The Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine offers a variety of services to help you manage your nutritional challenges. Our chef, dietitians and lifestyle practitioners specialize in:
- Weight loss/management
- Chronic disease prevention
- Special diets (vegan, low carbohydrate, FODMAP)
- NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
- Integrative medicine
- Healthy cooking
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, manage a chronic disease or are interested in bettering your health, we offer multiple complementary therapies that will work along side your medical practitioner(s).
- Private Nutrition Consults: a custom health plan based on a comprehensive evaluation of your current dietary habits and health needs.
- Culinary Medicine: take a closer look at your nutritional needs and gain the skills to prep and cook healthy meals.
- Nutrigenomics: a personalized nutrition and fitness report based on your genes.
- Services are provided at Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus and online with a Virtual Visit.
- Call 216.448.4325 to request an appointment.
At the Wellness Institute we offer Integrative & Lifestyle nutrition consults for adults over the age of 18.
Custom health plans can be designed for:
- Weight loss
- Heart health
- Nutrigenomics testing
- Food intolerances
- Intermittent fasting
- Various diets: elimination, low carb, low fat, vegan, Mediterranean, gluten free and/or dairy free
Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN & Beth Bluestone, RD, LD practice lifestyle and integrative nutrition.During your initial consultation time will be spent time providing a comprehensive evaluation and looking at the interactions that take place in your daily lifestyle including your work environment, diet and stress. The nutritionist will then design a custom health plan that addresses all of your needs. Our dietitians can appreciate that no one is perfect, and they understand the challenges people face every day in relation to their food.
Culinary Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic combines evidence based science of food, nutrition and medicine with the joy and art of cooking developed by our team of physicians, dietitians and chefs.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or are newly diagnosed, we offer Culinary Medicine education so you won’t compromise the taste of your meals or your health.
Culinary Medicine Consult
The Culinary Medicine Consult is a one-on-one appointment with Executive Chef, Jim Perko, CEC, AAC. An initial sixty minute consultation includes a comprehensive evaluation to determine your food preferences, current culinary literacy skills, ability to cook and prepare meals and scope of your kitchen and family support. Custom dietary recommendations and culinary principles will be recommended based on your dietary restrictions.
- Private (in-person) consults are held at Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus or online Virtual Visit.
- Call 216.448.4325 to schedule
Culinary Medicine for Chronic Disease Shared Nutrition Appointment
The Culinary Medicine Shared Medical Appointment utilizes culinary medicine to improve and/or reverse common chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood cholesterol (dyslipidemia) and obesity.
Group sessions are held at our Culinary Medicine Teaching Kitchen in Lyndhurst (1950 Richmond Rd, Lyndhurst, OH). Our chef and physician offer hands-on practice and/or culinary demonstrations. Not only will you will learn how to shop, plan and prepare healthy meals, but best of all you’ll get samples to taste how great nutritious meals can be.
- Learn more about the Culinary Medicine for Chronic Disease Shared Medical Appointment.
- Private consults and shared appointments are held at Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus.
- Call 216.448.4325 to schedule.
A Personalized Nutrition and Fitness Report Based on Your Genes
The Nutrigenomix test is a 45-gene test that assesses how your genes impact your diet, and includes a full analysis of your diet from our nutrition experts.
The test is broken down into the following categories. Here are a few examples:
- Nutrient Metabolism – How well do you absorb B12? Are you at risk of having too much iron?
- Cardiometabolic Health – How do you metabolize caffeine? Are you salt sensitive?
- Weight Management and Body Composition – Would you do better on a high protein diet? Do you burn less calories than the average person?
- Eating Habits – Are you more likely to have a sweet tooth? Are you more likely to eat in between meals?
- Food Intolerances – Are you sensitive to dairy and/or gluten?
- Fitness and Physical Activity – Do you have a higher pain tolerance? Will you excel more in activities that are strength or endurance driven?
The Science Behind Nutrigenomics
Nutrigenomics is the study of how our diets impact our genes and vice versa. It’s perhaps the only approach in the world of nutrition that incorporates a personal perspective into your own DNA and the impact your food choices have on your diet. For example, did you know that your risk of high blood pressure and heart attack are greater if you possess a certain gene variant that makes it difficult for you to metabolize caffeine? Or, did you know that your success in weight loss may depend on how your structure your macronutrient (protein, fat and carbohydrate) consumption.
The human genome consists of about 25,000 genes and all of these genes may exist in different forms. These variations in our genes are the reason why we don’t all look alike, why some of us have blue eyes and red hair and some of us have brown eyes and blond hair, in spite of the fact that we are 99.9% genetically identical. Genetic variation also determines how we metabolize and utilize the foods, nutrients and supplements we ingest.
Different versions of a gene can make us respond differently to certain components in food such as the lactose in milk, the gluten in bread, the caffeine in coffee, along with carbohydrates, fats, proteins vitamins and minerals found in various foods. But our genes are not the only side of the genetic story. The foods we choose to eat have a big impact as well, and can essentially turn genes “on” and “off.” This area of genetics is called epigenetics, and it determines how likely our genes will be expressed. The Pima Indians of Mexico and Arizona are a great example of the science of epigenetics. While both groups share the same genetics, one that makes them more likely of developing type 2 diabetes; only 7% of the Mexican Pima Indian population has diabetes while over 50% of the population in Arizona have it. The difference lay in the variations of diet and physical activity. The Mexican population is more active, and adheres to a more nutrient dense, whole plant foods diet and therefore, their genetic fate is not expressed as it is in their Arizona counterpart. Our Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute Dietitians will walk you through how you can do the same thing with your genes, and will work with you on creating the best diet for your genetic profile.
We believe that Nutrigenomix testing can enable us to use nutrition to its fullest potential to prevent, manage or improve various health issues. Not only will the testing and Dietitian session help you to create the best diet possible, it will also highlight factors that may increase your risk for certain diseases. Diet is not a one size fits all approach – isn’t it time you ate the right diet for your genes?
Step One: Order the Kit from Nutrigenomix
Order your test-kit directly from Nutrigenomix. Cost is $249, payable directly to Nutrigenomix.
The kit will come directly to your home and will include instructions on how to submit the sample and mail back. It will include a self-addressed envelope to send your kit back. Once you send your results back in, it will take anywhere from 3-6 weeks for your Cleveland Clinic Coordinator to obtain your results.
Step Two: Schedule a Consult
Once your results are in, a scheduling coordinator will call you to set up a private appointment with a Wellness Institute registered dietitian. The appointment will be 1-hour in length and your test will be emailed to you at that time so you and the dietitian can go through the results together. The dietitian will call you on the day of the appointment. The consult cost is $95 and is not covered by insurance.
Appointments & Locations
Options for nutritional consults, Nutrigenomics, and culinary medicine are offered in Lyndhurst or online. Call 216.448.4325, option 4 to ask questions or schedule.
1950 Richmond Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Amherst Family Health Center
5172 Leavitt Road
Lorain, OH 44053
Virtual Visit for Culinary Consults and Nutrition Consults
Select patients can now see our providers online using their smartphone or computer.
Call 216.448.4325, option 4 to schedule