This year marks 7 years since I became a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner! It was one of the best decisions I made for my health and my business since I decided to quit my job and go to culinary school. I really loved my time in the classroom and diving deep into nutrition with my classmates. It is a training that has allowed me to work with hundreds of people to get to the root of their symptoms and make real life changes that improves their overall health. This training also informs my cooking as I get to know a client’s nutrient imbalances, I can design their menu plan to fill in those gaps.
What is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)
Nutritional Therapy Practitioners are trained to work with the body’s innate ability to heal by addressing the importance of nutrient-dense food, lifestyle choices, eliminating toxins and supporting a healthy digestive system. An NTP is someone who completed the training at the Nutritional Therapy Association. We do not diagnose, treat, prescribe or give medical advice. What we do is educate on the foundations of health and help people find their balance again.
We are trained to assess issues like blood sugar regulation, digestive health, adrenal function, toxic load from the environment and then create a path to healing those areas to reduce symptoms and increase health and energy. We also help clients customize a nutrient dense diet that fits their bio-individuality.
What I do as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
I help people understand how to link their symptoms to the food that might be causing it.
Here are some of the ways I work with clients:
- 1 on 1 coaching with people to help them pinpoint where they need the most help and then creating a plan to heal, one area at a time.
- Teach cooking classes with a strong nutritional and healing foods focus
- Lead group classes called Restart where we do a whole foods cleanse and dive into the basics of nutrition and how our digestion and blood sugar are supposed to work.
- Create individualized menu plans based on a person’s nutritional needs and their goals
- Take a look at my Nutritional Services Page and book a call with me if you would like to work with an NTP to address your symptoms
Why I chose the Nutritional Therapy Association
After 10 years of cooking for clients with food allergies and sensitivities, I began to wonder WHY so many people reacting to their food?!? I wanted to understand the underlying causes, the root of their issues, and I found it through this school…. it all leads back to the health of our digestion.
Adding the hours of weekly homework to my life was totally worth it because of how this education was so rich in calling out the foundations that our health is based on: a nutrient dense diet, healthy digestion, fatty acids, mineral balance, hydration and blood sugar regulation. I wanted a deeper understanding of what is HEALTH, and WHY we develop symptoms as we get older.
The program I attended was 9 months long, and I had in-person classes each quarter. The NTA programs are now fully online, and soon moving to extending to 12 months… which is so much better! You get more time to really dig into the content like blood sugar regulation and digestion.
They have also updated the foundations of learning to include balancing stress, and sleep and how they play into our health.
Want to know more about becoming an NTP yourself?
Check out the Nutritional Therapy Association’s website and sign up for the next cohort. If you aren’t ready to begin yet, click the box for “I’m Interested in a Future Cycle” so that you stay connected to the school. And if you would like to talk to me about the training and how I use it, send me an email!