About Gina

Hello! I am Gina Rieg, founder and owner of Simplified Wellness for You. As a Certified Health Coach, I guide and empower others towards optimal health by focusing on a REAL and traditional food lifestyle. I work with individuals, families, groups and corporate employees, guiding them in their health and nutrition goals. My passion stems from my own life-changing experiences and health obstacles with digestive disease. (You can read about my health journey here). I personally experienced the benefits of transitioning to a REAL food lifestyle, enabling myself to take back my health and overcome chronic digestive disease.


I support my one-on-one clients by investigating a wide range of health concerns including but not limited to digestive issues, weight issues, cravings and low energy. By empowering my clients, students and corporate wellness participants, I help them connect the dots between food and optimal health.  I simplify wellness by simplifying conflicting nutrition information, focusing on the ancestral food lifestyle foundations that set us up for sustainable and optimal health.


I received my Health Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with SUNY College. I am also a graduate Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program through the Nutritional Therapy Association.  Furthermore, I am a Certified GAPS Practitioner, certified by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. Wearing another hat, I serve as a local Chapter Leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park. 


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As a former athlete, I remain physically active with CrossFit and playing volleyball. Another passion, and daily essential, is traditionally preparing homemade meals with a creative flair. I enjoy my workouts, spending time outdoors and spending time with family and friends. My office is in Columbia, MD but I offer services in surrounding areas.

Feel free to connect with me! Schedule an initial consultation with me today.

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My Approach


The foods with which we nourish our bodies on a daily basis provide the essential building blocks for balance. A properly prepared nutrient-dense whole foods lifestyle TRULY is the foundation for all aspects of health.


When our body shows signs of illness, "dis-ease”, and even what may seem to be little health concerns, it's a clear message that something is wrong and out of balance.


Therefore, we need to first take in the right food, providing fuel and nourishment for our body. Then, our bodies need to utilize that fuel, as our bodies naturally know how. With those two steps, there are many areas that often times need optimization and support.


The approach here at Simplified Wellness for You focuses on:

  • REAL food ‐ what I also like to call traditional food-ways. A properly prepared nutrient-dense whole foods diet is how we best nourish our bodies and therefore experience better health. Rediscovering the food lifestyle is the key to true health.
  • Myth-busting ‐ By conquering the MANY "healthy food" myths out there, we are empowered to choose differently and better. Simply stated, "mainstream healthy food" is severely preventing us from optimal health.
  • Simplifying it! We've simplified wellness for you, by connecting the dots between a REAL food lifestyle and optimal health and likewise, between poor food and health issues.
  • Looking deeper into the foundations of health (digestion, sugar handling, essential fatty acids, minerals and hydration) to understand how they are at the root of health issues. For example, did you know that digestion impacts endocrine functions (hormone, metabolism) and that sugar handling affects the immune system and also endocrine function? Fascinating, isn't it?
  • It's time ‐ now is the time to take back our health!

By teaching you, empowering you and guiding you along your journey towards optimal health, we are here for you.


Whether it's through coaching sessions, group classes or corporate wellness programs, this approach is the basis of Simplified Wellness for You.


My Training


In addition to the health coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (as described above), I am also a graduate of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program by the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA).  Furthermore, I am a Certified GAPS Practitioner, certified by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.


Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Training - The NTA program further enhanced my approach with a concrete and clear alternative to the grain-based, low fat nightmare that is the official diet of modern America. This alternative is a properly prepared nutrient-dense whole foods diet as described more here. The Nutritional Therapy Association is founded on the beliefs of such nutritional pioneering greats as Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis A. Pottenger, considered two of the greatest scientific minds ever to research nutrition, food supplies and their effects on modern society. NTA's philosophy is that the myriad of health problems plaguing modern society result from weaknesses in the body's physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition.


From my education in the Nutritional Therapy Program, I acquired deeper knowledge surrounding nutrition and the consequences of a poor food lifestyle, investigating how weak foundations lead to consequences in health. For example, did you know that digestion impacts endocrine functions (hormone, metabolism) and that sugar handling affects the immune system and also endocrine function? This knowledge and education is demonstrated in all services offered by Simplified Wellness for You.



Some key aspects of the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program are:

  • Recognizing connections between food and nutrition with chronic conditions such as digestive issues, asthma, menstrual issues, weight issues, muscle cramping, fatigue, even cardiovascular inflammation to a certain degree.
  • Viewing clients as a complete organism, investigating underlying causes of health issues, focusing on systems instead of just symptoms.
  • Focusing on replenishment, to aid the body and it's intelligence in healing itself.  This is essentially preventative care.
  • Educating on the important factors for health outside of the scope, such as emotional issues and even structural defects of the need for exercise.


GAPS
- GAPS stands for "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" and "Gut and Physiology Syndrome".  The GAPS protocol establishes a connection between the state of the gut and the health of the rest of the body.


What does this training mean for Simplified Wellness for You? It means that I can guide my clients and students even deeper into prevention and addressing health concerns. It means that my clients and students will learn even more tools to be able to achieve optimal health and take back their own health. It truly is an honor and blessing to be able to share this with you!


Thank you for reading and I look forward to connecting with you!

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