My Approach to Wellness
In November 2019, I received my certification as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
So, what exactly is nutritional therapy?
According to the Nutritional Therapy Association, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) “is a professional educated by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® [FNTPs] are trained to evaluate a client’s nutritional needs and make bio-individual recommendations or provide follow-up support for dietary changes, lifestyle choices and nutritional supplementation…They educate the public on the cost/benefit of eating unprocessed, local, fresh, nutrient-dense foods and quality nutritional products that support the restoration of chronic nutritional deficiencies as well as lifestyle and environmental factors that contribute to these deficiencies.
Basically, it’s a whole foods approach to nutrition. FNTPs work with clients to assess their specific nutritional deficiencies by using the body’s innate wisdom. We then address deficiencies by educating clients on nutrient-dense foods and positive lifestyle changes. As FNTP’s we believe each person has bioindividuality which means specific nutritional needs influenced by genetics, lifestyle factors, current diet, etc. There is not a one size fits all diet. We work with each individual to find the right diet, including the best macronutrient ratio and healing foods for them.
As FNTPs, we put a special emphasis on the six foundations of wellness. These foundations are digestion, blood sugar regulation, fatty acid balance, mineral balance, hydration, and a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods diet. When working with clients, we always start with the foundations. By getting to the root cause, we can make an impact on the health of the entire body, not just one symptom. When the foundations are in optimal condition, then we are able to properly absorb and utilize the whole foods we are eating.
What does working with an FNTP actually look like?
Every FNTP will be different, but let’s discuss my approach. I love to work with clients to address acne, hormone balance, and gut health using a gentle and realistic approach. Instead of shaming clients into eating healthy, we focus on what we can add to your diet, making less space for harmful, processed foods.
We start with a free 15-minute consultation. This is your opportunity to hear more about Nutritional Therapy, my approach, ask any questions/concerns you may have, and decide on what package works best for you.
Then we will set up your initial intake appointment. Before this appointment, you will fill out a nutritional assessment, initial interview paperwork to tell me your current health concerns and your goals, and a food and mood journal to give me an idea of your current diet and lifestyle.
During the initial intake appointment, we will discuss your health history, current health status, and what you want to get out of Nutritional Therapy.
After the appointment, I will send you your personalized recommendations. You will have access to communicating with me via email and Voxer as long as you are a client for any updates or questions you may have.
Three to four weeks after your initial intake appointment we will have a follow-up appointment to see how you’re doing after implementing the recommendations you were given. From there we will continue to build on your protocol, meeting 2-5 more times depending on the package you chose.
Does this sound like a good fit? Schedule your free 15-minute consultation today!