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"The Scoop" Webinar Series

We’ve put a together a wonderful line-up of world-class speakers to share their holistic nutrition clinical and business insights with you each month. The Scoop webinars are conducted virtually and recordings are available in our archive.

Eat By the Sun: How Circadian Rhythm Can Help You Optimize Your Diet

By: JJ Virgin, CNS, BCHN®, EP-C

When it comes to fat loss and better health, timing is everything. Our overall health and longevity are impacted just as much by when we eat as what we eat.

That premise underlies The Circadian Code (Panda, 2020). In this groundbreaking book, author Satchin Panda, Ph.D., explains how “small changes to the way you sleep, eat, work, learn, exercise, and light up your home … will make a profound difference in every aspect of your health.”

Most of us are familiar with how circadian rhythm impacts the sleep/wake cycle, where our brain’s 24-hour internal clock regulates cycles of alertness and sleepiness by responding to light changes in our environment (Reddy et al., 2022).

We can use this same approach to optimize our diet, says Panda. By limiting the number of hours that we eat, we optimize our body clock and avoid age-related chronic diseases. This time-restricted eating pattern could also improve other areas of our lives, including getting better sleep and being more alert during the day.

What Is Time-Restricted Eating?

Time-restricted eating (TRE)—alternately called time-restricted feeding (TRF)—is a type of intermittent fasting where you consume your entire caloric intake within a window of six to 10 hours a day (Regmi et al., 2020).

In other words, you confine eating to a certain period during the day and abstain from eating during the evening.

Many modern-day habits—staring at electronic devices all day, stressful commutes, working late into the night—lead us to snack or eat meals erratically and, oftentimes, into the late evening hours. Research shows (Engin, 2017) that this pattern can disrupt our body’s circadian rhythm and increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses.

This approach also mimics how our ancestors ate thousands of years ago, before our graze-all-day mentality, ubiquitous vending machines, and nighttime snacking became common. As researchers wrote in one study, TRE “is simply an appropriate eating pattern that humans have veered away from in the past several decades” (Rynders et al., 2019).

Calorie counting provides one way to improve overall health and increase longevity. However, measuring or counting can be challenging for many people. Research shows (Dorling et al., 2020) that TRE provides the benefits of restricting calories—balancing blood sugar, losing weight, boosting longevity, and more—without counting or measuring anything.

Time-Restricted Eating Can Improve Health & Longevity

TRE carries wide-ranging benefits for overall health. Preclinical studies show (Regmi et al., 2020) that eating within a certain period:

  • Reduces body weight
  • Improves glucose tolerance
  • Protects against fatty liver
  • Increases metabolic flexibility
  • Reduces problematic blood lipids
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves gut function
  • Supports cardiometabolic health

Panda himself did a groundbreaking study several years ago that showed how effective TRE can be. He compared two sets of mice, one of whom had free access to food and the other who ate all their food within an eight- to 12-hour period. Panda describes the outcome in The Circadian Code:

What we found was startling: Mice that eat the same number of calories from the same foods within 12 hours or less every day are completely protected from obesity, diabetes, liver, and heart disease. More surprising, when we put sick mice on this scheduled feeding, we could reverse their disease without medication or change in diet.

Other studies have shown similar results. One study (She et al., 2021) gave obese mice either an unrestricted diet or TRE (eating within an eight-hour daily window) for four weeks.

The TRE regimen was the winner. Maintaining meal timing, researchers found, helped reduce food intake and reversed glucose intolerance, high blood glucose, and insulin resistance. They concluded that the TRE “regimen might be a potential novel nonpharmacological strategy against obesity/diabetes-induced hyperglycemia and insulin resistance.”

Human studies have also proven effective. One (Cienfuegos, 2020) compared two popular forms of TRE (four-hour and six-hour eating windows) on body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors, including insulin resistance and obesity. Researchers asked obese adults to eat only between 3 and 7 p.m. or between 1 and 7 p.m. A control group, on the other hand, had no meal-timing restrictions.

After eight weeks, both TRE groups had lost weight (about 3% on average) as well as improved insulin resistance and oxidative stress, compared with the control group. What’s more, both TRE groups naturally reduced their caloric intake by about 550 calories a day, without counting.

One reason for these improvements is that TRF can help lower inflammation. In one small study (McAllister et al., 2021), 13 firefighters consumed their meals within a 10-hour period. Eight weeks later, researchers found several inflammatory markers were also significantly lower. Their salivary cortisol response (a stress marker) was also significantly reduced.

Other research (Balasubramanian et al., 2020) shows that TRE might have a similar effect for other conditions, including longevity and brain health. Researchers here pointed out, as I noted above, that TRE provides the benefits of caloric restriction, but without the hassles of counting or monitoring calories.

Personalizing a Time-Restricted Eating Regimen

The benefits of TRE are impressive, but how can you make this approach work for you? These five strategies will help you create a plan that works for you and delivers all the benefits of TRE:

  1. Stop eating about 3 hours after dinner. It takes about five hours for your stomach to digest your last meal. Increased secretion of melatonin, which occurs at night, halts insulin production by putting the pancreas ’to sleep.” Considering that it takes about five hours for your stomach to digest your last meal, eating too late at night sends mixed hormonal signals that are bad for your sleep, weight, and blood sugar. Indeed, studies show (Gallant et al., 2014) that eating later in the day and into the night may impair weight loss and contribute to higher body weight. That’s why I want you to stop eating about three hours before bed. And no, that does not mean going to bed later!
  2. Wait 1 – 2 hours after waking to break your morning fast. This allows melatonin to lower so that your pancreas will be able to release insulin as needed (Lopez-Minguez et al., 2019).
  3. Break your fast with a loaded smoothie. Start your day with a protein-fueled smoothie, which also provides healthy fats and fiber to keep you full and focused for hours. Ingredients like unsweetened coconut milk, organic berries, unsweetened nut butters, and even leafy greens pack the nutritional wallop you need to thrive all morning.
  4. Stretch your fast. Following these strategies creates a 12-14-hour overnight fast, and you’ll be sleeping for eight or nine of those hours. Over time, you can expand that fasting window for 16 or even 18 hours, increasing autophagy (cellular level “spring cleaning”) and other benefits of maintaining a TRE regimen (Bagherniya et al., 2018).
  5. Stop snacking. Research shows (Bellisle, 2014) that snacking throughout the day can contribute to weight gain. Why? Because every time you eat, you raise your insulin levels, and this master hormone stores fat. Snacking all day (even on healthy stuff) locks your fat cells so you can’t lose weight. You’re probably not snacking on healthy stuff either. Instead, you’re bored or stressed, and there’s something sweet in the pantry or near your desk.

Let’s say you wake up at 7 a.m. You’ll have a loaded smoothie at 9 a.m., then eat by the plate with the magic trifecta of protein, healthy fats, and fiber for lunch and dinner. Close the kitchen by 7 p.m., and you’ve created a 14-hour fasting window. You can tweak this according to your schedule and needs. Maybe you have your loaded smoothie at 10 a.m. and then stop eating by 6 p.m., which creates an 18-hour fasting window.

Final Thoughts

Researchers find (Xie et al., 2022) the many benefits of TRE include weight loss, better insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, and reduced oxidative stress. This approach mimics how our ancestors ate, before vending machines and snacking became commonplace.

Our modern-day eat-all-day approach, on the other hand, has contributed to the rise of obesity and diabetes. The Circadian Code offers a unique approach to weight loss by encouraging us to be mindful about when we eat and restricting food intake within a certain time period. TRE could hold the key to health and longevity.

References:

Panda, S. (2020). The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight. Rodale Books. Reddy, S., Reddy, V., & Sharma, S. (2022). Physiology, Circadian Rhythm. In StatPearls. StatPearls Publishing.

Regmi, P., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2020). Time-Restricted Eating: Benefits, Mechanisms, and Challenges in Translation. iScience, 23(6), 101161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101161

Engin A. (2017). Circadian Rhythms in Diet-Induced Obesity. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 960, 19–52. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-48382-5_2

Rynders, C. A., Thomas, E. A., Zaman, A., Pan, Z., Catenacci, V. A., & Melanson, E. L. (2019). Effectiveness of Intermittent Fasting and Time-Restricted Feeding Compared to Continuous Energy Restriction for Weight Loss. Nutrients, 11(10), 2442. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11102442

Dorling, J. L., Martin, C. K., & Redman, L. M. (2020). Calorie restriction for enhanced longevity: The role of novel dietary strategies in the present obesogenic environment. Ageing research reviews, 64, 101038. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2020.101038

Regmi, P., & Heilbronn, L. K. (2020). Time-Restricted Eating: Benefits, Mechanisms, and Challenges in Translation. iScience, 23(6), 101161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2020.101161

She, Y., Sun, J., Hou, P., Fang, P., & Zhang, Z. (2021). Time-restricted feeding attenuates gluconeogenic activity through inhibition of PGC-1α expression and activity. Physiology & behavior, 231, 113313. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2021.113313

Cienfuegos, S., Gabel, K., Kalam, F., Ezpeleta, M., Wiseman, E., Pavlou, V., Lin, S., Oliveira, M. L., & Varady, K. A. (2020). Effects of 4- and 6-h Time-Restricted Feeding on Weight and Cardiometabolic Health: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Adults with Obesity. Cell metabolism, 32(3), 366–378.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2020.06.018 

McAllister, M. J., Gonzalez, A. E., & Waldman, H. S. (2021). Time Restricted Feeding Reduces Inflammation and Cortisol Response to a Firegrounds Test in Professional Firefighters. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 63(5), 441–447. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000002169

Balasubramanian, P., DelFavero, J., Ungvari, A., Papp, M., Tarantini, A., Price, N., de Cabo, R., & Tarantini, S. (2020). Time-restricted feeding (TRF) for prevention of age-related vascular cognitive impairment and dementia. Ageing research reviews, 64, 101189. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2020.101189

Gallant, A., Lundgren, J., & Drapeau, V. (2014). Nutritional Aspects of Late Eating and Night Eating. Current obesity reports, 3(1), 101–107. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-013-0081-8

Bagherniya, M., Butler, A. E., Barreto, G. E., & Sahebkar, A. (2018). The effect of fasting or calorie restriction on autophagy induction: A review of the literature. Ageing research reviews, 47, 183–197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2018.08.004

Bellisle F. (2014). Meals and snacking, diet quality and energy balance. Physiology & behavior, 134, 38–43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2014.03.010

Xie, Z., He, Z., Ye, Y., & Mao, Y. (2022). Effects of time-restricted feeding with different feeding windows on metabolic health: A systematic review of human studies. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 102, 111764. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2022.111764

Lopez-Minguez, J., Gómez-Abellán, P., & Garaulet, M. (2019). Timing of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Effects on Obesity and Metabolic Risk. Nutrients, 11(11), 2624. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11112624

About JJ Virgin:

As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ is a passionate advocate of the healing power of nutrition, and is mission driven to change the way the world sees aging and longevity.

She has launched 3 multimillion-dollar businesses, including a 7-figure personal brand, and founded the Mindshare Collaborative, the most influential professional community in health, having propelled more New York Times bestsellers, PBS specials, and 7 figure brands than any other community.

JJ is a prominent TV and media personality who co-hosted TLC’s Freaky Eaters and was the nutrition expert for Dr. Phil’s Weight Loss Challenges.  She’s made numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and The TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly, commanding audiences of 10,000 or more, and has shared the stage with other highly sought-after experts including Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, Mary Morrissey and more.

JJ is the author of four NY Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet, and JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook. Her most recent book, Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience, shares the inspirational lessons JJ learned as she fought for her son’s life.

Evidence of JJ’s far-reaching impact can be seen in the millions of views on her YouTube channel, Instagram and Facebook, and through her popular podcast Ask the Health Expert, which has more than 14 million downloads and counting.

JJ is a 3x Inc. 5000 Founder and a top 10 finalist for the John C Maxwell award.  As an authority on transformational leadership, she has coached some of the biggest names in health and transformed the lives of millions of people around the world.

Sponsorships: How We Roll

On October 24, 2022, U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) published the fact sheet “Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Corporate capture of the nutrition profession.” If you haven’t read it, I strongly urge you to do so to gain a deeper understanding of what’s at stake for our industry and our nation’s health.

While you may find the findings of the USRTK to be shocking, this isn’t new information. In January 2013, Michele Simon, public health attorney, food policy expert, and author released the report “And Now a Word from our Sponsors: Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food?” Again, I hope you’ll read this report.

These articles tell how the most powerful nutrition association in the U.S. accepts millions of dollars annually from junk food companies in exchange for influence over their members and the nation’s food policy. It’s an ugly story that illustrates how unhealthy foods have been labeled “healthy” in exchange for corporate sponsorships. (Among other things, these sponsorship dollars help to fund the years-long campaigns that keep holistically trained nutrition professionals from working in some states and limit our scope of practice in others.) But I don’t want to focus on what they are doing.

I want to tell you how WE handle sponsorships here at the NANP so you can have confidence in our process and know that we are 100% committed to transparency. We strive to provide you, our members, with information about high-quality products, services, and educational offerings to help further your career in the holistic nutrition industry.

So, here are our promises to you:

  • Speaking spots at HEALCon are not for sale. While other nutrition associations put sponsors on stage in exchange for big money, we do things entirely differently. I’ll be honest; I wish I had a dollar for every time a company representative said, “We’ll sponsor your conference IF our speaker is selected.” But that’s not how we roll. Neither the NANP Team nor the Board of Directors selects the speaker line-up. Instead, our Conference Planning Committee, comprised of nearly forty (40) NANP member volunteers, determine who will go on stage. Is this a laborious process? Yes. Would allowing the sponsors and exhibitors to provide our educational sessions be easier and more profitable? Yes. Do we think that would give our attendees the most valuable learning experience? NO!
  • We carefully vet every company that wants to do business with us. Our team spends hours upon hours researching companies to understand as much as we can about their products, services, and ownership. And we’ve left some potentially BIG deals behind because the company’s owners didn’t share our quality and sustainability values.
  • It’s all about what’s right for you, our members. Adhering to our Scope of Practice is critical to our ability to work safely and legally. So, when putting products and services up for your consideration, we always keep our Scope of Practice in mind. Whether it’s a podcast topic or a product you might recommend to your clients, we want you to be confident you’re not overstepping and staying in your lane.

At the heart of it, the NANP is, for all intents and purposes, a FUBU organization – For Us By Us. And because we are holistic health practitioners, we approach our business the same way. We pay particular attention to the details and don’t allow flashing dollars to dictate who we will invite on stage or with whom we’ll partner. Doing our work with integrity overrides the desire to post big earnings.

“Integrity is doing the right thing. Even when no one is watching.”  -CS Lewis

Your trusted partner in health,

Nicole

Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®, CDSP™

NANP Executive Director

P.S. If reading this note has created a spark and you’re thinking of a company that would be a good fit for your NANP peers, please send the information to us. We’re always looking for great companies in our space!

1: Learning to Manage Time and Organize your Practice

Episode: 1 Catherine Layden, MNT, BCHN®

Catherine is a BCHN® functional nutritionist specializing in complicated cases of digestive distress, food reactions and immune system balance. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition by NANP, a Master Nutrition Therapist graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado, and a Certified Gluten Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  As the owner of her private practice, Delicious Nutritious – Nutrition Therapy for Vibrant Health, Catherine works 1 on 1 with clients, striving to find the root of their health challenges so that they can eat for long-term health and enjoyment. She also creates custom nutrition presentations for groups. She works with clients anywhere and welcomes you to visit deliciousnutritioushealth.com. Catherine offers a complimentary 15-minute introductory call to prospective clients and peer/practitioner mentoring and consulting to NANP members who mention this podcast at 40% off her hourly rate. Her passion is educating, encouraging and empowering others to feel as good as they deserve. 

Show Sponsor: Metabolic Balance

10: Finding the right schedule to serve your clients well

Episode: 10: Rhonda McKinney, CN, BCHN®

Rhonda McKinney is an Integrative Certified Nutritionist, Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Cancer Consultant Professional.  She is a graduate of American Health Science University and founder of Healthy Solutions since 2007.  She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) and member of National Association of Professional Cancer Coaches (NAPCC). She received advanced training by International Health Technologies to utilize the BioScan MSA/SRT technology.

She is a functional medicine trained nutritionist analyzing the biochemistry of individuals to guide them to optimal health through nutritional therapy and natural health using supplementation, herbal formulas and homeopathic therapies. She focuses on her clients using functional testing for disorders such as autoimmune diseases, chemical sensitivities, nutritional status, cancer, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disruptions, diabetes, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, skin disorders, hormone imbalances, insomnia, low energy, detoxification and food sensitivities.  Rhonda’s passion is to get to the root of the problem and achieve optimal health through nutrition and natural therapies.

Show sponsor:  C60 Purple Power

11: Staying grounded for personal and client success

Episode: 11: Austin Tchikatilov, CFNS, CPT, BCHN®

Austin is a compassionate and kind-hearted soul who is deeply committed to helping others heal and live vibrantly. Austin works with clients using a wide variety of holistic modalities including nutrition coaching, strength training and mindfulness practices. He currently resides in Daytona Beach Florida and is a medical student at Palmer Chiropractic College. He is the founder/owner of Jourrney2BFIT LLC whose mission is to help people align their mind, body, and spirit for optimal living.

Show sponsor:  Doctor’s Supplement Store

12: Building your practice one layer at a time

Episode: 12:  Therese Revitte, MNT, BCHN®

Therese Revitte is a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She lives in the Denver area, where she runs her private practice, Live Bright Nutrition Therapy.  She is an AIP certified coach, specializing in autoimmunity and digestive health.  “Put out the Autoimmune Fire” is her signature 6-month autoimmune package. Also an avid organic food gardener, Therese has a passion for food quality and growing nutrient-dense foods.  During the Spring, she hosts her Create Your Backyard Food Garden webinar series. Therese is a wife and mother and understands the challenges of eating well in the world we live in.  She is dedicated to teaching people how to tap into their best health and happiness through individualized, targeted nutrition and lifestyle strategies.

Show sponsor:  Great Plains Laboratory

13: Embracing the Value of Professional Relationships

Episode: 13:  Tammera Karr, Ph.D., CGP, CNW BCHN®, LDN

Tammera is an author, public speaker, educator, food historian, researcher, and clinician. She has served as a nutrition advisor to wellness programs and presented at local, regional, and national conferences. She writes a weekly health column for a local newspaper, blogs, and reviews and contributes to national board exams. Passionate about nutrition as the key to stopping many modern illnesses, Tammera authored Our Journey With Food in 2015, Seconded Edition, a companion Cookery Book in 2018 and just recently released her newest book, Empty Plate – Food, Sustainability, Mindfulness. She is also the developer and lead instructor of the innovative HN4U OnLine.ed program: Our Journey with Food

Tammera established an Integrative Medicine partnership in 2006, where she worked in a clinical setting with DO’s, Family Certified Nurse Practitioners, Acupuncturists, Herbalists, ND’s, and others. In 2015, Tammera changed to a virtual office model, making it possible to meet with clients with greater flexibility, time, and cost savings.

She serves on the American Naturopathic Certification Board, various committees, and student scholarships for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and Special Advisor for the Oregon Holistic Nurses Association.

A Native of Oregon, Tammera is avid about spending time in nature. She enjoys cooking, canning and preserving, and exploring in her free time. She currently resides in Central and Southern Oregon with husband Michael, Australian Shepherd Sadie, and cat Molly.

14: Discovering Your Needs Through Your Practice

Episode: 14: Maria Viall, CNP, ROHP, BCHN®

Maria is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutritional Practitioner, and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner with a diploma in Therapeutic Supplementation. 

She received her diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, B.C where she also did her internship at Inspire Health, an integrative cancer clinic. 

As well as having a private practice, Maria is the nutrition expert on Milwaukee’s The Morning Blend talk show, is a sought after public speaker and continuing ed educator for medical institutes in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Show sponsor:  Innovative Healing Academy

15: Getting out of your Comfort Zone

Episode: 15:  Jayne Reynolds, BCHN®

Born in the UK, Jayne married an American and moved to the US in 1995. By 1998, their family was blessed with three children under the age of 18 months! She returned to the workforce as an Administrator in 2004 and began work at Fellowship Square Historic Mesa in 2008. There she served on the Marketing Team for 8 years and then as a Chaplain for 2 years and then part-time as their Resident Liaison. 

During those years, after several bouts of serious illness and a lot of prayer, it became clear that she needed to make drastic lifestyle changes. Her thirst for knowledge and desire to help others took her to the Energetic Health Institute where she graduated as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist in 2016. She received her Board Certification through the NANP in 2017. Her passion for the holistic wellbeing of others led her to open the Abundant Life Nutrition and Wellness Center on the Fellowship Square Historic Mesa campus. There she provides custom nutrition plans, and coaching for the residents and the public.  She also teaches and provides informative monthly classes, and writes for retirement newsletters. Her hope is that she will help all those who cross her path restore their health, reduce their stress, and rediscover their joy.

When she’s not working, Jayne loves to spend time with her husband of 25 years, Casey, and their three daughters, Naomi, Brittany, and Emily. She volunteers at Central Christian Church with the Adults with Special Needs ministry and the Prayer Ministry. She enjoys escaping the heat, long walks in the great outdoors, especially if there is a river nearby and will gladly curl up with any period British movie.

Show sponsor:  Doctor’s Supplement Store 

16: The Challenges of Boundaries

Episode: 16:  Mary Beth Gudewicz , CNTP, MNT, FNLP, CFSP, CGP, BCHN®

Mary Beth Gudewicz is a Master Nutrition Therapist, Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Therapy Practitioner, Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, Certified Food and Spirit Practitioner and Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner.  She earned her CNTP and MNT from the Nutrition Therapy Institute, a strong science-based, holistic nutrition educational institute and founder of Bella Nutrition Services.  She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Mary Beth is a holistic and functional medicine trained nutritionist analyzing the biochemistry of individuals to guide them to their optimal health through nutritional therapy and lifestyle shifts.  She focuses on clients who are diagnosed with autoimmune disease, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, weight gain, low energy and food sensitivities.  Mary Beth looks at the roots of the problem(s) to create plans and give tools that are individual to each person resulting in achieving her client’s goals.  She enjoys teaching people how to take charge of their health.  Food first has always been her motto.

Show sponsor: Metabolic Balance 

17: Using Your Talents in Multiple Ways

Sara Peternell is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and is a nutrition expert in supporting those who have autoimmune illnesses, especially of the thyroid. Other areas of focus include: digestive issues, pre- and post-natal nutrition, food intolerances  and complex child feeding and growth conditions. 

Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts from Drake University, and completed the Master of Nutrition Therapy program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute.

Sara’s nutrition practice reaches clients all over the Denver-metro area, the U.S., and even internationally. She has been in practice for nearly 20 years.

Sara is co-author of the award-winning Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies & Toddlers With Taste.

Show sponsor:  Nutra Biogenesis & AllVia

18: The Ins and Outs of Board Certification; Part 1 – The Process

Julie believes good health is as close as your kitchen. Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Julie’s nutrition practice is based on nutrient-dense whole foods and lifestyle choices that support health and well-being, especially during times of high stress and transitions. Her role as an NC is to educate, guide, and support individuals in positioning themselves to better respond to the inevitable stressors of life.

In addition to her private nutrition practice and serving on the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, Julie is a past NANP board member and has been a Distance Learning Instructor for Bauman College. She is proud to align herself with professionals who share the belief that nutrition and lifestyle play critical roles in health and who are taking steps to make significant changes in the health of our nation.

Part of Julie’s “lead by example” lifestyle includes hiking, biking, running, swimming, snowshoeing, reading, cooking, and sipping tea. She is on a mission to inspire others to live a vibrant life amidst its daily stressors.

Show Notes:

Show sponsor:  Doctor’s Supplement Store

19: The Ins and Outs of Board Certification; Part 2 – The Board Exam

Episode: 19: Julie Thenell, BS, MS, NC, BCHN®

Julie believes good health is as close as your kitchen. Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, Julie’s nutrition practice is based on nutrient-dense whole foods and lifestyle choices that support health and well-being, especially during times of high stress and transitions. Her role as an NC is to educate, guide, and support individuals in positioning themselves to better respond to the inevitable stressors of life.

In addition to her private nutrition practice and serving on the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, Julie is a past NANP board member and has been a Distance Learning Instructor for Bauman College. She is proud to align herself with professionals who share the belief that nutrition and lifestyle play critical roles in health and who are taking steps to make significant changes in the health of our nation.

Part of Julie’s “lead by example” lifestyle includes hiking, biking, running, swimming, snowshoeing, reading, cooking, and sipping tea. She is on a mission to inspire others to live a vibrant life amidst its daily stressors.

Show Notes:  Please list the following links in the show notes:

Show sponsor:  Thrive Academy 

2: Innovative Nutrition Programs Beyond One-On-One Consulting

Episode: 2 Christine Pierangeli, MNT, BCHN®

Guest bio:  My first degree was a BS in education from the UW-Madison. I loved teaching and have always been interested in how eating right and making healthy lifestyle choices impact health in a positive way. My next act, as a stay-at-home mother to two daughters, helped me dig deeper into the principles of health and wellness in order to support my growing girls. My interest became a passion. I enrolled in the renowned Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) in Denver, CO and began my new education journey. My education at NTI helped me understand that profound wellness is not achieved by trying the latest diet craze of the moment. Profound wellness is achieved when we respect our body’s innate wisdom and incorporate a whole-foods diet and make healthy lifestyle choices. Find Christine at www.profoundwellness.fit.

Show sponsor:  Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

20: HEALCon Showcase with Dr. Ed Bauman; Leading World Wellness

Episode: 20:  Dr. Ed Bauman , Ph.D.

Dr. Ed Bauman has been at the forefront of the holistic health and nutrition renaissance for the past 50 years.  He holds a MEd from the University. of Massachusetts, a MS in Nutrition from Heartwood College, and a PhD in Community Health Promotion from the University of New Mexico. He is the founder of Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, and co-founder of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). After studying traditional health and nutrition systems for more than 30 years, Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health approach, which forms the basis of his professional and community nutrition programs.  

Bauman Wellness offers an array of interactive and self-paced programs, for individuals, companies and organizations. These include Affordable Nutrition, Brighten Up: Healing Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia, Resilience and Recovery – Pandemic Protection and the Kidz Culinary Academy.  Bauman Wellness offers an affordable facilitator/teacher training for each of these scalable community programs to certified holistic nutritionists and health professionals.

Dr. Bauman is the co-author of many renowned books, including the Holistic Health Handbook, Holistic Health Lifebook, Foundations of Nutrition Textbook, Therapeutic Nutrition Textbook, Flavors of Health Cookbook, Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, Spice for Life: Self-Healing Recipes, Remedies and Research, Affordable Nutrition, and Nutrition Essentials for Everyone.

