Holistic Health and Nutrition

Great News! And a transparent look…(and coffee)

So I just realized it’s actually been more than two months since my last post.  If you’re actually reading this blog 1) thank you! and 2) have you checked out my social media?  Particularly Instagram?  I’m there alot.  www.instagram.com/nutritionaltiff

Anywho – SORRY.  But my last post did warn you (and anyone who has visited after that post — again, thank you).  You’d think considering my blogger style I’d be on here more just getting my random thoughts out, but truth be told, I don’t like my website.  I mean, I LIKE it.  But I need someone way more web designy than me to fancy it up.  (For free if there’s any bidders at the moment).

So what’s the great news?  WELL.  In exactly ONE more day, I’ll get my login for Nutritional Therapy projects.  As in, I’ll be a full time student!  Well, not full time…I still have the day job.  But I’m fully DEDICATED to school.  And family.  And food.  RANDOM TANGENT – because that’s how I roll.  I love coffee.  LOVE.  I mean, I’m sort of a one (huge ass) cup in the morning kinda girl, but I want it.  Every.  Morning.  So when my coffee maker fails (after replacing it 5 months ago), I’m starting to rethink this whole fancy coffee machine thing.  Is it primal?  No.  Is it paleo?  It makes…paleo…coffee….  You get where I’m going.  So I went back to good ol’ fashioned French Press!!!  ….Except I’d never made French Press coffee before and had no idea how.  Looked cool and easy though.  SO.  I bought this guy (the 4-in-1, but if you don’t need 51 fluid ounces, they have smaller sizes): Grosche Madrid French Press.  Truth be told?  I have a warranty on that $300 coffee maker…..but honestly.  The time and effort into calling the manufacturer, and shipping the machine, and waiting and waiting.  I’d need a backup plan anyway.  And now that I know how easy French Press is…..

Ok, new paragraph for new tangent.  Making French Press Coffee!!

Step 1: If you have Whole Bean, you’re gonna have to grind the beans to a medium to coarse grind.  I CURRENTLY do not have a grinder (it was in the expensive coffee maker referenced above), but I’ll be buying one soon!  The ground coffee I’ve been using is coarse enough to work with my French Press, so I’ll keep using it for now.  For reference:  The Bean Coffee Company Aloha Blend is what I use.  And I love it!

Step 2: Put recommended amount of grounds for water/grounds ratio in the bottom of your French Press.

Step 3: Boil water.  Ok, one more.  I use this pot: Le Creuset Enamel on Steel Whistling Tea Kettle

Step 4: One the water has reached a boil, let it sit for a minute (literally, count to 60 – take my advice)

Step 5: Pour hot water over grounds in French Press and stir (I recommend a wooden spoon, but that’s just me).  Make sure the grounds are fully immersed in the water.

Step 6: Put the French Press lid on and I personally plunge to the TOP of the water/coffee grounds mix.  Wait 4 minutes.  Set a timer.  Ask Alexa.  However you do it.  Feel free to play with steeping time.  Some say 4 minutes 30 seconds, some say exactly 4.  The longer it steeps, the heavier/stronger the coffee will be.

Step 7: Plunge gently til the press resists against the grounds mashed to the bottom.  Wait a few seconds (you don’t have to — I do, mostly just to admire the beautiful coffee, but I’m a weirdo like that).  Pour coffee into favorite mug and enjoy.

THE SHORT VERSION: Put grounds in the base, boil water, let it cool for a minute, pour water over grounds and make sure it mixes real good (I know, right?  real well. i know. real well.).  Let it sit for 4 minutes with the lid on but plunger above the coffee mix. Plunge after 4 minutes and pour.  Enjoy.

Ok, so now that THAT tangent is over.  NTA starts on MONDAY.  And I’m stoked.  Yes, it will be a lot of work, yes, some of it will not be the most exciting, YES, my rebel tendency (thanks, Gretchen) originally said “eww, they’re going to assign you work!  these books won’t be fun to read anymore!”, but I took back over and said I’m only reading them and doing the assignments because I WANT to.  Not because you tell me I have to.  So there.  You crazy school, you!

So NTA.  I’ve posted about it before.  I’ve done a lot of research (ok, on everything that’s peaked my interest, but specifically) on holistic nutrition programs and Nutritional Therapy Association takes the cake.  Not only do they have some amazing former students (NTPs and NTCs), but the people and the community that support this foundation are TOP NOTCH health experts.

WHY do I want to do this so much?  Well here’s the thing.  At 22 and fresh out of college, I was a total introvert.  Wanted to get a job, pay the bills, meet a nice guy (yeah, that ended up being more of a not so nice, but that’s a story for another day), settle down and have a 9-5 job.  Now?  I know 9-5 is never really 9-5.  I know that there’s always a boss, and a boss above that, and a boss above that.  And while I’m thankful for all the corporate jobs I’ve held, I’m not 22 anymore.  I want to be my own boss, and I want to work when I want to work.  Whether that’s 9-5 or 10-7 or 8-8.  I want to be my own boss and do something I’m PASSIONATE about.  And you know what I’m passionate about?  Health.  Because I was so unhealthy for so long, and I didn’t even realize it.  I have so many stories about things I’ve struggled with (acne, eczema, migraines, muscle pain, frozen shoulders, depression, weight gain, negativity, grumpiness, exhaustion), and I’ll share them over time, but I want them to have their own dedicated space.  But I will tell you there are two things I’ve seen but not experienced personally that really got me to where I was.  Both very, very personal.  Mental Illness to the point of abuse, and aggressive cancer that resulted in death.  And now that I know what I know?  And maybe I could have helped?  I know one of those people would have at least tried.  And I know the other would have flat out rejected science-based foundational basics to help provide relief and healing.

We are so lost in a world centered on giving a medication for a symptom we forgot to ask what the cause of the symptoms are.  We slap labels on combinations of symptoms and call them hopeless cases.  What if they’re not?  What if there was a better way?  A safer way?

I want to bring you a business run by me personally that looks to help you as an individual.  I want to work with people that want to work with me, and people who are willing to be honest and open.  I don’t want people to be afraid of saying “I had chocolate cake yesterday”.  I don’t want to put people on diets and tell them to count calories.  I want to help you take your life back.  Here’s to 2018.

Thanks everyone.

Stay Shiny