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Month 4 at Nutritional Therapy Association

It’s that time again!  Another month in the books…ha literally.  I spent quite a bit of time with my head buried in some kind of book or binder (again).  I seriously cannot say enough good things about this program.  The way that the information is presented is just superior to anything I’ve ever experienced.  A good reason for that is probably because I’ve never felt myself be so “sucked in” to any (academic) area prior to this, and for me, that is really an amazing thing.  Even when I hear our instructors talk about certain things beyond the course, and I admit it’s way over my head at this point, I’m still thinking “This is fascinating. Tell me more.”  I think that’s when you know you’re in the right place.  When all you want is to know and do more, and your face lights up when you listen to it or talk about it, and you can talk forever about this thing that you love.  That’s me in this course.

That said, this last month has been fairly busy with juggling the modules I have to cover to move forward in my studies and reviewing modules 1-6 in preparation for the midterm exam coming up at our August workshop…plus, you know, still doing life.  So it’s been a lot of figuring out time management, which truthfully has never really been my strong point, (my husband can attest to that), but he makes a great support system. 🙂

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So these last few weeks, when I wasn’t studying for the midterm, I did manage to complete two more modules.

Module 8 – Hydration

Module 9 – Endocrine

These were crazy interesting to me, as we move into the consequences that I mentioned before.  The Hydration module is a foundational module, so Endocrine is where we begin consequences.  The consequences are all these different areas of the body that could be affected if the foundations are not functioning optimally.  The foundations of health are digestion, hydration, minerals, blood sugar balance, fatty acid balance, and a properly prepared nutrient dense diet.  So as a general rule, if a person shows symptoms indicating some kind of weakness in a consequence area, (for example, hypothyroidism which is part of the endocrine system), instead of “symptom chasing” and trying to fix/focus ON the thyroid, we are taught to be the detective and explore the foundations of health to figure out WHY the thyroid is functioning at a lower level.  Then once the foundations are in balance once again, the thyroid will most likely balance out as well, whether it be on its own or maybe a little support is needed to get things going.  Pretty cool, huh?  The endocrine system might even be something I’d love to focus on when it comes to career later on, but we will see how that goes.  No rush.

A big part of our midterm is performing the Functional Evaluation on a fellow student.  Oh, the nerves.  The anxiety.  My husband has no idea how many times he’s going to be “evaluated” in the next month.  …Sorry dear.

Favorite book:  Ok, so we had a book review for the Hydration module, but not Endocrine.  The book for Hydration was called  Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. I thought this was a really interesting book in seeing all these different conditions that chronic dehydration can affect and even turn around.  I appreciated that by the end of the book, the author did touch briefly on the importance of water quality and even made some general nutritional recommendations.  However, I felt the book was written in a way that makes it sound like water is THE answer to reversing these listed conditions.  I started to get annoyed with the book constantly saying how water cured this and that, but no mention of the many other nutritional possibilities that may also “cure” any particular condition as well.  I understand that wasn’t his point of the book, but with the exception of only a few times, he made no reference to nutrition.  I don’t know, just my two cents.  It’s a great book, but I wouldn’t put it on my favorites list.

Totally off topic…

If you’re looking for a really awesome book, check this one out.

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Eat the Yolks by Liz Wolfe, NTP.  Yes, she’s an NTP which means I love her already.  I’ve been listening to her podcast (technically it’s not hers, but she’s the cohost for Diane Sanfilippo) Balanced Bites.  Liz has an awesome sense of humor on the show and it’s right there in the book as well, while spewing out these amazing facts.  I bought this intending to dive in after I graduate, but I just couldn’t wait that long.  So I’ve been trying to squeeze this in between studying and it’s totally worth it.  Just get it.  You won’t be sorry.

Also off topic…

Fun kitchen gadgets!

I went for years thinking an apple slicer was ridiculous and unnecessary.  Maybe it is, but once you get one, you never knew you needed it.  Take that a step further and get a melon slicer!!  If you had no reason before, now you do.  Melon flowers!!

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Isn’t she pretty??  My daughter loved it and especially loved pulling off the “petals” for a snack.

In good health,

Michelle

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