The Holistic Lifestyle Practices (HLP) Approach to Diabetes Type II

What is holistic lifestyle medicine?

Holistic suggests acknowledging the whole… the entire system rather than its isolated, individualized parts. Health imbalances are explored and treated from a body/mind/spirit connection perspective. We know that all three levels must be tended to for optimal health and healing to occur because this is who you are in your essence. Lifestyle medicine asks you to consider how your lifestyle practices contribute to your health – wellness and imbalance. Making effective alterations to your lifestyle in areas such as what you eat, how you move your body, and how you handle stress will result in improved health and overall quality of living.

How do I know if the HLP approach is right for me?

The HLP approach can be a wise choice for anyone who is interested in holistic, lifestyle medicine and who is ready to prevent or reverse Diabetes Type II as well as any other dis-ease or imbalance. If holistic living is new to you and you are open-minded and ready and willing to make changes, you are in the right place. The ideal candidate for the HLP approach needs to be able to stand strong in the holistic/natural healing mindset while the mainstream population – often including family and friends – may confront and challenge your decision to go in this direction. This is based on their own fears and institutionalized brainwashing. If you are looking for a quick fix, the perfect diet, or the magic herb that will heal you, the HLP approach will not meet your needs and is therefore, not for you. If you are not willing to make lifestyle changes and/or are highly skeptical of integrative, holistic lifestyle medicine, the HLP approach will not be a good fit for you.

What is Diabetes Type II?

In simple terms, Diabetes Type II (Diabetes Mellitus) is a metabolic condition. It is the inability of your body to use the hormone, insulin, effectively. Produced inside the pancreas, insulin is necessary to transport glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream to individualized cells. This process gives you the vital, daily energy you need to function properly. When your cells are not receptive and do not allow glucose to enter, a condition known as insulin resistance occurs. When enough glucose is not removed from your bloodstream, your blood glucose levels increase, often resulting in a diabetic condition.

I am a Type I diabetic. Can the Holistic Lifestyle Practices (HLP) approach work for me?

As a Type I diabetic, you can receive great value from integrating the HLP approach into your daily routine. Since the HLP approach is holistic, it focuses on the whole body/mind/spirit system rather than one or two isolated symptoms or imbalances. You can expect to move through the three stages of well-being – Chaos of Symptoms, Symptom Reduction/Elimination, and Optimal Health in just the same way as any other person. There is no way to move through the HLP approach whole-heartedly and not experience a great increase in your day-to-day quality of living. Since Type I Diabetes is a result of a lack of insulin in the body and not the result of lifestyle habits and choices, in most cases you will not be able to eliminate your insulin supplementation completely. However, many Type I diabetics have successfully been able to decrease their insulin dosage. Any changes to your insulin dosage must be discussed with your primary healthcare practitioner.

Can Diabetes Type II really be reversed?

Contrary to mainstream belief, Diabetes Type II can be reversed. In many cases Diabetes Type II is a result of lifestyle habits, choices, and behaviors. Therefore, making significant alterations to your current lifestyle routines through an integrative, holistic program will reverse the dynamics that are currently supporting your Diabetes Type II diagnosis. Within this new environment, you will move along the path of Chaos of Symptoms to Symptom-Reduction/Elimination to Optimal Health.

Do I need to take or stay on my pharmaceutical medications?

Changes in your lifestyle routine, including the aid of blood-sugar lowering and balancing supplements and herbs will lower your blood glucose (sugar) levels. If you are currently on pharmaceutical medications, you are advised to monitor your blood sugar levels and periodically check-in with your healthcare practitioner to discuss making any changes to your current medication dosage. If you are not currently taking pharmaceutical medications, you can start the HLP approach immediately beginning from where you are today.

Do I need to follow your program 100% to make significant changes to my health?

It is rare that any of us follow any program 100%, though there are the select few that do. No, you do not need to follow the program 100%. However, as with any endeavor, what you put in is what you get out. Only you will truly know the effort you are putting forth to create the changes you desire. You do need to put forth a whole-hearted, whole-minded, and whole-spirited, concentrated effort to see your desired results. Holistic Lifestyle Practices is an integrative approach. Each component is critical and builds on each other for optimal healing to occur.

Can I work with Dr. Nicki if I live in a different city, state, or country?

Yes, absolutely! If you do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area, consultations will take place via Skype video or on the phone. About half of Dr. Nicki’s clients live outside the region. Those who do live in the SF Bay Area can also opt for Skype or phone sessions.

What is the duration of the HLP approach?

Since each person starts from their own unique starting point of holistic lifestyle integration, everyone will move at their own pace. In this way, HLP is tailored to each person’s needs, personal process, and desired outcome. Holistic lifestyle integration suggests in its language that it is an ongoing, lifelong process. That said, coaching and direct guidance from Dr. Nicki personally will last as long as you and Dr. Nicki feel it is in your best interest to continue. Dr. Nicki offers coaching packages so you can choose the best fit for you.

Can you help me with conditions other than Diabetes Type II?

The HLP approach intends to bring into alignment any dis-ease or imbalance. Since most ill heath is a result of inflammation and toxicity, addressing and tending to these issues with integrative, holistic methods will realign your body/mind/spirit system in the face of most conditi0ns.

What are your fees?

Dr. Nicki’s coaching fees are as follows:
Your First Consultation is Free! 20 – 30 minutes on the phone to learn about each other and see if we are a good fit.

The descriptions of the coaching packages can be found on the Work With Me page, while the fees can be found here.

– Retreat Style sessions vary in price depending on your location and desired time w/ Dr. Nicki. One individual in-person or Skype video session is required before a retreat style session is scheduled.
– Please refer to the HLP payment policy for guidelines on accepted payment methods, cancellation policy, and low-income / senior citizen / living with disabilities discount rate. Policies are subject to change at anytime.

Do you offer a guarantee?

The Holistic Lifestyle Practices (HLP) approach offers you a guarantee of increased wellness and quality of life. Dr. Nicki is your guide but you must be willing to do the work. It is impossible to integrate these holistic lifestyle actions and mindset and not heal. Please refer to our disclaimer to make sure you are clear about the HLP policy.

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