Believe it or not, opening 3 In 1 Nutrition was not my idea. I thought I would continue as a clinical dietitian at the VA for quite sometime. But one day God told me to quit my secure job as a clinical dietitian and open a faith-centered practice in the middle of a pandemic.
I didn’t know initially that God would have me focus solely on fertility, but I found myself working with women seeking care for concerns such as pcos, infertility, prental care and excrutiatiang periods. The irony is that all my life I have suffered with excrutiating menstrual pain and when seeking God for healing, He guided me to become a dietitian, where I was able to apply my knowlege of nutrition and physiology to help me find relief.
Now I know that my pain and education was a stepping stone to help several other men and women with their own reproductive concerns. I am honored to serve as both a practitioner and a sister in Christ that seeks to empower you on your journey to improving your reproductive health.
At 3 In 1 Nutrition, we never forget the role God intended for food to play in our lives. He clearly intended for us to have an intimate connection with food since he created Adam and Eve in a garden of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Making it clear that he wanted us to enjoy the fruits of His labor. But the Bible also shows us examples of how what we eat can have long-lasting consequences both physically and mentally. And scripture continuously highlights the fact that our spiritual state is what determines our relationship with food and guides our food choices.
That is why In addition to nutrition counseling, I pray with and for my clients and discuss key Biblial tennats needed to cultivate the spiritual fortitude required to sustian a healthy lifestyle. After all we are a three-part person, body, mind, and spirit.
Hey there! Im Ciara, founder of 3 In 1 Nutrition and I am no stranger to fertility related concerns. As a teen and into my early 20s, I suffered from debilitating menstrual cramps that kept me in bed for several days while I was on my period. My symptoms weren’t just a case of severe cramps—they were so bad that I would regularly vomit, have episodes of diarrhea, and was unable to keep down any medicine that might help.
Unfortunately, my doctor never did anything for me except eventually put me on birth control pills and prescribed extra-strength pain medication. And while this provided some relief, the side effects (including severe depression) didn’t seem worth it.
It wasn’t until I randomly took an introductory college nutrition science course that I began to find what the primary issue was. I began to see how every process in the human body, from nerve conduction to digestion, to hormone metabolism was entirely fueled by food.
I began changing my diet to support my body on a biochemical level, and my period improved tremendously in the process.
Who knew that beyond supplements, exercise, and medicine, it was the food I used to fuel my hormones that played the biggest role in bringing me relief. And while my husband and I haven’t started our family yet, I’m thankful to know I’m doing everything I can to prepare my body for the miracle journey of motherhood, and am here to help you do the same!
If you’re curious to learn more about my “then” diet and why it was so detrimental to my body, you can read more about my experience in a past blog post.
A registered dietitian is a nutritionist with advanced training in nutrition counseling, and medical nutrition therapy. We assess, diagnose, and treat nutrition related problems, and suggest nutrition recommendations in line with your medical needs as well as your overall goals.
It is important to note that not all nutrition providers are the same! People can refer to themselves as a nutritionist in several states without having clinical or formal training. However, to hold the designation “Registered Dietitian”, one must complete specific pathways to be credentialed such as the one I followed below:
Bachelor’s degree provided by a regionally accredited college or university
Completion of a didactic program accredited by the counsel for education in nutrition
1000 or more supervised practice hours
Passing of a board certification exam
Continuing education to uphold certificate and states licensors
Whether your goal is to transition off of medication, or better manage your diabetes with medication, nutrition therapy can help. I will be sure to keep your primary care providers in the loop as we embark on improving your diabetes one food at a time.
Weight management can be complex. There are so many factors that may play a role. Genetics, stress, depression, macronutrient intake, nutrient deficiencies, and medications are but a few. With our holistic nutrition counseling, we will navigate each of these areas and discuss and create realistic plans and goals to help you be in the best position possible to lose weight.
Several cardiovascular conditions can be prevented and treated with dietary and lifestyle changes. We will navigate your current health changes and discuss in detail which changes will be beneficial for you. We will be sure to assess and reassess lab work and other indicators such as blood pressure, to track your progress.
Nutrition therapy is a vital approach for GI disorders. After all, the gastrointestinal tract is where nutrient metabolism takes place. If you suffer with Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or have general symptoms such as constipation, bloating, or diarrhea, then nutrition therapy may be right for you. We can navigate personalized nutrition solutions that can help manage your symptoms and help rule out food sensitivities that could be triggering or causing your symptoms.
Do you suffer with painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), absent cycles (amenorrhea), endometriosis, fibroids, or PCOS? Each of these conditions have been shown through scientific literature to improve and or worsen with certain dietary patterns. I have personally improved my severe dysmenorrhea with nutrition and am passionate about helping other women overcome their conditions. We will assess your current diet and work on making accomplishable changes while tracking your symptoms to rule out what does and does not work.
During traditional medical treatment for auto-immune disorders, diet is often overlooked. Reducing inflammation, improving nutrient intake, and reducing stress are all keys to managing auto-immune diseases. Whether or not you have Lupus, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, or an inflammatory bowel syndrome, these foundations must be addressed for optimal management of flares and symptoms. Our nutrition counseling approach focuses on addressing each of these domains.
Do you have an extensive family disease history? Or have you recently noticed some abnormalities on your lab work such as an elevated A1C or elevated lipids? Early nutrition therapy can help you decrease disease risk associated with these findings and others. During a visit geared toward preventative therapy, we will closely examine your current life-style and diet history and discuss modifications that can help you ensure you are living the healthiest life you possibly can.
Almost every process in the body requires a mineral or vitamin to function. That includes neurotransmitters and other chemicals in our brain that can affect our mood and overall mental health. Our nutrition assessment will allow us to discover and address these deficits. We will also address other concerns such as emotional eating, from a Biblical perspective.
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