Frequently Asked Questions
What is nutritional therapy?
Nutritional Therapy works to identify any deficiencies or imbalances that may be keeping you from achieving optimal health. By focusing on the foundations of health: digestion, blood sugar balance, fatty acids, minerals, and hydration, we get a better idea of what is not working optimally. Our goal is improve the assimilation of nutrients you consume and, therefore, enable your body to heal and function in the way it was meant to.
What’s involved in the initial health consultation and how much does it cost?
The initial health consultation is a FREE 30 minute consult in which I will take the opportunity to introduce myself and share how I practice nutritional therapy. I want to know where the client is at— How long have you been feeling this way? Where do you want to be? What are your health goals? And what is in the way of you achieving your health goals? What obstacles are keeping you from optimal health? I believe everyone is bio-individual and that the road to health is not the same for everyone, and that is why I am here to help coach you to better health.
What happens after the initial consultation?
After the initial consultation, the client has the option to choose to work in a 3 or 6 month package. The 3 month package will involve two (2) 50 minute consults per month for 3 months, and the 6 month package is two (2) 50 minute consults for 6 months. In the follow up consults, attention will be focused on answering the questions discussed in the initial consult through observation of food journaling, a nutritional assessment questionnaire (NAQ), functional evaluation, with Lingual-Neural Testing (LNT) and of course, food education.
How long does a nutritional protocol take?
It depends. I wish I could say that I knew what it would take for every person, but the truth is that we are all bio individual and what worked for me, might not necessarily work for you. A formula that is used in my field, is that for every year of not feeling great is a month in healing… I would say that at least three months of adherence is a good start. And then once your body starts turning on, you don’t want to go back to your old habits, and you sustain your growth and your health goals.
Do you count calories?
No, there are more important things to look at then calories. I am more interested in the ingredients used, such as oils and artificial and “natural flavorings.”
What is the GAPS diet?
The GAPS diet stands for Gut and Psychology and Gut and Physiology created by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride. Dr. McBride recognized that there was a connection between the gut and the brain and the rest of the body. Our gut is home to 80% of our immune function, and thus a healthy gut is imperative for a healthy body. It is a strict healing foods diet similar to Specific Carbohydrate Diet, but is a little bit more complex. By limiting carbohydrates and starches (sugars) the gut lining has a chance to heal and build with a diet plentiful in healthy fats and proteins. ( I healed my body with this diet and totally believe in its effectiveness.)
What are traditional foods and healing foods?
Traditional foods are healing foods. For thousands of years, real food has sustained us, but when food became a commodity our health suffered. We know a lot about traditional food from the research of Weston A. Price. He was a dentist in the 1930’s ,who alarmed by the increase of dental caries and hypothesizing that Western diet was to blame, went around the world in search of societies that were not yet touched by Western civilization. What he found astounded him, he found several cultures that were not afflicted with the dis-ease he had seen in the Western world. He looked at their traditional diets and concluded that these cultures shared many traits: raw dairy, soaked and fermented grains, pastured meat, including organ meats, wild seafood, fermented foods, and fresh vegetables and fruit. This is the food that heals, and the food we should all be eating because it is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as the right macronutrients used to build our bodies.
What if I don’t live in Santa Cruz?
Nutritional counseling can be done over skype sessions
How do I get started?
Send me an email or call to book and appointment for an initial Health History Consultation.
Sheila Walsh Dunton
What is Nutri-Q assessment?
The Nutri-Q Nutritional Online Assessment Questionnaire is the most comprehensive nutritional analysis application available.
How the Nutri-Q Questionnaire Works
Fix the foundations or pillars of health, they say, and the body will heal itself. Yes, we know that is a familiar concept, but what made their concept unique is that they have found a way to measure it using a series of in-office tests as well as a web-based questionnaire. Here's the high tech part. What makes this questionnaire unique is you
can fill out the questionnaire online and it comes back to us scored with the foundational issues identified and prioritized. We then use this info in conjunction with our other in office or remote testing.
The Nutri-Q Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire is the most comprehensive nutritional analysis application available. We like it because its been developed over 15 years and updated by Dr. Michael Owen and doctors from various disciplines. Their clinical experience and collaboration was the basis for the questions. It's important to ask the
The clients can fill out the questionnaire online and it comes back to the doctor scored with the foundational issues identified and prioritized.
