her energy. She started looking at food as a tool for healing. "I got my life back!"
Pam went back to school to obtain a Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition to help other people struggling with health problems. She chose a holistic rather than a dietitian approach because she personally experienced recovery from a holistic approach with nutrition that focuses on all parts of the body working together.
Holistic Nutrition Center
Holistic Nutrition Center was started as a learning facility for those interested in improving their diet. After several years, Pam found her passion in clinical nutrition, and currently meets with patients on an individual basis.
Pam's understanding of nutrition in medicine includes her 30 year experience as a nurse in the medical field, her own experience as a chronically ill patient, and Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition. As a nutritionist, she graduated with high honors, graduate level classes included: antioxidants, enzymes, digestion, weight loss, and heart health for women. These topics have become core components of nutrition recommendations at Holistic Nutrition Center. Her thesis topic was "Neurological Manifestations in People with Gluten Sensitivities". She enjoys working with clients who have complex health problems.
"There is a strong relationship between a person's food and the way the person feels. Good health isn't just the luck of the draw, it's about consistently eating food that supports our individual biochemistry."
Our goal is to identify which changes to make, and help make that easy for you. We want it to become second nature to you - so you always know what to choose - at the grocery store, a restaurant or when traveling. It's a lifestyle change that involves you and your family, and it focuses on helping you feel good.
We want you to customize your food plan with foods you like, and that your whole family wants to eat. Success means that you've learned what you need to, you understand and can apply it so you don't need us anymore.
What Makes Us Different:
- We're not a medical center so we don't diagnose or treat. We listen and we help you sort out your diet.
- Every diet should be unique to the person, but should complement your family and lifestyle.
- Though we may recommend some top quality nutritional supplements, we don't focus on selling expensive products that you don't need.
- We focus on prevention and wellness. We don't do medical food treatments. For that you would see a dietitian.
- We don't often use meal replacements and don't use degraded food as meals. Our clients eat and enjoy real food.
- We don't use fad diets. For weight loss our clients eat the same healthy meals that we also recommend for the rest of the family. For cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, cancer prevention, and any other health problem: we want you to feel good. That means we want you to sleep well, have energy, enjoy life and not trade one disease for another. We believe that the best nutrition plan for you is a practical family diet.
- We don't use words like 'cheat', nor do place blame on you if the diet doesn't give us the right result. We are focused on what changes you're willing and able to make.
What makes us different is that we see you as an individual living in a household where everyone wants to feel good, be productive, to get along, and look forward to doing fun things. We believe that our clients would rather stay healthy with diet and lifestyle than manage diabetic pumps and cancer surgery bills, so we show you what can be done with food. Eating right may require a little more self discipline than just taking pills to treat symptoms, because we want you to take time to eat good healthy food. The reward is a household of people who feel better and who experience the potential of better quality of life.
We believe that adjusting the diet is worth a try
especially when the person is being treated for symptoms.
Example: the standard treatment for seizures is anticonvulsant medication and if it doesn't work, a second medication is added. If these don't work, surgery may be the next option. One of the surgical procedures removes an entire section of the brain, and up to half of the brain can be removed, depending on what part of the brain is affected.
As a nutritionist, I would suggest a diet trial. I would temporarily eliminate foods that provoke neuro-inflammatory reactions. If the seizures decrease while on the diet trial, it's likely that there is a link to diet, and a more thorough nutritional investigation can be done. If you need the medical and surgical route, it is still available, but it may make more sense to try the least harmful things first.
A food trial, in our opinion, should ideally be done before medical care when there is no emergency. Food is safe and is also inexpensive. Most patients don't know there's a food connection to many of their symptoms.
Our goal is to use food to help you feel good, sleep well, experience an alert and focused brain, and even help you address everyday stresses with an even temperament. We want you to eat food that you enjoy, that tastes good and is affordable and is practical for your family. If your symptoms start to go away, and you start to feel better, your bonus is that your entire lifestyle can improve.
It's our common-sense approach that makes us different.