Meet the Savvy Behind the Stummy

Paulina Lee, MS, RD, LD

Nutrition has always been a passion and a part of my life. Growing up, my family always put a lot of emphasis on healthy eating and making sure we had a balanced diet. However, as I got older I noticed that in spite of our “healthy” lifestyle, we all continued to suffer from various chronic issues.

Even though my family and I had tried to maintain a lifestyle and diet that the general public had been told was “healthy” - there were individualized issues in each of us that meant what was good for one was not necessarily good for another. I soon realized that health, like all things, isn’t one size fits all.

After getting my undergraduate degree in Nutrition at the University of Houston, I worked in several clinical settings before transitioning from healthcare to prevention-focused nutrition.

As I was completing my Master in Health Science and Integrative Medicine, I began to focus more on functional medicine.Through my studies and own personal experiences, I quickly learned a valuable lesson: unless you identify the root of the problem, it’s not possible to make profound and sustainable strides towards optimal health.

So I started my quest towards learning everything I could about my body from a physiological, emotional and digestive level in an effort to heal myself. Now it's my mission to help others to do the same - so everyone can achieve the healthiest version of themselves.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

- Hippocrates

What is functional medicine?

Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs ofthe 21st century.

Functional medicine integrates traditional Western medical practices with what are sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through nutrition, diet, and exercise; use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques; and prescribed combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques.

With an integrative, science-based healthcare approach, functional medicine practitioners look “upstream” to consider the complex web of interactions in the client’s history, physiology, and lifestyle that can lead to illness spending time with their clients, listening to their histories and looking at the interaction among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease.

By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more client-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

The Savvy Stummy Strategy utilizes this functional approach to identify and help clients heal by providing a personalized approach and getting to root of their issues for long term and sustainable wellness.

Learn more about the Strategy here!

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