About

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Formal Bio

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Gina Rieg is the founder and owner of Simplified Wellness for You.  As a Certified Health Coach, a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Program and a Certified GAPS
Practitioner, Gina guides and empowers her clients and students towards their best health by focusing on an ancestral food lifestyle.  Gina’s passion stems from her prior health obstacles with digestive disease.  She personally experienced the life-changing benefits of transitioning to an ancestral food lifestyle, enabling her to overcome chronic digestive disease. 
 
Gina supports her clients and students by tackling various health concerns, especially digestive issues but also low energy and cravings, among others.  By empowering and educating others, Gina connects the dots between food lifestyle and health.  She simplifies conflicting and confusing nutrition information, focusing on the ancestral food lifestyle foundations that lead to sustainable and thriving optimal health.
 
Gina received her Health Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with SUNY College.  Gina is also a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program through the Nutritional Therapy Association.  Furthermore, Gina is a Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP), certified by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.   Wearing another hat, Gina serves as a local Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. 
 
A former athlete, Gina continues to train with CrossFit and functional movement.  Another passion and essential is walking the talk - preparing delicious ancestral homemade meals.  She enjoys her workout training, spending time outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

 

My Approach

Consistent nourishment provides the essential building blocks and fuel for balance and optimal health.  A properly prepared, nutrient-rich, whole foods lifestyle TRULY is the foundation for all health.  Then, our bodies need to utilize that nourishment and fuel, as our bodies naturally know how.  Best health is a synergy between what comes into the body (food and non-food) and proper function of the body.

When our body shows signs of illness, "dis-ease”, and even what may seem to be “just little health concerns”, it's a clear message that our body is unbalanced. 

The approach here at Simplified Wellness for You focuses on the following:

  • Ancestral Health.  This encompasses how we lived ancestrally, focusing first on an ancestral food lifestyle.  A properly prepared nutrient-rich, whole foods diet is how we best nourish our bodies, leading to our optimal health.  Other important components of ancestral health are how we sleep, move and play.
  • Myth-Busting.  By dissecting the MANY mainstream "healthy food" myths out there, we are empowered to choose differently to opt for what serves our body versus burdening our body.  Discovering how “mainstream healthy food" and “mainstream lifestyle” are drastically preventing us from optimal health, is key in the transformation to optimal health.
  • Simplifying It.  We've broken down the concepts in easy to understand terms.  That’s vital for sustainability of changes.  You will connect the dots between an ancestral food lifestyle and optimal health.  Then you will be empowered to take concrete action steps.
  • Root Causes.  By digging deeper into foundations of health, we functionally address health issues.  For example, did you know that digestion impacts endocrine functions (hormone, metabolism) and that sugar handling affects digestion, the immune system and hormones as well?  Fascinating, isn't it?
  • Navigating “The How”.  Many times, we might know what to do but the biggest struggle lies in the HOW.  We help you navigate “the how”, with gradual and sustainable steps.

Whether it's through the virtual group mentoring program, private coaching , or in a class or seminar, this approach is the focus of Simplified Wellness for You.

 

Training & Certifications

  • Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
     

  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certification from Nutritional Therapy Association
     
  • GAPS Certified Practitioner from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Training

The NTA program further enhanced my approach with a concrete and clear alternative to the grain-based, low fat nightmare that is the official diet of modern America. This alternative is a properly prepared nutrient-dense whole foods diet as described more here. The Nutritional Therapy Association is founded on the beliefs of such nutritional pioneering greats as Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis A. Pottenger, considered two of the greatest scientific minds ever to research nutrition, food supplies and their effects on modern society. NTA's philosophy is that the myriad of health problems plaguing modern society result from weaknesses in the body's physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition.

From my education in the Nutritional Therapy Program, I acquired deeper knowledge surrounding nutrition and the consequences of a poor food lifestyle, investigating how weak foundations lead to consequences in health. For example, did you know that digestion impacts endocrine functions (hormone, metabolism) and that sugar handling affects digestion, the immune system and endocrine function?

Key aspects of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program are:

  • Recognizing connections between food and nutrition with chronic conditions such as digestive issues, asthma, menstrual issues, weight issues, muscle cramping, fatigue, even cardiovascular inflammation to a certain degree.
  • Viewing clients as a complete organism, investigating underlying causes of health issues, focusing on systems instead of just symptoms.
  • Focusing on replenishment, to aid the body and its intelligence in healing itself.  This is essentially preventative care.
  • Educating on the important factors for health outside of the scope, such as emotional issues and even structural defects of the need for movement.

 

GAPS - GAPS stands for "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" and "Gut and Physiology Syndrome".  The GAPS protocol takes Nutritional Therapy to the next level if appropriate for the person.  It establishes a connection between the state of the gut and the health of the rest of the body.  The GAPS protocol is an intense gut-healing protocol and I am glad to have personally experienced the benefits of GAPS and to be professionally trained by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, to help others through their GAPS journey.