Dr. Bauman is a tireless advocate for integrating holistic nutrition and wellness skills into mainstream education, health care, and community development to empower people from all backgrounds to become more self-reliant and resilient to create a world where wellness is our unifying principle of collective evolution. 

Show Notes:  Please list the following links in the show notes:

Show sponsor: Vitanica

21: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Dian Ginsberg

Episode: 21:  Dian Ginsberg, MD.

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in North Carolina before Houston’s sunny climate brought her to Texas. Dr. Ginsberg has years of experience providing comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology treatment. As her career advanced she developed a special interest in functional medicine and the manner in which it bridges the gap of a patient’s illness while minimizing severe symptoms and optimizing health. This passion now encompasses special focus on the understanding of genetics and methylation, optimal hormone balance and overall healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an accomplished marathon runner and an Ironman triathlete has led her to explore the latest medical advances in wellness for athletes along with anti-aging therapies for both men and women. She is motivated to continue her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs.

Dr. Ginsberg has used her extensive experience to help men and women with hormone imbalance regain the vitality and fitness they thought was lost forever. She lectures for Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS, its natural reversal, and pathways to fertility. She is the author of The PCOS Environmental Roadmap. Rectangularization of aging is her personal passion, and she is faculty at the American Academy of Anti-Aging where she has lectured about bioidentical hormone replacement and telomeres (DNA caps) and how instrumental their preservation is for ongoing health. She is also involved in a groundbreaking infusion study looking at Young Fresh Frozen Plasma and the effect it has on helping reverse symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. She is lecturing all over the country on the amazing results of this study and how it can help neurodegenerative diseases.

She is a Medical Director for the Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologistsis Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, completed an Advanced Fellowship with the Metabolic Medical Institute, and is an Advisory Board Member for Functional Medicine University.

Show sponsor:  Weston A. Price Foundation

22: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Marissa Nash

Episode: 22: Marissa Nash, Holistic Executive Coach, Meditation & Yoga Teacher

Marissa is a Holistic Life Coach and Corporate Wellness Coach as well as CEO of The Well Studio, a boutique wellness coaching firm and virtual studio space. She’s also the creator of The Well Method, a one year transformational coaching program for women that guides them in redesigning their life, their wellbeing, and confidently pursuing their dreams both personally and professionally. 

She’s been a Certified Life Coach for 5 years, a 1,000+ hour Yoga Instructor for 10 years and specializes in teaching holistic wellness practices such as embodiment techniques, transformational life coaching, positive psychology, breathwork, yoga for self-healing, meditation & mindfulness. Marissa is a certified Executive Coach and has her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. 

She’s also certified in The Science of Wellbeing from Yale University and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from Thomas Jefferson, developed by Meditation Teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn. 

Through The Well Studio, Marissa leads one-on-one coaching sessions, soulful wellness retreats, weekly meditation & yoga classes and keynote talks. Lastly, she’s dog-mom to her mini-goldendoodle, named Finn.

Show sponsor:  Doctor’s Supplement Store

23: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Cathy Cooke

Episode: 23: Cathy Cooke, BCHN®, BBEC, EMRS

Cathy Cooke is the founder and owner of Whole Home and Body Health.  She is a board certified Holistic Nutritionist with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant and certified Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist through the Building Biology Institute.  She helps people achieve optimal health by addressing the body, mind, and home. 

Prior to starting her own business as a health coach and consultant, she worked in the non-profit sector for nearly twenty years.  She was the Health and Safety Director for the American Red Cross of Alaska, managing the health and safety training department and responding to local and national disasters from 2003-2010.  She has worked in a variety of other non-profit community development roles and spent two years as an AmeriCorps Vista Member.

Cathy is very active in her own community and is a sought after speaker on health related topics, specifically regarding the growing EMF issues.  She is also the founder and director of the non-profit Idahoans for Safe Technology.

She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology and Spanish from Creighton University.  She is originally from Kansas City, MO and currently lives in Boise, ID.

Show sponsor:  Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

24: HEALCon Live at HEALCon with Kristen Burkett and Diana Walley

Episode 24: Live Podcast at HEALCon with Kristen Burkett and Diana Walley

Thursday, April 8 – 5:30 pm (pacific time)

Join podcast hosts, Kristen Burkett and Diana Walley, in their first video podcast!

The premier will be held on our YouTube Channel – subscribe today so you don’t miss this fun event! (Pro Tip: tap the bell next to the subscribe button so you are alerted when the episode goes “live.”)

NOTE: Conference attendees will also be able to access the recording through the conference platform.

Kristen and Diana are turning the tables and will be interviewing each other this time – sharing past experiences at HEALCon, featuring one of our partners’ fun products, and highlighting the speakers and presentations they can’t wait to see at the conference.

If you have been tuning into the podcast, you know how lively, fun and easy to listen to these ladies are each and every time – you will find yourself smiling and getting pumped up – ready for HEALCon 2021!

Show Sponsor: Dry Farm Wines

25: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Ahmed El-Sohemy

Episode: 25:  Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD

Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy is a Professor and Associate Chair at the University of Toronto and held a Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics. He is also the founder of Nutrigenomix Inc. and serves as the company’s Chief Science Officer. 

Dr. El-Sohemy earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. The goal of his research is to understand how genetic differences modify response to diet for optimal health and performance. 

Dr. El-Sohemy has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles, given over 200 invited talks around the world and received several awards for excellence in research by the Canadian Nutrition Society and the American College of Nutrition. 

He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Genes & Nutrition and Specialty Chief Editor of Nutrigenomics for Frontiers in Nutrition.

Show sponsor:  Sophia Health

26: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Brandy Cummings

Episode: 26: Brandy Cummings, CN, NC, Certified AIP Coach, CGP, MS

Brandy Cummings is a Certified Nutritionist and owner of Pivotal Origins. She specializes in preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum care which she has coined the pan-natal™ phase of life. She utilizes a functional approach and has created a comprehensive blueprint that takes into account all aspects of one’s life. The level of integration of all of these factors is why we can have such a profound and powerful lasting impact. As a graduate from Bauman College with a Masters’ in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, she clearly defines an up-to-date, effective, and research-based health roadmap so people can harmonize not only their own health, but also the lives of their children and generations to come.

Show sponsor:  Allergy Research Group

27: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Kelly Blodgett

Episode: 27: Kelly Blodgett, DMD, NMD, IBDM

Dr. Blodgett is a native Oregonian who attended grade school through high school in Southwest Portland. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and completed his pre-doctoral sciences at Portland State University. Dr. Blodgett attended the OHSU School of Dentistry and graduated in June of 1999 where he earned the “Going the Extra Mile” award from his own classmates.  

Throughout his career, he’s become a recognized leader in minimally-invasive dentistry, dental lasers, computerized dental technology, and holistic care.  He has been featured in numerous dental journals, on television, and in magazines for the innovative care he provides. He is truly a modern pioneer in progressive dental care and is redefining the modern dental experience.  

Over the past 20 years he has created a practice which is recognized as an international hotspot for Dental Tourism.  He attracts those who seek a holistic and biological approach to their oral health.  Through his weekly Toxic Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday social media posts, Dr. Blodgett shares truths not commonly discussed in traditional dental settings.  His post series illustrate his patients’ incredible journeys back to health along with providing best practices for predictable oral and systemic health.   

Dr. Blodgett and his wife, Julie, have been married since 1994 and have two beautiful daughters: Sara and Megan. They reside in Southwest Portland, just up the hill from his high school alma mater, Wilson High School. 

Show sponsor:  Enzyme Science

https://www.enzyscience.com/

28: HEALCon 2021 Speaker Highlight - Kirstin Nussgruber

Episode: 28: Kirstin Nussgruber, CNC, BCHN®

A cancer nutrition expert, author and speaker, Kirstin is passionate about helping people get out of cancer overwhelm by teaching them how to reclaim their lives. A two-times cancer survivor herself she learnt first-hand the importance of an integrative approach to one’s health to facilitate true healing. She offers personalized mentoring packages to private clients and in collaboration with functional medicine practitioners.

Kirstin is the bestselling author of Confessions of a Cancer Conqueror – My 5 Step Process to Transform Your Relationship with Cancer and creator of First Steps to Take Control of Your Cancer Care, an online self-help program for people looking for an evidence-based start to their healing journey. 

Kirstin shares her philosophy, inspiring blogs and self-created recipes at www.kirstinscancercare.com, is part of the Chilkov Clinic as well as the clinical team at Valley Integrative Pharmacy. Numerous integrative practitioners repeatedly refer patients to her, including Dr Lise Alschuler ND,  Dr Tina Kaczor (KAZER) ND, Dr Kathleen Thomsen MD and Dr Scott Berk MD.

Kirstin is also Vice President on the NANP Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the Ethics committee, and as a member of the Educational Standards Committee, the Governance Committee and the Member Retention Committee.

Show sponsor:  Microbiome Labs

29: Nailing your strategy! - Lesley Herrmann

Episode: 29:Lesley Herrmann M.S., BCHN®

Lesley is an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) with a master’s degree in Building Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also holds a national board certification in holistic nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and is a Certified Wellness Coach. After overcoming personal health challenges with mold illness and healing her body and mind, Lesley has combined her professional careers to help others navigate the challenges of mold and environmental illness so that they can revitalize their health and reclaim a happy and vibrant life. She bridges the gap between the health of the home and the health of the body by blending her experience in building science with holistic nutrition. 

Show sponsor:  Good Decisions Finally Free

3: Efficient Business Practices and Unique Revenue Opportunities

Episode: 3 Chris Bramich, MS, BCHN®, NTP, CGP

Guest bio: Chris is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and the founder of vitalfoundations.com. He practices in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, but also works with clients virtually. In 2018, he graduated with distinction from the University of Western States with a master’s degree in human nutrition and functional medicine. As part of his coursework for graduation, Chris’ capstone paper explored the effects of near infrared light on nervous system tissue and mitochondrial function. Chris became board certifiedin holistic nutrition by the NANP in 2016. He wrote an article on clinical interventions for Endometriosis that appeared in Nourishing Bytes early in 2019. Additional certifications include Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and Certified GAPS Practitioner.Chris works with clients dealing with a variety of concerns, but he views proper digestion and diet as key components to optimal health. He has been in practice for 6 years and prioritizes continuing education, networking and one on one client interactions. Chris continues to grow in his knowledge of health and wellness and plans to gain further education in genetic analysis and homeopathy. He already uses Near Infrared Light in his practice and is a distributor for personal saunas and related products produced by saunaspace.

Show sponsor:  Good Decisions/Finally Free

30: Maximizing Connections - Jonene Ford

Episode: 30: Jonene Ford MS, CNS, LDN, CPT, BCHN®

Jonene Ford started her professional career as a public secondary school educator where she taught subjects such as Nutrition, Food Science, Health & Wellness, and Personal Development under the curriculum umbrella known as “Family and Consumer Sciences.” During her teaching career, her passion for fitness was reignited! She began to participate in boot camps, fitness challenges, and races along with lifting heavy weights and became a bikini-division amateur bodybuilding competitor. Because of her passion for fitness, she decided to pursue fitness training credentials so that she could help others become more physically fit. It was during that time, in 2014 when she started Ford Wellness, a company committed to improving the lives of everyday people through nutrition, fitness, and integrative health services.

Show sponsor:  Qest 4

31: Tools and Programs to Ramp Up Your Practice - Heather Hanson

Episode: 31: Heather Hanson, NTP, CFMHC, RMA, SFN, CFT, BCHN®

Heather grew up in Western Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado Springs, Co, at the age of 18, to attend Pikes Peak Institute and study Medical Assisting. After spending a few short years working in Internal Medicine in Anniston Alabama and Killeen Texas, she found her perfect home in Austin, TX. Here she began working in a Family Practice medical office and spent the next 13 years developing and implementing strategies to create a medical office environment with a strong focus on wellness.

Her drive to develop this type of program was propelled by the powerful impact of how changing her own diet helped resolve symptoms of auto-immune thyroid, migraine headaches, reflux, chronic constipation, gas, bloating, anxiety, sleep issues and hormone imbalance.

Through this wellness model she was able to guide patients through a 12-week therapeutic lifestyle program encompassing dietary changes, exercise, stress management and appropriate supplementation, facilitating life changing benefits including improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight, mood, sleep and digestion.

During this time she discovered that her oldest son had celiac disease, which further drove her desire to understand the causes of auto-immune disease in order to help her son and other patients address an extensive collection of symptoms.  This passion led her into a more holistic approach to client care, diving deeper into gut health, immune system toxicity, methylation and gene  SNP’s, such as MTHFR and COMT.

She seeks to empower individuals to live healthier and more vibrant lives through proper nutrition, exercise and stress management. Her goal is to provide an environment where areas of need can be well supported and where each person will have the opportunity to experience their best potential for optimal health. Heather is certified in Holistic Nutritional Therapy, Fitness Nutrition, GAPS (Gut and Psychology, Gut and Physiology Syndrome), Personal Training, Therapeutic Lifestyle Coaching and is also a Registered Medical Assistant.

She practices what she preaches by following a nutrient dense diet, being active, getting regular exercise and managing stress. Heather and her husband reside in Georgetown,  TX where she enjoys spending time in the outdoors and entertaining family and friends.  She also enjoys spending time with her granddaughters, cooking, traveling, hiking, kayaking, listening to live music, reading, continuing education and competing in activities including Tough Mudders, Spartan races, half and full marathons.

Show sponsor:  Real Mushrooms

32: Practicing with Authenticity - Carrie Bonfitto

Episode: 32: Carrie Bonfitto, NC, BCHN®

Carrie Bonfitto is a wellness educator, cooking instructor, and author. She received her nutrition counseling degree from Bauman College and trained in culinary arts at the New School of Cooking. She is certified in Digestive Mastery by the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology. 

Through her private practice, Two Hearts Nutrition, she turns up the heat on healthy eating transforming it into delicious and practical food therapy. Having spent years getting bounced from doctor to doctor before taking her health into her own hands, Carrie is dedicated to helping those who suffer with chronic conditions regain their vitality.

Her book, “What to Cook, Why to Eat It” is an easy to understand guide about the value of whole foods at home. It is packed with the recipes and science backed information she shares in the healthy cooking and nutrition classes that she teaches at Los Angeles Valley College, LA City College, and Jewish Family Services LA.

As a mom to a very active seven-year-old and because she worked in the TV industry for many years, Carrie understands the need for easy action-steps and simple delicious food that are practical solutions for her clients

Show sponsor:  Revitin 

33: Tapping into the emotional side with clients - Stephanie Mandel

Episode: 33:Stephanie Mandel BCHN®, EFT tapping coach, Integrative Health Practitioner

Stephanie is a Board-Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.

Stephanie bases her work in the power of a balanced whole-foods diet, stress management, and the pursuit of personal growth as the foundations for optimal health. She partners with her clients to optimize energy, vitality and physical well being with a balanced, natural approach.

Stephanie is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). She obtained her Nutrition Consulting certification with honors from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, California. Following her training, she led a nutrition lecture series and served as the in-house nutrition consultant for the National Center for Youth Law in Oakland, California. Since returning to her New York in October 2014, she has been practicing integrative nutrition under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Morrison.

Stephanie is well-versed in a wide range of health concerns and goals, with special interest in the areas of:

  • Stress management, anxiety, and depression
  • Sleep optimization
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Gastrointestinal healing
  • Food allergies and intolerances

By creating customized plans for each client, Stephanie makes each step toward wellness practical, doable, and delicious.

Show sponsor:  Transformation Enzymes

https://www.transformationenzymes.com/

34: Living Your Truths - Kerry McClure

Episode: 34: Kerry McClure BCHN®, E-RYT®, YACEP®

Kerry is a speaker, author, teacher and wellness mentor in nutrition, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and fitness. She is co-author of the books Beyond Meditation: making mindfulness accessible for everyone, and Gratitude: a mindful pause. She is the creator of The Vibrant Life Method online wellness course. Kerry works with people to eat, move, and practice mindfulness for better energy; a clear, focused mind; and a long, healthy life. Kerry is passionate about helping her clients shift their lifestyle from “surviving” to “thriving” and from feeling “normal” to feeling “optimal”. Kerry is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She is a board member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). She is a member of the American Nutrition Association (ANA), Holistic Entrepreneur Association (HEA), and Yoga Alliance. She is multi-certified in yoga, and several fitness modalities. She brings 25+ years of experience in corporate America to her company, Kerry McClure – Practical Wellness. 

Show sponsor:  3rd Rock Essentials

35: Finding Your Way as a New Practitioner - Patricia Koss

Episode: 35: Patricia Koss, BCHN®, NC, BCHN®, FNLP, MA, Ph.D.

Patricia is a holistic nutrition practitioner living in the Portland, Oregon area and sees clients both virtually and in-person. She is board certified in holistic nutrition and has recently joined the NANP’s board of directors. Most of her clients are adult women, dealing with digestive, blood sugar, endocrine and/or hormonal imbalances and the associated symptoms such as: fatigue, poor sleep, foggy thinking, lack of motivation, infertility, menopausal symptoms, mild depression and anxiety. By taking into consideration the client’s goals, symptom presentation, lab-test results, and lifestyle factors, Patricia and her clients collaborate to develop a supportive holistic protocol consisting of diet, sleep, exercise and stress recommendations. 

Show sponsor:  American College of Healthcare Sciences

36: Never Stop Learning - Jaqueline Zhan Fraise

Episode: 36: Jaqueline Zhan Fraise BCHN®, CNP, FDN, D.Sc

Dr. Jacqueline Zhan Fraise is a Certified Nutrition Professional (CNP, BCHN®), Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) practitioner, and has a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Integrative Healthcare and Clinical Nutrition. She is also on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). 

She has spent her career working between China, Singapore, and the United States. She has extensive clinical experience, supporting clients with different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. In addition to her focus in nutrition, she has also studied a wide array of subjects such as culinary arts and the role of media in medicine, earning certificates from the California Culinary Academy and Harvard Medical School.

In addition to her clinical nutrition practice, Dr. Zhan Fraise is also involved in promoting holistic nutrition through various media channels, thereby reaching a broader and diverse audience to deliver her message that food is medicine.

Show sponsor:  Biocanic 

37: Taking the Leap - Gayatri Rajamani

Episode: 37: Gayatri Rajamani NTP, BCHN Candidate®

Gayatri Rajamani is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist Candidate, based out of Dallas, Texas. She is the owner and founder of Glow With Wellness.  Gayatri is passionate about nutrition and strongly believes that we can elevate our health with proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.  In her free time, she loves baking with her kids, reading and going on long walks.

Show sponsor:  Hemp Fusion

4: A Successfully Structured Business Model with a Complementary Partner

Episode: 4 Jen Marshall, CNT, BCHN®

Guest Bio:  Jen CNT, BCHN®  is the founder of Be Balanced Healing in Boulder, Colorado and practices functional and holistic nutrition. She specializes in digestion and its connection to the rest of the body including mood, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and skin conditions. She received her master certification in nutrition therapy from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado and is board certified in holistic nutrition by NANP. Visit www.bebalancedhealing.com for more information.

Show sponsor:  Doctors Supplement Store

5 Steps to Stay Healthy During Times of Stress

We all experience stress and anxiety on occasion (some of us more than others as our personality predisposition), but there are situations in our life that can raise our stress levels, such as a divorce, death of a loved one, challenges at work or a job loss, unexpected health diagnoses or simply doing too much and trying to be superwomen/men day in day out.

Often, we might turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with our emotions, such as drinking, smoking, avoiding exercise, overworking or overeating unhealthy comfort foods or sugary treats. While a Sugar Detox might necessarily not be possible during these times, we can still take our health into our own hands and a few simple steps to manage our mindset to get through times of uncertainty, overwhelming stress and anxiety.

Focus on Gratitude
When we feel a sense of irritation with a disruption of our schedules or a sense of scarcity due to fear of the unknown or a loss, it can be more difficult to feel grateful for what we DO have in our lives. Focusing on what we can be grateful for, even if it’s the simplest of things, can be an easy, immediate tool to take us out of our “woe is me” spiral. Sure, everything might not be particularly rosy one hundred percent of the time, but life’s ups and downs are a part of life. How to put this into action? You can keep a gratitude journal where you write out your thoughts, or you can compile a simple gratitude list. You can tell other people why you’re grateful for them by sending them a note or a card. You can post daily on your social media pages to be a positive inspiration to others. Or, you can create a gratitude jar with slips of paper with notes of what you’re grateful for each day. Seeing how many things in your life you are grateful for add up is an instantaneous boost to your mood.

Turn off the News and Social Media
It’s wise to remain aware of what’s happening in the world but taking a break from the constant feed of doom and gloom and negativity can bring us back to the present and realize what’s really happening in our own lives. Taking a certain level of detachment can be helpful, looking at the situation from an objective observer’s lens. Plus, you can’t act on your own health and wellbeing goals without taking time to disconnect from the media messages to focus on YOU and your own reality. Find ways to get accurate information (as much of what is displayed in the media may not be the facts), take what works for you and disregard the rest.

Schedule Time to Worry
Most of us have experienced repetitive thoughts that take us in a spiral of worry. As a result, we usually have a difficult time focusing during the day and sleeping at night when we’re concerned about a situation or encounter. Meditation, yoga, exercise, participating in a hobby or craft, getting out in nature or engaging with others in a phone call or FaceTime chat can all be helpful healthy strategies to divert our attention during times of anxiousness. Distractions can be useful strategies to take our mind off the issue that’s making us uneasy, but in addition, intentionally scheduling time to process these thoughts and getting to the root cause of our emotions so they don’t continue to damage our mental wellbeing can be ironically liberating. Ideally, this “worry time” will not be right before bed, but if you do find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with anxious thoughts, you can keep a small notebook at your bedside to write them down to get what’s on your mind out during the night. (Usually when you wake up in the morning these fears are much less monumental.)

Practice the Pause
Stress, anxiety and worry not only raise our cortisol levels, causing weight gain and obesity1 along with a myriad of other chronic health issues, so it’s not something to take lightly if you find yourself in this state the majority of the time. If your stress is tempting you to turn to unhealthy comfort foods, high in refined carbohydrates and added sugar, you’re only fueling the cycle of cravings. The perceived dopamine hit you get from carbs and sugar is unfulfilling and short-lived and usually makes us feel terrible about ourselves afterwards.

In my opinion, emotionally eating is a strategy that is nuanced and not always “bad” – truthfully, I feel it’s more about your awareness and intentions when eating certain foods that matters most. When you find yourself craving sugary foods when you’re stressed out, or in the midst of a sugar binge without thinking, you can take a very simple step and practice a 4-step PAUSE.

Put the food down
tune into your Awareness
Understand the real cause (i.e. your boss just sent you an urgent email with an impossible deadline)
State your feelings
Engage in 4 deep breaths to put a stop to the mindless eating you started

Providing our bodies with nourishment from real, whole unprocessed foods is a form of self-care, which is needed most during times of stress and anxiety. Buffering your emotions through food is never the satisfying solution and tuning into your actions and the reasons behind them is the first step to ending the cycle of self-sabotage.

In addition, if you’re overeating (or undereating) due to stress and anxiety, you may want to consider keeping a food journal for a short period of time to be more mindful of your intake and nutritional choices. 

Focus on what you CAN control
It’s human nature to want to have control over our lives for a sense of security, but it’s not possible to control everything that touches us as human beings. If you DO have control over something that’s making you anxious or unhappy, then you need to own up to it and take action to change it. The power IS within you to create the life you want and hiding behind your excuses will only continue to hold you back from the health and happiness you deserve. On the other hand, if you are overly anxious about aspects outside of your realm of control, which is often the case, it’s better to realize that fact and let them go because the weight of the world will literally bring you down.

Sources

1Hewagalamulage, S., Lee, T., Clarke, I., & Henry, B. (2016). Stress, cortisol, and obesity: a role for cortisol responsiveness in identifying individuals prone to obesity. Domestic Animal Endocrinology, 56. doi: 10.1016/j.domaniend.2016.03.004

Beth Romanski 

Beth Romanski is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and founder of MyHealthyTransitions Health Coaching. Beth emphasizes the concept of bio-individuality and personalization in her practice; specializing in guiding her clients design their unique Personal Nutrition Blueprint, breaking free from “one-size-fits-all” diets that don’t work. With her supportive and motivational style, Beth provides an educational approach to empower clients with the knowledge and simple tools necessary to promote healthy lifestyle changes that are effective and sustainable, creating lasting results with ease. As a sugar detox expert, Beth has helped countless people overcome the sugar and carb stronghold to balance their blood sugar naturally using real, whole foods through her popular Wellness Warriors Sugar Detox Program. Beth is the creator and co-host of the Wellness Warriors Radio Podcast, a recognized sugar detox expert, published blogger, and professional health educator as Director of Professional and Continuing Education at Maryland University of Integrative Health. In addition to 1:1 and group health coaching, Beth has developed several wellness courses and frequently presents workshops and lectures on nutrition and living a healthy, balanced life. Learn more at www.myhealthytransitions.com

5: Staying in Your Lane

Episode 5: Robin Hutchinson, MNT, BCHN®

Guest bio: Robin Hutchinson is board certified in holistic nutrition and owner of Healthy Nest Nutrition, a private practice located in Denver, Colorado. Healthy Nest Nutrition’s goal is to help people find their best diet to meet their health and wellness goals.   They offer weight loss, sugar reset, family nutrition makeovers, digestive repair, customized nutrition and ongoing support and maintenance programs ranging from 4-6 weeks. Healthy Nest Nutrition wants to join your team, hit your goals, and give you lifelong confidence in food choices for your body.

Show sponsor:  NBI

6: Virtual Tools for Exceptional Client Relationships

Episode 6: Anthony DiNoble, BCHN®, CHN, CPT, CNM, MMS, CFBCA

Guest bio: Though Anthony’s original career path began as an IT professional for large law firms, his lifelong passion around natural health and wellness won out and he shifted gears to become a nutritionist.  He furthered his education, by going even deeper into the science and biology around Epigenetics, lab interpretation, live blood analysis, nutrient support, and physical training. His education, training, and additional learning include:

  • Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist ®
  • Certified Functional Blood Chemistry Analyst
  • Certified Nutritional Microscopist
  • Medical Marijuana Specialist
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Pastry Chef

Anthony joined the Nourish Coaching Staff in 2014, and has helped raise the Nourish Program to new levels of freedom for hundreds of Nourish clients.

Show sponsor:  Sofia Health

7: The Importance of the Basics

Episode 7: Kerri FerraioliMNT, BCHN®

Guest bio: Kerri Ferraioli is a Master Nutrition Therapist. She graduated from the Nutrition Therapy Institute in October 2013.  Kerri became Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition in April 2014.  She works from her home in Point Pleasant, NJ.  Kerri works one-on-one with clients helping them realize the importance of whole foods and the effects they have on the body.  She specializes in nutrition for people with “hidden” health issues that the medical system deems “healthy”. 

