Starting My Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Journey
This week I started on a new journey to get my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification.
The program is through the Nutritional Therapy Association and it’s a more holistic approach to nutrition. It dives deeper by looking at lifestyle, type of nutrition, and taking into consideration things like hormones and autoimmune conditions. All of that combined with implementing a nutrient dense diet that focuses on the individual and their needs. Ahhhh I get excited just thinking about it! I love this approach to nutrition, focusing on quality nutrient dense foods to help heal the body.
It is an intense program as we dive into digestion, endocrine system, hormones, supplements, and the role of the modern diet. We also learn how to read lab work from a functional perspective and learn how to preform a functional assessment. This is one of the main reasons I went with this course, I want to learn more about lab work!
There’s a lot of work involved with each class and we meet online about every other week as well. Plus additional reading from those books in the picture.
Purchasing office and school supplies is my jam. I have been buying up binders, highlighters, and color coding my notes. Creating schedules and even working towards lining up practice clients. I am not joking around y’all, this stuff has my heart. I am beyond pumped to be able to be a source of comfort and support for others.
I have wanted to do this program for a very long time. When I was originally looking at coaching certifications it was between this and another program. Because the NTP program requires three in-person workshops, at that time I was first looking, it was not feasible for me to do that. There were no workshops close by and that kind of travel wasn’t an option.
But now? Time to start! I am very much about listening to what the universe is trying to tell you. Picking up little signs here and there, leading you in the right direction. I was getting that in regards to this program. When I discovered that one of the locations for the workshops was Bend, Oregon, just a few hours to the west, it was a done deal. This is meant to be and I signed up. I have never even been to Oregon before and this provides a great opportunity for us to travel a bit and check out another state.
Nutrition has my heart. Not something I even thought twice about until around 2008. Once I understood that food impacts our lives way more than we realize and that food has the ability to heal us in so many ways, I was hooked. I’ve been nose deep in nutrition studies ever since.
I’m constantly reading up on all the new new and soaking in as much as possible. My own journey has led me down even more rabbit holes of how hormones, gut microbiome, and organ function impacts us in a very significant way. I cannot get enough and spend almost all of my time immersed in it.
Because of that and dealing with my own healing journey has lead me to this path. I want to be able to help others who are also struggling and are ready to work towards a place of healing.
I started classes this week and I already am that student. The one who’s talking a mile a minute and asking a bajillion questions. If you know me as an introvert, this might come as a bit of a surprise. When I’m passionate about something and want to soak it all in, I become very animated.
It brings up another reason why I’m all over this program. As an introvert and Highly Sensitive Person (AND empath), I get to work this program on my own terms. Most everything is online which means I can create my own schedule. Through the online classroom I have the chance to interact and connect with others in a way that will not drain my energy.
The workshops will require a lot of my energy but I’ll also be surrounded by others who are as passionate about nutrition. It will also give energy as well.
Being able to connect with other like-minded people and nerd out on nutrition and health brings me joy. This is my life for the next year and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Andie lives in Idaho with her husband and dog (a sweet pittie girl). She’s training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with a focus on womens’ health and autoimmune conditions. By focusing on whole foods and being active, her goal is to heal her body and to create a healthy work/home/life balance.