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Nutrition & Lifestyle

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Did you know that nutrition and lifestyle can play a major role in your mental health?

Whether you are struggling with disordered eating, receiving gender affirming care, or just want an improved relationship with food and body, our holistic, team approach is here to help.

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Why nutrition and lifestyle?

Focusing on a healthy relationship with food, movement, sleep, and your physical health can significantly improve your mental health

An unhealthy relationship with food, over-exercising, and harmful body image issues may be preventing you from living a life of freedom and happiness.

You can ease the physical and mental distress of medical procedures and chronic illness through diet and lifestyle choices.

At Grit Therapy, we utilize a team approach involving a registered dietitian and a mental health therapist to help you understand how to support and heal your spirit, mind, and body

 

Working with our dietitian and one of our therapists can help you resolve related issues with food, body image, self-esteem, health, well-being, gender identity and gender transition

 

How can nutrition support my mental health?

The link between our physical and mental health is undeniable. There is a reason that wee keep hearing the words "holistic" and "integrated" when it comes to our physical and mental health. At Grit Therapy, we believe that addressing the whole human including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health is the best way to provide informed, quality mental health care.

 

Check out all of the ways your diet and lifestyle can affect your mental health:

Blood sugar regulation: Drops and spikes in blood sugar affect mood, energy levels, and other hormones, all changing your ability to deal with physical and emotional stressors.

Inflammation: Food allergies or intolerances cause inflammation in the gut, brain, and other tissues, causing mood disruptions and altering our body's ability to fight infection, utilize micronutrients, and feel our best physically and emotionally.

Relationship with food and body: By establishing a healthy relationship with food and a mindful eating practice, one can eliminate false beliefs about food, thereby improving mental health surrounding disordered eating habits and body image.

Individual eating plans: Knowing how to eat for your individual needs can take pressure off other aspects of life. For example, by discovering what foods trigger your IBS, you can move through life knowing what will make you feel good physically and emotionally, rather that fearing foods due to pain, bloating, and irregular BMs associated with eating. 

Lifestyle Choices: Healthy lifestyle like efficient sleep, healthful physical activity, cultural connection to food, and social community can support positive mental health and are all intertwined with food.

Working with our dietitian can help with a range of difficulties including:

  • Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and orthorexia

  • Negative relationships with food, body image issues such as body dysmorphia, and gender dysphoria

  • Emotional distress like depression, anger, and anxiety that are related to nutrition and lifestyle 

  • Lifestyle adjustments related to gender affirming medical treatment

  • Chronic illness that can be supported or prevented through diet and lifestyle

  • Food intolerance

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Nutrition and lifestyle  for the LGBTQIA+ Community

 

 According to Ferrero et al., "Sexual and gender minorities have a higher risk for health and nutrition-related disparities across the life course compared to the heterosexual or cisgender population. Experiences of stigmatization and discrimination are associated with diminished mental health quality and psychological distress, which are risk factors for developing various eating disorders."

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Meet Your Therapist!

I am a registered dietitian who is fiercely devoted to helping people learn from the transformative power of food. I work with individuals from different lived experiences, ages, and levels of health to help manage nutrition related complications of gender affirming therapies, chronic illnesses, disordered eating habits, and harmful body image.

 

At Grit Therapy I work with individual children and adults in Summit County to tailor nutrition therapy to each individuals' unique nutritional needs. I have a special focus on the LGBTQIA+ community, especially gender diverse children, teens, and adults considering or undergoing gender affirming hormone therapy and medical transition. 

 

As a dietitian I believe in weight inclusivity, mindfulness with food, and listening to our body's intuitive hunger and fullness cues. I also know that specific nutrients can help or hinder your health goals. I provide client centered nutrition intervention combined with motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and behavior modification to identify and treat nutrition and lifestyle issues that affect your emotional and physical health.

 

Colorado born and raised, I completed my undergraduate degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD), my Dietetic internship with Aramark in Philadelphia, PA, and my Masters of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Alabama. When I am not wearing my dietitian hat, you may find me hiking with my husband and golden retriever/malamute mixed dog, Fitz, indoor rock climbing, or soaking in one of Colorado's many hot springs.

Serving the LGBTQIA+ Community

At Grit Therapy, we hold a deep commitment to serving the LGBTQIA+ community with informed, ethical, and equitable treatment. We know that those who are LGBTQIA+ have more difficulty accessing physical and mental health care that competently addresses their unique needs. As allies and members of the community, we seek to serve our clients in the following ways:

 

  • Healing body dysmorphia and/or disordered eating related to sexuality and/or gender

  • Educating parents, youth, and individuals about the significant changes bodies will experience during gender affirming care

  • Creating a nutrition and lifestyle plan that supports gender affirming care

  • Offering up-to-date care in more rural communities

  • Providing lived experience through practitioners that identify with the community

  • Closing the disparity in physical and mental health treatment for gender and sexual minorities

Begin Ketamine Therapy in Summit County, CO

Talk therapy isn't the only option in helping you overcome the pain of the past. Our team would be honored to support you from our Silverthorne, CO-based therapy practice. We will be with you every step of the way to help you unpack these sessions and any past concerns. To start your ketamine assisted therapy journey, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Reach out to Grit Therapy using the form below

  2. Schedule a free phone consultation

  3. Start your "dry" sessions with Hannah

  4. Connect with our prescriber to receive your ketamine prescription for your medicine sessions

Other Services Offered With Grit Therapy 

Ketamine therapy isn't the only service offered at our Silverthorne, CO-based therapy practice. Other mental health services include addiction counseling, therapy for depression, anxiety and panic, trauma, EMDR, and eating disorders. We also provide parenting support groupsparent coaching, support for pregnancy and postpartum, LGBTQIA+, & help clients of all ages. This includes teen therapy, family therapysliding scale therapy, and older adults. Learn more by visiting our blog or about page!

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