My Journey to Healthy:
As a baby I was colicky. As a child I suffered from digestive problems, but I never told anyone about them because I was afraid something was wrong with me. At age 11, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After my diagnosis, I gained weight fairly quickly and became quite self-conscious about my body-image. As a result, I became anorexic. Simultaneously, I had an intense interest in diet, nutrition, and health and began to experiment with lots of different foods and eating styles.
Throughout my teenage years, my digestive problems grew worse and more complex. After reading “Wheat Belly,” I self-diagnosed myself with gluten-intolerance and by eliminating gluten from my diet, I experienced tremendous improvement--at least in that area of my health. By the age of 15, however, I was underdeveloped physically and began to be concerned that I might have some hormonal imbalances. By the age of 18, after a multiplicity of tests from my endocrinologist, I was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder. The solution? Pills, of course.
So, at the age of 19, I started progesterone pills and began to see some resolution to my problems. The package listed about 10-15 possible side-effects. I suffered from nearly all of them, the worst being emotional upheavals. The year I was on them was the hardest year of my life. By the end of nine months, I felt like I was a stranger inside my own skin and thought I might need to see a psychiatrist because I was so emotional. At that point, I decided I was done with the pills. “There has to be another way!” I cried. Thankfully, within a few months a friend referred me to a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who specializes in women’s health. Getting connected to her was an answer to my prayers.
Here’s the beauty of holistic healthcare: while trying to fix your main “problem,” numerous peripheral problems simultaneously clear up as well. The “side-effects” are all good ones! While I was seeing my NTP primarily to resolve my hormonal disorder, I discovered that there were many other things in my health that a) weren’t normal and b) could be improved by nutritional therapy. Let me list a few of the additional health problems that began to clear up as a “side effect” of the lifestyle and dietary changes I made through nutritional therapy: dandruff, peeling cuticles, dry flaky skin, brittle hair, digestive problems, abdominal pain, sleepless nights, afternoon fatigue, extreme body temperatures, dieting followed by binge-eating, weight imbalances, and sugar and salt cravings, to name a few.
Nutritional therapy worked! The changes I made were gradual and steady, but the results were lasting and sustainable. Now, after several years of implementing this new lifestyle, I can say that I am the healthiest, happiest me I’ve ever been. Furthermore, eating healthy isn’t a life of restriction and drudgery. Through the process, it’s become something I absolutely love and enjoy.
I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association training program. Conventional medicine is an amazing and life-saving tool for many situations, but when I faced health challenges that it didn't have answers for, I found hope through nutritional therapy and chose to become a therapist myself so I could help others find the powerful natural solutions that will revolutionize their lives!
WHAT IS AN NTP? A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is a certified professional trained to evaluate a person’s health and devise a personalized health-plan for each client. As an NTP I will educate you about natural ways for you to reach your health goals and be there to encourage you throughout that journey.
WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY? Nutritional Therapy is a holistic approach to health and wellness that utilizes whole foods and natural supplements to address the underlying causes of sickness and disease and restore vitality back to people’s bodies.
For me, Healthy Is answers. For someone else, healthy may be energy. For another, it may be pain-free. What is healthy to you?
What can Nutritional Therapy help you with?
It could be as “small” as hangnails or as “big” as heart disease--the list is endless. While Nutritional Therapy is not designed to diagnose or treat disease, there are many health issues that can be improved through nutritional therapy. Listed here are a just a few:
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