Show sponsor:  Thrive Academy

8: Personalizing Nutrition From Different Angles

Episode 8: Kirsten Miller, MNT, CSNC, BCHN®

Guest bio: Kirsten Miller is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). To become eligible to sit for the board certification exam she needed to earn her Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) diploma. She is also a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant (CSNC) and Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (CNTP). She earned her MNT and CNTP from the Nutrition Therapy Institute, a premier holistic nutrition educational institution. She has also completed several functional nutrition courses and believes that continuing education is critical to be an effective nutrition therapist.  

The science of the food and the body is her passion so she is always studying and learning more. She loves to share this knowledge with her clients and sees herself as a teacher. Her goal is to help her clients to better understand their bodies, learn how foods affect their bodies and help them discover easy & sustainable ways to properly fuel their bodies. 

Kirsten is a life-long athlete, competing in endurance sports for most of her adult life. She has completed multiple Ironman triathlons, is a Boston Marathon finisher and frequently lands on the podium in her age group.  As both a busy working mother and competitive athlete, Kirsten knows first-hand how important nutrition is for optimal health and wellness. If we do not put the right foods in our body, we cannot function well in all aspects of our lives. Kirsten has helped many clients feel the benefit of a healthy, whole-foods diet.

Show sponsor:  Good Decisions/Finally Free

9: Key Fundamentals for Your Nutrition Practice

Episode: 9:  Liz Lipski, PhD, CNS, FACN, BCHN®, LDN

Dr. Liz Lipski is Professor and the Director of the Academic Development for the Nutrition programs in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health. After 30 years of clinical practice she devotes her time to teaching, writing and building the field of personalized nutrition. Dr. Lipski holds a PhD in Clinical Nutrition, is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN) and holds two board certifications in clinical nutrition (CNS, and BCHN) and one in functional medicine (IFMCP). She is on faculty for The Institute for Functional Medicine, and the Metabolic Medicine Institute fellowship program. She is the board secretary for the Accreditation Council for Professional Nutrition Education (ACNPE), on the board for the American Nutrition Association, and on advisory boards for the Certified International Health Coaches, and the Autism Hope Alliance. She is a consultant for Conversion Labs. Dr. Lipski has been a co-author in peer-reviewed papers and is the author of several books: Digestive Wellness (5th edition published 11-22-19), Digestion Connection, Digestive Wellness for Children, Leaky Gut Syndrome and a video course The Art of Digestive Wellness. She is the founder of InnovativeHealing.com and the Innovative Healing Academy where she offers courses and mentoring.

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A Microbiome is Born: Unique Tools for Baby and Mom

By: Carla Abate

When I became pregnant 13 years ago for the first time, I never would have imagined delivering by cesarean section. I had recently finished a hypnobirthing class and would have gladly birthed at home if my husband was on board. But after my water broke, my progress slowed and I was scolded by my obstetrician to “do what I should have done a long time ago,” prepare for a c-section. Thankfully, I did not spend much time mourning the birth experience I could not have, nor the poor bedside manner of my doctor. Instead, I decided to empower myself with the tools my baby and I would both need for a robust entry into the next phase of our lives.

So much attention is given these days to comparing health outcomes of cesarean-born babies to vaginally born babies, as well as breast-fed babies to formula-fed babies. More than any other period, the perinatal period appears to offer the most significant window of opportunity for modification of future disease risk. Why? Because of the trillions of microbes that coexist within us that we refer to as the microbiome.

The concerns with c-section delivery are twofold:

  1. First, it is largely accepted that much of the microbiome is picked up by way of passage through the birth canal.
  2. Second, c-section mothers are routinely administered antibiotics prior to surgery. These transfer to the baby, having a profoundly negative impact on the microbiome, often observed years later.

Together, these factors explain the correlation between c-section delivery and microbiome alterations associated with greater disease risk (Stinson, Payne, and Keelan, 2018). C-section delivery is associated with greater risk of:

  • allergies
  • obesity
  • immune disfunction
  • Other chronic disease

Probiotics

Worried that my baby did not receive a microbiome replete with the beneficial microbes central to the development of his little immune system, I began to explore the use of probiotics. Well aware of the relationship between antibiotics and probiotics, I knew that I, as well as my baby, would benefit from including these in our recovery toolbox. (Grazul, Kanda, and Gondek, 2016). Although antibiotics are passed through breastmilk, the benefits of breastfeeding often outweigh this risk. Not only was I passing along the probiotics through my milk, but numerous Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMOs) commonly known as prebiotics, present in breastmilk, transfer to baby as well. These serve as a fuel source for the bacteria group Bifidobacteria infantis, recognized as one of the major players in early infant microbiome development. Today, more and more babies are being born devoid of this health-promoting bacteria, leading to what many researchers have termed Newborn Gut Deficiency.

Supplementation alone however is not nearly as effective as doing so while also making permanent dietary shifts that have an enduring influence on the microbiome. For example, eliminating refined sugars and processed foods starve the pathogenic strains of bacteria that preferentially feed on these types of foods; while fresh vegetables rich in fiber provide nourishment to the sorts of bacteria we benefit from. Just as nature intended!

Vaginal Seeding

Vaginal seeding is a procedure that involves swabbing the infant’s mouth with vaginal fluid with the assumption that the vaginal microbes will transfer and colonize in the baby. Proponents of this practice argue that it is relatively safe as long as the mother is screened for potential pathogens prior to implementation. A relatively small study backs up the use of this practice by finding similar microbiomes in c-section babies swabbed and babies born vaginally (Dominguez-Bello, De Jesus-Laboy, Shen, et al). C-section-born babies that weren’t swabbed did not display this similarity. However, there is still debate as to whether the microbes of the vaginal fluid are designed to colonize the gut at all. Critics of this technique argue that it is not the vaginal microbes that seed the infant’s gut, but those of the mother’s colon that are relevant.

Emergent vs. Scheduled C-section

Perhaps the most empowering emerging information is that even in the absence of vaginal birth, labor itself plays a role in the microbiome transfer from mom to baby. According to a 2019 survey published in the Journal of Pregnancy, 42% of c-sections are elective. However, researchers speculate that c-sections involving the onset of labor, in which the fetal membranes have ruptured, are exposed to vaginal bacteria that planned c-section babies elude. Research indicates a stronger link between elective c-section delivery and disorders such as celiac and asthma compared with emergency c-section (Stinson, Payne, and Keelan, 2018).

Today, I have two healthy boys both born via unplanned c-section. Both were breastfed and supplemented with probiotics. Neither have allergies to date at 12 and 9 years. As a nutrition therapist that focuses on the perinatal stages, I believe microbiome education is paramount.

How to support an optimal microbiome during the perinatal period:

  • Aim for natural birth-consult your doctor to determine when c-section is medically necessary
  • Consult your obstetrician or midwife about vaginal seeding
  • Obtain lactation education prior to birth if possible to support successful breastfeeding
  • Consult your physician about the introduction of probiotics in the final month of pregnancy through to the first few months postpartum. These can be taken by mom as well as placed on the nipple as a paste from powder form or put in formula when breast-feeding is unattainable
  • Avoid unnecessary antibiotic exposure-this includes in the animal products we consume-choose organic and grass-fed
  • Eat a diet rich in whole foods and prebiotic foods
  • Get outdoors and keep pets around-research indicates greater bacterial diversity with these exposures (Bloomfield, Rook, Scott, Shanahan, Stanwell-Smith, and Turner, 2016)

References

  1. Grazul H, Kanda LL, Gondek D. Impact of probiotic supplements on microbiome diversity following antibiotic treatment of mice. Gut Microbes. 2016;7(2):101-14. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2016.1138197. Epub 2016 Mar 10. PMID: 26963277; PMCID: PMC4856465.
  2. Stinson LF, Payne MS, Keelan JA. A Critical Review of the Bacterial Baptism Hypothesis and the Impact of Cesarean Delivery on the Infant Microbiome. Front Med (Lausanne). 2018;5:135. Published 2018 May 4. doi:10.3389/fmed.2018.00135
  3. Bloomfield SF, Rook GA, Scott EA, Shanahan F, Stanwell-Smith R, Turner P. Time to abandon the hygiene hypothesis: new perspectives on allergic disease, the human microbiome, infectious disease prevention and the role of targeted hygiene. Perspect Public Health. 2016;136(4):213-224. doi:10.1177/1757913916650225
  4. Dominguez-Bello MG, De Jesus-Laboy KM, Shen N, et al. Partial restoration of the microbiota of cesarean-born infants via vaginal microbial transfer. Nat Med. 2016;22(3):250-253. doi:10.1038/nm.4039

Bio

Carla Abate is a board certified NANP member, an advocate for the importance of nutrition during the perinatal stages, and a family wellness educator. A Certified Master Nutrition Therapist and Postpartum Doula, she is also a wife, and mother of two boys. Her experience with pregnancy and entering motherhood helped inspire her work today. Motherhood brought an abundance of self-growth, inspiration, and courage. It also brought great challenge and forced Carla to dive into her own wellness journey. 

Today, it’s Carla’s mission to help other mothers flourish throughout pregnancy and bring well-nourished, thriving bundles of joy into the world.

For more information visit www.rebelrootsnutrition.com or email Carla at carla@rebelrootsnutrition.com.

A Resolution Worth Keeping!

by Nicole Hodson, Executive Director, NANP

It’s hard to believe we’re firmly into the year 2021. I know we are all excited to get the new year underway and work toward the goals we’ve set for our personal and professional growth.

If you’re looking for a growth opportunity or adding to your credentials, have I got an announcement for you!

For several years, NANP has been developing a one-of-a-kind certification for those who provide guidance on or sell dietary supplements.

Born out of an idea initially presented to us by Whole Foods Market, the Certified Dietary Supplement ProfessionalTM is a unique credential that raises the bar and delivers a new and authoritative standard in the supplement industry. The education and exam rigor establish the Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™ credential as a necessity in supporting the whole of holistic health professionals.

If you’re already a professional member of the NANP, you automatically qualify to take this exam. If you’re not yet a member but believe you have qualifications that will meet the educational standards for this certification, you can apply for an Independent Educational Review (IER). An IER will identify any areas where you may need additional education to qualify to take this exam. You may even find that you already have the education you need! I’m so excited to share two invaluable free downloads to help you get started.

  • Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™ Study Guide
  • Dietary Supplement Quality Reference Guide

While I’m on the subject of the CDSP™ exam and the free downloads, I want to take a moment to thank the CDSP™ Committee for their countless hours of hard work and dedication to getting this certification exam written, reviewed, policies set, and documents developed. A special thanks to Kariman Pierce, Committee Chair and chief exam author, without whom this project would still be in the pipeline.

I also want to thank Gene Bruno and Huntington University of Health Sciences for providing the Legal & Ethical Responsibilities document (also a free download available via the study guide). Thank you as well to Paula Bartholomy of Hawthorn University for the foundational content for the Dietary Supplement Quality Reference Guide and to Jini Cicero, Kate Mahoney, and Rebecca Zolotor (Purdue University Global) for pulling it all together. Lastly, thank you to Dorene Petersen of the American College of Healthcare Sciences for reviewing our policies and documents with such a keen eye to industry standards. I’m genuinely grateful to each of you and can’t wait to share your hard work with our industry!

We recognize there is a wide variety of careers in our profession. The CDSP™ is yet one more way to set yourself apart from others in the health and wellness space by demonstrating your exemplary education and proficiency in a complex service area within our field.

Ready to get started? Learn all about this new certification.

“Life is like riding a bicycle; to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

-Albert Einstein

Are you practicing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)?

Staying within the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals (HNPs) is critical. Unless you’re a licensed practitioner, your scope doesn’t allow you to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent, prescribe, heal, mitigate or manage any disease state.

Instead, our job as HNPs is to advise individuals, families, and groups on improving diet, lifestyle, and attitude to promote health founded on evidence-based and holistic principles.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an evidence-based, individualized nutrition process to treat certain medical conditions. The term MNT was introduced in 1994 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. MNT is developed and implemented by a dietitian with the approval of the patient’s doctor. Services are provided in an institutional setting such as a hospital, outpatient clinic, or as part of a Telehealth program in states where dietitians are permitted to provide these services. Medical Nutrition Therapy was developed to manage chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, by instituting a personalized diet and meal plan to reduce symptoms of specific conditions and prevent further health complications.

Holistic Nutrition Professionals should not provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to their clients as we are not licensed to treat or manage a disease or medical condition. If you have questions about working within our industry’s Scope of Practice, please get in touch with laura@nanp.org.

Avoiding Pitfalls - Manage Your Business Like a Pro!

by Barbara Rodgers, NC, BCHN®, NANP President

If everyone is naturally a terrific, effective, and well-organized business person, then why are there so many webinars, courses, books, and presentations helping us to be an excellent business person?

Unfortunately, we have to consider the possibility that it is because we need help.

We all consider ourselves Holistic Nutrition Professionals, but let’s face it, in reality, we are sole proprietors – we own and run a business.  You may not think of things this way, but you are the “boss” of your most important commodity — you.  

How you manage your business and all the various functions required of you on a day-to-day basis is critical. (Keep in mind, I didn’t say it is “easy,” I said “critical.”)

I had the good fortune to work with a lot of businesspeople in my past, many of whom were sole proprietors – doctors, dentists, plumbers, lawyers, etc.  The pattern I often noticed with these individuals is they were excellent at being a doctor, dentist, plumber, or lawyer but lousy at managing their business.

It’s no secret that in our industry, the more people we have ‘out there,’ like you, the more people are being helped from a nutritional perspective.  We need you, and they (your clients) need you. By extension, we need you to be successful in what you do.

So I would like to tell you about a few pitfalls people fall into as sole proprietors you can try to avoid. 

Here is pitfall #1:

Thinking you can do it all yourself.

You can’t.  Ok, maybe, in the beginning, you have to.  But long-term, if you are trying to do everything yourself, you are not doing anything very well.

In the beginning, when your practice is getting started, it’s simply impossible to cost-justify even a part-time employee to help out.  So we do everything ourselves – the analysis of client data, scheduling appointments, researching protocols, checking supplements and ordering, and lots of time listening and talking to clients. We also do the invoicing, handling client communication, managing either a paper-based or online practice management system, preparing workshops or speaking outlines and presentations. 

As your client base and business grow, you need to slowly shift your worktime to the things no one else can do, which is the clinical work.  Time is money.  At some point, it will start to become less costly for you to hire a part-time assistant to do the administrative work that allows you to stay focused on the clinical side.

Do the math.  Figure out your hourly rate.  Then make a list of which functions are administrative.  Lastly, how many hours per week do you spend on those administrative duties? (an estimate will suffice)

Admin Hours  X  Hourly Rate  =  Your cost to Perform Admin Functions

Now ask yourself, if you didn’t have to spend your time on those admin functions, how many new clients could you potentially bring in with the same amount of time?

Look, you have worked long and hard to build your reputation, credibility, and education.  Your goal is to use those valuable skills to improve people’s lives and health, not just redesign your business card. 

When the time is right, reach out to resources who can help you, and be willing to let them in.

Pitfall #2:

Thinking you don’t need a business plan

I’m sure there are a lot of eyes rolling right now — people hate business “plans.”  Most would rather read a boring prospectus on life insurance. 

But look at it this way:  having a business plan for yourself is not different from a written affirmation or a visualization board.  You are imagining what you can do with your talents and education. 

In what way can you help your clients or the industry? How many clients can you help in a year?  What income do you hope to achieve, and in general terms, what is the source of that income (e.g., 60% supplements, 40% counseling fees)?

Most of us believe firmly in the mind/body connection.  That is what a business plan is.  You are documenting your emotional and mental commitment to your practice.  You are steering the Universe into manifesting what you want – what you EXPECT your business to be.

And a business plan does not have to be a huge, detailed document.  You don’t need to have revenue expectations similar to Exxon.   

There are many resources online for small businesses where you can read about the types of sections a business plan will normally include.  Check some of them out and decide for yourself what should be included, but below is a start of what I think the basics would include: 

  1. A business summary (brief, 1-2 paragraphs)
  2. Primary business objective (e.g., what your practice focus will be)
  3. A 3-5-year projection for gross income and expenses (Be reasonable with your income projections. Too low can suggest doubt in yourself; too high will frustrate you and may be unattainable)
  4. A brief description of who or what your competition is (don’t forget:  changing state laws is a competitive risk factor)
  5. What outside relationships are important for your business?  For instance, will you forge a relationship with several key supplement manufacturers?  Is it important to join an industry association?  (More about that below).  What about having your eye on a post-educational course or program? (More on that as well).

Pitfall #3:

Not investing in yourself

This is a big one and often overlooked.

Roy Bennet in The Light in the Heart says it well,

“There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it. It is the true way to improve yourself to be the best version of you and lets you be able to best serve those around you.”

Yes, you must be judicious about expenses—set priorities for yourself.  But make no mistake, every time you invest in your business, you are investing in your passion and yourself.   

While I was a school student a few years back, I took my first available opportunity to obtain the student registration with NANP.  When I graduated, I was eager and proud to upgrade to professional membership.  I knew that being a part of my “community” would ensure that I surrounded myself with like-minded people and mentors.  Attending as many of the free webinars and annual conferences was a given.  This was a priority for me and not a frivolous expense – it was an “investment.”  

The other valuable step I took immediately upon graduating was getting geared up for the HNCB board certification exam. There are numerous angles one can take to set yourself apart from your competitors, but a big one is education and credentials.  For me, the board exam was a logical first step and foundational to anything else.  From there, I went on to other targeted educational modules.  I will always make time to further my education and stay on top of trends in my industry.

Pick and choose what is right for you and your business focus.  Be strategic in your decision-making.

Remember, you are a businessperson, a sole proprietor, and a Holistic Nutrition Professional.  You are out there helping your clients do the hard work.  Be proud of what you do!

At NANP, we couldn’t be more proud of our flourishing industry and each and every one of you out there making it happen. 

Keep spreading the message……  nutrition matters.

Colorful Foods for Mental Wellness

By Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP
Nutritionist, Author, Researcher, Educator, Artist

It’s been said long ago by Hippocrates that “food is medicine.”

I would add that on many levels “color is medicine,” especially the colors of food. We are learning more about the presence of the several thousands of pigmented phytonutrients in plant foods, which is currently revolutionizing the way nutritional medicine is unfolding in the 21st century.

In my nutrition and functional medicine work, I approach the connection of healthy eating, reducing risk for chronic disease, and the food-mood relationship through a ‘color code’ that I developed, called the 7 Systems of Health, informed by science and inspired by integrating healing traditions of medicine, spirituality, and yoga. Each of the 7 Systems is connected to a specific color and specific physical functions and biochemistry to provide a holistic approach to a person’s lifestyle and well-being. You can read more about the 7 Systems of Health on my website, www.deannaminich.com.

Specific colors of food can impact physical and mental health through a variety of phytonutrients and their effect on cellular structure and function. Studies have shown that eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with greater happiness and improved mental health. Influences on mood are many, including but not limited to the environment, nutrition, stress, genetics, socioeconomic factors, and experiences in life, and as these influences change in a moment so can one’s mood. As a nutritionist, focusing on dietary patterns can help uncover the influence on mood and mental health.

Specific colors of food can impact physical and mental health through a variety of phytonutrients and their effect on cellular structure and function. Studies have shown that eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with greater happiness and improved mental health. Dietary patterns influence mood and mental health. As such, adopting a healthy, colorful approach to eating can increase positive mood, along with other physical and mental health-related outcomes.

Whether someone has a diagnosed mood disorder or other mental health condition, wish to improve a mood imbalance, or simply want to increase resiliency and minimize the risk of developing a mood disorder, colorful, healthy food choices can be a foundational starting point. The nutrients in food provide the building blocks necessary for healthy brain and neurotransmitter processes. Of special note for mental wellness are amino acids, B-vitamins, fiber, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, and many more. While adequate levels of these nutrients play a key role in preventing or mitigating depression on their own, studies have reported that certain foods can have a significant impact as well, such as cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens, organ meats, peppers, nuts, legumes, and seafood.

Some take-aways for holistic wellness are:

  • A general healthy eating pattern can go a long way, such as a whole-food dietary pattern
  • Focus on eating a colorful, plant-based diet (with some animal products if you choose) with as few highly processed foods as possible
  • Include foods or food groups rich in multiple nutrients, such as what I listed above
  • Many of the foods supportive of mood health naturally fit in a plant-based eating pattern
  • Blue-purple plant-based foods contain select phytochemicals for cognitive support, healthy mood balance, and neuronal health

There are numerous benefits to eating plant-based foods, especially colorful fruits and vegetables. Ensuring the consumption of a variety of healthy, colorful foods will permit sampling from thousands of phytochemicals that may help to offset an increased risk of chronic disease and mental illness. Of course, an individual’s eating patterns, situation such as allergies, and overall health should be discussed with a doctor, therapist, nutritionist, dietician, or other member of the healthcare team prior to making dietary changes. To help track the colors of food, I’m including my Food & Mood Weekly Tracker that you can download. Here’s to eating the rainbow of colors of plant-based, whole foods for optimum physical and mental health!

Nourishing wishes,

Deanna

About Deanna Minich
Dr. Deanna Minich is an internationally-recognized teacher, author, scientist, speaker, and artist.
She has more than 20 years of diverse, well-rounded experience in the fields of nutrition and functional medicine, including clinical practice, research, product formulation, writing, and education. Her doctoral (Ph.D.) research focused on essential fatty acid absorption and metabolism, and her Master of Science degree (M.S.) allowed her to explore the health benefits of the colorful, plant-based carotenoids. She has authored six books on health and wellness and over forty scientific publications.

Currently, she is Faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the University of Western States. She has developed an online certification program for health professionals so that they can apply the color-coded 7 Systems of Full-Spectrum Health in their practice. Her lectures are heard by patients and practitioners throughout the world. Dr. Minich’s passion is teaching a whole-self approach to nourishment and bridging the gaps between science, spirituality, and art in medicine.
Learn more about Deanna Minich on her website.

Culinary Creator Business School

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Culinary Creator Business School™️ is a group coaching program for culinary professionals who want to grow their reach and income by teaching online. This 6-month group coaching program kicks off with a 90-day sprint where participants will learn how to create, sell and teach their first live online cooking class. Students then move into building a sustainable online culinary business through creating online courses and/or teaching corporate experiences. Participants learn through a combination of on-demand video content, templates and workbooks, live group coaching and masterclasses, alongside a robust peer community. Objectives: This program teaches participants how to teach their first online cooking class in 90 days or less and build a sustainable virtual culinary business through recorded courses and corporate events. The program also focuses on mastering mindset, digital marketing strategies and technology.

Dive In to…the Water Cooler?
by Nicole Hodson, Executive Director, NANP

So, here we are in early January – no other time of year brings such an exciting promise for a bright future. It’s a time to hit the reset button, reinvigorate yourself, take on new challenges, and start anew.

Some of us use this time of year to commit ourselves to a bigger purpose or a new experience.

I’m an all-in kind of gal. When I get excited about a new experience or group, I’m generally the person who jumps in feet first and commits all the way. I get a deep sense of gratification from joining in and fully experiencing the new adventure before me.

But I recognize not everyone is like me. For some, standing on the sidelines is quite enough, thank you very much. And, that’s okay…except when it comes to your career.

Our industry is unique in that most of us work as solopreneurs.

Sure, we see clients and interact with them regularly. But our clients are not our peers. They can’t replace the “water cooler” experience one shares with co-workers. You know, those precious moments when you have a meaningful conversation about the work you do with someone who fully understands your joys and your pain points. Those moments remind us that we’re a part of something; that we belong to.

Turns out the sense of belonging is a human need.

In an article on the Psychology Today website, Marianna Pogosyan, Ph.D. explains that bonds with others can create happiness, reduce stress and depression, be a great motivator, and, “contribute to a meaningful life since being a part of a group connotes being a part of something larger, something that expands beyond the boundaries of our own self, thus promoting a sense of ‘lastingness’ and ‘continuity.’” (Lambert et al, 2013, p. 6)

Have you been wondering, “where can I get that?”

One of the questions we hear at the NANP (pretty much daily) is, “Why should I join?”

There are myriad reasons to join your industry’s association: visibility, credibility, legislative representation, unique learning opportunities, discounts, and networking.

Ah, networking – the most valuable gem of them all!

At an association, networking IS the new ‘water cooler.’

  • It’s the opportunity to ask for and offer each other support, insights, protocols, ideas, suggestions, recommendations.
  • It’s the chance to find someone amazing to share a room with at the annual conference.
  • It’s a way to find the perfect partner for your new nutrition podcast, whole foods cookbook, or poster for the conference.
  • It’s how to form a study group to share the burden of studying for the board exam.
  • It’s the place to meet up with others in your state to talk to legislators about the importance of your right to practice.
  • It’s where you reach out for a bit of support at the end of a rough day.

Belonging to the NANP is like having a family of people with the shared experience of an education and career in holistic nutrition.

We’re talking about more than a thousand others who see the world as you do – a world where food should be our medicine and where the whole person matters.

Over a thousand people who are either exactly where you are in your career or education right now, or who have been there, done that, and are brimming over with ideas on how to help and support you.

According to Naomi Hattaway, founder of a group called I Am A Triangle that helps its members find a sense of belonging after frequent intercultural relocations, “Belonging is like stepping up on a platform and feeling like you are fully supported.”

If you’re standing on the sidelines, what are you waiting for?!

Stop pressing your nose against the glass to look in – it’s time to join, to belong!

Your family is waiting for you.

Your partner in holistic nutrition,

Nicole

Episode 44: The power of SEO – Kristy Hall, MS, ROHP, RNCP, BCHN®

Kristy Hall, MS, ROHP, RNCP, BCHN®

Kristy’s insatiable desire for knowledge led her first to become a Certified Health Coach through the Dr. Sear’s Wellness Institute founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. Kristy continued her education by pursuing a Master of Holistic Nutrition degree from Hawthorn University, where she graduated with highest honors.

Since graduating, Kristy has been certified in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy, Culinary Genomics and Epigenetic Nutrition and is currently working toward a Heart Math Certification.

Kristy is board-certified in Holistic Nutrition through the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board. Her international designations include Registered Nutrition Consulting Practitioner and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner through the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants. Kristy is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Kristy is committed to continuing her education in order to help empower her clients to improve their health. Kristy is certified in Culinary Genomics, Epigenetic Nutrition, Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy, Protecting Human Research Participants and is a Gluten-free Practitioner.

Show Sponsor: Innovative Healing Academy

Episode 54 (MINI CLIP): Dr. Dian Ginsberg - How Stress Affects The Body

Dr. Dian Ginsberg

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has years of experience providing obstetrics and gynecology treatment, menopause management and healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and an Ironman Triathlete, has led her to explore the latest advances for athletes. She continues her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs. 

Dr. Ginsberg lectures for the American Academy of Anti-Aging on hormone replacement and Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS. She is the author of the PCOS Environmental Roadmap.

