Restore The Foundations of Health For Yourself and Others

Restore The Foundations of Health For Yourself and Others



tell me a little bit about who you are Christy and then we'll talk a bit about NTA association and I came here kind of through my own health journey so I'm pretty passionate about what I do because I personally lived the transformation in my home so I had autoimmune stuff my family had health issues and dietary change and nutritional therapy were really what turned things around for me so I'm really passionate about helping clients and students recognize the power of that so tell me a little bit more about the nutrition therapy Association you've been around a long time you certainly have trained thousands of individuals so tell us a bit about the organization and a high level what kind of curriculum you guys are teaching with great and joy Graham and it has been around now we have trained and certified over 5000 practitioners so and really what it's all about is training people to understand the power of food and we use a foundational approach which I'll talk about the foundations in just a second and a big core of that is understanding the bio individuality of every single person so we don't there's no one-size approach that works for everybody and so we really honor the bio individuality of ourselves and our clients and we everything that we're seeing come in to our office if we're a practitioner or dealing with ourselves is based on the foundations and we think of those as a whole food nutrient dense diet proper digestion we certainly can't we can eat a perfect diet but if we can't digest and assimilate those nutrients they're not going to do what we need them to do sugar regulation blood sugar balance and understanding how that affects everything about how we function fatty acid balance so understanding the importance of healthy fats that the ability to digest and utilize them for all the roles that they have in our body mineral balance and hydration so whatever is going on we always are still going to look at those things and really support the body from the food perspective first and look at those foundations you know and for everyone is listening this is so brilliant because food is how we evolved over millions and millions of generations the interaction with the environment using food to build at the building blocks of all of our biochemistry in food speaks to our genes turning genes on in a more health-promoting way or a more disease promoting way and when we through our societal changes abandoned food in favor of food like chemicals and started having more sugar more high glycemic index food that really took us down the path of disease development and so I just love that NTA stroke stresses food not just taking the quick easy path of supplements or thinking that medications going to solve you we have to help people understand the radical problem and the radical health solution of getting back to food and so you've been training people for a long time Kate tell us a little bit about you know if if we have because many of my tribe has also experienced this remarkable health transformation and they're reading their future career paths so if I sound like you know food is the healing path I want to help support how what can I get by being certified with NTA and what do I learn yeah that's a great dr. walls and I think the there's a great potential collaboration between your tribe and our tribe because what they can get from doing this is the deep dive into why it works what what's going on with their anatomy and physiology and how does this how come when they eat this versus this it helps them yes building how is it building proper function how does that help them reach homeostasis and so the body our body's innately want to heal and they're able to heal if we give them what they need to do that and so I think that's the power so this course it's a nine-month program and we have two different programs we have the NTC program and the ntp program and they and I can go into that difference if you'd like me to yes so the ntp program is a combination of distance learning and in-person learning the curriculum you know goes through the foundations that i have already mentioned it also goes into the consequences which are what happens when those foundations are out of whack and we start getting symptoms in other bodily systems so when endocrine tissues start to arise we still look back to those foundations when cardiovascular issues start to arise we look back at those foundations when immune challenges start to arise we look back at those foundations it's always a foundational approach yes an NTP which is nutritional therapy practitioner we have the in-person part as well and those are three workshop weekends that are mandatory but also the one of the most amazing experiences I think as a student I love them as a student and I love them as an instructor I joke I used to be a camp counselor when I was a kid and I joke that there was a magic we used to say is the magic going to happen with this group of you know delegates well I say that to my students now I say is the magic going to happen and it does because when people come together and they have common goals and they want to make a difference in the world which is what everyone who comes to this program looking to make a difference in their life and in the world around them those common goals the collaboration that happens you know where they're officially to teach them with a functional clinical assessment which is a handy skill set combined with lingual neuro testing are a very powerful set of hands-on tools to assess where there may be nutritional deficiencies needs in the body and then it's lingual neuro testing to test nutrients against those reflexes to do this sounds exciting it's very exciting and there are transformations that happen throughout the class that are pretty phenomenal I've had students dancing around the room after they figured something out they didn't ever know about themselves people who come in you know to the program and nine months later are feeling like a very different person than they did when they started sometimes it even happens in one workshop weekend they they get ants they figure something out they realize something about themselves that's transformative so so we so people have this virtual learning that you get over the nine-month period and then the opportunity for these in-person sessions and the in-person session lasts how many how many days so for the program there are three different in-person sessions the first one is three days the second one is four days and the third one is three days so that's where the nutritional therapy practitioner program so a total of ten in-person days spread out three workshops so then for those who are not able to travel or do not want that clinical assessment skill set and want to focus more on either an online type of a practice or they want to be an author or a blogger or a different type of a you know person we have the NTC program