Updated: Dec 2, 2019
Nutritional Therapy is a holistic approach to nourishing the body. It is unique to the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) which was founded by Gray and Joy Graham in 1997. Since its inception, the NTA has trained thousands of medical and health professionals and is backed by the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) along with the American Nutrition Association. To learn more about this amazing organization check out www.nutritionaltherapy.com/about.
I chose the NTA’s Nutritional Therapy Consultant course because it was the most in line with much of the health information that I know to be true. There is so much misinformation out there regarding nutrition! I wanted to seek and know the truth. The NTA uses “ancestral wisdom” as a basis for Nutritional Therapy. I love this approach because it just seems like common sense to me. Much like the “paleo diet” fad that you’ve likely heard about, Nutritional Therapy takes a look at what our ancestors ate and how they lived.
The paleo diet tries to look back in time to see what the cavemen ate, which is certainly a fascinating approach, but we really don’t need to look back quite that far in history. We can study the dietary and lifestyle habits of our not so distant ancestors - our great-grandmothers were serving up some pretty delicious, nutrient dense foods and the health of their generation speaks for itself! In the late 1800’s to early 1900’s many of the most common health problems that we face today like heart disease and cancer were rare or even non-existent. So what were they eating and how is it so different than today’s standard american diet (SAD)? By the way, the irony that the acronym for today's diet is “SAD” is not lost on me!
Well for one, they were eating “real food” because this was before the advent of highly processed foods with a long shelf life. The produce they ate was likely whatever was available seasonally and was probably grown locally or even from their own garden. The way they preserved vegetables was by a natural pickling process known as “lactofermentation”, which provides millions of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and also makes foods easier to digest and gain nutrients from. The livestock was raised on small farms where the animals were able to roam outside in the sunshine and eat grass that sprouted up from fertile soils. Animals were also consumed “nose to tail”, meaning all parts were utilized eliminating waste.
Fast forward about 100 years or so and my goodness, our great-grandmothers would hardly recognize the foods we eat today! We are busy people, who are disconnected from our food and its preparation. We survive on whatever is easiest to “grab and go” and wash it down with a coffee or soda. It's time to take a step back and reconnect with our food. Our health and subsequently the health of the planet truly depends on it.
So where do we begin? With Nutritional Therapy we use the six foundations of health as our road map. The foundations are:
Properly Prepared, Nutrient Dense Foods
Blood Sugar Regulation
In the following weeks I’ll be writing a blog about each of these foundations one by one, stressing their importance and provide you with easy ways you can bring them back into balance. What I love the most about Nutritional Therapy is that it really is “food first”. While some people may benefit from some targeted supplementation, the ultimate goal is to help you get as much from your food as possible.
Nutritional Therapy is also about helping you feel confident and successful in the kitchen. Your diet does not have to be a source of stress in your life! Humans have bonded and found joy over a good meal for millenia! While I am certainly not a chef, I want to show you how simple it is to prepare delicious and nourishing meals that leave you and your loved ones feeling satiated and content.
So thanks for stopping by my blog today! This is just the beginning! Are there any topics that you would love to learn more about? Any burning questions? Comment below!