Officially Enrolled in Nutritional Therapy!!!
Ok, well, sort of. They still have to process my paperwork. And my payment (ouch – but well worth it). For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, I stumbled across this AMAZING program through the Nutritional Therapy Association (www.nutritionaltherapy.com). They approach health and nutrition in a different way than any other program I’ve seen. They believe in treating each and every person as an individual. No two people get the same feedback – aka not everyone should become a vegan, or go paleo, or be on the Atkins diet. They also believe in whole health and that health really does start with nutrition.
They provide two different tracks – the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (or NTP) and the Nutritional Therapy Consultant (or NTC). Guys, now that I know what it is, I’m finding NTPs and NTCs everywhere. Even my little local Farm to Forks store (https://farmtoforkfoods.com/) is founded by an NTP. While the NTP is a little more intensive (and more expensive) than the NTC route, I want to ensure my options are open after completing the program. They DO provide a supplemental path to getting your NTP if you already have your NTC, but I figured, why not jump into the freezing cold scary water with two feet?
For those that want more specific detail around the program differences, I’ve embedded the NTA’s own description below:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE NTP COURSE AND THE NTC COURSE?
The 9-month, 15-module NTC course includes the same core curriculum as the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) Program, but without the hands-on Functional Evaluation and Lingual-Neural Testing skills. The NTC program is ideal for healthcare practitioners who already use other modalities to evaluate the body, those interested in working primarily with food, diet, and lifestyle recommendations, and practitioners who will be working with distance clients via phone, email, and video conferencing. The NTC program also affords students the flexibility of acquiring NTP certification in two parts: one can first complete the NTC program and then later take the “Functional Assessment Development” (FAD) program to gain NTP certification. The NTC course can be a good option for students who are on a budget, as the cost of tuition and materials are less. In addition, there is less travel cost and time commitment.
So what can I do with my NTP? A lot of things.
WHAT TYPES OF POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR GRADUATES OF YOUR PROGRAMS?
NTA graduates find jobs in several fields. Some graduates combine their certificate with existing licenses or certificates in alternative medicine. Many establish private practices as nutritional consultants, while others work in a clinical setting with other like-minded professionals. The NTA has also graduated numerous healthcare professionals such as chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, registered nurses, and massage therapists. Note that the NTP and NTC programs do not qualify you to work in a hospital or other government regulated settings as a nutritionist.
For me in particular, I’m hoping to stay with my current company and transition into corporate wellness. They don’t really have a program for it yet, so why not be the person who starts one? I’m also hoping to consult on the side (and who knows, maybe I’ll meet someone that wants to podcast with me?), but I’m really open to whatever door feels like the right one. School first!
I don’t start until February, but in the meantime you can still check out my website and of course my instagram. In the coming days (weeks, we’ll see), I’m planning to add a page devoted to the main resources I’ve used (websites, podcasts, food/nutrition icons), so be on the lookout for a resources type page.
Below is a video posted to instagram (that NTA actually asked for a copy of to re-post – yay!), and as well as a list of things an NTP/NTC can help with. Please note the list is not a complete list but some common things you might not have guessed. Also, please note NTP/NTCs are trained to evaluate nutritional needs and make recommendations for dietary and lifestyle changes. NTP/NTCs do not prescribe and are not trained to diagnose or treat pathological conditions, illnesses, injuries, or diseases. No comment or recommendation made by an NTP/NTC should be construed as a medical diagnosis or prescription. Please discuss any suggestions or recommendations with your primary physician first.
Including but not limited to:
- Skin Issues
- Digestion Issues
- Weight concerns
- Cardiovascular health
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Gut health (in case you didn’t see that in digestion)
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Autoimmune conditions
If you have ANY questions about the above or would like for me to connect you with a certified NTP, please feel free to use the contact form below.
Thanks, and Stay Shiny!