Episode 54 (MINI CLIP): Dr. Dian Ginsberg - Leaky Gut & Autoimmune Disease

Dr. Dian Ginsberg

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has years of experience providing obstetrics and gynecology treatment, menopause management and healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and an Ironman Triathlete, has led her to explore the latest advances for athletes. She continues her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs. 

Dr. Ginsberg lectures for the American Academy of Anti-Aging on hormone replacement and Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS. She is the author of the PCOS Environmental Roadmap.

Episode 54 (MINI CLIP): Dr. Dian Ginsberg - Stress & Histamine Intolerance

Dr. Dian Ginsberg

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has years of experience providing obstetrics and gynecology treatment, menopause management and healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and an Ironman Triathlete, has led her to explore the latest advances for athletes. She continues her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs. 

Dr. Ginsberg lectures for the American Academy of Anti-Aging on hormone replacement and Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS. She is the author of the PCOS Environmental Roadmap.

Episode 54: Dr. Dian Ginsberg - A Holistic Approach to Stress Resilience

Dr. Dian Ginsberg

Dr. Ginsberg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has years of experience providing obstetrics and gynecology treatment, menopause management and healthy aging. Being a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and an Ironman Triathlete, has led her to explore the latest advances for athletes. She continues her research in nutritional therapies for many reasons, most significantly for the benefits it has brought to her sons with specific learning needs. 

Dr. Ginsberg lectures for the American Academy of Anti-Aging on hormone replacement and Functional Medicine University on the topic of PCOS. She is the author of the PCOS Environmental Roadmap.

Episode 55 (MINI CLIP): Marty Kendall - Are You Fasting Too Much?

Marty Kendall

Marty Kendall is an engineer who seeks to optimise nutrition using a data-driven approach. 

His interest in nutrition began eighteen years ago in an effort to help his wife Monica gain better control of her Type 1 Diabetes.  But since then he has worked to develop a systematised approach to nutrition tailored for a wide range of goals. Marty has been sharing his learnings at OptimisingNutrition.com and has developed Nutrient Optimiser and Data-Driven Fasting to guide people on their journey of nutritional optimisation.

Episode 55 (MINI CLIP): Marty Kendall - The Benefits of Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Marty Kendall

Marty Kendall is an engineer who seeks to optimise nutrition using a data-driven approach. 

His interest in nutrition began eighteen years ago in an effort to help his wife Monica gain better control of her Type 1 Diabetes.  But since then he has worked to develop a systematised approach to nutrition tailored for a wide range of goals. Marty has been sharing his learnings at OptimisingNutrition.com and has developed Nutrient Optimiser and Data-Driven Fasting to guide people on their journey of nutritional optimisation.

Episode 55 (MINI CLIP): Marty Kendall - The Downside of Intermittent Fasting

Marty Kendall

Marty Kendall is an engineer who seeks to optimise nutrition using a data-driven approach. 

His interest in nutrition began eighteen years ago in an effort to help his wife Monica gain better control of her Type 1 Diabetes.  But since then he has worked to develop a systematised approach to nutrition tailored for a wide range of goals. Marty has been sharing his learnings at OptimisingNutrition.com and has developed Nutrient Optimiser and Data-Driven Fasting to guide people on their journey of nutritional optimisation.

Episode 55: Marty Kendall - Data Driven Fasting for Fat Loss and Metabolic Health

Marty Kendall

Marty Kendall is an engineer who seeks to optimise nutrition using a data-driven approach. 

His interest in nutrition began eighteen years ago in an effort to help his wife Monica gain better control of her Type 1 Diabetes.  But since then he has worked to develop a systematised approach to nutrition tailored for a wide range of goals. Marty has been sharing his learnings at OptimisingNutrition.com and has developed Nutrient Optimiser and Data-Driven Fasting to guide people on their journey of nutritional optimisation.

Episode 56 (MINI CLIP): Dr. Diane Mueller - Guided Box Breathing Session

As a survivor of IBS, Lyme Disease and Mold Illness, Dr. Mueller is passionate aboutbringing research, understanding and compassion to those with these diseases. She has co-authored a book released in May 2021, called Use Your Mind to Heal Your Mold and Lymewhich can be found on amazon.Her practice, the Medicine with Heart Clinic, treats thosearound the country. She also co-owns an online functional medicine school the Medicine withHeart Institute, where she trains clinicians around the world in functional medicine.

Episode 56 (MINI CLIP): Dr. Diane Mueller - Guided Qigong Session

As a survivor of IBS, Lyme Disease and Mold Illness, Dr. Mueller is passionate aboutbringing research, understanding and compassion to those with these diseases. She has co-authored a book released in May 2021, called Use Your Mind to Heal Your Mold and Lymewhich can be found on amazon.Her practice, the Medicine with Heart Clinic, treats thosearound the country. She also co-owns an online functional medicine school the Medicine withHeart Institute, where she trains clinicians around the world in functional medicine.

Episode 56 (MINI CLIP): Dr. Diane Mueller - Top Meditation and Breathing Techniques

As a survivor of IBS, Lyme Disease and Mold Illness, Dr. Mueller is passionate aboutbringing research, understanding and compassion to those with these diseases. She has co-authored a book released in May 2021, called Use Your Mind to Heal Your Mold and Lymewhich can be found on amazon.Her practice, the Medicine with Heart Clinic, treats thosearound the country. She also co-owns an online functional medicine school the Medicine withHeart Institute, where she trains clinicians around the world in functional medicine.

Episode 56: Dr. Diane Mueller - The Power of Mindfulness in Your Holistic Life

As a survivor of IBS, Lyme Disease and Mold Illness, Dr. Mueller is passionate aboutbringing research, understanding and compassion to those with these diseases. She has co-authored a book released in May 2021, called Use Your Mind to Heal Your Mold and Lymewhich can be found on amazon.Her practice, the Medicine with Heart Clinic, treats thosearound the country. She also co-owns an online functional medicine school the Medicine withHeart Institute, where she trains clinicians around the world in functional medicine.

Episode 57 (MINI CLIP): Tom Fabian - Good Gut Bacteria vs. Bad Gut Bacteria

Tom is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function,chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focusis on theclinical application of microbiome research in the functional and integrative medicinespace. He is currently a consultant and science advisor for Diagnostic SolutionsLaboratory, and he also serves as a science advisor for Designs for Health. Previously,he was a consultant on microbiome testing for Viome and Vibrant America. Tom iscertified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver,and he also provides educational services and courses for practitioners.

Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com

Designs for Health: https://www.designsforhealth.com

Episode 57 (MINI CLIP): Tom Fabian - Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Tom is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function,chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focusis on theclinical application of microbiome research in the functional and integrative medicinespace. He is currently a consultant and science advisor for Diagnostic SolutionsLaboratory, and he also serves as a science advisor for Designs for Health. Previously,he was a consultant on microbiome testing for Viome and Vibrant America. Tom iscertified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver,and he also provides educational services and courses for practitioners.

Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com

Designs for Health: https://www.designsforhealth.com

Episode 57 (MINI CLIP): Tom Fabian - Top 3 Ways to Improve Gut Health

Tom is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function,chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focusis on theclinical application of microbiome research in the functional and integrative medicinespace. He is currently a consultant and science advisor for Diagnostic SolutionsLaboratory, and he also serves as a science advisor for Designs for Health. Previously,he was a consultant on microbiome testing for Viome and Vibrant America. Tom iscertified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver,and he also provides educational services and courses for practitioners.

Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com

Designs for Health: https://www.designsforhealth.com

Episode 57 (MINI CLIP): Tom Fabian - What is the Gut Microbiome?

Tom is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function,chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focusis on theclinical application of microbiome research in the functional and integrative medicinespace. He is currently a consultant and science advisor for Diagnostic SolutionsLaboratory, and he also serves as a science advisor for Designs for Health. Previously,he was a consultant on microbiome testing for Viome and Vibrant America. Tom iscertified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver,and he also provides educational services and courses for practitioners.

Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com

Designs for Health: https://www.designsforhealth.com

Episode 57: Tom Fabian - Surprising Links Between Your Gut, Your Mood and Your Immune System

Tom is a leading expert on the role of the microbiome in health, immune function,chronic disease, and aging. As a translational scientist, his primary focusis on theclinical application of microbiome research in the functional and integrative medicinespace. He is currently a consultant and science advisor for Diagnostic SolutionsLaboratory, and he also serves as a science advisor for Designs for Health. Previously,he was a consultant on microbiome testing for Viome and Vibrant America. Tom iscertified as a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner by the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver,and he also provides educational services and courses for practitioners.

Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory: https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com

Designs for Health: https://www.designsforhealth.com

Episode 58 : Dr. Carrie Jones Rupa Health/DUTCH) - Feeling the Love, Oxytocin

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program.  Dr. Jones was one of the first to became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology and currently serves on the board.  She was the Medical Director for the DUTCH Test for several years and is the Clinical Expert for the SOS Stress Recover Program for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center and on the Under Armour’s Council on Human Performance. Currently, she is the Head of Medical Education at Rupa Health.

Episode 58 (MINI CLIP): How Pets Affect Oxytocin - Dr. Carrie Jones Rupa Health/DUTCH)

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program.  Dr. Jones was one of the first to became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology and currently serves on the board.  She was the Medical Director for the DUTCH Test for several years and is the Clinical Expert for the SOS Stress Recover Program for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center and on the Under Armour’s Council on Human Performance. Currently, she is the Head of Medical Education at Rupa Health.

Episode 58 (MINI CLIP): Hugs, Motherhood & Oxytocin - Dr. Carrie Jones Rupa Health/DUTCH)

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program.  Dr. Jones was one of the first to became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology and currently serves on the board.  She was the Medical Director for the DUTCH Test for several years and is the Clinical Expert for the SOS Stress Recover Program for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center and on the Under Armour’s Council on Human Performance. Currently, she is the Head of Medical Education at Rupa Health.

Episode 58 (MINI CLIP): Oxytocin & Child Development - Dr. Carrie Jones Rupa Health/DUTCH)

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program.  Dr. Jones was one of the first to became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology and currently serves on the board.  She was the Medical Director for the DUTCH Test for several years and is the Clinical Expert for the SOS Stress Recover Program for the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center and on the Under Armour’s Council on Human Performance. Currently, she is the Head of Medical Education at Rupa Health.

Episode 59 (MINI CLIP): Gluten and Heart Disease - Dr. Jack Wolfson

Jack Wolfson D.O., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who uses nutrition, lifestyle and supplements to prevent and treat heart disease. He completed a 4 year medical degree, 3 year internal medicine residency and 3 year cardiology fellowship. He served as the Chief Fellow of his cardiology program, managing all of the other cardiology trainees. Dr. Wolfson then joined the largest cardiology group in the state of Arizona and spent 10 years as a hospital-based cardiologist performing angiograms, pacemakers, and other cardiac procedures. He was the Chairman of Medicine, Director of Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. He was selected by his peers as one of the Arizona “Top Docs” in 2011 . In 2012, Dr. Wolfson founded Natural Heart Doctor to offer patients the ultimate in holistic heart care. People from all over the world consult with Dr. Wolfson, travelling to Arizona or virtually for natural heart care. Dr. Wolfson has appeared on every major news station and major newspaper along with hundreds of appearances at live events, podcasts, and online interviews. He has taught medical doctors and practitioners from all over the world. Dr. Wolfson was recognized as one of the Top 50 Holistic Medical Practitioners. The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the first book by Dr. Wolfson and is an Amazon best-seller. He is also a contributing author to The Textbook of Integrative Cardiology.

Episode 59 (MINI CLIP): How Does Heart Disease Start? - Dr. Jack Wolfson

Jack Wolfson D.O., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who uses nutrition, lifestyle and supplements to prevent and treat heart disease. He completed a 4 year medical degree, 3 year internal medicine residency and 3 year cardiology fellowship. He served as the Chief Fellow of his cardiology program, managing all of the other cardiology trainees. Dr. Wolfson then joined the largest cardiology group in the state of Arizona and spent 10 years as a hospital-based cardiologist performing angiograms, pacemakers, and other cardiac procedures. He was the Chairman of Medicine, Director of Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. He was selected by his peers as one of the Arizona “Top Docs” in 2011 . In 2012, Dr. Wolfson founded Natural Heart Doctor to offer patients the ultimate in holistic heart care. People from all over the world consult with Dr. Wolfson, travelling to Arizona or virtually for natural heart care. Dr. Wolfson has appeared on every major news station and major newspaper along with hundreds of appearances at live events, podcasts, and online interviews. He has taught medical doctors and practitioners from all over the world. Dr. Wolfson was recognized as one of the Top 50 Holistic Medical Practitioners. The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the first book by Dr. Wolfson and is an Amazon best-seller. He is also a contributing author to The Textbook of Integrative Cardiology.

Episode 59 (MINI CLIP): Is Sunshine Bad for You? - Dr. Jack Wolfson

Jack Wolfson D.O., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who uses nutrition, lifestyle and supplements to prevent and treat heart disease. He completed a 4 year medical degree, 3 year internal medicine residency and 3 year cardiology fellowship. He served as the Chief Fellow of his cardiology program, managing all of the other cardiology trainees. Dr. Wolfson then joined the largest cardiology group in the state of Arizona and spent 10 years as a hospital-based cardiologist performing angiograms, pacemakers, and other cardiac procedures. He was the Chairman of Medicine, Director of Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. He was selected by his peers as one of the Arizona “Top Docs” in 2011 . In 2012, Dr. Wolfson founded Natural Heart Doctor to offer patients the ultimate in holistic heart care. People from all over the world consult with Dr. Wolfson, travelling to Arizona or virtually for natural heart care. Dr. Wolfson has appeared on every major news station and major newspaper along with hundreds of appearances at live events, podcasts, and online interviews. He has taught medical doctors and practitioners from all over the world. Dr. Wolfson was recognized as one of the Top 50 Holistic Medical Practitioners. The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the first book by Dr. Wolfson and is an Amazon best-seller. He is also a contributing author to The Textbook of Integrative Cardiology.

Episode 59: The Truth About Heart Disease - Dr. Jack Wolfson

Jack Wolfson D.O., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who uses nutrition, lifestyle and supplements to prevent and treat heart disease. He completed a 4 year medical degree, 3 year internal medicine residency and 3 year cardiology fellowship. He served as the Chief Fellow of his cardiology program, managing all of the other cardiology trainees. Dr. Wolfson then joined the largest cardiology group in the state of Arizona and spent 10 years as a hospital-based cardiologist performing angiograms, pacemakers, and other cardiac procedures. He was the Chairman of Medicine, Director of Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation. He was selected by his peers as one of the Arizona “Top Docs” in 2011 . In 2012, Dr. Wolfson founded Natural Heart Doctor to offer patients the ultimate in holistic heart care. People from all over the world consult with Dr. Wolfson, travelling to Arizona or virtually for natural heart care. Dr. Wolfson has appeared on every major news station and major newspaper along with hundreds of appearances at live events, podcasts, and online interviews. He has taught medical doctors and practitioners from all over the world. Dr. Wolfson was recognized as one of the Top 50 Holistic Medical Practitioners. The Paleo Cardiologist, The Natural Way to Heart Health is the first book by Dr. Wolfson and is an Amazon best-seller. He is also a contributing author to The Textbook of Integrative Cardiology.

Episode 60 (MINI CLIP): Calorie Restriction and Hormones - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Lisa Hendrickson – Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence – based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility —something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com

Episode 60 (MINI CLIP): How & When to Prepare for Pregnancy - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Lisa Hendrickson – Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence – based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility —something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com

Episode 60 (MINI CLIP): Why Healthy Ovulation is Important - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Lisa Hendrickson – Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence – based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility —something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com

Episode 60: "The fifth vital sign" - The Connection Between Hormone Health and Overall Health - Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Lisa Hendrickson – Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence – based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility —something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com

Episode 61 (MINI CLIP): Skin Health is an Inside Job - Dr. Julie Greenberg

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who
specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a
holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr.Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). While at naturopathic medical school, Dr. Greenberg received training with leading experts in dermatology at the University of Washington Medical School Dermatology Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and is
sought after to speak at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin, and nails.

Instagram @dermatologycenter
https://www.integrativedermatologycenter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/integrativedermatologycenter

Episode 61 (MINI CLIP): Top Skin Health Tips - Dr. Julie Greenberg

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who
specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a
holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr.Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). While at naturopathic medical school, Dr. Greenberg received training with leading experts in dermatology at the University of Washington Medical School Dermatology Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and is
sought after to speak at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin, and nails.

Instagram @dermatologycenter
https://www.integrativedermatologycenter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/integrativedermatologycenter

Episode 61: The Diet-Skin Connection - Dr. Julie Greenberg

Dr. Julie Greenberg is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and Registered Herbalist RH(AHG) who
specializes in integrative dermatology. She is the founder of the Center for Integrative Dermatology, a
holistic clinic that approaches skin and hair problems by finding and treating the root cause. Dr.Greenberg holds degrees from Northwestern University (BA), Stanford University (MBA) and Bastyr University (ND). While at naturopathic medical school, Dr. Greenberg received training with leading experts in dermatology at the University of Washington Medical School Dermatology Clinic and Seattle Children’s Hospital Pediatric Dermatology Clinic. She lectures at naturopathic medical schools and is
sought after to speak at conferences across the U.S. on the topics of hair, skin, and nails.

Instagram @dermatologycenter
https://www.integrativedermatologycenter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/integrativedermatologycenter

Episode 62 (MINI CLIP): Bone Health Supplements - Dr. John Neustadt

Dr. John Neustadt has spent nearly two decades as a clinician, researcher, writer and entrepreneur. He was recognized by the world’s largest medical publisher as one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in the world for his work and received more than a dozen US FDA Orphan Drug Designations. Dr. Neustadt is on the Corporate Advisory Roundtable for the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) and is Vice President of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors. 

His latest book, Fracture-Proof Your Bones: A comprehensive guide to osteoporosis, teaches readers:

  • How to FIND AND ELIMINATE hidden dangers that cause osteoporosis and fractures.
  • How to CREATE a holistic plan using diet, lifestyle, exercise, and dietary supplements to protect your bones.
  • How to TALK to your doctor about medications and osteoporosis to make sure you get the best possible care.

Episode 62 (MINI CLIP): Calcium and Bone Health - Dr. John Neustadt

Dr. John Neustadt has spent nearly two decades as a clinician, researcher, writer and entrepreneur. He was recognized by the world’s largest medical publisher as one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in the world for his work and received more than a dozen US FDA Orphan Drug Designations. Dr. Neustadt is on the Corporate Advisory Roundtable for the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) and is Vice President of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors. 

His latest book, Fracture-Proof Your Bones: A comprehensive guide to osteoporosis, teaches readers:

  • How to FIND AND ELIMINATE hidden dangers that cause osteoporosis and fractures.
  • How to CREATE a holistic plan using diet, lifestyle, exercise, and dietary supplements to protect your bones.
  • How to TALK to your doctor about medications and osteoporosis to make sure you get the best possible care.

Episode 62 (MINI CLIP): Sarcopenia and a Shocking Statistic on the Elderly - Dr. John Neustadt

Dr. John Neustadt has spent nearly two decades as a clinician, researcher, writer and entrepreneur. He was recognized by the world’s largest medical publisher as one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in the world for his work and received more than a dozen US FDA Orphan Drug Designations. Dr. Neustadt is on the Corporate Advisory Roundtable for the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) and is Vice President of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors. 

His latest book, Fracture-Proof Your Bones: A comprehensive guide to osteoporosis, teaches readers:

  • How to FIND AND ELIMINATE hidden dangers that cause osteoporosis and fractures.
  • How to CREATE a holistic plan using diet, lifestyle, exercise, and dietary supplements to protect your bones.
  • How to TALK to your doctor about medications and osteoporosis to make sure you get the best possible care.

Episode 62 (MINI CLIP): Vitamin K2 and Bone Health - Dr. John Neustadt

Dr. John Neustadt has spent nearly two decades as a clinician, researcher, writer and entrepreneur. He was recognized by the world’s largest medical publisher as one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in the world for his work and received more than a dozen US FDA Orphan Drug Designations. Dr. Neustadt is on the Corporate Advisory Roundtable for the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) and is Vice President of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors. 

His latest book, Fracture-Proof Your Bones: A comprehensive guide to osteoporosis, teaches readers:

  • How to FIND AND ELIMINATE hidden dangers that cause osteoporosis and fractures.
  • How to CREATE a holistic plan using diet, lifestyle, exercise, and dietary supplements to protect your bones.
  • How to TALK to your doctor about medications and osteoporosis to make sure you get the best possible care.

Episode 62: Strategies for Osteoporosis and Bone Density - Dr. John Neustadt

Dr. John Neustadt has spent nearly two decades as a clinician, researcher, writer and entrepreneur. He was recognized by the world’s largest medical publisher as one of the Top Ten Cited Authors in the world for his work and received more than a dozen US FDA Orphan Drug Designations. Dr. Neustadt is on the Corporate Advisory Roundtable for the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) and is Vice President of the California Association of Naturopathic Doctors. 

His latest book, Fracture-Proof Your Bones: A comprehensive guide to osteoporosis, teaches readers:

  • How to FIND AND ELIMINATE hidden dangers that cause osteoporosis and fractures.
  • How to CREATE a holistic plan using diet, lifestyle, exercise, and dietary supplements to protect your bones.
  • How to TALK to your doctor about medications and osteoporosis to make sure you get the best possible care.

Episode 63 (MINI CLIP): Stress and Exercise - Debra Atkinson

Functional Health Coach, Hormone Balancing Fitness Expert, and Flipping 50 founder Debra Atkinson has helped over 250,000 women “flip” their second half with the vitality and energy they want. She’s the bestselling author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for WomenNavigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust; and Hot, Not Bothered. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast, an AARP top podcast for 50+. She is a frequent speaker and TEDx presenter of Everything Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be a Lie. 

She has 38-years full time fitness experience, is an International fitness presenter for associations including International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and CanFitPro. She’s an American Council on Exercise Subject Matter Expert, and prior Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Debra is also founder of Flippingfifty.com and creator of the Flipping 50 Fitness Specialist program for fitness professionals. She’s a frequent contributor at HuffPost, ShareCare, and other featured outlets and on the Education Advisory Board for Medfit.org.

Topic is good. Questions:

What are the most common health & fitness goals for women over 50?

What are the biggest exercise mistakes women over 50 make with exercise? 

How does that hurt their results? 

What’s the biggest predictor of health aging (independence, brain health/cognition, reduced risk of disease)? 

What’s the “After 50 Fitness Formula for Women”? 

You have 10 Tenets of Flipping50™ can you share a few? 

Social and Contact links: 

https://www.flippingfifty.com

https://www.debraatkinson.com

facebook.com/flipping50tv

instagram.com/flipping50tv

youtube.com/flipping50tv

 

Episode 63 (MINI CLIP): Stress, Exercise, and Vacation - Debra Atkinson

Functional Health Coach, Hormone Balancing Fitness Expert, and Flipping 50 founder Debra Atkinson has helped over 250,000 women “flip” their second half with the vitality and energy they want. She’s the bestselling author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for WomenNavigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust; and Hot, Not Bothered. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast, an AARP top podcast for 50+. She is a frequent speaker and TEDx presenter of Everything Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be a Lie. 

She has 38-years full time fitness experience, is an International fitness presenter for associations including International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and CanFitPro. She’s an American Council on Exercise Subject Matter Expert, and prior Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Debra is also founder of Flippingfifty.com and creator of the Flipping 50 Fitness Specialist program for fitness professionals. She’s a frequent contributor at HuffPost, ShareCare, and other featured outlets and on the Education Advisory Board for Medfit.org.

Topic is good. Questions:

What are the most common health & fitness goals for women over 50?

What are the biggest exercise mistakes women over 50 make with exercise? 

How does that hurt their results? 

What’s the biggest predictor of health aging (independence, brain health/cognition, reduced risk of disease)? 

What’s the “After 50 Fitness Formula for Women”? 

You have 10 Tenets of Flipping50™ can you share a few? 

Social and Contact links: 

https://www.flippingfifty.com

https://www.debraatkinson.com

facebook.com/flipping50tv

instagram.com/flipping50tv

youtube.com/flipping50tv

 

Episode 63 (MINI CLIP): Why Should You Exercise at Age 50+ - Debra Atkinson

Functional Health Coach, Hormone Balancing Fitness Expert, and Flipping 50 founder Debra Atkinson has helped over 250,000 women “flip” their second half with the vitality and energy they want. She’s the bestselling author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for WomenNavigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust; and Hot, Not Bothered. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast, an AARP top podcast for 50+. She is a frequent speaker and TEDx presenter of Everything Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be a Lie. 

She has 38-years full time fitness experience, is an International fitness presenter for associations including International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and CanFitPro. She’s an American Council on Exercise Subject Matter Expert, and prior Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Debra is also founder of Flippingfifty.com and creator of the Flipping 50 Fitness Specialist program for fitness professionals. She’s a frequent contributor at HuffPost, ShareCare, and other featured outlets and on the Education Advisory Board for Medfit.org.

Topic is good. Questions:

What are the most common health & fitness goals for women over 50?

What are the biggest exercise mistakes women over 50 make with exercise? 

How does that hurt their results? 

What’s the biggest predictor of health aging (independence, brain health/cognition, reduced risk of disease)? 

What’s the “After 50 Fitness Formula for Women”? 

You have 10 Tenets of Flipping50™ can you share a few? 

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https://www.debraatkinson.com

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Episode 63: Tips to Maximize Fitness After 50 - Debra Atkinson

Functional Health Coach, Hormone Balancing Fitness Expert, and Flipping 50 founder Debra Atkinson has helped over 250,000 women “flip” their second half with the vitality and energy they want. She’s the bestselling author of You Still Got It, Girl: The After 50 Fitness Formula for WomenNavigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust; and Hot, Not Bothered. Debra hosts Flipping 50 TV and the Flipping 50 podcast, an AARP top podcast for 50+. She is a frequent speaker and TEDx presenter of Everything Women in Menopause Learned About Exercise May Be a Lie. 

She has 38-years full time fitness experience, is an International fitness presenter for associations including International Council on Active Aging, IDEA, NSCA, and Athletic Business, and CanFitPro. She’s an American Council on Exercise Subject Matter Expert, and prior Senior Lecturer in Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Debra is also founder of Flippingfifty.com and creator of the Flipping 50 Fitness Specialist program for fitness professionals. She’s a frequent contributor at HuffPost, ShareCare, and other featured outlets and on the Education Advisory Board for Medfit.org.

Topic is good. Questions:

What are the most common health & fitness goals for women over 50?

What are the biggest exercise mistakes women over 50 make with exercise? 

How does that hurt their results? 

What’s the biggest predictor of health aging (independence, brain health/cognition, reduced risk of disease)? 

What’s the “After 50 Fitness Formula for Women”? 

