An Honest, Nutrition-Based Approach to Optimal Health
Welcome to Flourish Fundamentals! I am Rosemary Fotheringham, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP®) dedicated to helping overcome the rampant health woes plaguing modern societies—including sugar addiction, digestive problems, and obesity—through proper nutrition. Though some people may be predisposed to certain health problems, it is critical to understand that “predisposed” does not mean “guaranteed”. As Chris Kresser puts it:
“Genes load the gun. Lifestyle pulls the trigger.”
No, your genes are not your fate. What you eat and how you live directly affects which genes are expressed and in what way. Epigenetics trumps genetics. This is good news! You have the power to improve your health by eating a nutrient-dense, properly prepared diet and balancing the five fundamentals (hence, Flourish Fundamentals!):
- Blood sugar regulation
- Fatty acids
When these foundations are out of balance, we start to experience a host of unwanted symptoms: weight gain, skin issues, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, and worse. By supporting each of these foundations through diet and lifestyle, the body’s chemistry can be brought back into balance, helping people enhance their health naturally. The body’s default mode is health if—and this is a big if—it gets the basic building blocks it needs to function properly and build healthy tissues.
For a real life example of the transformative power of the Flourish Fundamentals approach, read here about how supporting the foundations and transitioning from a Standard American Diet (SAD) to a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet helped Rosemary overcome long-term struggles with weight, depression, anxiety, sugar addiction, skin problems, and painful periods.
I take a whole-body, nutrition-based approach, making sure that: 1) your digestion system is working properly, 2) you are eating the right kinds of foods to keep your energy levels stable and sugar cravings at bay, and 3) you are eating enough high-quality fats and proteins to keep you satisfied and nourished. While I prefer to address nutrient deficiencies using real food whenever possible, in some cases it may be necessary to supplement with targeted nutrients to help support proper body function.
Some of the foods in our protocol might seem strange or scary at first, but you’ll grow to love them and how great they make you feel. I have carefully selected low-inflammatory, nutrient-dense foods that have nourished the human race for thousands of years, and allowed our ancestors to be naturally robust. It wasn’t until these foods began to fall out of common usage—coupled with the introduction of refined sugar, processed carbohydrates, and trans fat laden vegetable oils—that so many of us became overweight and sick.
Feeling fat, sick, and exhausted is no fun. And the path to restoring your health will require making some major changes to the way you eat and live. But the myriad benefits are well worth the extra time in the kitchen: a slimmer waist, increased energy, better sleep, stronger drive and libido, improved skin, and more.
You don’t have to go it alone; I am here to help.
Join the RESTART® Program
Do you find yourself getting “hangry”? Are you constantly snacking and craving sweets? Join the next RESTART® Program to kick sugar cravings to the curb and say goodbye to hangry. The RESTART® Program is a 5-week group challenge that is part education, part sugar detox, and part accountability. The program covers how digestion is supposed to work and how we can better support it through proper nutrition, blood sugar regulation, and the importance of eating enough high-quality fats.