1. Nutritional Therapy is a field of study that works to PREVENT disease or to help minimize symptoms of a developed disease.
2. Nutritional Therapy places the emphasis on wellness, establishing an optimal diet, addressing nutritional deficiencies, and ensuring that the diet contains all essential components.
3. The field of nutritional therapy involves the study of genetics and adaptions to good and bad nutrition, antioxidants, longevity and disease prevention, natures pharmacy, and supplements such as probiotics to optimize health.
So… with all that said, I am not claiming to be a licensed/certified or whatever Nutritional Therapist. I am taking the courses and documenting the information on this blog for my reference and for yours. I am not a dietician or nutritionist (then again, most of us aren’t either but we certainly can spout off the nutrition tips we’ve read in Fitness Magazine or seen from Dr. Oz). So, once again, this is my attempt and putting some facts on paper (virtual paper) and explaining what I’ve learned. If you have any specific needs, my advice is always to consult an Integrative Physician (a D.O. or MD.. with nutritional, longevity, and wellness education –and I apologize in advance because they aren’t easy to find!).
I am confident, however, that having this underlying knowledge about nutrition and genetics will help you to understand the “WHYs” of cleaning up your diet and cleaning out the chemicals in your life!!!
While cooking dinner, I grabbed the remote and caught a few moments of the TV show “The Doctors”. Dr. Travis, probably one of the most handsome and occasionally awkward physicians on television, introduced a guest speaker as a “Lifestyle Expert”. She proceeded to give advice on nutrition and how to arrange foods in your refrigerator. Hmmm… now that’s a title I thought — I want to be a Lifestyle Expert! So, I took a sec to look up the criteria and qualifications to become a Lifestyle Expert. According to the internet all you need is a magazine and a journal! Dang! Boom, who’s with me? Let’s all call ourselves that! Fancy!
Anyway, I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and have taken several continuing education courses in pediatric nutrition. I have always been interested in the topic of nutrition. I began working in restaurants in high school and through college (as many of us college kids did right?!) and a whole new world of food opened up to me. Don’t get me wrong, my mom cooked, but meals in our house were pretty simple. Can’t blame my mom-she didn’t exactly have the resources (or maybe I should say pressures) of Pinterest, Food Network, and well.. the INTERNET! Meals were mostly a meat, a potato, a can of veggies, and a can of fruit. So when a world of foods like salmon and asparagus opened up to me, I dove in!
The only problem during this time was that I gained a significant amount of weight. Call it the Freshman 15 (or better yet 30). Toss in the emotional adjustment of college and likely a little underlying depression, and I was on my way to testing the limits of my waist band and tipping the scales.
So, in my mid-twenties I battled the scale… up down up down up down… this is not new to any of you I imagine. After having two kids, I began to delve deeper in to the world of nutrition. I ran a half marathon and focused a lot on nutrition. I began to have some minor health issues and sought the advice of a naturopathic physician and then later and integrative MD. This led me to taking an online course in Nutritional Therapy.
During my nutrition courses as a SLP, discussions with my physicians, and nutritional therapy studies, I began to find a common theme. Clean up your diet, clean up the products you use in your environment, and clean out your life! The world of dieting and nutrition can be incredibly confusing. It is my hope to document through this blog factual information, tips and advice to help you navigate through the noise!