You have 10 Tenets of Flipping50™ can you share a few? 

Social and Contact links: 

https://www.flippingfifty.com

https://www.debraatkinson.com

facebook.com/flipping50tv

instagram.com/flipping50tv

youtube.com/flipping50tv

 

Episode 64 (MINI CLIP): Dark Secrets of the Wine Industry - Todd White

As the founder of Dry Farm Wines, a writer, speaker, and a leader in the organic/Natural Wine movement, Todd White has widely educated communities on conscious consumption. Todd is a self described biohacker who practices daily meditation, Wim Hof breathing, cold thermogenesis, a ketogenic diet, and daily 22 hour intermittent fasting. He is also a frequent speaker on topics including meditation, and the Dry Farm Wines unique company culture. Built on a foundation of honesty and peace, Dry Farm Wines has seen remarkable growth, making it one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., without any debt or investors. Dry Farm Wines is endorsed by many leading U.S. performance influencers with pure Natural Wines that are lab tested to ensure each bottle is sugar free (0-0.15g per glass), lower in sulfites, and lower in alcohol (under 12.5% alc/vol). The wines are friendly to low carb, Paleo, ketogenic, and low sugar diets. Dry Farm Wines is proud to be the largest Natural Wine merchant in the world, bringing awareness to Natural Wine consumption and supporting farmers who honor the soil.

 

Episode 64 (MINI CLIP): Origins of the Wine Industry - Todd White

As the founder of Dry Farm Wines, a writer, speaker, and a leader in the organic/Natural Wine movement, Todd White has widely educated communities on conscious consumption. Todd is a self described biohacker who practices daily meditation, Wim Hof breathing, cold thermogenesis, a ketogenic diet, and daily 22 hour intermittent fasting. He is also a frequent speaker on topics including meditation, and the Dry Farm Wines unique company culture. Built on a foundation of honesty and peace, Dry Farm Wines has seen remarkable growth, making it one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., without any debt or investors. Dry Farm Wines is endorsed by many leading U.S. performance influencers with pure Natural Wines that are lab tested to ensure each bottle is sugar free (0-0.15g per glass), lower in sulfites, and lower in alcohol (under 12.5% alc/vol). The wines are friendly to low carb, Paleo, ketogenic, and low sugar diets. Dry Farm Wines is proud to be the largest Natural Wine merchant in the world, bringing awareness to Natural Wine consumption and supporting farmers who honor the soil.

 

Episode 64 (MINI CLIP): Wine Quality and Taste by Region - Todd White

As the founder of Dry Farm Wines, a writer, speaker, and a leader in the organic/Natural Wine movement, Todd White has widely educated communities on conscious consumption. Todd is a self described biohacker who practices daily meditation, Wim Hof breathing, cold thermogenesis, a ketogenic diet, and daily 22 hour intermittent fasting. He is also a frequent speaker on topics including meditation, and the Dry Farm Wines unique company culture. Built on a foundation of honesty and peace, Dry Farm Wines has seen remarkable growth, making it one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., without any debt or investors. Dry Farm Wines is endorsed by many leading U.S. performance influencers with pure Natural Wines that are lab tested to ensure each bottle is sugar free (0-0.15g per glass), lower in sulfites, and lower in alcohol (under 12.5% alc/vol). The wines are friendly to low carb, Paleo, ketogenic, and low sugar diets. Dry Farm Wines is proud to be the largest Natural Wine merchant in the world, bringing awareness to Natural Wine consumption and supporting farmers who honor the soil.

 

 

Episode 64: Preservative Free Wine - Dry Farm Wines - Todd White

As the founder of Dry Farm Wines, a writer, speaker, and a leader in the organic/Natural Wine movement, Todd White has widely educated communities on conscious consumption. Todd is a self described biohacker who practices daily meditation, Wim Hof breathing, cold thermogenesis, a ketogenic diet, and daily 22 hour intermittent fasting. He is also a frequent speaker on topics including meditation, and the Dry Farm Wines unique company culture. Built on a foundation of honesty and peace, Dry Farm Wines has seen remarkable growth, making it one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S., without any debt or investors. Dry Farm Wines is endorsed by many leading U.S. performance influencers with pure Natural Wines that are lab tested to ensure each bottle is sugar free (0-0.15g per glass), lower in sulfites, and lower in alcohol (under 12.5% alc/vol). The wines are friendly to low carb, Paleo, ketogenic, and low sugar diets. Dry Farm Wines is proud to be the largest Natural Wine merchant in the world, bringing awareness to Natural Wine consumption and supporting farmers who honor the soil.

 

Episode 65 (MINI CLIP): Burning Fat vs. Burning Carbs - Dr. Mike Nelson

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, Associate Professor at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruously) heavy-metal enthusiast.  He has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (biomechanics). The techniques he’s developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, reading research, and kiteboarding as much as possible.   You can find out more about him at his website at www.miketnelson.com

Instagram: drmiketnelson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/miketnelson2

 

Episode 65 (MINI CLIP): Metabolic Flexibility and Weight Loss- Dr. Mike Nelson

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, Associate Professor at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruously) heavy-metal enthusiast.  He has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (biomechanics). The techniques he’s developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, reading research, and kiteboarding as much as possible.   You can find out more about him at his website at www.miketnelson.com

Instagram: drmiketnelson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/miketnelson2

 

Episode 65 (MINI CLIP): What is Metabolic Flexibility? - Dr. Mike Nelson

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, Associate Professor at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruously) heavy-metal enthusiast.  He has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (biomechanics). The techniques he’s developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, reading research, and kiteboarding as much as possible.   You can find out more about him at his website at www.miketnelson.com

Instagram: drmiketnelson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/miketnelson2

 

Episode 65: Metabolic Flexibility - Dr. Mike Nelson

Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, Associate Professor at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruously) heavy-metal enthusiast.  He has a PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering (biomechanics). The techniques he’s developed, and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, lifting odd objects, reading research, and kiteboarding as much as possible.   You can find out more about him at his website at www.miketnelson.com

Instagram: drmiketnelson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/miketnelson2

 

 

Episode 66 (MINI CLIP): Long-Haul & Dormant Viral Infections- Dr. Nikolas Hedberg

Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg is a Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, and an Herbalist.

Dr. Hedberg is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Asheville, NC where he consults patients worldwide. He is the founder of the Hedberg Institute, an online functional medicine education platform for practitioners of all types who want to build a highly effective and successful functional medicine practice.

Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker for many years in the functional medicine arena presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness.

Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book, “The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide,” a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid disorders from a functional medicine perspective and how to manage autoimmune thyroid disease.

Dr. Hedberg can be reached through his websites www.drhedberg.com and www.hedberginstitute.com.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikolasrhedberg/

 

Episode 66 (MINI CLIP): The Impact of Long-Haul Viral Infections- Dr. Nikolas Hedberg

Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg is a Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, and an Herbalist.

Dr. Hedberg is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Asheville, NC where he consults patients worldwide. He is the founder of the Hedberg Institute, an online functional medicine education platform for practitioners of all types who want to build a highly effective and successful functional medicine practice.

Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker for many years in the functional medicine arena presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness.

Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book, “The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide,” a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid disorders from a functional medicine perspective and how to manage autoimmune thyroid disease.

Dr. Hedberg can be reached through his websites www.drhedberg.com and www.hedberginstitute.com.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikolasrhedberg/

 

Episode 66 (MINI CLIP): Viral Stress Response - Dr. Nikolas Hedberg

Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg is a Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, and an Herbalist.

Dr. Hedberg is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Asheville, NC where he consults patients worldwide. He is the founder of the Hedberg Institute, an online functional medicine education platform for practitioners of all types who want to build a highly effective and successful functional medicine practice.

Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker for many years in the functional medicine arena presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness.

Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book, “The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide,” a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid disorders from a functional medicine perspective and how to manage autoimmune thyroid disease.

Dr. Hedberg can be reached through his websites www.drhedberg.com and www.hedberginstitute.com.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikolasrhedberg/

 

Episode 66: Addressing the Longterm Impacts of Viral Infections- Dr. Nikolas Hedberg

Dr. Nikolas R. Hedberg is a Chiropractic Physician, Board Certified Chiropractic Internist, Board Certified in Nutrition by the American Clinical Board of Nutrition, and an Herbalist.

Dr. Hedberg is the founder of the Immune Restoration Center in Asheville, NC where he consults patients worldwide. He is the founder of the Hedberg Institute, an online functional medicine education platform for practitioners of all types who want to build a highly effective and successful functional medicine practice.

Dr. Hedberg has been a speaker for many years in the functional medicine arena presenting on autoimmune disease and the connection between infections and chronic illness.

Dr. Hedberg is the author of the book, “The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide,” a comprehensive guide to understanding thyroid disorders from a functional medicine perspective and how to manage autoimmune thyroid disease.

Dr. Hedberg can be reached through his websites www.drhedberg.com and www.hedberginstitute.com.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikolasrhedberg/

 

 

 

Episode 67 (MINI CLIP): Thyroid and Stress - Dr. Christine Maren

Christine Maren D.O. is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami (pronounced: “Mommy”), a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. Dr. Maren was introduced to functional medicine after struggling with pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped her address her own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance and mold toxicity. Now a mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping women optimize their health before pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their lives back. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She is a compassionate clinician, speaker, and wellness advocate. She is married to a surgeon and together they balance rewarding careers with raising three beautiful children. Learn more at drchristinemaren.com.

IG: https://instagram.com/drchristinemaren

FB: https://facebook.com/DrChristineMaren

 

Episode 67: Thyroid is More Than TSH, What You Need to Know - Dr. Christine Maren

Christine Maren D.O. is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami (pronounced: “Mommy”), a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. Dr. Maren was introduced to functional medicine after struggling with pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriages. A functional medicine approach helped her address her own underlying health issues associated with gut infections, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalance and mold toxicity. Now a mother of three, she’s devoted her professional life to helping women optimize their health before pregnancy, thrive postpartum and get their lives back. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). She is a compassionate clinician, speaker, and wellness advocate. She is married to a surgeon and together they balance rewarding careers with raising three beautiful children. Learn more at drchristinemaren.com.

IG: https://instagram.com/drchristinemaren

FB: https://facebook.com/DrChristineMaren

 

 

 

 

Episode 68: The Right Way to Lose Weight - Susan Niebergall

Susan Niebergall is the owner of Susan Niebergall Fitness and Co-coach in the Syatt Fitness Inner Circle. She is an online strength coach with a passion for helping people change their lives by getting as strong as possible and finally losing the stubborn fat they never thought they could lose. She is 62 years old, made every fitness and nutrition mistake in the book, and thought it was too late for her.  She changed everything in her fifties and wants to empower women so they can do the same. It’s never too late to move better, feel better, lose fat, and build muscle. Change is possible at any age. 

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YouTube: @susanniebergallfitness138
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Book: Fit At Any Age: It’s Never Too Late (on Amazon) https://www.amazon.com/Fit-Any-Age-Ne…

Episode 69: Holistic Support for Anxiety and Depression - Dr. James Greenblatt
James Greenblatt, MD, is a clinical pioneer, speaker, and health system leader. Dr. Greenblatt is recognized as an authority on improving mental health outcomes with nutritional medicine. Dr. Greenblatt served for 19 years as Chief Medical Officer for Walden Behavioral Health. In 2019, Dr. Greenblatt bridged medicine and technology to launch Psychiatry Redefined, an online educational program for mental health providers. Dr. Greenblatt received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt is the author of seven books, including Functional & Integrative Medicine for Antidepressant Withdrawal.
To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE
The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 70: Metabolic Ways to Support Cancer Care - Jess Higgins Kelley

Jess is a nutrition therapist, journalist, and metabolic educator. She is the founder and director of the Oncology Nutrition Institute, which provides online certification programs globally in the field of integrative metabolic oncology nutrition therapy. Jess is the best-selling co-author of two books, “The Metabolic Approach to Cancer: Integrating Deep Nutrition, the Ketogenic Diet, and Nontoxic Bio-Individualized Therapies” and “Bioregulatory Medicine: An Innovative Holistic Approach to Self-Healing.” She completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism at Western Colorado University and her master’s nutrition therapy training at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver, Colorado. Prior to her nutrition and writing career, she was a licensed sea captain and Hurricane Island Outward Bound Instructor. To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 71: Why Your Normal Labs May Not Be The Whole Story - MaryAnn Marks

Mary Ann Marks, gives valuable insight into typical lab bloodwork reports, reference ranges, optimal health, and her new LabSmart software which interprets bioindividual results allowing you to give your clients more. The Nourishing You Podcast is brought to you by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Episode 72: Healthy Routines for Kiddos Back To School - Mira Dessy

Mira Dessy, The Ingredient Guru, is a holistic nutrition educator, an author, and a public speaker. She teaches how to navigate the grocery store’s mammoth packaged food stock, decipher confusing food labels, understand the relationship of food additives to poor health, and find real food. She is the author of the book The Pantry Principle: How to read the label and understand what’s really in your food. Dessy is a professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and is on the Board of Directors for the American Holistic Health Association.

To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE

The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 73: Upgrade Your Meat - Autumn Smith

After a 10-year struggle with IBS, Autumn Smith set out to heal herself through nutrition. Today she shares her story and her expertise with everyone. In this podcast, she tackles questions like What are the benefits of meat for health? and Issues with vegan diets.
To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE
The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 74: Cholesterol Truths and Myths - Jonny Bowden

JONNY BOWDEN, PHD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist, best-selling author, and nationally known expert on weight loss and anti-aging. His no-nonsense, myth-busting approach has made him a popular guest on television (Dr. Oz, the Doctors, ABC-TV,MSNBC-TV, CNN, CBS-TV, CBN, Fox News, NBC-TV and dozens of morning shows in America), and he has written or contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Health, Prevention, and many more. He is the author of 15 books, including Living Low Carb, The 150Healthiest Foods on Earth, and—with cardiologist Dr. Steven Sinatra—the controversial best-seller, The Great Cholesterol Myth (revised and expanded edition, 2020).

To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE
The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 75: Migraines in Women- Natural and integrative strategies to know about - Tori Hudson

Dr. Tori Hudson Naturopathic Physician, graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in 1984 and has served the college in several capacities, including Medical Director, Associate Academic Dean, and Academic Dean. She is currently a clinical adjunct professor at NUNM), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr Hudson has been in practice for more than 38 years, is the medical director of her clinic, “A Woman’s Time” in Portland, Oregon, co-owner and director of product research and education for VITANICA, and the program director for the Institute of Women’s Health and Integrative Medicine. She is also the founder and co-director of NERC (Naturopathic Education and Research Consortium), a non-profit organization for accredited naturopathic residencies.

To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE

The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 76: Environmental Toxicants - Lara Adler
Lara Adler is an Environmental Health Educator and Science Communicator who teaches health professionals and individuals with health-based businesses to better understand the role of environmental chemical exposures in causing or contributing to chronic health issues so they can more comprehensively support the clients/patients they serve. She trains practitioners to become experts in everyday toxic exposures to improve client outcomes without spending hundreds of hours researching on their own.
Combining environmental health education and business consulting, she’s helped thousands of health professionals in over 35 countries worldwide elevate their skills, get better results for their clients, and become sought-after leaders in the growing environmental health & detoxification field.
To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE
The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode 77: Natural Holistic Strategies to Optimize Brain Health - Tom O'Bryan

In this episode Tom O’Bryan focuses on natural/holistic strategies to optimize brain health.  Including:

-Definitions and symptomatology of brain fog and cognitive decline 
-Discussing the different factors that can affect brain health and when they may begin to have an impact
-Strategies to improve brain health (nutrition/fitness/supplements/environment)

To learn more about the NANP, membership, or our certifications in the holistic nutrition industry visit: https://bit.ly/NANP-LEARN-MORE

The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode: 38: Finding Passion Through Life Events - Cindy  Ross MS,

Episode 38: Cindy Ross MS, BCHN®, CNP, IMP, E-RYT®, YACEP®, NC, CDSP™

Cindy Ross

Cindy Ross lives in Orange Beach, Alabama. She has recently been nominated for the DEAC Outstanding Graduate award. Cindy graduated in June of 2020 with Honors in the Master’s program of Holistic Nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Shortly after graduation, Cindy began studying for the board certification with the National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP) and then became the first Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™ . Cindy now holds multiple board certifications and she says she owes ACHS and NANP for the education she received and her private practice, Life Wellness Forever, is thriving. Through her practice Life Wellness Forever, Cindy is able to practice Functional Medicine and is currently helping patients all over the country achieve a better quality of life. Cindy is now enrolled in a Ph.D. of Natural Health Sciences and Doctorate of Natural Medicine program as well. Cindy’s legacy project is a non-profit 501c3 she created in 2016 called C.H.A.D., she plans on using her education to provide humanitarian work of functional medicine along with nutrition counseling in underprivileged communities worldwide through her organization. Cindy has also opened a chapter of Not Just Tourists in Orange Beach and she can’t wait to tell you all about the services they provide in developing countries. 

Show Sponsor: Biocidin

Episode: 39: Tuning into Yourself (Board Member Highlight) - Sarica Cerohous, L.Ac.

Episode 39: Sarica Cerohous, L.Ac.

Sarica Cernohous is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, incorporating LED light therapy and nutrition consultation in her support of patients’ health. She is the author of The Funky Kitchen, a primer on the importance and practical aspects of traditional food preparation, with its accompanying course, “Fresh, Fun and Flavorful in The Funky Kitchen”, a CEC-approved course for the NANP and the NCCAOM.  She is a coach for Metabolic Balance of Germany, from which she crafted The LAPIS Method, a program considering multiple aspects of wellness for optimized weight and vibrant health. 

Sarica enjoys teaching, participating in multiple health summits and podcasts, as well as presenting from the stage and in the traditional class setting, as in her role teaching master’s level nutrition and coaching concepts at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals since 2017 and has been a member since 2014. She serves on the Educational Standards, Governance, and Poster Boards for HEALCon committees.

Sarica lives in northern Arizona with her husband and two teenage children, where she enjoys daily hikes in the beautiful outdoors.

Show Sponsor: C60 Purple Plower

Episode: 40: Inside Scoop on the NANP, Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®

Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®

Nicole Hodson is a graduate of Bauman College and the Executive Director of the NANP. After significantly improving her health and her husband’s through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed “healthcare” industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life’s mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it in every way possible. Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work and protecting their right to practice. 

When she’s not working, you’ll find Nicole in the kitchen. A dedicated ‘foodie,’ she’s continuously honing her cooking skills. She also loves needlework, reading nutrition and cookbooks (of course!), and is a former professional jazz vocalist. Nicole loves living in Northern California’s gold and wine country with the love of her life and their toy poodle, Louie.

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Episode: 41: Improve your skills by addressing your own health issues - Melissa Milam MNT, BCHN®

Melissa Milam MNT, BCHN®

Melissa is a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT) board certified in Holistic Nutrition. She received her nutrition education from the Nutrition Therapy Institute and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.  She is also a certified clinical herbalist and phlebotomist. She practices holistic nutrition in Park City Utah and worldwide via Zoom.

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Episode: 42: Finding the best fit for your knowledge - Jill Sharfman, NC, BCHN®

Jill Sharfman, NC, BCHN®

Jill Sharfman NC (Nutrition Consultant), is the co-host of the nutrition podcast “Let My People Eat.” On each episode she helps to demystify confusing talk about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while keeping kosher. She is a board-certified holistic nutritionist living with her family in Los Angeles. The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and at her website. 

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Episode: 43: Successfully layering nutrition with broader expertise – Tonya Harris, Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition, BCHN®

Tonya Harris, Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition, BCHN®

Tonya Harris is an award-winning environmental toxin expert & the founder of Slightly Greener, offering busy women simple tips to reduce toxins without turning their family’s lifestyle upside-down. As a childhood leukemia survivor and mother of three, Tonya helps parents learn how toxins in the home can affect their family’s health. In addition to Board certification and a Master’s degree in holistic nutrition, she holds multiple certificates in the environmental health field. Tonya has been featured online in publications such as Parents, Reader’s Digest, MindBodyGreen, and Martha Stewart Living, and has appeared on TV shows across the country, such as Great Day Washington, KTLA, CBS New York, and The Dr. Oz Show for her expertise in environmental toxins, holistic nutrition, and how toxins affect children. This year she was named Environmental Toxicity Expert of the Decade by the IAOTP, and her book, The Slightly Greener Method, released by Sourcebooks on August 3rd, can be found wherever books are sold.

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Episode: 45: Using Relationships to Leverage Your Business - Amy Spindel - MSHN, MSSW, BCHN®, AFMC

Amy Spindel – MSHN, MSSW, BCHN®, AFMC

Amy Spindel is a functional holistic nutritionist with a mission: to help moms and kids feel happier, calmer, and more energetic by getting at the root causes of their symptoms so that they can enjoy life. She was fortunate to have grown up in a family that cooked, and was taught to cook by her mom and grandmother. 

Before getting into the nutrition field, Amy practiced clinical social work as a family therapist, and was frustrated that talk therapy did not seem to go deeply enough for most of her clients, despite their willingness to do the hard work. While attending culinary school, she began understanding how different the food she ate was from the Standard American Diet, and a culinary nutrition course sparked her interest in pursuing a deeper understanding of how food choices impacted how the body and mind function. After culinary school she became a pastry chef, but then her son was born and his health struggles brought her to seek a different lifestyle and diet. Now, as a functional holistic nutritionist, Amy applies a multidisciplinary approach to her work, piecing together seemingly disparate details of a case to help clients figure out why they are not feeling their best, and providing practical recommendations to help them move forward with their health goals. She enjoys helping clients optimize their nutrition and their health, from diet tweaks, to gut health and food sensitivities, to thyroid health, to mental health, to stress management, and everything in between. She is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, holds a Certification in Applied Functional Medicine, and is also a Certified Gluten-Free Practitioner. Amy owns Food With Thought Nutrition, a virtual nutrition and health coaching practice, as well as sees clients in Plano, TX. 

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Episode: 46: Enriching the Nutrition Field with Her Passion – Cordelia McFadyen, BCHN®

Cordelia McFadyen, BCHN®

Cordelia McFadyen is owner and Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist (BCHN) at the company she founded, Inspired Living Nutrition Inc. After suffering for years from unknown food sensitivities and actively working her way back to strong health through proper nutrition, she was inspired and determined to take her education further. She has been working as a Holistic Nutritionist since 2013, however she has over 3 decades of personal experience as it relates to complex gut and hormonal conditions. 

A strong advocate for the holistic nutrition industry she currently serves as Dean to the School of Holistic Nutrition for Pacific Rim College (PRC). To that end she also serves as Vice-Chair for the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB) through the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). Cordelia has been honored with awards & recognition for her contributions to the holistic nutrition industry in Canada. 

In addition to her holistic nutrition background, Cordelia has had the opportunity to learn from nutritional, lifestyle and scientific experts such as Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Sally Fallon, Robert Rogers, Dr. Gabor Mate (MATEY), Paul Bergner, Yarrow Willard and more. She has also completed training in Reiki Level 2, Indian Head Massage; and is currently working on receiving additional trauma training as well her certification in herbal medicine.  

She currently resides on Vancouver Island, BC and is often found back in her hometown of Calgary. In her free time, you can find her tending to her garden, hanging out at the beach and spending quality time with her fiancée and chihuahua.

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Episode: 47: Julie Rauch, MBA, NC, BCHN® - Board member highlight: Trusting Your Heart to Lead Your Practice

Julie Rauch, MBA, NC, BCHN®

Julie Rauch, MBA, NC is a Certified Nutrition Consultant & Natural Chef graduate of Bauman College. She began her service at NANP on the executive board of the (then) Berkeley branch in 2005. She joined the national board in 2009 as treasurer before stepping into the role of president in 2012 and currently serves as treasurer. In private practice, Julie specializes in hard to resolve health issues including hormonal imbalances, chronic infections, and heavy metal & chemical chelation using whole food supplements. She teaches practical “no excuses” healthy eating and cooking strategies to support the health and well-being of her clients. Certified in AcuPoint Integrative Testing (AIT), Julie uses this comprehensive system to evaluate her client’s unique nutritional needs and create customized supplement protocols for them without the need for laboratory testing. Julie is the nutritionist for Advance International, Inc., producer of the odorless, tasteless, marine-based Advance Protein Powder. In addition, she provides nutrition consulting services to the employees of Standard Process of Northern California.

Welcome Julie, we want to genuinely thank you for all your contributions to NANP as one of our amazing Board Members and it’s such a pleasure to have you talk with us today!

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Episode: 48: Lori Klocek, NC, BCHN® - Personal Experience Can Be Your Most Valuable Asset

Lori Klocek, NC, BCHN®

Lori Klocek, Nutrition Consultant and Holistic Health Coach, combines her passion for a balanced healthy lifestyle with her belief that being healthy should be enjoyable and delicious. She came to the field of holistic health and nutrition through her own experience overcoming autoimmunity. Lori enjoys using her knowledge and experience to help clients, teach groups, and maintaining her food and lifestyle blog (GreenLeafKitchen.com). She received her Nutrition Consultant certification from Bauman College, and is a Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (candidate).

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Episode: 49: Rashmi Sinha, FNTP, BCHN® (Candidate) - Trying New Things to Build a Practice

Rashmi Sinha, FNTP, BCHN® (Candidate)

Rashmi Sinha is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and candidate for Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She is the founder and owner of Rays of Wellness. In Sanskrit, her first name, Rashmi means “the first rays of the sun to touch the earth”. She is also interning with another practitioner with the aim of getting her Board Certification hours as well as updating her knowledge and exposure. She is truly amazed by the numerous ways in which simple food and lifestyle changes enhance our health. Rashmi strongly believes that food and health does not need to be complicated.  Rashmi lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and their 15 year old daughter.

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Episode: 50: Sheila Gannon, MNT, BCHN® - Benefits of Different Professional Practice Relationships

Sheila Gannon, MNT, BCHN®

Founder of Seeds of Nutrition, Sheila is a Master Nutrition Therapist and a Gut Sleuth that helps health-minded individuals uncover the root cause of their ailments so they can find their happy energetic selves. Sheila’s passion for functional nutrition and her focus on gut health stems from the benefits she herself has experienced from nutritional therapy. She received her training from the Nutritional Therapy Institute, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. Also having a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Education, her combined background makes Sheila an empathetic client partner, health educator and practitioner.  Previously as the Lead Nutritionist, Sheila collaborated with Functional Medicine practitioners within an Internal Medicine office. As a certified Brain Health Coach and Heartmath Practitioner, Sheila recognizes that all systems within the body are interconnected; therefore, unexpected sources can impact overall health.  Sheila keeps her nutritional knowledge current by regularly researching the latest nutritional discoveries, attending conferences, continuing education and collaborating with colleagues in the health and wellness community.  

