Denny Waxman offers macrobiotic health counseling in person as well as through Skype/FaceTime.
Macrobiotic Health Consultations FAQ
- Who typically comes to a macrobiotic counseling session?
My clients come to me for various health reasons. Some common counseling sessions address: cancer, infertility, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, allergies, Lyme’s disease, sleep problems, anxiety, eating disorders, hypoglycemia, and last but not least, the maintenance of good health.
- What is macrobiotic health/nutritional counseling?
During a one-hour counseling session with me, you will receive health, lifestyle, and dietary guidance. The recommendations will be individualized to your specific concerns and needs. You can schedule an appointment to see me in Philadelphia and New York. For your convenience, you may also schedule an appointment via Skype or FaceTime.
- What can I expect at a macrobiotic counseling session?
Before the appointment, a brief health assessment form is sent to you for you to describe your health history (including birth place and date), present concerns, or any other questions you may have. Please wear clothes that you can roll up to your elbows and knees as I use Oriental diagnostic techniques where I look at your face, hands, and feet. I will also take a snapshot of your face in order to gauge your progress and improvement at your next visit. Within one hour, you will receive a personalized health improvement plan and receive a “7 Steps” booklet containing a detailed food list, recipes and remedies that will serve as your guide. During your session, an assistant will take notes of your recommendations on a clear, easy to follow form.
- How often should I expect a counseling session?
Some people come once to receive help in establishing a clear direction for their health. Most people come for ongoing guidance and support 3-5 times throughout the year(s). Others are more comfortable with further guidance and visit 4-6 times throughout the year(s) depending on their needs.
- How is a macrobiotics health counseling session with Denny different from a visit to my medical doctor?
I am not a medical doctor, therefore I do not provide allopathic medical recommendations, testing or treatment. In addition to your counseling session, I recommend you consult your medical doctor. My goal is to provide you with dietary and lifestyle guidance based on my forty years experience helping people create lasting health.
- How do I schedule a counseling session?
Counseling appointments as well as fees can be obtained by calling my office at 215.271.1858.
- How can I prepare for a counseling session?
Before an appointment, I recommend that you read and familiarize yourself with, “The Complete Macrobiotic Diet.”
- Do I have to follow the recommendations completely to derive benefits?
Health is a direction, not a fixed state. Anything you add into your diet or lifestyle that supports health will provide benefit. I will guide you in creating health-supporting habits at your own pace.
- Do I have to give up all of the foods that I love?
You derive far more benefit from what you do far more than what you don’t do. My approach is based on adding, not taking away. You can let go of your old foods when you are ready.
- Can I eat out at restaurants?
You can certainly enjoy eating at restaurants where you can order meals based on grains and vegetables. The easiest places to eat out are Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian and Mexican. More and more of these restaurants are catering to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
- Is there additional education or support available?
You can visit the website for the non-profit Strengthening Health Institute for updates on various courses and workshops that are available to aid you with your macrobiotic practice. Our latest book, “The Complete Macrobiotic Diet” offers updated material along with recipes from my wife, Susan Waxman. Our cooking classes offer clear instruction on how to prepare these meals along with generous tastings at the end of each session.
- Cancellation Policy:
My ability to help people is based on mutual respect. Out of respect for my professional time and that of my clients I ask that you please honor your scheduled appointment time. If you absolutely must cancel or reschedule your appointment I ask that you do so at least four days in advance. If you must reschedule an appointment I will do my best to accommodate you. If you do not show up for a scheduled consultation or cancel within the four-day window you will be billed the cost of the session. I ask that you please respect this policy in order to maintain our positive professional relationship.
- Where can I find the food and other items recommended during my consultation?
Your personal health recommendations may include eating certain foods or using selected types of cookware or other items that sound unfamiliar. Start by going to your local health food store to see what is in stock or what the store may be willing to special order for you. The Strengthening Health Institute’s website has a resource list that includes a variety of places that carry macrobiotic food and supplies as well as education programs, newsletters and recipes.