Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What diet do you recommend?
A. Just as each person is uniquely made, there is not one style of eating that meets everyone's needs. It is important to figure out what works best to meet your specific, optimal, nutritional requirements, and I can help with that! I am familiar with just about every diet plan out there, and we can discuss the pros and cons of any of them if you'd like to. In general though, I strongly encourage an unprocessed, organic, high quality diet. Beyond that, factors such as ancestry, activity level, personal values, lifestyle, and your religious views may play a part in determining you ideal diet.
My personal philosophy on my own eating comes from Romans 14 of the Bible (emphasis mine):
Romans 14 (NLT)
1 Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. 2 For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. 3 Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.
6 Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.
14 I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. 15 And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.
20 Don’t tear apart the work of God over what you eat. Remember, all foods are acceptable, but it is wrong to eat something if it makes another person stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble. 22 You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, Tyndale House Foundation.
Q. What exercise program do you recommend?
A. Just like diet, exercise should be individualized. It is not necessary for everybody to have a dedicated exercise program for optimal health, but it is necessary for bodies to move, and this can come in many forms. Many factors go into determining your ideal activity plan including physical goals, body type, current fitness level, time management, daily activity level, and interests.
Q. How do you feel about vitamins?
A. First and foremost I prefer that nutrition come from food. It is the form that the body was meant to most readily utilize, and has co-factors that increase absorption, many of which haven't yet been discovered. But due to soil nutrient depletion and over-processing in food production, many people find it difficult to reach their nutrient needs through food alone. I use a variety of vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements in my wellness programs, depending on needs, but I am quite picky about specific product ingredients and forms. Because of that, I am not attached to any one brand in particular. As part of my wellness program, I will assist in deciphering quality ingredients, natural vitamin forms, proper combining, necessary co-factors, and determining what, if any, supplements will be beneficial to you.
Q. Do you recommend meal replacement beverages?
A. I've yet to find a meal replacement beverage that meets all of my strict quality requirements and still tastes good. As I prefer that people get their nutrition through food, I don't recommend meal replacements. However, for individuals looking for a quick on-the-go meal, I can recommend a number of delicious and nutritionally complete whole food smoothie recipes. Stay tuned to my blog for the ongoing Smoothie Recipes series. There are also a good number of nutrient-dense whole-food bars available, but make sure to thoroughly check the list of ingredients for any unnecessary junk.
Q. Do you use essential oils in your wellness programs?
A. I personally use a few specific essential oils on occasion in my own wellness program, but I don't use them as part of the wellness programs that I develop for clients. While I do have some advanced aromatherapy training with my Naturopath degree, essential oils are very potent medicine, and their use is beyond the scope of my practice, and needs to be administered under the care of a certified aromatherapist. If you are interested in incorporating essential oils into your wellness plan, I can connect you with a practitioner in your area.
Q. What religion do you practice?
A. I am a Christian. I believe that the Bible was divinely inspired by God. I believe in the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save me from my sins and eternal death, and that He rose from the grave, and will return again some day. I believe we are first and foremost instructed to love each other, above all else but God Himself.
Q. Why don't you talk about curing, diagnosing, or healing diseases?
A. Firstly, diseases are symptoms of underlying issues with nutritional deficiencies and toxin overload. My job is not to diagnose you, or cure you of your disease symptoms, but to help you address the underlying issues. If your symptoms happen to clear up as a result, great!
Secondly, The government is very strict in what terms they reserve for board certified Medical Doctors only. This includes diagnosing, curing, and healing diseases. As a Naturopath my focus is on the body as a whole and I often use your MD diagnosed disease symptoms and blood test results as a tool to understand what is going on in your body, and what areas of your body need the most support.
Q. Are you anti-conventional medicine?
A. Not at all! Conventional medicine and natural wellness are two sides of the same coin and can complement each other nicely. I prefer to approach wellness from a different angle than conventional medicine does, but our goals are the same - to make you feel better. One of the necessary aspects of my job is to work within the comfort zone of each client. I have a wide range of clients on the "natural wellness scale," from full-out 100% natural living to 99% conventional living with a dash of natural thrown in. Modern conventional medicine has made incredible strides and really has some remarkable technology available. Especially in emergency settings and chronic cases.