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Episode: 51: Amanda Mirabella, Holistic Nutritionist, BCHN® - Listening – a differentiating skill in your practice

Amanda Mirabella, Holistic Nutritionist BCHN®

Amanda Mirabella is a full-time Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist®, practicing with Heights of Health since 2019. Amanda has a Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, a BA in Psychology from Texas

A&M University, and is a certified Master MBSR™ and ECR™ Practitioner. She has had the opportunity to serve hundreds of clients in her career path thus far; and is currently seeing clients remotely and at a clinic in Denver, CO!

Amanda has endured significant health challenges in her own life such as Hashimotos, a spinal tumor, and cavitations, yet she’s experienced drastic improvements in her physical and emotional wellbeing. She truly loves food and believes there’s a tremendous need to bring more connection, joy, and simplicity to the world of nutrition. Amanda believes we can attain both vibrant health and ease, that there’s no need for an ultra-dogmatic approach. In her work she strives to provide clarity and education to her clients, help them achieve self-compassion for their bodies, maximize health, and encourage everyone to genuinely enjoy food! Amanda recognizes that nutrition is important, but it’s also only one piece of the puzzle! It’s imperative to examine how stress, cellular memories, environmental toxins, and more shape our health and affect our forward growth.

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Episode: 52: Diana Walley MNT, BCHN® - Kristen Burkett MNT, BCHN® - Doing the Work they Love & Exciting Changes for Year 2 of the Podcast

Diana Walley MNT, BCHN® – Kristen Burkett MNT, BCHN®

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Episode: 53 (MINI CLIP): Paul Burgess - Introducing the 3x5 Diet

Paul Burgess, Functional Medicine Practitioner

Paul Burgess is the principal at Paul Burgess Functional Medicine Ltd which is a global telemedicine provider with patients all around the world. He focuses on giving people back the capacity to live a fulfilling, happy life every day by dealing with all the health issues they have and cutting through the confusion patients face on a daily basis when it comes to what is best for them to do for their own health.

His typical patient has seen all the usual doctors, specialists and consultants and have been told, ‘there is nothing wrong, it is all in your head’.

He has extensive knowledge of testing when looking at mold, toxicity, heavy metals and blood work.

The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode: 53 (MINI CLIP): Paul Burgess - Why I Don't Like The Word Biohack

Paul Burgess, Functional Medicine Practitioner

Paul Burgess is the principal at Paul Burgess Functional Medicine Ltd which is a global telemedicine provider with patients all around the world. He focuses on giving people back the capacity to live a fulfilling, happy life every day by dealing with all the health issues they have and cutting through the confusion patients face on a daily basis when it comes to what is best for them to do for their own health.

His typical patient has seen all the usual doctors, specialists and consultants and have been told, ‘there is nothing wrong, it is all in your head’.

He has extensive knowledge of testing when looking at mold, toxicity, heavy metals and blood work.

The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

Episode: 53: Paul Burgess - The Big 3 Biohacks for Longevity

Paul Burgess, Functional Medicine Practitioner

Paul Burgess is the principal at Paul Burgess Functional Medicine Ltd which is a global telemedicine provider with patients all around the world. He focuses on giving people back the capacity to live a fulfilling, happy life every day by dealing with all the health issues they have and cutting through the confusion patients face on a daily basis when it comes to what is best for them to do for their own health.

His typical patient has seen all the usual doctors, specialists and consultants and have been told, ‘there is nothing wrong, it is all in your head’.

He has extensive knowledge of testing when looking at mold, toxicity, heavy metals and blood work.

The information provided during this podcast is for educational purposes only. The speaker may be a licensed medical professional and may present case studies of actual patients or refer to patients’ treatment during the program. The NANP would like to remind participants that the Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutrition Professionals prevents us from diagnosing, preventing, treating, curing, prescribing, managing, or healing disease. Holistic Nutrition Professionals are not licensed in any state and work with clients, not patients.

When joining our association, members of the NANP are required to review, sign, and adhere to the NANP Code of Ethics. The intent is to support and guide our members individually and collectively in maintaining the highest ethical conduct. They are standards used to determine the propriety of conduct in relationships with clients, colleagues, members of allied professions, and the public. NANP members understand that our Code of Ethics and our Ethics Policy extend to the individual client and society.

Our Legislative Affairs Division works to protect and expand the rights of holistic nutrition professionals throughout the United States. The NANP Code of Ethics and Ethics Policy are key to our conversations with legislators, who understand that our members obey all laws regarding the ethical practice of holistic nutrition and uphold the dignity and honor of the profession. NANP members will not exceed their scope of practice in their professional abilities or those outlined by law.

The rise of social media shines a light on the need to revisit these policies and ensure that those considered to be “Influencers” embrace an appropriate level of transparency and disclosure regarding product reviews and funding to the public. NANP member Influencers must be clear about their role and any compensation they receive when they post on social media, via a blog, or sell products from a Multi-Level Marketing company. They must disclose if they have received free or discounted products or any other form of compensation from a company asking them for a product endorsement. Such disclosures should be upfront and clearly posted on their website, blog posts, or social media accounts (Instagram/TikTok, Meta, etc.). 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a document detailing how Influencers should inform their audience about company relationships. Click HERE to view!

Below are some recommendations to ensure transparency with your audience:

  • Always disclose when you have any financial, employment, personal, or family relationship with a product/brand.
  • Financial relationships are not limited to money. Disclose the relationship if you received anything of value to mention a product/brand. 
  • If a brand gives you free or discounted products or other perks and you then mention its products, make a disclosure even if you weren’t asked to mention that product.
  • Never assume your followers know about your brand relationships; be explicit.
  • Make disclosures even if you think your evaluations of the product are unbiased.

Please take a moment to review NANP’s Code of Ethics and Ethics Policy and consider it a refresher course or self-appraisal of who you are as a holistic nutrition professional.

If you have questions about ethics or our scope of practice, contact our Legislative Affairs Specialist, Laura Waldo, at laura@nanp.org.

The information in this article is given with regard to NANP’s Code of Ethics and Ethics Policy and is not meant to replace legal advice.

Everything Revolves Around the Soil

by Luen Proft, Soil Advocate & Natural Wine Connoisseur

When is the last time that you put your hands in the soil? Not the dirt or sand – the soil, the very life that’s responsible for…more life!

For the farmers that are in tune with the natural world – whether they are raising cattle or grape vines – everything revolves around the soil.  As we enter the winter season, soil begins a hibernation, which lets us pay gratitude for all of the bountiful gifts provided over the last few months. From food, to wine, to clothing and shelter – we owe our soil at least that much!

So I invite you all to take a moment to give thanks to our soil. For all that it has given and all that it will continue to give us as long as we take care to regenerate it. 

And when we refer to soil, what do we mean?

Well simply, it is a mixture of minerals, water, air, and organisms, both living & dead. With these four components, we have the foundation to our food systems, the natural world, and the key to our global health. Truly taking care of our soil could mean buying organic foods that support regenerative agriculture or it could mean taking the extra step to compost in your community. There are plenty of opportunities to give  our soils what they need. 

One of my greatest joys is sharing meals with winemakers and farmers from around the world. I am grateful to have this opportunity as I travel with Dry Farm Wines to source our Natural Wines.

During this time of year I always find myself drinking wines that are versatile and reflective of the change in season. As Fall fades to Winter, my go-to is a Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. This region and grape combine to produce a wine of immense earthen complexity that often reminds me of fallen leaves on a forest floor. Cabernet Franc also tends to have a richness from the skins of the grape that make it suitable for the colder temperatures, yet it has great acidity to keep the wine vibrant and juicy as well. It is a really great Thanksgiving wine to compliment all those varied flavors on your plate! Think roast turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, or even cranberry sauce. 

Here’s to the soil and all that it provides for us. 

About Luen Proft
From childhood, Luen fostered his love for wine and food while growing up on an organic farm in Vermont. After moving to California to pursue his dreams in the wine world, he met Todd, the founder of Dry Farm Wines. Luen & Todd quickly realized their similar passion for cooking, wine, and a well contemplated life. Luen was the first official Dry Farm Wines office employee and the originator of the wine program. Since, Luen has led sourcing these beautiful wines from farmers all over the world and has spent much of the last 5 years meeting with winemakers overseas. 

by Miriam Zacharias, President, NANP Board of Directors

We all come into this profession for different reasons.

It may be very personal, seeking specific solutions for you or for a loved one after searching for (and not finding) them in the conventional medicine model. For others, it’s about broadly sharing the message of a bio-individual approach to nutrition for lifelong wellness.

Regardless of your reason, if you are a holistic nutrition professional, these things I know to be true:

You are a change-maker. You want to reconnect people to the use of healing foods for lasting wellness. You are passionate about this mission. Your desire to succeed as a holistic nutrition professional is profound!

NANP exists to help you accomplish all that you set out to be and to do. And as I reflect on these things, I have some questions.

Among them are:

1. How are you finding your way along your path so far?

2. What tools do you need to be successful?

3. Where do you look for the best, brightest and boldest collection of holistic nutrition professionals to support you along the way? People who – like you – work tirelessly towards the common goal of promoting and improving our profession?

The NANP is the leading professional organization dedicated exclusively to holistic nutrition experts that pledges to help you find the answers.

We champion your cause by providing resources, information and opportunities as you make your journey throughout your career. Though spread throughout the country, our members bond with one another in a spirit of solidarity, advocating for the entire profession while sharing their challenges, tears and triumphs.

The list of reasons to belong to our community are many, but we wanted to put it out there once again, and particularly highlight what we feel are the TOP reasons to join if you’re not a member, and if you are, to remind you why you’re here.

TOP 4 REASONS TO BE A MEMBER OF NANP:

1. Credibility

We are all working to strengthen this profession – as well as to help improve the overall validity of an education in holistic nutrition. Becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (or BCHN™️) benefits and advances OUR INDUSTRY efforts in unison. As our field grows larger, it is becoming increasingly important that we work together to advance the credibility of a holistic nutrition credential. As you know, there are some in health care who are not quite so keen to see us succeed. Board certification demonstrates that you have achieved the pinnacle of professional recognition and validates your knowledge, skill, and expertise in the holistic nutrition industry.  

For your clients, insurance companies, the health care community, and other complementary practitioners, board certification proves that you are aware of and run your business within your legal scope of service and have committed to the highest standards of professional conduct. Check out our detailed video presentation about the board exam here.

2. Community

Networking with professionals outside the school where you received your nutrition education can give you a broader perspective on the market, your client cases, and offers a diverse perspective on holistic nutrition protocols that you might not learn otherwise.

Sharing in the experiences of others may even leave you feeling energized and refreshed with the feeling you are not alone in the mission. The NANP conference (HEALCon2020) is attended by the brightest minds in our field and provides a hotbed of ideas and collaborative efforts. This is an incredible opportunity for you to meet and network with the largest gathering of your peers from a multitude of schools during the year. As a side note, our conference menu represents the food we strive for our clients to serve in their own homes and meets the lofty standards we have for our own food ethics and nutrient quality. Our conference menu is often farm-to-table, typically sourcing locally available produce and proteins, is always organic and 110% delicious. We walk the talk (and keep our hotel chefs hopping!).

3. Growth

The field of nutrition is always advancing.

NANP members can keep up with the newest developments and scientific breakthroughs through Scoop webinars, approved CEC courses and other education opportunities that frequently come up throughout the year. Additionally, the NANP has entered into partnerships with providers of many of the advanced education courses you will need throughout your entire career.

Are you looking for work? Our Career Center is a great place to find the latest jobs in our field. NANP members benefit from a 3-day lead time on all new job postings – this is an incredible advantage for finding a job in our highly competitive field. 

4. Advocacy

Many NANP members who lead busy professional lives depend on us to brief them (and represent them) on important industry trends, new legislative rulings and advances in technology. Our Legislative Affairs Division headed up by Laura Waldo, NTP, focuses its efforts exclusively on the rights and needs of the holistic nutrition professional. Indeed, we have your back. Be sure to sign up for our Legislative Affairs Member Circle through your member page on our website. Laura has more information about this exciting new members-only group (see below).

Please visit our website to find out more about all the above. And most important, fast track your career and join us in our mission. We have important work to do, and every person counts. Become a professional membership of the NANP, and get Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® today.

Reach out, get to know us. We are ready for you.

Miriam

PS – Most importantly, at the NANP you find out in countless ways that you are not alone.

From My Heart to Yours

by Barbara Rodgers, NC, BCHN®, NANP President-elect

As NANP’s incoming President-elect for 2020, and President starting in 2021, I am delighted to introduce myself to you and share a little about what I hope to accomplish during my tenure in this exciting role.

Like many of you I entered the field of holistic nutrition as a second career, and as a direct result of a personal health crisis. My story involved a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis at the age of 49 that resulted in a three-year struggle with declining health status and mobility.

I resisted the strong advice of medical professionals, refusing to begin a life of prescription medications. I chose, instead, to work with a well-known holistic nutritionist. And guess what (although, I guess you already might know this)? It worked!

After three and half years of hard work and a very restrictive diet, I went into remission and became completely symptom free.

Having experienced firsthand the dramatic effect nutrition plays in health and disease, I found myself compelled to begin studies in the NC program at Hawthorn University, determined to eventually help others regain their lost health and vitality.

Nothing could have prepared me for just how passionately I would feel about this new venture. I loved it!

I graduated from Hawthorn ahead of schedule and immersed myself in holistic nutrition. I set up a successful private practice, passed my BCHN® certification, and became a volunteer for NANP.

Then, in 2018, I achieved another goal and wrote and published a book, Baby Maker (2018, Post Hill Press, division of Simon & Schuster, New York)!

As my nutrition career continued to evolve, my prior business background reminded me that there was more I could do at an industry level to support the NANP mission. After all, NANP is the driving force behind a burgeoning industry – the holistic nutrition industry.

There are a multitude of things a growing organization must do to support sustained, controlled growth, both inside the organization as well as externally.

Although I felt an incredible, personal, heart-driven connection to our industry, I knew for a fact that I also had the business experience to contribute to its next stage of growth.

You and I share a passion for our industry. We love what we do.

In some capacity, we are all using our skills and talents to advance the message to others that their health status is dictated by what they consume and how they live their life. We also share a passion for the organization that binds us – NANP.

For over 30 years my work experience was in corporate America, specifically the securities industry. During those years I worked hard and achieved a senior level management position that provided me with an inventory of insights, know-how, things I did right and things I wish I could do better – from which I can draw to benefit the future growth of NANP.

If you believe as I do, that there are no coincidences in life, then you will understand that everything I have accomplished and learned throughout my career has led me right to NANPs doorstep!

As I launch my new role as President-elect, I will chair the Governance Committee which will uplevel current operations for areas of improvement. In addition, I have plans to help out in many other areas, such as budgeting, review of internal organizational structure, and increasing NANPs membership and partnerships. After all, without the support of these key stakeholders, it will be impossible to scale to the levels that are essential in order to protect our right to practice and set new standards for industry excellence.

You will be hearing more about me in months to come, including details about my dogs, my kids, surviving MS, how I’m loving life in my new state of Florida. And, of course, more about our ongoing direction for NANP.

I cannot wait to meet with you personally at our upcoming conference, and to learn more about your journey that brought you to your work.

Remember…you are the reason the NANP exists.

Once my role as President begins in 2021, my personal mission is to ensure that NANP reflects the passion and commitment I see in our members, as well as to safeguard our future for the ultimate purpose of establishing Holistic Nutrition as a cornerstone of healthcare.

With love and thanks to you all,

Barb

Functional Medicine Model for Autism: Neuroinflammation or Neurodiversity?

by Vaish Sarathy, Ph.D.

9 years ago, my non-speaking son who has diagnoses of Down Syndrome, Autism (and we suspect Cerebral Palsy) was caught in peals of maniacal laughter that came like spasms and lasted most of each day except when he slept. Some days he couldn’t even sleep. He had to laugh so much that he couldn’t go to school. It was a time where we had no idea what was going on in this body, he was all of 4, until we saw our local naturopath.

She suspected systemic yeast overgrowth, in what I now know was Day 1 in our journey towards Functional Medicine and Nutrition. I can honestly say that Functional Medicine, over the years, has saved his life, his energy, his focus and his gut.

The impact this turnaround had in my 4-year old child was so profound that I decided to study Functional Nutrition (with what is now the Functional Nutrition Alliance) and practice it (despite being a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and working as an Environmental Engineer until then).

The world of food as medicine was profound, immediate, and rich and I believed in every cell of my body (and was told by experts) that the solution to all dysfunction lay in the gut.

But I was wrong, *they* are still wrong, and despite years of functional work, my son did not show any signs of cognitive improvement outwardly. Doctors (both conventional and functional) told us that the intellectual disability was a given because he has Down Syndrome.

I know now that I, like thousands of other parents of children with disabilities, believed the wrong idea. Or rather we didn’t believe the right idea, we bought into the narrative of intellectual delay being a core symptom of Autism.

At 13, my son is still non-speaking, but is a published author, and presented poetry both at the United Nations and at poetry events, one of which was a poetry recital at Michigan State University attended by college students and professors. His language abilities are higher than most neurotypical children his age, and he learns academic ideas easily but differently.

In short, he is intelligent AND he is neuro-divergent. He can’t speak, but he CAN think. He has Autism, he has Down Syndrome but that has nothing to do with his cognitive abilities.

At 13, after 9 years, I have understood, that we, the Functional Medicine community, are here to support Autism, to heal the gut, optimize the gut-brain axis, and we have beautiful, powerful tools in our community to do that. But that is just helping our kids get on the ramp of life.

The actual drive on the highway happens:

When we Assume Intelligence,

When we respect the innate intelligence of the child.

When we refrain from using words like “cure” and “fix” in front of a child who is listening and comprehending every word of what we say, regardless of what their appearance or speaking ability might be.

We now have hundreds of examples of Autistic children and adults performing at high cognitive levels, despite having significant physical needs and disabilities. And no, they are not savants or exceptions. Many of them express the sense of being “a smart kid trapped in a dumb body.”

Why is this important?

Functional Medicine remains the only place today where a child with disability gets genuine investigative personalized medical care, without being dismissed as “This is just Autism”, or “This is just Down Syndrome” which is often the case with conventional medicine.

However, without an assumption of intelligence, comes a medical intervention of the type often seen in Functional Medicine or “Bio-Med”, based on research and sound clinical knowledge, not always respectful to the child, but definitely attempting to address serious biochemical needs of the child.

Again, Assumption of Intelligence brings RESPECT. With respect, and only with respect, can true healing ever happen. Respect toward, and partnership with the client is the very foundation of the Functional Medicine paradigm. The child is truly the primary client, not the parent.

That difference, that respect, is what makes or breaks the self-esteem of the child listening in during a clinical session. That difference enables a parent to choose to Assume Competence instead perhaps of ABA. That difference is what enables a practitioner to either speak TO a child, or OVER a child.

That difference is what makes a treatment humane or intrusive, even if at the end of the day, you are really doing the same thing.

Let Him Live by Sid Ghosh, 13, Autistic, Down Syndrome, non-speaking.

Give man 
a river. Give 
him a mind. 

Give man
a window
so he can 
see his kind. 

Bio:

Vaish Sarathy, Ph.D. is a Functional Nutrition Practitioner, TEDx speaker, Chemistry and Math Coach. She is also the founder of Project Swasthya, a functional nutrition practice for children, especially with disabilities.  

Vaish’s mission is to reframe and redefine health, learning, and optimal function for children with labels, especially Down Syndrome and Autism. She passionately believes that children of all labels deserve respect, sound nutrition and an equal education. Her podcast, Functional Nutrition and Learning for Kids brings weekly insights into this unique intersecting field.

Her perspective is shaped by her son, Sid (a prolific poet), who is 13 and non-speaking with diagnoses of Down Syndrome and Autism, a sharp wit and strong drive.

GMO ARGUMENT

By Amir H. Shaani, PhD, MS, MWS, ROHP, NANP Professional Member

What is GMO?

A genetically modified organism is a plant, animal, microorganism, or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified or altered in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. This process generates a combination of plant, animal, bacterial and virus genes which are not present in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods and conventionally grown foods. Genetically modified plants like soybean, corn, cottonseed, and canola have had foreign genes derived from the DNA of bacteria and viruses inserted into their DNA, which have never been in the human food supply chain. Americans have been consuming genetically modified ingredients in many processed foods since 1996 (Smith, 2020).

Is it Regulated and Does it Require Labeling?

 The fact that transgenic technology can improve our knowledge of natural processes is widely accepted. Consequently, it results in major changes that could affect society at large, including agriculture, industry, and socio-economic conditions, and therefore requires to be regulated. Plant GMOs are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service under the Plant Protection Act (loc.gov). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for regulating genetically modified plants and approving GM feed for animals in Canada (loc.gov). The tracing and labeling of genetically modified organisms in the food industry has also become increasingly important. Labeling GM crops is mandatory in many countries such as China, the EU, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil. However, in countries like the US, Canada, and South Africa, the labeling of GM crops is voluntary (Kamle, 2017).

The United States does not have any federal legislation that is specific to GMOs. Rather, they are regulated pursuant to health, safety, and environmental legislation governing conventional products. Compared to other countries, the US’ approach to regulating GMOs is premised on the assumption that regulation should focus on the nature of the products, rather than the process in which they were produced, which is favorable to their development (Pew Initiative, n.d.). From an economic perspective, GMOs are an important component of the biotechnology industry, which plays a significant role in the US economy, as it is the world’s leading producer of GM crops (Select USA, n.d.).

Human or Lab GMO?

The reality of considering GMOs as the fasted incorporated commodities in the agribiotech industry worldwide leads to many controversies around it, which have dramatically increased in the past two decades since commercial genetically modified crop production began. Some people have very strong opinions against GMOs. Others, however, believe that for many reasons such as combined herbicide tolerance, insect resistance, drought tolerance or disease resistance, GMOs are beneficial (Kamle, 2017). In fact, there is sometimes confusion around the exact definition of GMOs, and as such, the implementation of effective regulatory measures has become more important.

 We need to understand that virtually all plants that we consume have had their genome modified either by humans or in a lab. Farmers select plants with superior, desirable traits to cultivate in a process known as agricultural evolution for thousands of years, during which traditional agricultural breeding has changed plant genomes from those of their original wild ancestors (Prakash, 2001). Broccoli, for instance, is not a naturally occurring plant in nature. There is a distinction between cauliflower and broccoli based on their relative ontogeny at marketable maturity. It has been bred from undomesticated brassica oleracea or wild cabbage (Baggett, 1975). Human intervention has practically resulted in the existence of most crops grown on farms today. Breeding seeds chosen from the best yielding plants for the purpose of having a better plant (which changes the plant genome in a way that does not occur naturally in nature) has been practiced by farmers for numerous years. However, these are not considered plant GMOs (Bent, 2020). The reason that I have elaborated on agricultural evolution and human intervention is because this leads to the fact that not all GMO plants are created equal. It is very crucial to distinguish between the trait and the method of producing GMOs.

Trait or Method?

Molecular biology techniques which have no resemblance to natural breeding are utilized to breed the offspring back with the parent for the purpose of reaching the desired combination of parental traits. These include pest resistance, higher yield, sustainability, improved plant growth and nutritional content, and consequently, increased profitability (Bent, 2020).

In the early 1980s, for the first time, it became possible to insert non-plant genes into plants by using a plasmid derived from the bacteria, agrobacterium tumifaciens. A study done in 2014 reveals eight new methods for altering genes in plants. Through these techniques, different enzymes or nucleic acid molecules (DNA and RNA) are used to make changes to a plant’s genes. These are either altering the sequence of a plant’s DNA or leave the sequence alone but make other epigenetic modifications to the structure of a plant’s DNA. These epigenetic modifications do not alter the order of the DNA or genes. Instead, they change how genes can be expressed (Hartung, 2014).

Epigenetics, Agricultural Practices, and Human Health

Epigenetics refers to changes in gene expression that are not caused by changes to the underlying DNA sequence. These changes can be influenced by a variety of environmental factors, including exposure to chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. In agriculture, these chemicals are commonly used to protect crops from pests and weeds, but they can also have unintended effects on the plants themselves.

Studies have shown that exposure to pesticides can lead to epigenetic changes in crops, altering the expression of genes involved in the plant’s defense mechanisms and potentially making the plant’s tissues more toxic (Rohila, 2018). This can have implications for human health, as people who consume these crops may be exposed to the toxins and other substances produced by the plants as a result of these epigenetic changes.

The relationship between epigenetics, agricultural practices, and human health is complex and not fully understood. However, some studies have suggested that exposure to pesticides and other chemicals used in agriculture may contribute to food sensitivities, allergies, and digestive problems in humans (Chen, 2019; Hernandez-Vargas, 2020; Martin-Biggers, 2018). For example, a study by Hernandez-Vargas et al. (2020) found that exposure to pesticides was associated with a higher risk of developing allergies and digestive problems. However, other studies have not found a significant link between pesticide exposure and digestive problems (Chen, 2019), highlighting the need for further research in this area.

In conclusion, while the links between agricultural practices, epigenetics, and human health are not fully understood, it is clear that exposure to pesticides and other chemicals used in agriculture can lead to epigenetic changes in crops and potentially impact human health. Further research is needed to fully understand the extent to which these changes may contribute to food sensitivities, allergies, and digestive problems in humans.

Personal Viewpoint

I personally believe that it is primarily the matter of how GMOs are made, rather than what new traits the modified plants have, that is important to consider. I do not support lab GMOs if non-plant genes are inserted into them despite the fact that they may offer some advantages such as fewer pesticides, lower cost, and more nutrient intake. I defend my opinion with the following reasons:

  1. Biodiversity Loss: Genetically modified crops can have negative impacts on non-target organisms and on soil and water ecosystems. For example, the expansion of GM herbicide-tolerant corn and soy, which are twinned with herbicides, has destroyed much of the habitat of the monarch butterfly in North America (cban.ca, 2019).
  2. Allergic Reactions: Since GMO foods comprise of DNA from other organisms, there is a possibility that the new DNA triggers allergies, causing food allergies and sensitivities in people who normally are not allergic to certain foods (Kennedy, 2020).
  3. Gene Transfer: GM foods transfer genes to cells of the body or to bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which are a concern because the transferred genetic material may adversely affect human health (WHO, n.d.).
  4. Antibiotic Resistance: GMOs often have additional genes inserted, which make the modified cells resistant to antibiotics. The reason is that antibiotics can be used to kill off any plant cells that have not successfully taken in the new DNA. Some experts worry that these genes may be absorbed into harmful bacteria found in our gut, causing serious illnesses like staph infections. This means that the usual antibiotic treatments would be worthless against these new super-bacteria (Bodnar, 2019).
  5. Outcrossing: The migration of genes from GM plants into conventional crops or other species in the wild is known as outcrossing. This along with the mixing of crops derived from conventional seeds with genetically modified crops, may have an indirect effect on food safety and food security (WHO, n.d.).
  6. Unpredictable Changes: In the genetic engineering process, natural genes can be deleted, or permanently turned on or off, and many may change their behaviour. Furthermore, the inserted genes can be damaged or rearranged, which may trigger allergies or promote disease. Plant biotechnology can create massive collateral damage, causing mutations in hundreds or thousands of locations throughout the plant’s DNA (Latham, 2006).