which is the nutritional therapy consultant program and that is a fully online program but also fully instruct so I think one thing that makes this program really special is that it's real people yeah Ruben has real instructors who are clinicians who work with people who have experience and share that experience and answer their questions live through you know zoom calls like this with our classes and excellence and our their homework assignments that people are doing as well and getting graded and interacting with faculty while they're going through that absolutely so we have an online learning management system and each module students have reading requirements lecture requirements homework requirements that are raised and returned to them there's also a community outreach project it's a requirement so early in the course they need to create a proposal of what their community outreach project is going to be submit it to the instructor team who assesses it and determines whether it meets the requirements of the project and then they get feedback on what they might need to add or what they might need to consider and then they go out into their community and do their community outreach which is educating the population right who they target about what they're learning and how how food can change things now who's the best candidate for these two programs so people who are interested in making a difference I think that's a huge part people who recognize how important what we eat is I would say what we see a lot is that the folks who are drawn to this program whether it's the NTP program or the NTC are people like you described who have found change already for themselves they've seen the impact they see the power and they want to know more or they want to share that with a broader population that was certainly me when I became a student that was my story and that's what I see over and over again in my classes and here from other instructors in their classes so I think a lot of NTP students not all but many are people who may already be some type of a practitioner yes we're really ready for a career change they they've already done something they're ready for something different so I'm hearing so people who've had their own personal health journey people who may already be in a health-related field and then you also have people who may have had a health journey but were not in a health field perhaps an accountant or a person who was an attorney or and computer science person and suddenly they're like you know that work doesn't speak to me anymore I am or touched by my health journey even though they don't have a big science background are they someone who's appropriate for the ntp courses absolutely we have students exactly those categories in both the MTC program and the ntp program I currently have two attorneys two folks who are in advertising I have students from so many walks of life or more corporate trainers okay so we want to reassure folks that even if you don't have a robust science background or if you do have a robust science background it this is still taught at a level that people will be able to understand these concepts even if you didn't take a lot of biology and chemistry in college is that what I'm hearing okay but this is interesting enough that even if you did have science and biochemistry we're hearing about it perhaps with new eyes in new years so that I'm hearing about this nutrition and the chemistry of life and the biology of life in a new and refreshing way science often appreciate this is a different approach yes yes absolutely and I might tell us too physicians as well that you know the chemistry that we learned is different than the kind of chemistry in physiology that were that we're teaching through the ancestor health model functional medicine model and this NTP model the other big question I often get asked Christy is like you know many folks we're working we have our family life I and so most of my clients and probably yours would like to figure out can I do this in addition to my current work and family responsibilities so how do your clients been managing that yeah absolutely that's a really important question and it's totally possible to do it we do estimate 15 to 20 hours a week of course work so we do have a lot of students who do it with a full-time job and a family it is not per se easy it requires doing some time management creating some study skills many of our students have not been a student in a very long time so one of the things that happens at the beginning of the class is figuring out how to study again and creating so whether that setting aside time to go to the library you know or put yourself in a room that isn't where everyone else in your family is at that time yeah you know finding ways to create those study skills is important but I often see that folks who are working and have family obligations are often some of the most effective students because they're really good at managing their time well it is a process learning how to make those priorities and those negotiations with other members of the family as to how you're redistributing responsibilities and work in the reality as work oiz expands to fill the a lot of time I and family responsibilities shifts according to all these intricate negotiations that occur absolutely it can be done but it does mean you probably need to have a very frank conversation with you your family about what needs to happen and how to protect your time to get those goals met and I think also being able to ask for help and accept help is a big a big stuff there are a lot of us and it helps our students to recognize it's okay to ask their family and friends to help them when they need oh so the types of of people come through so if you had five thousand folks and we've had some really very engaging individuals you want to give us some highlights of the spectrum of individuals and what they're doing now with this NTP background yeah so we have a pretty wide variety program too who come to mind first to me would be Vicki Truscott and angie alt they're probably people that your tribe may recognize their names yeah these are very big autoimmune ancestral health individuals who've had huge impact in the autoimmune community absolutely they have I'm actually gonna look at a couple notes to make sure that I'm not forgetting some other big names emily Traum who is also a personal trainer and has combined personal fitness and nutrition we have Andrea wool who has done work for people who have autoimmune conditions nutrition and strength training so she's combined that I think her program is Auto means strong Caroline Cotter is a an author of a cookbook she's also very open with her type 2 type 1 diabetes diagnosis and what that has meant for her and she became an NTP and that's really her her passion work so there's so many more I'm trying to think of who else I should include in my list Beth Manos bricky is another name that may resonate with some of your yes you know I think for those listening I want to