Our food is a daily reminder of our intimate connection with the earth. Externally, what we eat can work to create a sustainable, healthy and peaceful planet. We can choose food that is produced by sustainable methods that build soil fertility, preserve farmland and support our local communities. Internally, what we eat literally makes the cells of our body! That still blows my mind, even after all of my study of biochemistry. Or maybe because of all my study, I am so aware that how nutrients cycle through the environment and in plants are the same way they cycle within us. In fact, it was my love of ecology and sustainable agriculture that led me to the field of natural medicine and nutrition. It is so connected.
Nutrition is such a multi-faceted topic—it’s political, environmental, social, cultural, agricultural. It’s not just about eating more vegetables, but asking questions like where did this vegetable come from? Who grew it and under what conditions? Was the soil cared for in the process? How far did my meal travel to reach my plate?
Nutrition is also about getting back in touch with our inherent body wisdom. Does this food taste good? Does it give me pleasure? Am I eating in a state of relaxation and joy? Does this food feel good in my body and give me energy?
My nutrition approach is to focus on natural, whole foods that support our bodies in the environment in which we are living. Eventually, I would like to have my own small farm that houses my nutrition practice/wellness center, where I can literally connect people to the earth and where their food comes from. I want to empower people to trust their inner wisdom when it comes to food and their own bodies. And I think we will find that what is good for our bodies, is also good for the earth.
Here is what Eco Nutrition clients are saying:
I have struggled with my weight for some time. Over the last several years I have tried various diets none of which provided lasting results. I have been working with Ryah over the last year and have finally found an approach that works. Ryah’s unique approach combines: consuming whole foods, adjusting eating habits, meal and snack timing, the mind, and emotional aspects. Eating and nutrition has become a sustainable, practical, and healthy way to weight loss. I have learned so much from Ryah over the last year about myself and nutrition. I look forward to continuing the journery…thank you Ryah! –BO, Durango, COI have experienced headaches throughout my entire life with them progressively increasing in intensity and duration. Migraines incapacitated my days. Nothing but dark and eventual sleep gave relief. Eventually I relied on medication. I have been on migraine medication for the last 20 years. I have tried everything to find an answer to why I get headaches. I’ve tried years of chiropractic treatment, physical exercise, TMJ treatment with eventual orthodontia, consulted a neurologist, spent years thinking there was a hormonal connection, went to physical therapy and experienced more headaches, tried cranial/sacral adjustments, acupuncture, thought it was posture or stress related. No answer resulted. Finally, I have an answer NOW! It has to do with digestion. It is all in my foods. With Ryah’s guidance and nutrition counseling I have found which foods create inflammatory effects causing headaches. My incapacitating headaches have decreased in quantity and duration since watching the kinds of foods I eat. Thank you Ryah for the better days I face. – KN, Oregon
THANK you, thank you THANK YOU for your help and patience with my growing palate and healthy eating habits. You have helped me in such an incredible way – I am so amazingly grateful that our paths have crossed. – EP, Boulder, CO