“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Back in September 2018 I started my journey with the Nutritional Therapy Association, to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I had admired the NTA for years from afar, but never quite felt it was the “Right” time, or I’d let negative thoughts creep in like “I’m too old for this change” or “What will I do once I graduate anyway?”
I finally decided to put those insecurities to the side and realize that it will never feel like the “Right” time, so I should just go for it!
Since having some life changing health events back in 2009 (See post here) I have been on a journey in all aspects of my life to live as healthy, clean, and toxin free as possible. Talking about food, health, and natural living light my soul on fire! I had been considering going back to school for something “Health Related” but just couldn’t seem to find anything at a traditional college that met what I was looking for. I would pull my hair out if I had to sit in a class that told us the current SAD (Standard American Diet) was healthy!
I realized that some of the people I most admired on social media, the people who’s information resonated with me the most were all NTP’s!
That’s when I decided the NTA was the school for me, and that someday I too would be an NTP!
The NTA is unique in it’s approach to health. Their program focuses first on the “Foundations” of health always looking first to digestion, blood sugar regulation, minerals, fatty acids and hydration. While also focusing on anatomy and physiology, the endocrine system, the immune system, cardiovascular health, detoxification, sleep, stress, and movement. I love how the NTA stresses bio-individuality, never a one size fits all approach and a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods diet. You also learn the hands-on process of the Functional Evaluation which allows you to identify organ systems under stress and then prioritize support accordingly – all setting you up to work with clients in a private practice setting.
This program has been rigorous that’s for sure – much more than I thought! However, the information I am learning is invaluable and has given me so much more confidence to truly understand the body, and down to a cellular level how food affects us.
I will be done with my NTP program in the summer 2019, and look forward to the future and all the possibilities opened to me through my education! I also realize that learning is never really over, and am excited to continue on my path of health education through additional certifications I already know I want!
It seemed impossible to add full time school on top of life with 3 young kids, a dog (4th child), a husband (5th child), working full-time, and just life in general – but I am here as living proof it can be done. We can do hard things!
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
I remember once right before I started class, reading an Instagram post from Danika Brysha, an account I really look up to and find great inspiration from. She was traveling across the country in her RV, working remotely earning an income, all while doing what she loved. I remember thinking how “Lucky” she seemed to be able to do that. She then said something that I needed to hear in that moment more than she will ever know – “This is the life I wanted, so I created it.” Nothing has stuck with me more than that simple, bold, profound sentence.
This is me creating the life I want.