encourage you that your area of expertise whether it's in a health-related field and a physical training perhaps even whether it's marketing or you're a chef bringing this new insight into better understanding of the role of food in health will allow you to creatively integrate these two aspects of your life into some new meaningful career opportunities or business opportunities I and check it out you know it's just been a very powerful journey for more many individuals who have experienced their own remarkable healing they may be less satisfied with their current career or business path and they want to do something that speaks much more completely to who they are I and so this is just a fabulous opportunity for you so you know if someone decides like you know I think I do want to learn more I think maybe I should investigate this what what are the next steps that they would be taking yeah so I would recommend they go to check out the nutritional therapy Association website and by total chance of luck of when we schedule this I didn't realize but today is the first day of open enrollment for the September start classes okay the NTC and ntp class opportunities open today for the September of courses so both of those will be beginning in September and finishing made early June of 2020 so they can call and talk to the admissions advisors at the NTA office and get more information from them about the different programs that are available as well so excellent you know and how does being a certified practitioner or consultant how does that work in today's current healthcare environment I think it's really exciting to see what's changed in my opinion over the last five to ten years in this field there they're the growing changes and I'm sure you see this in everything that you do the awareness is just exploding and so now we see our practitioners and consultants some of them are choosing to start their own practice a lot of people do many are joining other practices with other types of practitioners and creating you know some type of a Wellness Center that includes possibly a naturopath or a chiropractor a functional Network there may be a massage therapist or someone you know bodywork and all these other things in one place we're also seeing people become authors and bloggers and having very successful podcasts people find like you mentioned using your own skill sets and whatever fires you up your personal why I just yesterday had a student in one of my current classes who is an elementary school teacher send me a message that she's made the decision she wants to do this she's done teaching she's notified her administration that she's gonna do this and her mission is to go out and work with changing how families feed their kids because she knows what is happening in her classroom on a daily basis so ya know absolutely I certainly see more health practices realizing that patients want and need support with how they change their way of eating and are including nutrition professionals including NTP and NTC's in that support system now are there other licensing or certification programs going with NTC ntp can you help me how that fits in to sit for the National Association of nutrition professionals board exam so it is one of the programs in this country that allows you to sit for board certification so there aren't a lot but allow you to do that but this one does so it is that's a powerful excellent in once you graduate does the NTA offer any kind of ongoing business development support or support for the graduates in their new professional lives yes there is a an eight-week class called the career development course and it's actually taught by Miriam Zacharias and there's two instructors that teach that class and they do an amazing job of guiding practitioners and consultants through the business side helping them do the business all-perfect yeah it's a really powerful powerful class that helps and there's also continuing ed opportunities conference every year some years there's also a smaller business summit available but every year there's a big conference in March yes many CEUs you've spoken there and yes I've been there twice and I'm going to talk though about trying to come back because I have a new book coming out next year so I'm gonna see if I can crash your conference next spring so we'll see fingers crossed yeah no I think that would be marvelous now is there a little sort of free mini-course that the public you know if I'm sort of want to check out an ta I'm not quite sure yet that I'm ready to sign up for the nine-month thing is there a smaller nibble size version for the public yeah there's actually a nibble and a bite okay three course that anyone if you go to the nutritional therapy Association website you can do the free course and they say it's eight days I think it is you know you could do it unless if you wanted to or more if you need to but it's short and and free just a real introduction and then there's also the foundational wellness which is for people who trying to understand how nutrition works for just for them they don't want to be applied they don't want to go out and work with other people they're trying to help themselves and their family and that's the foundation of wellness class so this was excellent excellent so again for everyone is listening today we've given you a lot of just fabulous information yeah I think nutrition therapy association it has been a transformative organization it's so exciting that they are expanding their programming so that we have the ability to train people virtually they have the ability to train people who will come on site for the in-person skill acquisition that is so helpful and we have the opportunity now for little nibbles and a little bite so you can sort out is that training experience is the curriculum and the type of knowledge you're going to get through MTA does it speak to you as this a better alignment for your career goals and your personal development goals so and you guys are coming to our seminar so we are so excited so Christy will you be there or is there someone else who's going to be coming I will not I will actually be teaching a workshop weekend in Minneapolis Minnesota the weekend of your well that's an important thing to do so thank you for teaching who's gonna be coming I know that Matt Smith oh yeah Oh excellent I know there will be more people but I honestly can't tell you who who I'll be there find out those names to you but I don't know for sure I know Matt's coming and beyond man I am unsure okay well we're we're very happy that NTAs been part of our summer now for several years we think that we have a shared passion and considerable overlap between our two tribes because food is the creation of health or disease depending on the choices that we make and we really need to pay deep attention to how we can help people refine and improve their eating choices so they can improve the health of themselves and their family and everyone that they love

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