Lifestyle modification involves the altercation of long-term habits, typically of eating or physical activity and maintaining the new behavior for months or years. Lifestyle Modification strategies are foremost in the treatment and prevention of metabolic syndrome. A great deal of evidence exists to support the use of lifestyle modifications in the treatment and prevention of chronic conditions. These interventions have the potential to decrease the risk of most of the underlying causes of chronic conditions.
Many aspects play a role in Lifestyle Modification like proper nutrition, the appropriate physical activity for your needs, weight control, health behavioral changes, identification and modifying unhealthy thinking patterns toward yourself. One of the important pieces of being successful in changing your life pattern is accountability. There needs to be a team dynamic between you and the people you are working with to accomplish change.
Another missed aspect of success in the modification of lifestyle is that underlying biochemical changes, nutrient imbalances and vitamin deficiencies can cause certain food cravings that make it difficult to maintain focus on your goals. Too much stress for too many months or years or a change in your hormones in your body can affect the foods or the quantity of foods that you think you need. Case in point, how many women crave different foods with their menstrual cycle?
Imagine how much easier it would be to achieve a sustainable change in your life if you were not tired at 2:00 every day or if you could sleep well at night or if you tolerated stress better! There is a quote that rings true on many levels; “Food is the most abused anxiety drug, exercise is the most underutilized anti-depressant”.
Dr. Shaw focuses on correcting chemical imbalances that interfere with sustaining lifestyle modification. Couple that clinical aspect with a supportive, non-judging team approach, and accountability; the potential for positive outcomes is now greater.— Dr. Conan Shaw Functional Medicine, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Pittsburgh PA