References

Baggett, J. R. & Wahlert, W. (1975). “Taxonomy and Evolution of Broccoli ( Brassica Oleracea Var. Italica ).” Economic Botany, Springer-Verlag, link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02862698.

Bent Research Associate, Elizabeth. (2020). “Not All GMO Plants Are Created Equally: It’s the Trait, Not the Method, That’s Important.” The Conversation, theconversation.com/not-all-gmo-plants-are-created-equally-its-the-trait-not-the-method-thats-important-39532.

Bodnar, A. (2019). “GMOs Could Render Important Antibiotics Worthless.” Biology Fortified Inc., biofortified.org/2010/03/gmos-antibiotics/.

CBAN. (2019). “Environmental Impacts.” Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, cban.ca/gmos/issues/environmental-impacts/.

Chen, Y., Wang, L., Guo, Y., & Han, X. (2019). Association between exposure to pesticides and digestive problems: a meta-analysis. Environmental Pollution, 250, 512-519. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.062

Hartung, F. & Joachim, S. (2014). “Precise Plant Breeding Using New Genome Editing Techniques: Opportunities, Safety and Regulation in the EU.” Wiley Online Library, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/tpj.12413.

Hernandez-Vargas, H., Hernandez-Vargas, E., & De La Riva, G. A. (2020). Pesticides and human health: A review of the association between exposure to pesticides and the incidence of allergies and digestive problems. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 583815. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2020.583815

Kamle, M., et al. (2017). “Current Perspectives on Genetically Modified Crops and Detection Methods.” 3 Biotech, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5495694/.

Kennedy, M. & Samantha, C. (2020). “Evidence-Based Pros and Cons of GMO Foods.” Insider, Insider, www.insider.com/gmo-pros-and-cons.

Latham, J. R., et al. (2006). “The Mutational Consequences of Plant Transformation.” Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Hindawi, www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2006/025376/.

Martin-Biggers, J. T., & Doerner, J. G. (2018). The gut-pesticide axis: a review of the impact of pesticides on the gut microbiome. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 3104. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.03104

Prakash, C. S. (2001). “The Genetically Modified Crop Debate in the Context of Agricultural Evolution.” Plant Physiology, American Society of Plant Biologists, www.plantphysiol.org/content/126/1/8.

Pew Initiative. (n.d.). “Guide to U.S. Regulation of Genetically Modified Food and …” Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, ww.pewtrusts.org/~/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/reports/food_and_biotechnology/hhsbiotech0901pdf.pdf.

Rohila, J. S., & Kumar, S. (2018). Epigenetic changes in crops in response to abiotic stress. Frontiers in Plant Science, 9, 602. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.00602

Select USA. (n.d.). “The Biotechnology Industry in the United States.” Select USA, selectusa.commerce.gov/print/industry-snapshots/biotechnology-industry-united-states .

Smith, J. (2020). “Health Risks.” Institute for Responsible Technology, www.responsibletechnology.org/science-guide/health-risks/.

WHO (n.d.). “Food, Genetically Modified.” World Health Organization, World Health Organization, www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/food-genetically-modified.

About Amir:

As an Orthomolecular Health Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and Master Water Specialist with over a decade of experience in the health & wellness industry, I strive to encourage a holistic approach to our health and well-being. Mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness go hand in hand, making the task of deciphering how our bodies respond to external stimuli a challenging one. What makes me different is that I do not look at symptoms as problems. Rather, I examine the underlying functions in the body, and even deeper, lifestyle in general, to better understand the cause of the symptoms. As the Founder and operator of the Vancouver Bio Boost Clinic, I am an exceptionally seasoned and compassionate nutrition professional with an outstanding record of holding educational seminars and info sessions, committed to continuing education in nutrition and fostering healthy behaviors for patients and in the broader community, around the world. My professional experience include:

  • Design and hold customized holistic health & nutrition seminars and info sessions.
  • Contribute to public diabetes and obesity awareness education in collaboration with physicians and other medical staff members.
  • Design and development of customized staff training in nutrition and wellness issues.
  • Performed screening assessments and physical workups for new clients as required on an individual basis.
  • Facilitated group workshops on preventive health & wellness awareness

Holistic Nutrition Careers

The NANP career center connects the brightest talent with top-notch employers in our field. Available for our members – everything you need to make your resume stand out, ace the interview and advance your holistic nutrition career.

How to Get Remarkable Results in 2020

by Miriam G. Zacharias, MS, NTC, BCHN, President of the NANP

Most of us take on too many things when declaring our New Year’s resolutions.

We launch a renewed commitment to lose weight, increase exercise, start playing the piano again, dive into the literary classics and read a book a week, and sign up to devote a portion of our time to non-profit activities.

Then there’s the list of “don’t do’s” that we pull together: less TV and alcohol, reduce negativity in thought and deed, and, as you are intimately aware, there’s that massive list of foods that we swear will not pass our lips in 2020.

Then, layer on top of that all our business resolutions and pretty soon our short list of resolutions could fill a novel!

And yet, the statistics on how many people actually follow through and accomplish their New Year’s resolutions are rather grim. Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.

If you are in that 92% who finds yourself frustrated by your success when February 1 comes around, why not do something different instead: set goals versus resolutions.

Why? Because goals are specific, whereas resolutions tend to be broad and vague.

Goals are much more actionable, which is what makes them more effective.

How can you turn your New Year’s resolutions into goals?

So here’s my take on making progress next year:

  1. Identify just one big, needle-moving project that you want to tackle. Get clear on what you want to accomplish, why it’s important, and how you’ll make it happen. Is it time to write your book? Build an online course? Get on the speaking circuit? Or perhaps you simply want to deepen and focus your clinical expertise by attending one of our pre-conference workshops at the NANP conference. Pick the thing that you’ve been longing to do and never seem to have time for. If you feel some nervous excitement when you think about the project, you’re on the right track.
  2. Set a timeline for completing it. Otherwise, the busyness of life and the focus to bring in short-term revenue each day will crush your ability to leap forward toward your goal. I don’t accept the notion that “there’s not enough time.” Those who achieve great things are simply more productive with the time they have available. They block time and set boundaries extraordinarily well. Want to know the secret word of those who make great gains in their work? It’s “no.” Winners refuse to do things that pull them off course and away from their dream.
  3. Identify the steps you’ll take toward accomplishing that project from item 1 above. Start outlining your book or new signature talk. Get as specific as possible and outline all of the smaller steps you’ll need to take to reach your full goal. But start. Now. Use time blocks each week to work exclusively on your project, uninterrupted by the rest of your life. View these times as appointments with yourself that cannot be cancelled without penalty.
  4. Measure backwards. As you make progress toward your goal, don’t punish yourself for what didn’t get done last week. Negative self-talk not only makes you feel bad but can also derail momentum. Like the person who figures she may as well abandon her diet because she ate a donut for breakfast, missing a time block is no excuse to give up on the project. Instead, measure what you have accomplished since starting the year and commit to finishing your project in the timeline you established.

Once you’ve completed one big goal, identify another and start the process all over again.

I often think about carving out 3 months per project but, of course, that depends on the project. I have discovered that whether or not I complete my project in 3 months’ time is less important than the habit I’ve developed to prioritize the project itself.

Whatever one thing (or many) you choose to do in 2020, make your goals meaningful to you …and remarkable.

I’ll look forward to hearing about your accomplishments in person at next year’s HEALCon!

Portrait Of Mature Female Student Using Laptop In Library

by Whitney Marks, NTP
Member Relations & Marketing Assistant, NANP

Like many holistic nutrition students, my journey began before I enrolled in a program. When I decided to pursue nutrition for my career, I knew I needed an educational foundation, but I wasn’t sure where to go. There are so many options, and I knew I needed to choose a program that was solid and reputable.

Scope of practice in my state and what’s possible within this field was also at the top of my list in finding out if this passion-turned-career-path was even feasible for me.

As I researched both of these things, my search results kept pointing me back to the same place: The National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

This organization quickly became my go-to for helping me find that reputable program, as I learned that each approved school listed on the NANP website has to apply for and participate in a thorough review process. Only those schools/programs that pass their review make the cut.  So if it was good enough to meet the NANP’s educational criteria and also qualify me for board certification, it was good enough for me!

And I scoured scope of practice for my state, but nothing I found on my own compared to support from their Legislative Affairs Division. An (almost instantaneous!) personal email reply from Laura Waldo, the NANP Legislative Affairs expert, made all the difference for me as I navigated the murky waters of the law and our industry.

Fast forward to my time as a student enrolled in a program, and I took full advantage of student membership!

Here are a few of the benefits I have received since joining this incredible organization:

Credibility

I knew I needed to be part of an organization that would lend to my success far after my time in the classroom ended. The NANP sets the standards for our industry, providing so much to help us all succeed. So, I knew it was in my best interest to stay connected and dialed in to what the NANP is doing as a new student just getting my feet wet.

Leadership

Volunteer – I have had the chance to build my reputation by getting involved in member volunteer opportunities.

Promote holistic nutrition – the NANP fights for our right to practice nutrition across the country. On a personal level, NANP’s communication tools, training, organization, and access helped me become an effective advocate about the many benefits of holistic nutrition.

Community & Connections

Nutrition Students Group Circle – I joined the bigger conversation by connecting with my peers across all schools in our industry. Learning from others’ perspectives has helped broaden my own horizons.

Network – Similar to above, by getting to know a diverse pool of fellow nutrition students and professionals, I am able to take the grunt work out of finding and accessing like-minded peers!

Teatime with Andrea – I don’t know about you, but I love to be a part of the conversation. This quarterly chat for members brings old-school nutrition professionals and newbies together to talk, laugh, learn and share with each other.

Professional Development

Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® – This is the only board exam in our industry that gives the added credibility and confidence I need to take my nutrition business to the next level. I have big plans to take this exam in the near future.

Continued Education – I love that learning doesn’t stop just because I finished my program. It’s an ongoing journey, and it’s important to know the NANP offers free monthly webinars, previous conference content, and more to make sure I am constantly growing and staying on top of the industry’s latest.

HEALCon – This year I got to join others from all over the world who share my passion for holistic nutrition at HEALCon, NANP’s Annual Conference & Expo. I was blown away by the leadership, topics, vendors, and attendees all in one place for one common purpose. It was exciting and fulfilling on many levels!

Exclusive Access to Legislative Affairs

As I mentioned earlier, I have been the beneficiary of the personal scope of practice support I needed before joining the industry. In today’s ever-changing landscape of legal rights to practice in each state, I definitely have peace of mind knowing Laura Waldo is in my corner. The next best thing would be an attorney, but seriously, how many students can afford that?

And so much more!

NANP’s Resources – There is so much I want to say (and so little time) to tell you all about all the doors NANP can open for you in today’s holistic nutrition arena. Just know this: you’ll get access to tools for your business, your clients, and ongoing learning content designed specifically with you and your career in mind.

Discounts – Because I am just starting out, I know I need help with sourcing the best products and services to build a successful practice. The partners NANP brings in to the fold are so incredible – I feel like I am a part of a team of people ready to help me succeed!

See all the NANP Member Benefits here.

My time as a Student member with NANP ended recently when I completed my program. I have since transitioned into Professional membership and am so thankful for the NANP’s efforts on my behalf and on behalf of the more than 1,000 other holistic nutrition professionals who are also members.

In addition to being a member, I also happen to work in Member Relations for NANP, as I am passionate about helping students navigate the all-too-common challenges I once faced. In my personal, and now professional experience, being an NANP member makes a powerful impact, not just for yourself, but for our communities, and ultimately for our world.

YOU are the future of the holistic nutrition industry!

Join the NANP today, and together we can fulfill our dreams and create a profound, positive impact in people’s lives!

I Nearly Gave Up

by Sara Peternell, MNT, BCHN®, Marketing Specialist, NANP

No, really. I almost gave up.

I have been in private nutrition practice for over 20 years. I taught at the Nutrition Therapy Institute for five years. I’ve been a mentor to countless holistic nutrition students. I co-authored an award-winning baby food cookbook in 2016. My holistic nutrition YouTube channel with nearly 2,000 followers actually makes me a little bit of money. My paper client files take up an entire closet.

I considered myself to be successful in this industry.

Until 2020.

I nearly gave up – last year broke me down – financially, creatively, optimistically. I figured that my clients were feeling like the rest of the world – “we’re all gonna die, so I might as well eat the chips and drink the beer.” Heck, I had a few of those days in 2020 too.

The phone just wasn’t ringing with any new business. Even my long-time clients were few and far between – everyone was hunkered down at home and in survival mode. I was dismayed because my newly launched 30-day, self-paced online program for living healthfully with autoimmune thyroid disease was sitting there empty with no enrollments. My expensive office in a gorgeous functional medicine practice was CLOSED. For over two months.

Bills were piling up, and you know – expenses to run a small business don’t just go away. So I accrued debt and I began to worry. I wasn’t paying myself (or my family!) anymore. But, I was still WORKING. Working my butt off to keep my business alive.

  • I worked hard to keep the content flowing on my social media channels.
  • I kept my YouTube channel alive with weekly video recordings.
  • I reached out regularly to my professional referral network to see if they had any ideas for patients who needed nutrition help.
  • I gave away a lot of nutrition for free (virtual events) to keep my name out there.

I kept treading water to stay afloat – and, I held on to my faith that people were indeed waiting for the right time to start focusing on their health again.

I mean, healthy beyond everything pandemic-related…

They will remember they want to cook and eat healthy! They will soon need a refresher on their supplements! Lifestyle adjustments will need to be made! Weight will need to be lost! Sanity will need to be restored! RIGHT?!

I prayed.

In the fall of 2020, I faced hard truths. There was the chance that things would in fact get worse. I had to cut costs and I had to begin a “maintain and build back” strategy for my business.

Or, I had to quit.

I decided to enlist the help of my awesome book-keeping firm (Salt Lake City Bookkeeping) – and they put numbers down clearly outlining what my financial goals needed to be to stay open. I had to cut expenses and let go of some pretty important people supporting my business. I had to move to a different office.

I actually cried and I lost quite a bit of sleep.

But, once I had a plan in place, I began to feel the clouds lifting. I could see how with a little (more) hard work I could recover lost earnings and I could stay open. (It turns out I love my new office space and the people there too!)

2020 was the year when many of us learned to “innovate or die” and I did a lot of that in the water-treading stage of saving my business. But, by year-end, I learned that getting back to basics was going to be my best bet.

  • supporting people with food-focused plans, not fancy functional nutrition – not for now, at least
  • encouraging family meals around a table – most of us are at home anyway
  • a toolbox filled with recipes and creative eating ideas – everyone is in a food rut
  • caring about ourselves again – there is no armageddon just yet, so let’s get back to work

I sought out a new plan to reach the people in my community with these holistic nutrition concepts. I focused on “nutrition near me” Google search engine optimization (SEO), while also leveraging my global YouTube platform.

I started “selling” holistic nutrition again. I had nothing to lose!

Sales is not easy in our field. But, we can and must do it – we need to remind people of what they need, what we offer and how our value proposition is actually a lifelong investment in true and lasting health.

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to get folks to pay attention to how they wish to live out their remaining years on this planet.

Well, as 2020 came to an end and I was fresh with ideas to tackle the new world we live in, I found that my intentions were quickly and easily manifesting. My wish for my local community to seek their best health and to – in turn – find me exploded around Christmas week. And, beyond my local community, I also took on new virtual USA clients, AND two new international clients!

I am delighted that holistic nutrition is truly a gift of hope. One that many of my new clients gave to themselves in the spirit of turning the page on a dreadful year.

What Can You Do If You Feel Like Giving Up?

  1. LISTEN! The NANP podcast is a TREMENDOUS resource for anyone in our field who feels like giving up. Chock-full of advice, business models and inspiring ideas for our community, the podcast is literally one way to “nourish your practice.” Don’t throw in the towel – listen to just one episode and you’ll get all fired up again!
  2. CONNECT! Circle back to our NANP community for support on how to refresh your business – visit the member forum in the member-section of the site for idea-loaded threads and practice-building insights.
  3. LEARN! Attend HEALCon2021 for some of the most powerful, passionate and compelling reasons to STAY IN OUR FIELD. In a pandemic year, “going it alone” took on a whole new meaning, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Meet up with your NANP family online for incredible continuing education and networking – and get the juices flowing once more!
  4. VOLUNTEER! Yep, do some work for free. See the impact holistic nutrition has in your local and underserved community. Just one day in a classroom teaching inner city kids about fruits and veggies, or a summer spent tending a community garden with senior citizens, or serving in a health-focused soup kitchen or shelter can be the spark that lights your way forward in professional practice. (I like Feeding America – they are looking for speakers/educators/policy writers/researchers and more.)
  5. BE PATIENT! Just when one door feels like it will close, there are always new doors opening. (You can always check out the NANP Career Center to see what is out there!)

Sara Peternell, MNT, BCHN®
Sara joined the NANP team as the Marketing Copywriter with a strong background in both marketing and nutrition. Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University in 1997 and went on to have a successful 10-year marketing career in both the private and non-profit sectors. She was the Website Manager for the Colorado Children’s Hospital prior to changing careers and pursuing her passion for holistic nutrition. In 2007, Sara completed the Master of Nutrition Therapy program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute. As a graduate of this renowned program, she became a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT), and later, was an instructor at the Institute for five years.

Sara’s nutrition practice, Family Nutrition Services, reaches clients all over the U.S., and even internationally – focusing on family nutrition, thyroid health, and detoxification programs. Sara has been offering personalized nutrition services to individuals, children, families, non-profits, and corporations since starting her business in 2005. Sara is co-author of Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies & Toddlers With Taste, Winner of Red Tricycle’s 2015 Best Cookbook for Babies Award.

It’s Official; the Pandemic Gave a Boost to Holistic Nutrition

This is great news, guys.

According to the International Food Information Council’s (IFIC) 2020 Food and Health Survey, as many as 85% of Americans made changes in their food or how they prepare food because of the pandemic.

Despite so many of the challenges we faced in 2020, one positive result is that many people are thinking about food differently now!

With that news in mind, our team put their heads together and quickly came up with the Fabulous Five Ways in which the pandemic has shone a positive light on the Holistic Nutrition Industry.

Here it goes…

#1 People are cooking at home more.

With the home kitchen seeing a resurgence, many Americans are eating at home for all three meals.

Sara Peternell, NANP’s Marketing Specialist, reminds us that in March 2020 alone, grocery store sales jumped nearly 30% compared to the same period in 2019. Even in the late summer of 2020, consumers remained heavily reliant on supermarkets for food during the pandemic.

In their reporting, the International Food Information Council estimates that about one in five consumers reported making healthier shopping choices with “functional ingredients” being a top priority. This means that while legacy brands (Nestle, Hormel, etc.) are still keeping pace, consumers also are interested in innovative new ways to keep meals interesting.

What makes meals interesting? Sara says, “trends towards superfoods, fermented products, medicinal mushrooms, collagen, and other items are making their way into the home kitchen more so than before the pandemic.” She has found that the clientele at Sara Peternell Family Nutrition Services this year appear savvier, more curious, and more willing to buy different foods with powerful health claims because of what they have read online or heard about from others. Sara’s clientele wants to be in-the-know and actively understand what health benefits these new products offer.

Cooking at home means people are paying attention to what they buy and eat! This may seem understated, but Sara couldn’t be happier. An aware, educated, and empowered at-home cook elevates our field because people who want to cook and like to cook may soon enlist the help of a professional who can help them make their meals delicious AND nutritious.

#2 People are thinking about their health.

Brad Linberg, NANP’s Website and Graphic Designer, says, “Crisis moments also present opportunity. You have people concerned about not getting sick and wondering what they can do to elevate their health.”

Brad points out one way of recognizing this change that has impacted our industry; there has been a shortage or back-order of many beloved supplements on popular practitioner dispensary websites.

“Suddenly, everyone knows more about Vitamin D – which is a great thing – and when it’s out of stock just about everywhere, you have to believe that people are researching about the benefits for their immune system and applying the research to their lives. They start taking nutrients that benefit their health.”

We probably have all had at least one conversation with a friend or family member in the past 12 months that starts like this, “So, if I had to take one or two vitamins that can help keep me healthy, what should they be?”

People thinking about their health is one of the most basic ways holistic nutrition professionals can find more potential clients knocking on their door. Brad says, “people are taking their health into their own hands, and will call me up and say, ‘I heard about a certain immune supportive food or supplement, but I need you to help me make sense of it all.’ This has been a profound shift since the pandemic started.”

#3 People are prioritizing self-care.

Whitney Marks, NANP’s Member Relations Assistant, shares that self-care is now a daily practice that more people eagerly fit into their day. “What started as routines to help us cope with immediate uncertainty and disruption (maybe even an antidote to boredom) needed to morph into strategies to cope with some of the most profound stressors some of us have ever faced.”

Major pandemic-related events, including illness, loss of loved ones, and loss of employment, caused many people to take a big step back and reevaluate what’s important.

Whitney thinks all of this reflection has caused some people to reveal to themselves just how precious life is and how we need to take good care of ourselves to live a happier, fuller life. “From working at home to child-care issues, or just too much “together time,” Whitney has found that her friends and family recognize that for the good of their mental health, self-care, stress management, and coping techniques need to be a priority.

As holistic nutrition professionals, we greatly appreciate this turn inward. We want people looking within themselves to find the strength to face the day and cope rather than crumble and rise rather than feeling defeated. Promoting the “normalcy” of a self-care routine – taking a hot bath, stretching, reading, using essential oils, the comfort of touch like a massage, relishing in a nap, etc. – help to promote a new kind of wellness collective that Americans have never really known.

#4 People like to get outdoors.

Laura Waldo, NANP’s Legislative Affairs Specialist, is no stranger to the benefits of fresh air, movement, nature, and the negative ions which benefit the body. Laura’s experiences living in the mountains among the evergreens are one of the best things she ever did for her health, and she sees that many people around her seek the same kind of solace for their health and mood.

Laura says, “People were cooped up for so long at first. I think in the beginning, not being able to do some of the things we are used to doing in public meant going back to older, simpler, more meaningful ways – just taking a walk or going fishing – that suddenly made sense. And, people now have time to take more nature adventures!”

Laura’s love of nature has inspired those around her. “I am so happy to see that instead of getting more plugged in, many are doing the opposite. I mean, we are on our devices all day now if we are working remotely. At the end of the day, the last thing you want to do is scroll social media. Getting outside is the antidote!”

What better lifestyle approach is there than encouraging connection with nature? As holistic nutrition professionals, we know that health is so much more than what we eat. We believe strongly in our connectedness to the environment and the natural world. People begin to thrive when they make time to get outdoors. We are happy this habit has become the norm for Americans and hope it won’t go away any time soon.

#5 People are looking at the healthcare system differently.

The pandemic has affected many facets of the healthcare industry. We see an unexpected impact on our industry as more people seek options to stay or get healthy outside traditional medical institutions.

Andrea Grandon, NANP’s Educational Programs Specialist, says the pandemic has likely altered the public’s perception of needing frequent urgent care visits, pharmacy visits, and hospital visits.

“In fact, I think many of the clients I see in my practice are being more selective with procedures and the time they have to spend on healthcare,” Andrea says. Her clients at The Nutrition Helpline are more proactive and take that same personalized approach that Brad mentioned earlier. “They want to go outside the confines of the managed care approach, skip the lines and middlemen and get right to the meat and potatoes, so to speak,” says Andrea.

Weight loss is a big area where this is happening. Andrea sees that the pandemic has caused people to gain weight or become concerned about their weight more than previously. “We know the joke about the 19 pounds,” she smiles. “But the reality is, my clients are bypassing the doctor’s office for advice traditional weight loss programs and going straight to the experts in metabolic health and nutrition.”

Andrea feels that because people are thinking more about their health, they become savvier in their choices. “If they have had a poor experience, maybe felt like their time was cut short, or their concerns were dismissed, these may be the reasons to pay out of pocket for a proper experience.”

Furthermore, she has many trusted referral partners, and she is getting a slew of new clients from providers who know their patients need holistic nutrition support to meet their medical health goals. That is where Andrea comes in.

Naturally, with holistic nutrition, we believe that the relationship between client and practitioner is a powerful one that can change lives and empower people to live their best lives. We hope that this trend continues and that our industry will connect allopathic providers and more holistic care across the spectrum.

Join Us for HEALCon 2021

HEALCon represents the NANP Conference & Expo, and for 16 years, has been bringing you the best of the best in holistic nutrition continuing education conferences. We can’t wait to see you at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Washington April 8-11, 2021!

Joining the NANP Gives You a Competitive Edge

by Barbara Rodgers, NC, BCHN®, NANP President and Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®, Executive Director, NANP

Entrepreneurs aren’t known for being joiners. In fact, starting your own business is the ultimate way to avoid playing by other people’s rules.

As a small business owner and someone who may work on your own all day, every day, you want to be growing yourself, your team and your business continually. Firsthand experience tells us that doing so will be challenging to accomplish if you work in a vacuum, with little contact within the broader industry.

Below are just a few reasons joining your industry association is so important. Then, we will give you examples of how to choose the perfect association.

Top 3 Reasons to Join an Industry Association

1. Networking. Having relationships with other business owners in your industry can add massive value to your company; they know what it’s like to run a business in your field and have experienced many of the same issues from which you can learn. Networking allows you to tap into a variety of opportunities for your business by connecting with others.

2. Reputation and Credibility. When you become a member of an industry association, it sends a message. It means you take your business seriously enough to invest your time, energy, and resources outside of office hours into learning everything you can to build the most successful practice possible. Make no mistake – that message resonates with your colleagues, potential clients, and outside suppliers.

3. Advocate for the Industry. Most industries have common issues that impact all businesses associated with it; ours is no different. A professional organization will regularly lobby the government on behalf of their industry to ensure their members’ interests and those of the public are being protected. By joining such an association, you can become an advocate for your industry, or at the very least, stay on top of what the issues and changes are that could affect how you do business.

Despite the compelling reasons to join an association, there seems to be uncertainty among practitioners and others in our field about taking this important step. It can be confusing, and we get it!

Choosing how to allocate precious budget dollars is key to making the right business decisions. Let’s run through a few important considerations.

