When you have tried to improve your weight and health, you need to know there is a different way
Have you had limited success improving your health or losing weight and keeping it off? Do something different
Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is about far more than willpower and calories. So is dealing with gut health issues. It’s about understanding your body science – the many hormones and chemicals and processes that are at work in your body, your metabolism, your gut microbiome – and how they adapt to different circumstances and change as we age or deal with various health conditions. It’s about learning to interpret what your body is really trying to tell you. It’s about learning which foods to eat and how to prepare them in easy and enjoyable ways. It’s about working with your metabolism and body instead of against it.
My coach approach helps you:
- Identify what you’re already doing right and what you may want to change.
- Understand how to avoid the biology versus willpower competition or inappropriately trigger your body’s immune system.
- Discover which foods can help you feel great as well as be enjoyable.
- Learn how to choose and prepare meals and snacks that fit your preferences, schedule, and life.
- Overcome barriers that get in your way.
- Develop habits, routines, and skills that keep you on track even after you stop working with me.
- Learn to work with your body and metabolism as you get older.
I AM READY TO HELP
"Going it alone and getting into situations where biology and willpower compete can lead to failure. That doesn’t mean change is impossible – it just means you need an expert like me on your team."
— Lisa Garcia MS, RDN, LD, CLT
Weight & Gut Expert
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
If your body is changing − or has changed− and you don’t like it…
My coach approach gives you knowledge, encouragement and support, helps you overcome the barriers that get in your way, and enables you work with your body instead of against it. If you’re experiencing any of the following and what you’ve tried in the past hasn’t worked or isn’t working anymore, do something different – work with me!
Unintended weight gain
If you’ve put on more weight than you like because of life, pregnancy, stress, perimenopause, menopause, or a thyroid issue, you need someone to help you on your weight loss journey by giving you knowledge, encouragement and support, helping you overcome the barriers that get in your way, and enabling you work with your metabolism and body instead of against it. I’m ready with my extensive training and experience in weight management and gut health to help you develop habits, meal plans and skills to lose weight and stay on track even after you stop working with me. Get started by booking your free 15 minute telephone consultation today.
Food allergies, food intolerances, and food sensitivities
These conditions are different, but they all mean that your body is not happy when you eat a certain food or substance found in a food. Some don’t have to be listed on a food label or have many different names. How do you figure out what your body reacts to? Food allergy testing? Food sensitivity testing? An elimination diet like the FODMAP diet? Let me help you figure out which path to pursue and guide you through the process. Then I can help you learn how to avoid what makes you feel bad, avoid nutrient deficiencies, and discover foods you can eat so you can enjoy eating. Arrange your free 15 minute telephone consultation today!
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity / Gluten intolerance / Wheat intolerance
You tested negative for celiac disease, but your body still doesn’t like it when you eat foods with wheat and maybe gluten. Eating a gluten free diet can lead to other health issues if you are not careful. Due to their ingredients, or what’s missing from them, many of the gluten free packaged foods available can also lean to weight gain as we age. Learn from me how to avoid the challenges that can come from a gluten free diet as well as what foods to add so your body gets what it needs. If you’ve already gained weight that you don’t want, I can help you with that as well. Arrange your free 15 minute telephone consultation.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
If your doctor has diagnosed you with SIBO you’ve probably gotten a prescription and been told to follow a diet that’s left you wondering exactly how the heck you are going to eat! Let me clear up the confusion and help you to see that yes, there really are foods and meals that you can enjoy. Book your free 15 minute consultation today so can get back to eating and enjoying it!
