My interest in nutrition started back in my teens, in a very unhealthy way, but we don’t need to go there right now. 😉 Once I got that under control, I wanted to do more to help others with their nutrition and health. That led me to start a degree in a nutrition program at a university to become a registered dietitian. I went through almost the whole program and I wish I could explain to you what this was, but something was saying to me, “this isn’t right”. ….Um What?! What’s not right? I’m almost done here! This isn’t right for me? This program isn’t right in general? I don’t know. I just know I left it. My love for nutrition, in the sense of holistic nourishment, didn’t go away though. It was a very confusing time for me in this part of life because I knew at this point there was something better out there, something I really believed in. I just truthfully didn’t know what it was, or more precisely how to explain what it was. I spent the next few years trying to figure it out while I married my love, moved across the ocean and back and a few times around the US, and had two beautiful babies. Once our first baby came, I started really diving in to natural living and eventually I stumbled upon the Nutritional Therapy Association. My world changed that day. It was like the stars aligned because honestly, I didn’t even know a field like this existed. I did a lot more research over the next couple years, checked out a bunch of other schools. I kept coming back to NTA and Mr. Right finally agreed that we could do this program together. (I’m the student, but I couldn’t do it without his support and help through it.) And so it began, as of February 2016.
What exactly is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner? It’s a wellness practitioner who is certified to do specific tests on the body to make nutritional and supplemental recommendations that will help rebalance the body chemistry. An NTP focuses on improving a condition by getting to the root cause, rather than just looking at the symptoms. *An NTP does not treat, diagnose, or cure. It’s more of teaching someone how to be their OWN practitioner and guiding them to take their health into their own hands.*
I was drawn to NTA because of their philosophy, and the way the program is offered. Their philosophy, in a nut shell, is that the modernization of our food and medications is what’s responsible for the declining health of our society. NTA emphasizes the importance of properly prepared, good quality food to be used for restoration of the body’s nourishment and health. Each person is biologically individual and what works for one person may not be best for another. I appreciate that they don’t try to teach about any specific diets, reflecting that bioindividuality. The nine month program is offered mostly online for self paced learning with three in person workshops to attend. For me, that’s a perfect balance of learning methods.
As the month of March comes to a close, I wanted to reflect back on my journey thus far on my way to becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
In the last 5 weeks, I have discovered SO much about the human body, the history of health and modernization of food, my mind is blown on a daily basis with my studies. That said, this program is intense and it is not without challenges and my own struggles.
Module 0 – Intro to course
Module 1 – Basics of Nutrition
Module 2 – Client Consultation Process
Module 3 – Anatomy & Physiology
Module 4 – Digestion & Elimination
I am most of the way through Module 4, as I write this.
My favorite lesson so far was learning about the findings of Dr. Weston Price and Francis Pottenger. I’ll have to do a separate post about these men because it’s so incredible.
This is a very reading intensive course and that is probably my biggest struggle. I am a person who loves leisure reading, but I am also not a crazy fast reader. And I’m definitely a distracted reader so I have a hard time really retaining and regurgitating what I’ve read (a lot of the time). I personally learn better by the video and audio lectures. Despite my reading struggles, I still thoroughly enjoy the books.
I have two favorites so far and would definitely recommend. Nourishing Traditions was like finally reading what I’ve been believing for so long but everything and everyone around me was telling me the opposite. It was as if I made this incredible jaw dropping discovery that yes, I knew there was more to this! This actually leads quite nicely to my other favorite book. Why Stomach Acid is Good for You. This is a book to read if you’ve been on antacids for “producing too much stomach acid” resulting in heartburn. It provides a lot of insight about the truth about digestion and the importance of having stomach acid in the first place…so when you block it or neutralize it, some real health problems can occur.
My first workshop will be in May and I am so excited to meet my classmates and instructors. Even though this is a mostly online course, the sense of community that’s already developed is really amazing. It is so nice to be in this course with like-minded people.
In good health,