Q. How do you feel about vaccinations?
A. This is arguably one of the most controversial topics in our society right now with strong advocates on both sides. I respect both sides' view points and mine fall somewhere in the middle. Vaccines have helped in eradicating or significantly reducing some diseases, but they are not the cure all silver bullets that some advocates suggest. They aren't 100% safe or effective. There are risks to vaccination and risks to not getting vaccinated. I respect the personal views of all my clients when it comes to vaccination and can assist you in researching all facets of vaccines including finding and deciphering research studies, ingredients, clinical trials, side effects, reporting injuries, school and job requirements, state-specific exemptions, alternative schedules, finding medical doctors that align with your values, communicable disease risks and statistics, homeopathy, pre and post-vaccination support, and injury and communicable disease support.
Q. What other complementary and alternative modalities do you recommend or use?
A. I am a big fan of Chiropractic care and have been seeing my own Chiropractor regularly for over 15 years. I also regularly see a Massage Therapist, often immediately before my Chiropractic adjustments, for synergistic wellness benefits. I find benefit in Acupuncture, Acupressure and Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Light Therapy, Meditation, and Homeopathy as well.
Q. What is your cancellation/missed appointment policy?
A. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to avoid a $20 missed appointment charge on your account.
Q. What is your private Weight Support Group policy?
A. Group rules:
1. Support = positivity! So, no negativity, rudeness, profanity, or politics.
2. While this is a faith-based group, not everyone here is of the same faith. Please be respectful of each person's personal spiritual journey. No religious debate.
3. No sales. Brand loyalty is great! This is not the proper group to peddle your wares though. Salt & Light Natural Wellness is extremely particular about the brands we recommend and how they are used, and as such, request that members stick to generic product names unless recommended specifically by Kelly.
3. This is a lifestyle change support group. That requires a change in how we view wellness. As such, this is a No Fads Zone. Rapid weight loss can be dangerous and always backfires. It's about the journey!
4. No Essential Oils recommendations. EOs are very power medicine, and as such, need to be administered under the direct supervision of a certified aromatherapist, which I am not.
5. Salt & Light accounts must remain in good standing through monthly one-on-one follow ups in order to remain in the group.
Q. Do you work with kids?
A. Absolutely! I have one of my own, and understand well the struggles parents face in trying to keep our kids healthy, while managing busy schedules and a constant bombardment of unhealthy food and lifestyle choices. I can assist parents with the wellness goals they set for their children and customize a plan to fit the family's lifestyle and preferences.
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol, is an extract from the hemp plant. CBD does not contain high amounts of the psychoactive (and in many states illegal) component of marijuana - THC.
By federal law, all CBD and hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. Fortunately, all of our CBD products are completely THC-free, giving you the peace of mind that comes from quality you can trust!
How is CBD made?
Hemp must be decarboxylated to release the active CBD component. This is just a fancy chemistry term, that means the plant must be treated either by heat or another extraction method.
Our CBD oil is extracted using only CO2, no chemical solvents, no heat, and no rancid oils, which allows all of the good stuff to stay, while removing trace toxins, and chlorophyll (which often leaves a bitter taste).
We take our product one step further to remove all traces of THC as well!
What's the difference between Isolate, Full Spectrum, and Broad Spectrum CBD?
CBD isolate only contains only cannabidiol. No other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, or flavonoids, compounds that may act synergistically with cannabidiol. It goes through a rigorous extraction method to remove everything but the CBD isolate.
Full Spectrum CBD contains the other synergistic components of the plant, but also may contain up to 0.3% of the psychoactive compound THC, which may be of concern to some individuals.
Broad Spectrum CBD contains all the good stuff, and none of the bad stuff. Zero THC, but all the beneficial components of the plant, in a form usable by the body. It costs more to produce than the other two forms, but the quality and purity is worth it!
How does CBD work in the body?
There are CBD-targeted receptors all over the body, much like other receptors. Of the two types CB1 and CB2, CB1 receptors are more concentrated in the brain, spinal cord, thyroid, upper airways, liver, adrenals, ovaries, uterus, prostate, and testes. CB2 receptors are found more concentrated in the eyes, stomach, heart, pancreas, digestive tract, and bones.
CBD is broken down by the liver into it's active metabolites which primarily target CB1 receptors.
What is CBD good for?
Federal and state laws limit recommending CBD oil to treat any diseases or conditions, however, there is a growing body of research being done to study the effects of CBD oil on: insomnia, chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, arthritis, epilepsy, migraines, chemotherapy side effects, mood, appetite, gut health, OCD and PTSD, and various other areas.
As always, consult with your doctor whenever researching diseases or conditions.