As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), I am often asked to about Nutritional Therapy and my approach to health. I thought I would share some details about my training and philosophy on nutrition.
In June, I graduated from the Nutritional Therapy Association's NTP program, a rigorous nine month course that grounded me in the foundations of holistic and ancesteral health. The material was broken down into 15 modules, covering topics such as the Basics of Nutrition and the Client Consultation Process, to more in depth material such as the Endocrine System and Nutritional Detoxification. Each course module included hands-on Functional Evaluation points that correlate to the topic, as well as training on how to find the point on the body.
I also learned how to identify and address imbalances in the body and how to intervene with nutrition to improve overall health and wellness.
As a NTP, I am trained in holisitc nutrition; using natural foods and products instead of conventional medical treatments to support my client's health. I work to remedy the 'whole' person instead of treating symptoms.
My role is to help clients identify nutritional deficiencies and create a plan to address them. Through my education at the NTA, I learned in order to improve your health, you must address the foundations first.
The foundations of optimal health being a 'properly prepared, nutrient dense diet', optimal digestion, balanced blood sugar, fatty acids, mineral balance and hydration.
Before working with clients one-on-one, I aim to understand their health history, habits around food and their objectives for Nutritional Therapy. I use several tools to obtain this information:
- Client Consultation Form: provides me with a brief health history
- Three-day food journal: clients track their food and feelings to give me insight into their habits
- Nutritional Assessment Questionaire: brief online quiz that provides me with detailed reporting on health concerns
Once I receive the completed documentation, I review it and create a plan based on the foundations of health. During the in-person consultation, I discuss my findings, their goals and refine the recommendations to work with their lifestyle.
My recommendations are based in real-food nutrition, focusing on properly prepared, nutrients food, paired with a well-balanced lifestyle. As I tell my clients, no diet dogma or calorie counting. Instead, we focus on reducing stress, improving digestion and practicting self care.
Since each client is differnt I use a couple of approaches:
- All-in: going for it and fully committing to the program we lay out
- baby-steps: picking two or three items to work on each month
I let my clients chose the approach that works for them. We check in at least once a week on their progress and meet monthly to discuss goals and refine plans.
If you are looking for a change and think Nutritional Therapy is right for you, contact me at email@example.com .