Our Philosophy

Thank you for your interest in The Balanced Approach! We have put together what we hope to be an exciting, comprehensive approach to health, nutrition, weight management, and food. We believe food should be life-giving, immune system enhancing, nurturing, nourishing, sensual, and fun! Americans have become very neurotic about food. Food is supposed to enhance your life and help you achieve your goals, not be one more thing to worry about.

At the Balanced Approach we believe that food should help you manage stress, not create more. Americans are shown to be over 60% overweight to obese and more frustrated than ever after 30 years of low fat dieting. Weight problems in America are partially due to what is missing in the diet. We are eating too many fast, processed, chemically enhanced diet foods.

A few keys to The Balanced Approach program are:

  1. Learn how to manage stress and cravings with food, herbs and spices. Helping you get into the best health and shape for your goals whether it's general fitness, competitive sports, or health and weight management problems. We can help to create better relationships with food and teach you how to use food and spices to improve taste, satisfaction and compliance and still reach your goals. Use food to manage health problems ranging from allergies, ADD, food sensitivities, IBS, cancer, auto-immune diseases, digestive problems, PMS, menopause, etc. and individualize your program to meet your specific needs.

  2. Digestion is the key to optimal health. It is important to think about your body the same way to think about your car. If the car starts to run a little sluggish you take it in right away to avoid creating bigger problems. Efficiency of the digestive system is the first thing Ayurveda and Chinese medicine look at, whether it's health problems or competitive sports. Understand how to add variety, flavor, spices, and new ideas to your daily eating that will make your body run smoothly and efficiently. Digestion is the key to optimal health. Understand how the six tastes "sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent" can help you manage stress and enhance digestion (see "Your Cravings").

  3. Eat Real Food. Learn how to incorporate organic, environmentally friendly, cruelty free products into your daily eating. It is absolutely better for your body. Studies have shown that all the chemicals, pesticides, and bovine growth hormone added to our staple foods like meat, poultry, dairy, nuts, and other foods we consume daily are beginning to have negative effects on our health. It is better for your body as well as the animals and land that our food comes from.

  4. Understand the bottom line and the bigger picture. Tie your eating into the bigger picture. Americans are spending over $50 billion per year on weight loss while 2/3 of the world is going to bed without enough to eat. Ayurveda can teach you about the sensuality of food so you don't need to over-consume and perpetually diet. By working with The Balanced Approach and helping yourself, you will be making a contribution to a number of children's feeding and education programs.

Jennifer Workman, M.S., R.D., C.Y.T., is the founder of The Balanced Approach®, a National Nutrition/Weight Management Education Company and author of  Stop Your Cravings, (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2003).  She has been successfully incorporating Integrative Medical and Eastern/Ayurvedic nutrition into her sports/medical nutrition practice since 1996.  Jennifer is a graduate of  New York University, with a Masters Degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology.  She has completed over 3000 hours of Ayurvedic and Yoga training thru The Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda & The Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad. She is a Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher and has also completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training and 60 hour Therapeutic Yoga for Healing Teacher training thru The Eldorado Yoga Ashram in Shambhava Yoga and meditation.

Jennifer consults for the medical, spa, health & fitness, and organic foods industries and has been in the industry for over 25 years. She is currently working with Dr. Nita Desai, M.D. as a Nutrition & Ayurvedic Educator. www.nitadesaimd.com 
 

Workman is one of the first RD’s to have a Continuing Education program approved by the American Dietetic Association to teach Integrative and Ayurvedic nutrition to Western Dietitians and Fitness Professionals.  She is also a Continuing Education Provider for The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and The National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). 

 

Ms. Workman was the Sales, Marketing & Public Relations Director and Nutritionist for The Peninsula Spa, NYC, voted one of New York City’s Best Day Spa’s by New York Magazine.  She has been rated one of the “Top 10 experts to help you revamp your diet”, (Harper's Bazaar Magazine). She has written widely on the subjects of health and nutrition, with publications in various magazines including Yoga Journal, Body & Soul, Fit Yoga, Readers Digest, Women’s World, Today’s Dietitian, Mademoiselle, American Spa, Harper’s Bazaar, Herbs for Health, Natural Health, & Healing and Retreats and Spas as well as numerous local publications. 

Our Commitment

The Balanced Approach is dedicated to educating people about how our eating habits, farming system, and lifestyles are affecting our health as well as the animals and the land from where our food comes. It is getting pretty serious, we are seeing so many illnesses from ADD to cancer to osteoporosis and many of these are connected to our lifestyle and food system. We would like to help you to reconnect with whole, fresh, organic foods, free from pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones. We would also like to support a system that is more humane and compassionate to the animals and the land. We hope to increase awareness for a healthier, more gentle system. If everyone demanded organic, cruelty free products, the incentive would increase, prices could come down and it would be better for our health, our children, and our environment.

Please don't hesitate to call if you have any questions, we have various packages and gift certificates available. We donate a portion of our income to various children's hunger programs and humane animal education & protection programs including The Humane Society of The United States.

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