Think about it. You may have been designed to shun eating animal products, while your best friend can’t function without animal protein. Or perhaps you’re gluten-intolerant and have learned that you pay in discomfort, for even the slightest slip up. 

Each of us has different nutritional needs, which is why an ideal eating plan for one person may be the furthest thing from desirable for another. 

Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia believe strongly in the importance of diet as a pillar of health and that the best nutritional plan for each person should be tailored to them. 

Since Gain Wellness Center’s approach to care is based on a functional medicine model that looks at how every part of your physical and mental health is truly enmeshed, they know that your diet’s impact on your overall health is profound.

Our goal is to treat not just a symptom itself, but to find the origin of your health problem or condition. Only then can we work toward creating equilibrium for your health and a nutritional plan for you and only you. 

How do different people’s nutritional requirements differ?

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to eating. 

We all have different preferences, nutritional deficits, and needs when it comes to what we should be eating each day. Factors like age, hormone levelsstress, and digestive conditions all influence what should go into a diet that supports our health. 

Additional differences that impact our nutritional necessities include:

  • Genetics
  • Personal health history
  • Family health history
  • Past trauma 
  • Lifestyle practices

Our functional nutrition services help you feel and perform better daily,. A food plan created just for you is a powerful source of healing. 

As part of the complete wellness evaluation we offer our patients, we not only learn much about your nutritional requirements, but we also we support your liver health, make recommendations about how much physical activity you should exert each day, and address hormone imbalances — which influence everything from your metabolism to your sex drive. 

Questions we ask when creating your customized diet plan 

Since we’re committed to a partnership with you, you’re involved in the diet customization process from Day One. We ask these vital questions as we assess your nutritional needs, and you’ll notice some are lifestyle-related:

1. How frequently do you like to eat?

Our recommendations will take into account whether you prefer to graze on mini-meals throughout the day or if you’re more of a “three squares a day” person.

2. How able are you to prepare your daily meals?

You may love cooking from scratch, or you might have a schedule that sees you grabbing takeout frequently. If you lack the time or desire to cook, we can help you plan nutritious meals that take neither excessive amounts of time nor energy.

3. Do you regularly experience tummy troubles?

Do you notice that your digestion is off for no apparent reason, but on a regular basis? We can investigate whether you might have a food allergy or insensitivity (two different things) or be living with a condition like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or leaky gut syndrome. 

Your gut microbiome (trillions of microbes in your intestine that are unique to you) is critical to your health, and your diet can either benefit or detract from it. 

4. What are the stresses in your life currently?

We all have them. You might have non-stop work deadlines or be going through a divorce. Whatever your stress level, what you eat can help tame it, along with exercising, engaging in mindful practices, and doing things you truly enjoy.

5. What health conditions run in your family?

You may be more prone to high cholesterol, diabetes, or another condition than someone else if a close family member lives with it, too. 

6. How are you feeling emotionally?

Your emotions often influence what foods you seek for comfort and the amount you eat. We talk to you about the role of food in your life, which is often complex. 

As you can see, analyzing all these factors and more means that the detailed nutritional plan we design for you is sure to strengthen your immune system, lower inflammation, and fight stress and disease.

The goal: a diet that’s geared to you

When we evaluate all these components of your health and provide you with a nutrient-dense eating plan based on them, you’re able to take charge of your health, enjoy a highly functional metabolism, and understand what it’s like to have an energy surplus like never before. 

Contact the Gain Wellness Center office at 858-216-2129 to schedule an appointment with us or your free wellness consultation. You can also make an appointment through our website

Author Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, DC, AFMCP Dr. Mandeep Walia-Bhatia, DC, AFMCP, is the founder of Gain Wellness Center in San Diego, California. At the wellness center, one of Dr. Walia's, greatest goals, as a health care provider, is to provide her practice members with alternative, but healthy and safe choices that will enhance their health and well-being. She likes to motivate and educate her practice members to take charge of their health by providing them with evidence-based information so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own personal health and take control of their health. Dr. Walia was born in India and raised in Canada before moving to San Diego. She attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada for her Master of Science degree with specialties in Biology and Physiology. She had various publications in research articles during her time at McMaster University funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. She has three kids and enjoys cooking, hiking and going to the beach with her family.

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