My name is Lizy, and I’m a holistic nutritionist.
I was a small child when I began questioning everything that was fed to me. “What is that? Is it healthy? How? What does it do for me?”
I was a young girl when my grandfather had his first heart attack. Helplessness led me to the decision that I would one day pursue a career in medicine so that I could “fix people.”
I was a young lady when I spent my high school and college years studying science on a pre-medical track, and several years working directly with physicians as a medical scribe.
I was in my early twenties when the aspiring physician in me finally had an epiphany that I could start helping people in a different way – a more holistic, well-rounded, multi-faceted approach, utilizing the topic I have a complete and utter passion for – functional nutrition.
Here’s why I think that I can offer some useful perspective; I am more intrigued by a holistic approach to well-being. Eating, moving, feeling, thinking, and living for well-being. Not throwing hope to the wind and caring only once reaching the point of disease. Not treating illness in ways that only mask the symptoms and cause new issues.
The first thing to understand: a lack of illness does not imply optimal health. So, you haven’t been diagnosed with a condition. But, do you struggle with stress and anxiety, are you going about your day with focus and energy, can you have healthy relationships with others and yourself without mood swings taking over, do you have good digestion, do you experience headaches, are you comfortable in your physical body? Are you truly symptom-free?
Next thing to understand: you can impact your genes in a MAJOR way, so you don’t have to be a victim to your “poor” genetics. With simple diet and lifestyle changes, you get to impact your acute and long-term health.
Final thing: you have a condition, and the natural course of action is to start treating it with prescription medications. Listen, pharmaceuticals can save lives. However, these medications come with their own set of risks. Often, medication treats symptoms, not the cause of disease. Symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. Frankly, we should use them as signs to understand what could be our underlying issue – not focus only on shutting them down. So when we start treating symptoms instead of the root cause, the underlying condition potentially only develops. Furthermore, the side effects of the medication could be simultaneously causing harm in other ways (ex. a medication used to treat a rash could be provoking extra stress to your kidneys).
So why not focus on prevention, first. Then, in a state of disease, why not utilize natural medicine and functional practices first. It sounds “hippie” and political. It’s not. In my opinion, it’s actually the logical thing. Accepting and incorporating productive lifestyle choices in order to be healthier is not denying science. It’s about our psychology, physiology, biochemistry – it’s all science. Functional nutrition and lifestyle medicine can be so impactful and so accessible – and yet it is still largely underrated. So stick with me, and let’s go on this journey together.
Your newest partner in crime,
Lizy (with one “z”)