Perio Health Partners wants to help patients restore their wellness, physically, emotionally, spiritually as well as help them restore their smiles. 


Dr. Lester and her team empower the patient’s confidence, destress the fear, all the while providing spa-like comfort.  Inspired to give more to her patients and community, the Perio Health Partners put a plan into action. The Wellness Series.


On Sept 11th, 40 patients, team members and friends of Perio Health Partners gathered for our second wellness presentation to hear Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Lori Nolan, present on the controversial and confusing world of nutrition. To hear our live stream of the talk please go here.


The circle of life

Lori introduced the circle of life, a tool she uses with her clients in order to restore balance in their lives. The diagram explains where you can start to navigate your wellness journey.  We reflected on our own personal wellness balance and filled in the graph to see what our life looks like in terms of whole wellness.


Lori explained that you could eat all organic but hate your job, be stressed out all the time and living an unbalanced life that is negatively impacting your wellbeing. So, balance and awareness is the key to living your best life.


Our Topics Included

The Carb Myth

Everybody is different. What works for you might not work for someone else or this is known as bio-individuality. She talks more about this on her website.


Everyone should strive for 90/10 balance. We can enjoy sugary food here and there. We can enjoy that piece of cake at a birthday party but it’s not something we should eat every day.


  • Simple Carbs vs Complex Carbs. Carbohydrates are foods with fiber, starch or sugar that our bodies use for energy.
    • Simple Carbs are Refined sugars and a quick hit of energy. It raises your sugar and insulant levels. When on a simple carb cycle you always feel hungry, never full and always tired and even a precursor to diabetes.
    • Complex Carbs – Rich in fiber and nutrients. They keep your blood sugar steady, with minimal spikes. Like, veggies, lentils and legumes and whole grains. Her recommendation is to look for foods that will make you stay fuller longer and do not store as fat in your body.

The Protein Craze

The myth is that we need a lot of protein. Our body makes a lot of amino acids but not all of the ones we need.

Proteins Do NOT Need to be Combined to be Complete Proteins

In 1988, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics amended their position on plant-based protein

Plant protein can meet protein requirements when a variety of plant foods are consumed, and energy needs are met.”


There are lots of veggies loaded with protein.

  • For example, Did you know that 18 grams of protein are in 1 cup in lentils? She showed us the advantages and disadvantages of plant protein. They are all disease-fighting foods compared to animal meats like cholesterol and animal fats.


We are not slaves to our genes! If you have a risk of disease, it does not mean you’re going to get sick. We can alter this through food. You can change this.


How much protein do you need a day?

Harvard Medical School & United States Department of Agriculture supports the equation below to find how much protein you need per day. Remember to use your ideal body weight, not your current.


0.36 X Ideal Body Weight (lbs) = Grams of Protein/Day


Is it possible to reverse chronic illness?

Two biggest chronic illness that can be used to combat with proper nutrition are:


Type II Diabetes/Insulin Resistance

  • Inability to break down sugar
  • High levels of sugar in the blood
  • Increase fat storage
  • Later stages of the disease, the body might not produce enough insulin


Heart Disease

  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Plague build up in artery walls
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Overweight
  • Smoking


The best ways combat illness like these is with proper food, wellness and a whole food plant-based diet that’s low in fat and refined carbohydrates. Also, stress management and having the right support in your life play a key role. We also want to be mindful of inflammation markers that could play roles in combatting illness.



Gut Health:

“Our gut is a like a little city – with microbiomes and there is all this good and bad bacteria and we have to keep it balanced and happy if we’re going to be balanced and happy too.” –  Lori


Gut health affects everything. It affects your heart, mood and mental health concerns like depression and anxiety.


Things that affect gut health:

  • Prescription Medication
  • Poor food choices
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Environmental toxins/chemicals


Best way to combat gut health with food is to eat as much organic as possible.


How to improve your gut health?

  • Take probiotics & Eat fermented foods
  • Eat prebiotic fiber
  • Eat fewer sugars & sweeteners
  • Reduce Stress
  • Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • Use chemical-free cleaning products
  • Avoid smoking
  • Eat a whole-food, plant-based diet
  • Organic & Non-GMO




What tips will you put into action? How can you start to live a healthier life through nutrition? We hope this summary helps you on your wellness journey. We are looking forward to our next wellness presentation and hope to see you there.


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