The Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program I’m enrolled in is starting in about six weeks…eek! I am beyond excited to start this new journey. I’ve been waiting what feels like forever to find something that I enjoy, that empowers and inspires me to be the best version of myself, and that also allows me to help others. I feel like I hit the jackpot!
So you may be wondering just what the hell nutritional therapy is anyway. I get it. This is something you don’t see in mainstream media, although the holistic lifestyle (specifically nutrition) is making some headway with the masses. The problem with that is that there is SO MUCH misinformation out there about nutrition–it’s absolutely ridiculous, and quite frankly a little discouraging to some. One minute coconut oil is touted as the best thing in the world, and the next there is an article or study suggesting the saturated fat in it is totally unhealthy and artery-clogging. (Read the Whole30’s response to the article here–I couldn’t have said it any better myself–and do your own research.)
The media likes to sensationalize things to get the most views, hits, whatevers to boost their bottom line. Objective reporting on anything these days is pretty rare as many communications companies or “health” organizations are usually getting paid to promote someone else’s agenda over another. Give me a break. (Insert eye roll here.) I’m embarrassed to even have a degree in journalism!
Okay end rant (for now).
So, nutritional therapy. Basically the Nutritional Therapy Association is this group of rad, badass people who are all about helping other people understand that a myriad of the health problems today are brought on by poor nutrition. They focus on real, scientific evidence about nutrition and bio-individuality (one size DOES NOT fit all when it comes to nutrition and wellness). Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (NTPs) and Nutritional Therapy Consultants (NTCs) are taught foundational holistic approaches, focusing on the importance of properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole foods in conjunction with a well-balanced lifestyle.
The NTP program is 9 months of a “rigorous course curriculum that includes anatomy and physiology, basic chemistry concepts, and the science of food and its’ nutritional components.” The main NTA course topics–digestion, blood sugar regulation, fatty acid balance, minerals, and hydration–are spread throughout 15 modules where the student learns basic nutrition, the client consultation process, the different systems of the body, and nutritional detoxification.
So what’s the difference between an NTC and an NTP? The NTP program goes a step further by teaching the functional evaluation process. This is a more in-depth approach to figuring out what your body’s nutritional needs are based on various hands-on, physical manipulations of the body. This portion of the program is taught during the three workshops required throughout the course.
Okay, so a 9-month, intensive course to do…what exactly? A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is not intended to treat or diagnose diseases, but instead to make nutritional recommendations for balancing the body and optimal wellness. It’s basically a health and wellness coach, with a very comprehensive and knowledgeable background in the foundations of nutrition and overall wellness. Certified NTPs are required to take a certain number of continuing education credits every two years so that they are staying up to date on all things health and wellness and expanding their repertoire.
I am SO STOKED for this program you guys! I have big dreams that involve opening my own practice to accommodate clients local to me as well as clients from anywhere around the world. I hope to further my knowledge in the healing powers of essential oils, become a yoga nerd, start a community garden, offer community classes, write a book, and basically inspire and empower anyone I cross paths with to become a better, more healthy version of themselves using the foundational holistic approaches I will learn.
In the meantime, I am working on starting my business (only as a health and wellness coach until I become certified), getting ahead on some reading for school, getting my spaces prepared for when school starts, and enjoying the little bit of summer that is left. If you have any questions about the program, or are interested in becoming one of my clients (see my Services page for pricing and info), shoot me an email!