Enhance preventative intervention
Prioritize patients' health concerns
Create treatment protocols
Generate product recommendations
Save client information and questionnaire history
Utilize professionally formatted reports and educational materials
There are 321 questions with a physiological understanding for each of the questions and ways to determine therapies. It's a great resource.
What is the Victus Nutrition Program?
Victus Nutrition contains specialized recipe database of healthy and delicious recipes tailored for a range of health conditions. Each ingredient and recipe has been scientifically classified according to: Nutrient content. Food allergen and food chemical content. Suitability for inclusion in a range of commonly used “Special Diet” protocols such as:
Gluten Free-Casein Free
Low Food Chemical
Grain Free Diet
Low Starch Diet
Low Sugar Diet
Raw Food Diet
Asthma Runny noses Eczema tummy aches swelling eyes itchy skin strange facial rashes after eating Aggression & Hyperactivity red ears and cheeks Irritability Day dreaminess and inattention
Could it be food related? Foods have an amazing ability to support and to undermine health…. depending on an individual ‘s biochemistry, DNA and epigenetics, nutritional imbalances, food allergies or intolerances etc….
A Personalized Nutrition approach can assist in: • Healing the gut • Strengthening the immune system • Fighting infection • Reducing inflammation • Enhancing mood • Calming the nervous system • Building muscle & • Boosting I.Q. Nutritional Interventions have been developed to treat and prevent conditions such as: • Anxiety • Asthma • Allergies • ADHD • Behavioral Disorders • Coeliac Disease • Diabetes • Depression • Hyperthyroidism and more
While there is an expanding range of effective clinical nutritional programs to address specific health problems, all such programs are foundational. When it comes to Health and Nutrition – ‘One Size does not ‘Fit All’! If optimal health outcomes are to be achieved, Nutrition Plans must be adapted and refined according to the specific health needs of each individual. Working with a qualified Health Professional, who understands when to apply specific programs, and how personalized them for your needs – is the key to finding healing. It is also significantly easier to adopt and maintain healthful behaviors to achieve lasting results, when you can access a mobile database of tailored recipes and lifestyle management tools. As Licensed Practitioners of the Revolutionary New Digital Program - Victus Nutrition - Purple Beet can provide you with all of the necessary Recipes, Tools and Resources you need - so that you can: Experience the Power of Personalized Nutrition
What is Real Food RESET?
The Real Food RESET with Beth and Sheila is a 10 or 21 Day Supported Cleanse that can be done remotely and locally with group support and education. Real Food RESET can be incorporated within Purple Beet Nutrition Coaching Programs. The Real Food RESET is a supplement supported cleanse that starts with eliminating well know food allergens, while encouraging nutrient dense food. The support you get is amazing with group lectures on digestion, food, and hormones. More questions can be answered here: www.realfoodbethandsheila.com
What is Hair Mineral Analysis?
By using hair mineral analysis we can observe stages of stress, immune function, metabolic rate, cell membrane permeability, cell receptor sensitivity, protein assimilation, hidden toxicities such as heavy metals, organ stress, and digestive health. Enzymes and hormones are all based on minerals, and we can use hair mineral analysis to know what’s going on in the cellular chemistry, and most important how it affects your health.
Up to 80% of the evaluation involves just four minerals: calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are of utmost importance, and really it is their relationship to each other where we can get information.
These mineral ratios also tell us if you are a fast or slow oxidizer, which basically means how are you using food as energy. The ratios can also give information on organs and systems before it is evident in a blood test. By looking at the ratios I will be able to tell you if your pancreas and blood sugar balance are being stressed, how your thyroid health is, as well as adrenal and immune function, protein digestion, hormone and heart health too.
Hair mineral analysis is not something you just want to do once… You actually want to do it a few times to see if you are getting better. Getting better usually involves lifestyle changes and possibly a supplement protocol.
So how do you get a hair mineral analysis? You contact me, and I will order you a test kit, with thorough instructions of how to cut your test sample. You will then receive a report, and I interpret it and follow up with a protocol. I would highly suggest a follow up hair mineral analysis in 3-4 months to see your progress.