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About Nourished

I founded Nourished Functional Nutrition counseling to offer holistic nutrition and lifestyle support for people who are seeking guidance and resolution to their health problems.

It's my intent to work in partnership with you, and your medical team when appropriate, to help you heal and get the answers you’ve been seeking. You’ve been looking long and hard for someone to listen to you and help you make sense of all the different options, protocols and recommendations. It’s all so confusing and you’re tired of solutions that have not helped you. This is why you’re here: You’re looking for a solution that asks “why?” and not a label that keeps you stuck in “what” and a long list of pills and their side effects.

My job is to listen to you and assess your condition, present a plan to you with my recommendations and help you come up with ways to implement the plan. My job is to support you and provide you with tools you can use to find the solution to your symptoms; to show you how your body can heal, once you provide it with the right environment; the proper soil that will help you thrive and not just survive.

I am your support between medical visits, someone who can help you make sense of what you’re experiencing. I will help you discover the best healing practices available to you, according to your needs; always keeping in mind your bio-individuality.

Your job is to commit to an abundant life by taking action to take your life back and to own your choices. I will be here for you.

If this is you and if you’re ready to take control of your health, I can help you achieve your goals. Contact me at monica@nourishedfn.com

 

About Monica

Hello, I’m Monica. I love blueberries, yoga, the Seattle Seahawks and sunshine; but my true passion is helping people lead a health-filled life, and I will go out of my way for anyone who is suffering.

I spend my free time geeking-out on the latest nutrition research. I have an appetite for nutrition education and cannot help myself when a new course crosses my inbox. I’m always looking for new recipes to try and I love to relax with family and friends around a healthy meal.

I'm on a mission to empower people to reclaim their health, no matter how complicated their challenges may be and no matter where they are on their healing journey. That is my drive.

My own road to transformation came wrapped in a “gift” called anxiety that ruled my life from childhood into my professional years. It was a quiet and continuous battle that shaped my life in ways I could not have anticipated. I developed pain, inflammation, gut issues, insomnia, elevated blood sugar, hair loss, adrenal fatigue and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Although I had studied Dietetics in college and had a Master of Science degree in human nutrition, this condition seemed unrelated to anything I had learned in school.  

That's me as a kid in my hometown of Cali, Colombia.

The conventional ways of managing anxiety were not working for me, so I decided to take every course I could find to tackle this beast with all my focus and from every perspective. In the meantime, my son was suffering with a health crisis of his own in New York City. He moved home and he and I were now in battle for our own health together and individually.

I believe that anxiety was definitely a gift in my life that has served me to discover how the body is able to take what we provide and utilize it to heal and thrive. Through my health struggles and those of my son, I have learned that there are so many tools available to help those who are suffering with unexplained symptoms and the solutions don’t always have to involve taking pharmaceuticals.

I believe the body has been designed to heal and thrive, not just survive. Once we provide an ideal environment for the body to function properly, healing and well-being begin. My goal is to put a lifetime of education to work for the good of others who are struggling.

Are you suffering? Are you in pain? Are you tired of taking pills that leave you dealing with undesirable side effects? I understand your pain. I’ve been there and it was not easy. I know how you feel because I’ve been to a myriad of practitioners to no avail. I’ve experienced hope and disappointment…I’ve learned that healing comes in many forms and it’s constantly shifting. The body shifts as it heals and it reveals different ways to help you support it and return to the balance you’re seeking. I can help you regain your health! You may contact me at monica@nourishedfn.com to schedule a free consultation.


NUTRITION COUNSELING FAQS

What do you mean by FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION?

Functional Nutrition is a way of looking at you as a whole person. My aim to get your body back to “function”. It’s a treatment approach that looks at the body as a functional unit that is connected to itself at every level. When one area of your body is not functioning properly, everything else is out of balance. The goal is to address how one area may be affecting the rest of your body. I use diet and lifestyle modifications to get your body back in balance.


What can I expect from Nourished Functional Nutrition?

I believe that every symptom has a root cause and I work together with you to uncover the reasons why you may be experiencing symptoms and imbalance. I’m constantly searching for the reason why a condition is manifesting itself to help you come up with true resolution. All this while looking at your lifestyle and nutritional needs.

I’m eager to work with your medical or practitioner team because I believe that when you gather people to work on your behalf to help you achieve your goals, everybody wins.

I know that your condition is not isolated from the rest of you. Your body works in perfect harmony to create health. The condition that you are experiencing whether it’s migraines, gut issues, autoimmunity, resistant weight loss or any other health dysfunction, is happening to your entire body. I work with you to help you make connections for healing and I focus on your nutrition and lifestyle factors to help you get back to the vibrant health you’re seeking.  

When conventional methods are not working, I help you take back control of your health so you can start changing the things you are able to change. By partnering with you, I help you become a detective of your own body so in the end, you will be able to know what you need to do in order to bring balance back to your life.


Where do I go for an appointment?

I provide you with a fully virtual practice at Nourished Functional Nutrition. This means that you can phone or use teleconferencing from anywhere in the world. You will also have access to me through email between appointments if you have any questions or concerns.

This may be a new way of communicating for you, but you will find that we can provide you with everything you need from the comfort of your own home or office. It is this flexibility that has allowed me to develop a program that fits all lifestyles.


Can I order supplements or supplement refills?

I do offer a selection of supplements that I have carefully curated for their efficacy and purity. You can order supplements through our online store by following this link.  Additionally, during counseling, I may recommend other supplements, which may be available online.

Please know that you are not obligated to purchase recommended supplements from my website. I carry them for your ease and for my concern about the storage methods in which supplements are kept before they arrive to you in your home. As my client, you will get a discount on all supplements available through our providers.


Do you accept insurance?

Your health and wellness are my priority. My financial policy allows me to provide you with access to the best nutrition and lifestyle care available and does not limit your care to what is covered by health insurance policies. Like many functional medicine practices, the Nourished Functional Nutrition services are an out-of-pocket expense. I’m unable to provide insurance billing codes or NPI numbers, which is outside of my scope of practice as a nutrition and lifestyle professional, but I’m happy to partner with any other practitioners on your team. I do have clients who submit their invoice to their insurance directly for a percentage coverage, or work with their workplace health savings account to receive some compensation. I encourage you to explore these options.


Can you prescribe medication?

As a nutrition and lifestyle professional, it is outside of my scope of practice to diagnose conditions or prescribe medication. As noted above, I will work with your medical practitioners to bring my perspective and recommendations forward when appropriate.


It sounds like you work with really sick people, I just need to lose 10 pounds, should I move forward with counseling?

Although it sounds like I only see very sick people, I believe all people can benefit from a diet that provides the best nutrition possible for their lifestyle. I am dedicated to providing services to all people. I encourage you to book a 15-minute free consultation to be sure my services are the right fit for you. Please take a look at the free resources I provide and consider starting with one of our cleanses or a one hour consultation, which may be just enough to help you get started losing a few pounds. If you need additional help, I’m here to provide you in-depth nutritional counseling to fit your individual and family’s needs.