by Melissa LaScaleia
Emma Ware has been a certified nutritionist, clinical homeopath, and doctor of holistic nutrition for over seventeen years. Additionally, she is certified in Zone for weight loss, which teaches the art of combining proteins, starches and fats optimally, and is, according to Emma, one of the best programs for balancing foods for weight loss.
With her business, Common Sense Eating, Emma helps people navigate through the complex world of food choices to achieve their health goals. Today, the majority of requests which she receives center around the topics of weight loss, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure management.
“When you change these aspects of your health, you change and shift everything,” Emma says. “And in my approach to help clients get there, the name of my business really says it all.”
Emma offers consultations, gives presentations, shares recipes, and teaches people how and where to shop so they can take better control of their health and ultimately, their lives.
“I teach people how to get organized both in the kitchen, home, and their personal lives, so they can change their lifestyle and live a healthier one,” she says. “I get a lot of requests for weight loss. And often in that journey of loosing weight, my clients start changing a lot of the other health issues that they have.”
When Emma begins a new consultation— she starts with probing questions to empower her clients. What are your challenges? Where do you think your issues for gaining weight lie? Is it with cravings, emotions, lack of time, lack of knowledge of the right foods to eat, too much fast food?
“What I try to help them implement is a return to the basics,” Emma says. “If you look at photographs of people from the beginning of time to the 1960s, the majority were thin. Looking from the 1970s to now, they are not. The only thing that has changed is the introduction of chemical-based foods.
“Previously, we didn’t have a lot of sprays for the environment. But today, the goal with manufacturing companies is to give foods a shelf life, and it’s these chemical additives that cause addictive eating patterns. If you want permanent results, then you have to make permanent changes to your diet, and accept that there are certain foods that you have to avoid as much as you can because these are foods that trigger your appetite and sugar cravings.
“When people think that they have psychological problems, that they can’t stop eating and they have bad habits, it’s not coming in actuality from them in a psychological form; it’s coming because the foods they’re eating are so saturated in chemicals that they are making your metabolism go crazy.
“With that in mind, I teach new habits and how to change behavior by eating differently. I show people how to use foods to curb their appetite, their sweet tooth, and their portions. I help them learn what foods for them trigger their sweet tooth, increase their appetite, and make them feel like they’re out of control and that they can’t stop eating.”