Crissy Dopkowski, 38 of Southpark, began Crissy Dopkowski Integrative Health Counseling in 2011. Since then she has been helping individuals create goals to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Keep reading to see how Crissy can help your family, plus see how you can get a free health consultation!
Q. How did you become a health counselor?
A. I realized years ago there is so much more to health and wellness than treating disease, that prevention is the real key to overall health. This is why I have spent years working toward a career in health promotion. I graduated from East Carolina University with a BS in Health Promotion and went on to work in the field of Health Education for several years at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Once I started having children, I decided to stay home. Raising my children has only fueled my passion for health and wellness, especially when it comes to nutrition and how food affects our bodies.
A few years ago, I decided it was time to get back to working in the field of Health Promotion. I decided to enroll in the Professional Training and Certification Program through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition based out of New York City. I became a certified Health Counselor and in 2011, I started my own Health Counseling business.
Q. What all do you do?
A. Its rare for anyone to get an hour to work on nutrition and health goals with a trained professional. As a Health Counselor, I create a supportive environment that enables my clients to achieve all of their health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide clients in discovering which approach works best for them. I coach clients on an individual basis or in group settings. I also conduct workshops on the overwhelming impact diet and lifestyle has on our health and well-being.
Q. What is your approach with your clients?
A. I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding. My clients learn how to fuel their body so they are able to increase their energy and get more done in less time all while avoiding the afternoon crash! I help my clients make gradual, lifelong changes in an enjoyable way.
Q. Why is nutrition so important?
A. We are what we eat. Every time we put food into our mouth we are choosing to feed healthy cells or unhealthy cells. By eating right, we can actually prevent disease. Food is the best investment you can make toward health.
Q. What foods should you eliminate from your diet?
A. What I do is based on bio- individuality, meaning that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One persons food is another persons poison, so I cant say that there is one food that should be eliminated from everyones diet. In fact, the reason why fad diets tend to fail in the long run is because they lump everyone into one category. Everyone is unique and everyone has unique needs when it comes to diet. Working on the principle of bio-individuality, I support clients in making positive changes that are based on their needs, lifestyle and preferences. I use a personalized, holistic approach to ensure that clients will have great success no matter what foods need to be eliminated or added.
Q. How many times do you usually see a client?
A. It all depends on which program is the best fit for the client. I can see a client anywhere from 4 times to 12 or more times.
Q. How much do your services cost?
A. I conduct individual programs and group programs and my costs depend upon which program is right for you. The first step is conducting a health consultation with me and at that point we would decide on the appropriate program.
Q. What goals do you help clients reach?
A. My focus is helping moms increase their energy so they can get more done in less time, but I also work with people on any number of goals from weight loss to navigating the world of processed food.
Q. What is your favorite quick recipe that families can enjoy?
2 handfuls of a dark green leafy vegetable (spinach or kale work great)
½ to ¾ bag frozen organic blueberries
2 splashes of pomegranate juice (not from concentrate)
Water to reach right consistency
Blend in a blender until smooth
Optional add ins: ½ cup milk, ½ avocado, 1 -2 tsp flaxseeds, ½ cup silken tofu, 2 tbs peanut butter or 1 tbs coconut oil. Try any of these add ins depending on your taste!
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