Weight regain after gastric bypass
You’ve had gastric bypass surgery and the weight came off, but now it’s coming back on again. As your gut has recovered from the gastric bypass, chances are old habits that initially lead you to gain weight may have recovered too. It may be that your lifestyle is different than it was when you were losing the weight. Another possibility is that your body is changing with age. Let’s figure out together how to keep you from finding that weight you’ve already lost and get back on track. Book your free 15 minute telephone consultation today.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS comes in a variety of forms with a range of symptoms including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or many of those symptoms. Whichever IBS form you’re suffering with they all have one thing in common: Life is less pleasurable than it should be! Different forms of IBS have different approaches to be considered. A FODMAP diet may be the answer, or a LEAP approach based on the MRT test may be better, or there may be other approaches that would benefit you. I’ll help figure out what may be best for you, guide you through the process, and help you figure out meals, recipes and foods. Get started today by booking your free 15 minute telephone consultation.
Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)
You’ve had the endoscope and gotten the diagnosis, but have you figured out which foods and ingredients are triggering your eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms? I’ll guide you through figuring out what you need to eliminate and help you figure out what foods you can still enjoy. I’ll also help you discover some new foods and resources to get variety back on your plate so you can avoid potential nutrient deficiencies. Feel better and make eating enjoyable again — book your free 15 minute telephone consultation today.
When your body doesn’t digest food as quickly as it should you can experience a variety of symptoms that affect your eating and your lifestyle. Making changes to what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat at a time can help. If you’ve been diagnosed with gastroparesis, arrange a your free 15 minute telephone consultation and let’s figure out an eating plan and routine that works for you.
Pre-diabetes / Hyperglycemia / Insulin resistance
These are terms you may have heard from your primary care provider when your body is having challenges managing your blood glucose levels. It may be due to being overweight or obese, eating too many refined carbohydrates, your family history, or because you had gestational diabetes in the past. Modifying your lifestyle, losing weight and managing your carbohydrate intake can help you prevent diabetes. I’ll help you learn what approaches can work. Once you decide how you want to work on stopping diabetes, I help you figure out how to overcome barriers that get in your way, and as well as how you can still fit in foods that you enjoy.
After your celiac disease diagnosis you were probably told how important it is to avoid all gluten containing foods and avoid cross contamination of your food. You may not have been told two other critically important things: First, how to avoid nutrient deficiencies that can occur on a gluten free diet. Second, how to still enjoy eating and find or make gluten free versions of the foods you enjoyed before your diagnosis. My goal is helping you heal your body, stay healthy, and discover gluten free foods and recipes you that you enjoy eating! Book your free 15 minute telephone consultation today so you can get back to enjoying eating!
When you can’t go as often as you’d like, sometimes it’s due to irritable bowel syndrome or sometimes it’s due to something else. Reducing or eliminating certain FODMAP foods help and sometimes that has no effect, but that’s a process that should be guided by a registered dietitian nutritionist like myself who is experienced in working with the FODMAP elimination phases and challenge phases. Sometimes dealing with constipation is more related to you are not eating or other aspects of your lifestyle. Arrange a your free 15 minute telephone consultation to see if I might be able to help your gut happier and things move more easily.
“Fatty Liver”/ Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
These are terms you may have heard from your primary care provider when you have more fat in your liver than you should. It may be due to being overweight or obese, what you eat or don’t eat, or your family history. Changing how you eat, losing weight and modifying your lifestyle can help. I help you figure out what changes you are willing to make, how to overcome barriers that get in your way, and how you can still fit in foods that you enjoy. Book your free 15 minute consultation today to see if I am the right person to work with you!
I was diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) following a year of dealing with GI issues. My GI doctor advised me to "go on line and pick a SIBO diet" to follow. I came away totally frustrated, confused and feeling very alone in this diagnosis. I found Lisa through an on line search. Our initial meeting equipped me with more information and a plan that left me feeling more empowered and hopeful than I'd felt for a year. Subsequent appointments have done the same, each visit I come away with new diet ideas correlating to where I am in this battle against my gut issues.
"I had a mini stroke a month before my first appointment with Lisa. She not only helped me to make tasty, low sodium meal plans, she also taught me how the timing of my protein consumption is so critical. My wife and I incorporated what I learned from her into our daily life. Less than 2 months later, my blood pressure is now in the normal range and I have lost 20 pounds. Thanks for all you do, Lisa!"