Therapeutic nutrition counselling explores an individual’s diet – what part of it might be contributing to their health problems and subsequently giving recommendations on how to change or adapt their diet to be healthier and to overcome certain health conditions. Nutritional counselling will assess the individual’s diet to look for what it lacks or what the person might be over-consuming. For example, many people suffer from overgrowth of yeast and candida in their intestines which causes gas and bloating or loose stools. To improve this, Dr. Clack will recommend a specific diet that will help to reduce the yeast overgrowth in addition to recommending anti-fungal medicines. The recommendations could include eliminating dairy, grains, sugar and sweeteners, high-glycemic fruits (eg. Melons), plus condiments or packaged foods that contain yeast. The avoidance of the foods lasts 4-8 weeks.
Dr. Clack is familiar with many special diets that offer therapeutic benefits for patients:
- Elimination diets based on Food Sensitivity test results
- Gluten-free, Casein-free and Soy-Free (GF/CF/SF) diets
- Small-Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) diets
- Paleo and Keto diets
- GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet plus SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet)
He recommends working with a Holistic Nutritionist for guidance on shopping for foods for special diets, preparation of food substitutes and other tips that help make the implementation of any special diet more effective.
In some cases, patients are unable to maintain special diets for long periods of time. Dr. Clack will combine other naturopathic treatments with modified versions of special diets to achieve comparable results. Patients with food sensitivities may be recommended to start NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) treatments to rebalance their tolerance to foods, allowing them to be returned to their diet without negative effects.