Top 3 Considerations When Choosing an Industry Association

a) Is the organization the leader in the industry? Industry associations support the broader field at large — companies, suppliers, employers, employees, and entrepreneurs, and protect their rights in the legislative arena. Standard for a true industry association would be to provide members with a range of services, including support and educational opportunities, access to job postings, networking, and the latest industry information and professional development to enhance their skills. Some associations (like the NANP) may also offer certifications to elevate your credentials.

b) Non-profit or for-profit? This is an essential distinguishing factor among industry associations. Most of them are non-profit. However, there are some associations in the nutrition space that are for-profit. The primary objective of a for-profit is to, well, make money. By contrast, a non-profit doesn’t prioritize profits but rather its mission. Therefore, the funds raised by a non-profit are usually directed right back into the association to pay for expanded offerings to its members in the form of additional educational programs or technologies, certification exams, relationships with companies that offer member discounts, etc.

c) Who is leading the organization, and what is their priority? A small group of incentivized individuals is at the helm of most private or for-profit organizations. They often receive bonuses and profit-sharing. Non-profit associations, such as the NANP, are led by a volunteer board of directors (in our case, all are holistic nutrition professionals) who have no financial stake in the organization. This type of board focuses first on community-building rather than turning a profit.

If you’ve been thinking about joining our association but are still on the fence, we have a special enticement for you! We invite you to take us for a test-drive by joining for FREE for thirty (30) days.

Joining the NANP is not just a good move for you as a practitioner; it is good for the entire industry. Growing our organization is central to our ability to represent us all legislatively and to provide our industry with cutting-edge tools and technologies to build your thriving nutrition practice so you can optimize the health of the world around you.

P.S. If you’re already a member of the NANP, you’re getting thirty (30) days of FREE membership, too! During the pandemic, we increased our membership grace period from thirty (30) days to sixty (60) days to lighten your load.

Knowledge Is a Gift

Once, a dear friend contacted me from the emergency room.

He’s kind of a tough guy, so he doesn’t like talking about his health issues (I’m sure you know someone like that too).

He admitted that he’d been plagued with terrible digestive issues and needed help.

In order to avoid the ER and his abdominal pain again, he stated that he was ready to make some dietary changes. The short version of the story is that my friend was suffering from some intolerances to certain foods. We got to the bottom of that quickly and he started to feel better.

He was amazed.

Small changes can have such a huge impact!

From my perspective, what I did was simple – I shared my knowledge and helped guide him to a sustainable solution that would help alleviate his digestive complaints.

We ALL Have So Much to Share

Here’s a really important question: “What’s the most valuable gift you can give to your industry peers?”

OK, I’ll answer for you – it’s your knowledge.

Do you know how I know this to be true?

We’ve been doing a lot of research to find out what our members want/need the most to help them be more successful in the important work they are doing in our field.

What we’ve discovered surprised us, and it may even surprise you.

NANP members want to learn more from one another.

Overwhelming feedback from NANP members indicates that there is tremendous value in learning from one another.

So, we asked ourselves…
1. How can we better facilitate the exchange of knowledge between our members?
2. What professional resources can we offer?
3. Where is the cutting-edge peer-developed knowledge base for holistic nutrition practitioners?

You already know the answer to this question. There is no repository of holistic nutrition information.

It simply doesn’t exist!

Let’s Get Down to Business

We are getting ready to build something pretty darn amazing…

The NANP is embarking upon the creation of an incredible online content library in the coming months.

Our goal is to bring non-biased health and nutrition content to practitioners, consumers and the media.

We will educate the public on the cost/benefit of eating unprocessed local, fresh, plant-based foods. We will write about the value in taking quality nutritional products to manage chronic nutritional deficiencies and related health problems.

The NANP has assembled a volunteer-based Content Creation Committee (CCC) made up of some pretty unbelievable members from all different aspects of our field. This committee is developing the vision for constructing an incredible online content library.

And, guess what!

The committee will soon be accepting author submissions – from you! 

In the coming weeks, you will be able to apply to be part of a groundbreaking collective of nutrition professionals sharing their expertise and practical nutrition advice.

By writing for the NANP’s online clinical content library, you will be able to:

  1. Touch lives.
  2. Support positive change.
  3. Connect with a global audience.
  4. Share your unique voice and messages.
  5. Share your bio underneath your article about who you are and what you do, including a photo of you, a link to your website and links to your social media.

This is your opportunity to share your wisdom with the world! Help us in our mission to spread the value of holistic nutrition and improve lives.

We want you to bring your passion and your unique voice to this project.

Can you write from the heart based on personal experience and/or professional expertise?
Can you write as if you are talking to your client? Or to a colleague?

What We are Looking For

  • Topic areas: Of or relating to nutrition and wellness addressing symptoms, complaints or problems; also relating to the organic food industry
  • Original content: Submissions should be original content not published elsewhere including personal blogs, journals, websites, etc.
  • Properly Sourced Health Claims: If you mention a statistic or study in your piece, include a link to that source in order to back up claims with scientific facts.
  • Relatability: One or more questions to prompt the reader to consider the topic in relation to their own situation.
  • Call To Action: One or more actionable, practical tips that the reader can easily start applying in their life or their practice.

People love to feel like they’re reading something written by a real person, with real experience in life, and genuine heart.

Doesn’t this sound amazing?

How will a repository of this type of content help support you in your holistic nutrition career?

Well, we think this is going to be a game-changer. And, we are ready to build it – with your help!

This is for you – our members – our family.

“Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.”
-Louis L’Amour

Applications will be accepted for author submissions in October. Stay tuned for more details. For more information about this clinical content project, please send an email to editor@nanp.org.

N-Acetylcysteine: An Update on its Regulatory Status
Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)

By Prof. Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)

Provost, Huntington University of Health Sciences

Do you recommend N-acetylcysteine (NAC) to your clients? If so, it is a good choice since this derivative of L-cysteine is one of the most well-researched amino acids with solid scientific support for its efficacy. First, it is an effective antioxidant that promotes the body’s production of glutathione—a particularly powerful and versatile antioxidant. [i] It also has mucolytic (i.e., mucus-reducing) properties, which has been shown in a number of studies, including with COPD patients and those with bronchitis.[ii] [iii] [iv] In addition, research in both sexes demonstrated that NAC was effective in promoting cell-mediated immunity when used for six months.[v] Furthermore, animal research has also shown that NAC reduced the cytokine (inflammatory substance) secretion from some of the particulate pollution which in turn caused lung inflammation.[vi] Consequently, it is no surprise that an FDA warning letter about NAC caused such consternation.

The FDA warning letter

In August of 2020, the FDA stated in a warning letter that N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was excluded from the definition of a dietary supplement. Their reason for this is that NAC was previously approved as a drug by FDA to treat liver side effects from an overdose of Tylenol (acetaminophen)—although NAC is given as an injection in this case, which is clearly not a dietary supplement delivery form—and more recently as a mucolytic agent in respiratory diseases[vii]. Also, the FDA indicated that, to their knowledge, NAC hadn’t been previously marketed as a food or supplement prior to FDA’s approval of it as a drug.

However, in the Old Dietary Ingredient List published by United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), NAC is indeed identified as an old dietary ingredient marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994. In any case, even after the FDA warning letter, the dietary supplement industry continued to market NAC products to consumers without any apparent object from the FDA, with the exception of those companies who were marketing it as a hangover remedy or making other egregious claims.

The Amazon reaction

Subsequently, Amazon’s AI system recently identified some products containing NAC as disallowed for sale on their site. This action created further anxiety within the industry. This issue was discussed in a UNPA meeting that took place on April 22, 2021, causing the organization to look further into the issue and open a line of communication with Amazon.

FDA’s guidance document on NAC

In August of 2022, the outlook for NAC began to look better. The FDA issued “Policy Regarding N-acetyl-L-cysteine: Guidance for Industry”.  In the guidance document, FDA stated: “…we are considering initiating rulemaking under section 201(ff)(3)(B) of the FD&C Act to permit the use of NAC in or as a dietary supplement (i.e., to provide by regulation that NAC is not excluded from the definition of dietary supplement). If, among other considerations, FDA does not identify safety-related concerns as we continue our review of the available data and information, we are likely to propose a rule providing that NAC is not excluded from the definition of dietary supplement.”

The reason for the FDA’s apparent change of heart is that they received two citizen petitions: one from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) dated June 1, 2021, and one from the Natural Products Association (NPA) dated August 18, 2021, requesting that the FDA conclude that NAC not be excluded from the definition of dietary supplement. The short version of the guidance document is that the FDA intends to “exercise enforcement discretion with respect to the sale and distribution of certain products that contain NAC and are labeled as dietary supplements.” In other words, if the product is labeled appropriately and sticks to structure-function claims, the FDA won’t object. If you want more details, read the entire guidance document by clicking on the hyperlink provided in the prior paragraph.

Conclusion

If you’re recommending NAC to your clients, the good news is that you can certainly continue doing so based upon the FDA’s guidance document. Hopefully the FDA will soon go all the way and include NAC in the definition of a dietary supplement. Meanwhile, if you sell NAC in your practice, make sure that the brand(s) you’re selling stick to structure/function claims on their labels, and don’t make any claims with regard to the prevention, treatment or mitigation of any disease or medical condition. Also, make sure that any literature you provide to your clients about NAC which lists the branded NAC product you sell, also follows these same guidelines.


Biography: Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)

Gene Bruno is the Provost and Professor of Nutraceutical Science for Huntington University of Health Sciences. With graduate degrees in nutrition and herbal medicine, and as a 43-year veteran of the dietary supplement industry as well as an award-winning formulator, he has developed natural products for dozens of dietary supplement companies; educated and trained natural product retailers and health care professionals; and written articles on nutrition, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals and integrative health issues for trade, consumer and peer-reviewed publications, as well as authoring books and textbook chapters. His latest book is What’s In Your Blood & Why You Should Care: How to Cleanse and Detoxify Your Blood for Optimum Health (©2019, Square One Publishers). Professor Bruno is one of the original developers of the exam for Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition, as well as the exam for Certified Dietary Supplement Professional.


References

[1] Leuenberger P, Schweiz Med Wochenschr (1994) 124(4):129-35.

[1] Pela R, Calcagni AM, Subiaco S, et al. N-acetylcysteine reduces the exacerbation rate in patients with moderate to severe COPD. Respiration 1999;66:495-500.

[1] Grandjean EM, Berthet P, Ruffmann R, Leuenberger P. Efficacy of oral long-term N-acetylcysteine in chronic bronchopulmonary disease: a meta-analysis of published double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials. Clin Ther 2000;22:209-21.

[1] Volkl KP, Schneider B, Fortschr Med (1992) 110(18):346-50.

[1] De Flora S, Grassi C, Carati L. Attenuation of influenza-like symptomatology and improvement of cell-mediated immunity with long-term N-acetylcysteine treatment. Eur Respir J 1997;10:1535-41.

[1] Kennedy T, et al, Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol (1998) 19(3):366-78.

[1] Tardiolo G, Bramanti P, Mazzon E. Overview on the effects of n-acetylcysteine in neurodegenerative diseases. Molecules. 2018;23:3305.

NANP is Going For It! Are YOU With Us?

by Barbara Rodgers, NC, BCHN®, NANP Board President

For those of you who are parents, an aunt or an uncle, or even just a close friend of a young person, you probably know that feeling of pride that is oftentimes accompanied by “gushing” (i.e., going on and on with glowing remarks). This feeling makes it next to impossible to keep our mouth shut.

When we feel proud, it also makes us feel good to share that with others.

If you resonate with that, then hopefully you’ll understand how I’m feeling about our legislative process at NANP. (Please bear with me because the “gushing” will begin shortly.)

First of all, I know for a lot of you, government rules and regulations and the politics behind it is as boring as can be – it’s just not your thing. I totally get it.

But in this case, the laws as they exist today in many states in the U.S. are so limiting in scope that they prevent our practitioners from doing the jobs they were educated to do. From a legal standpoint, this affects every single one of us. 

During 2017, the NANP Board of Directors agreed unanimously to participate monetarily in a legislative effort to rewrite the restrictive laws in many states that were working against Holistic Nutrition Practitioners. Within a short time, it was clear that this was an effort that required our direct supervision; we needed this function in-house. 

So we did that. NANP spent considerable time and allocated budget dollars toward actually affecting legislative change.

The outcome has been pretty incredible.  Here’s how:

  1. The restrictive laws that exist directly affect NANP’s members in their ability to work and earn an income in their field. Leaving this critical work to others who may not be as dedicated or the best representatives of our industry, was not in our members’ best interest. Who better to represent our members than the NANP? 
  2. By using a third party to try and accomplish the very difficult task of breaking apart the monopoly that has existed for years (decades), NANP was not in control of details: who was representing our industry, how were important resources being utilized, and what message was being sent to legislators and politicians. Now we on are top of all of that AND seeing changes occur!
  3. By hiring Legislative Affairs Specialist, Laura Waldo, we know she is one of us.  She has a thriving private practice in holistic nutrition. She “walks the talk” and personally lives a holistic life. Laura understands our scope of practice because she works with it every day. Working hard to get the laws changed isn’t just a job for Laura. 
  4. NANP’s Board of Directors and Executive Director watched painfully as our partner schools and members struggled to help fund an effort outside of our organization. Since July 2019, we have brought this in-house within our existing budget. There is no longer a reason to “pay to play” when it comes to rewriting state legislation. 

Let the “Gushing” begin – Part I

I’ve worked in high-level positions within corporations, so I have seen the work required to bring about meaningful, sustainable change. Creating supportive documentation, emails, and phone calls to those for and against an issue, countless meetings, and an attitude of tenaciousness and optimism – this all takes incredible persistence, patience and hard work!

The hardest part, however, is being on the front line of a project or issue as the “influencer.” The issue of breaking down the laws in various states has merit on its own. But as many of you know – people don’t buy a product or an idea. They buy people.

NANP can not accomplish what we’ve set out to do in the individual states if we don’t have an influencer. Laura Waldo is our person. 

As I said above, Laura is one of us. She lives and breathes holistic nutrition. She is a person of influence and persuasion. When she speaks to a legislator on the phone or in a hearing, she immediately exudes a level of honesty, integrity, and expertise that draws people in and makes them listen. I know this from listening to her in meetings, but I also know this is true because Laura is getting results.

Laura’s accomplishments on behalf of our industry in the 20 months she has been on board with NANP defines her as a champion in my book.

“Gushing – Part II”

The other notable “gushing” comment needs to be directed to you, our members, our partners, and our partner school administrators.  

Day in and day out, you support our industry and your respective businesses by continuing your membership and sponsorship of NANP – THANK YOU!

Because of the growth in the holistic nutrition arena, we can justify, and indeed, pay for the costs associated with having an internal legislative process so you don’t have to.

Let me give you a brief snapshot of what your support and membership are helping to fund:

  • Right now, we are working in 14 states that are “exclusive scope of practice states” where the laws need to change to become anticompetitive laws for our practitioners. Threats in other states (as evidenced through bill language) that will impact our right to work are constantly monitored.
  • Through Laura, we build advocacy teams, train them in the legislative process, and develop strategies in each state where active efforts are underway to create legislation that is in favor of our industry. Some of you may have served as advocates for NANP. It is a time-consuming and often frustrating role that requires commitment and perseverance. Training these highly skilled nutrition professionals also takes time so they are prepared whether they are speaking with their legislators, garnering support from their communities, or giving testimony in front of  hearings or committee panels. This work by our volunteers is tiresome and unpaid – and comes from a place of passion and dedication. We cannot do this without our volunteer advocacy teams!
  • We know the legislative process is an important one for you. We know that from the many questions we field in a given week. As many as 10 calls per week and 20 or more emails from prospective and current students, alumni, and other industry professionals are directed to our Legislative Affairs Division.  
  • We have legislative bill sponsors in the various states and attend meetings with them, as well as in front of the House of Representatives and Senate committees to present our case. We are also working at the federal level where NANP membership and our board certification are becoming widely recognized amongst legislators and federal agencies.
  • Through email and phone calls, Laura stays in contact with legislators or their aides to build solid relationships. Communication with these individuals increases dramatically as the legislative session gets closer. We use every opportunity to educate legislators and their staff on the benefits to their constituents and economy by eliminating the restrictions on holistic nutrition professionals. 

Now, please understand – my reasons for focusing this article on our legislative efforts is two-fold:

First, thank you all for your continued commitment to the NANP. Your support is doing more to help our industry than you can imagine. 

Second, to let you know how very proud we are at the NANP of the work being done within our very own organization to give you the freedom to practice, no matter which state you are from.   

Someday – hopefully soon – there will be a world in which a person can freely choose which type of nutrition professional they will use for advice and counsel.

Stick with us, because it may be you!

NANP's Top 15 Questions to Ask your Prospective Nutrition School

by, Sara Peternell, MNT, BCHN™️
Marketing Specialist, NANP

Congratulations on deciding to pursue your dream of working in the holistic nutrition industry! 

In this world we live in, holistic nutritionist professionals play a crucial role in helping people eat healthy. Not only that, food is powerful preventative medicine!

With guidance and expertise from a holistic nutrition professional, individuals and groups learn to improve their eating habits and instill healthy behaviors into everyday life. 

Working as a holistic nutrition professional can be incredibly rewarding as you watch clients improve their quality of life and feel better. If food and nutrition is your passion, consider the degrees, skills and traits that are necessary to work in this field.

Courses in holistic nutrition are offered online and in the classroom. Students can earn a holistic nutrition certificate or pursue more in-depth studies and earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field. A variety of certificate and degree programs are available to obtain this training. 
Holistic nutrition programs cover the science behind holistic nutrition, including but not limited to: biochemistry, nutrients, health conditions, digestion and detoxification and supplements.

The NANP team has thoughtfully and carefully put together the list of questions below because we think they will be helpful as you drill down on selecting the program that resonates best with your vision and passion for working in our field. We also suggest that you “interview” at least three schools. 


NANP’s Top 15 Questions to Ask your Prospective Nutrition School

  1. How are the courses within the program taught? Are classes virtual, held in person in a classroom, or both?
  2. Are the courses a self-paced style of learning, or do the courses keep to a specified schedule?
  3. How much access will students have to their teachers for asking questions, getting additional support, or having discussions outside the scheduled course time?
  4. Is there ample interaction with other students taking the course, or are students fully independent in their coursework?
  5. What is the school’s primary food philosophy? Do they teach a variety of food philosophies for a well-rounded approach?
  6. Does the holistic nutrition program also include cooking lessons, recipe development, basic kitchen methodology?
  7. What type of business guidance is offered by the program? Do they provide business development courses, electives, counseling or resources?
  8. Is there a job placement component to the program? Does the school have strong connections with holistic health businesses in their geographic area?
  9. What is their NANP Board Exam pass/fail rate? How many students sit for the NANP Board Exam? Do they offer study groups in preparation for the Board Exam?
  10. How long has the school been in business? Who is running the school? What is the background of the director, the instructors, the staff running the admissions.
  11. What is the financial status of the institution? Is the school financially in good health and prepared to make good on your investment in your education?
  12. Does the program offer financial assistance to students?
  13. Does this program satisfy the requirements for your specific state laws? Is the school in good standing with state and local laws?
  14. Does the school have an alumni list for you to access? What kind of reviews exist from students who have attended this program in the past?
  15. Does the school allow for credits to roll over to other institutions in the event you might want to continue with a higher education program elsewhere?

So, folks, this is our list of the most important questions.  But, inevitably – because this is such a big decision – we understand that you might have other questions.

We suggest that you write down a list of the things you want and need to know before you register. Do not be afraid to ask their admissions counselors all the questions on your list.

Reach out to alumni who have attended the schools you are applying to. A networking coffee or phone meeting can be very helpful in answering some of the “behind-the-scenes” questions you may not be able to get answers to directly from the institution. I get calls from prospective students all the time asking me about my education and wanting to learn more about my background and experiences in the industry.  I love sharing what I know with others!

Most schools have reviews online. Check those out too!

And, last but not least – be sure to vet all the programs you are considering against the NANP list of approved schools. We have already done the work for you!  The NANP takes pride in our rigorous review of holistic nutrition and natural chef educational programs. Only schools whose programs meet our high academic standards are recommended. We are very proud of our partner schools.

Wishing you the best on your journey – welcome to our fantastic field!

The New Federal Reporting Requirement for Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) became effective on January 1, 2024. Many companies in the United States must report information about their beneficial owners – the individuals who own or control the company. This information must be provided to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

  • This Beneficial Ownership Information need only be submitted once, unless the company needs to update or make corrections.
  • There are no fees associated with filing the Beneficial Ownership Information.
  • Failure to meet the reporting deadlines may result in fines of up to $500.00 a day.

Who Has to Report?

Companies required to report are called reporting companies. Reporting companies must provide information from their owners and report it to FinCEN. Your company may need to report information about its owners if it is:

1. A Corporation (B, C, S, etc.), a Limited Liability Company (LLC), or a company that was created in the United States by filing a document with a Secretary of State or any similar office under the law of a state or Indian tribe; or

2. A foreign company and was registered to do business in any U.S. state or Indian tribe by such a filing.

When Do I Report?

  • If your company was created or registered prior to January 1, 2024, you will have until January 1, 2025 to report your BOI.
  • If your company was created or registered in 2024, you must report BOI within ninety (90) calendar days after receiving actual or public notice that your company’s creation or registration is effective, whichever is earlier.
  • If your company is created or registered on or after January 1, 2025, you must file BOI within thirty (30) calendar days after receiving actual or public notice that its creation or registration is effective.
  • Any updates or corrections to beneficial ownership information that you previously filed with FinCEN must be submitted within thirty (30) days.

Do Sole Proprietorships Need to Report BOI?

No, unless a sole proprietorship was created (or, if a foreign sole proprietorship, registered to do business) in the United States by filing a document with a Secretary of State or similar office. An entity is a BOI reporting company only if it was created (or, if a foreign company, registered to do business) in the United States by filing such a document. If you filed a document with a government agency to obtain:

1.     An IRS employer identification number,

2.     A fictitious business name (DBA), or

3.     A Professional or Occupational license you are not considered a reporting entity, and therefore a sole proprietorship will not need to file a BOI.

NANP suggests that members review FinCEN’s Small Entity Compliance Guide, Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements, which provides information to help small businesses comply with this reporting requirement.

To File your company BOI use the following link: Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Beneficial Ownership Information Filing

Members should direct questions about their company structure and reporting their Beneficial Ownership Information to their Accountant/Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or contact a FinCEN representative through their website.

Laura Waldo

NANP Legislative Affairs Specialist

Sofia Health is facilitating speakers for a large organization looking to provide health and wellness to their employees. Open to all topics, but interested in topics that address or help support mental health & fatigue. In the next 3-4 weeks, they are looking specifically for topics on:

  • mental health
  • fatigue
  • exhaustion
  • working from home when your kids are, too
  • work-life balance
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • healthy cooking
  • managing grief 

If you are interested and have ideas for topics, interactive sessions, or you think one of your modalities helps with anxiety, fatigue, or mental health, please apply and submit your information to team@sofiahealth.com. If you can, include past speaking engagements, any presentation used, and resume! Must be a member of Sofia Health.

Camria Winery, Santa Barbara County

by Luen Proft, Soil Advocate & Natural Wine Connoisseur

Whether you are watching the last pile of snow melt from your yard or planting your spring garden, there is no doubt that the energy is changing in the natural world around us. 

Many transformations take place as we shift with the seasons. This time of year is one of great upward energy for the mind and spirit. Vibrant new foods become available, and we once again have the opportunity to enjoy spring produce, consuming local foods from farmers and fields close to our tables! As part of the change, hearty stews and winter vegetables paired with warming red wines transition to fresh foods like fruits and salads, which pair with lively whites and lighter reds.

Thanks to the growing hours of daylight, we can spend more time outside taking in the beauty of the natural world. This time can bring about wonderful joys and heightened energy as we take in more sunshine and socialize with friends outdoors. However, we may also sense stress levels rising as the world around us speeds up again.

The foods and wine we consume can help balance these polarities. And with that in mind, I wanted to share some of the wines that I will be opening this spring season to help me find balance for my mind and spirit. 

As you may very well know, here at Dry Farm Wines, we only offer wines with 12.5% ABV alcohol or less. And for this time of year, I find that low ABV wines are especially helpful to enjoy on longer days. There are often more dinnertime hours available for refills, and with additional social time, the extra glass is a welcomed celebration. It is much easier for your mind and body to say yes to that extra glass of wine if the ABV is low and the wine is made with the utmost care, quality, and love. 

I also find that spring is a great time to explore lighter red wines. Look for something that still has a bit of that red fruit component but with more elegant tannins and a softer color – a better match for the season! Some of my favorite light red grapes include Schiava, Valpolicella, Grolleau, and Gamay.

Additionally, for the health-conscious, it’s important to know that wines lighter in color tend to contain less histamine, which can often cause congestion and stuffiness. For this reason, lighter red wines are a better choice if you’re someone who suffers from spring allergies.

I encourage you to celebrate the season by spending more time outdoors welcoming in the fresh, vibrant season of spring!

You’ll certainly find me barefoot in my garden tending to seedlings with a glass in hand. Cheers to a time of transition. May you enjoy it as much as I do!

To high health and spring abundance!

About Luen Proft
From childhood, Luen fostered his love for wine and food while growing up on an organic farm in Vermont. After moving to California to pursue his dreams in the wine world, he met Todd, the founder of Dry Farm Wines. Luen & Todd quickly realized their similar passion for cooking, wine, and a well contemplated life. Luen was the first official Dry Farm Wines office employee and the originator of the wine program. Since, Luen has led sourcing these beautiful wines from farmers all over the world and has spent much of the last 5 years meeting with winemakers overseas. 

Stay On Top of Legal & Legislative Issues

In today’s ever-changing landscape of legal rights to practice in each state, the NANP Legislative Affairs Division gives members full access to and understanding of ongoing legislative action throughout the U.S. 

Strengthening Our NANP Partnerships

by Lisa Powers, Development Specialist, NANP

I’m pretty excited to be writing my first article for the NANP.

It’s been just over two months since I joined the team, and during that time I’ve been struck by the passion and dedication of our members in the field of holistic nutrition.

The more I learn about our members, the more determined I am to seek out and work with potential partners who mirror that passion and dedication.

I’ve also been learning a great deal from our current partners about how they consider NANP members to be their collaborators on this life-journey; from our partner schools who work to educate and nurture their students, to industry partners who count on our members for support and feedback, and who offer tangible benefits in return.

Benefits for members include:

  • product discounts
  • access to cutting-edge research
  • general and specific business expertise
  • legal and insurance support
  • great skincare and cosmetics
  • and (my favorite) clean, organic food

Just to name a few!

To facilitate what I think is already a synergistic environment, and in order to make sure our partners have meaningful and on-going access to our members, the NANP has recently renovated the way we work with our partners.

Rather than offer a set menu of marketing opportunities, we’ve developed strategically-focused packages that are designed to ensure our partners have the chance to inform, enlighten, and integrate fully into our community.

This means our partners are not just simply “advertising” to you, our members.  They are one of us, and they understand your needs, values and the ways in which you do your work. Our partners become allies and a foundation for supporting your daily functions.

This makes our community stronger.

As we expand both the scope and scale of opportunities available to those partners whose products and expertise are invaluable to our members, NANP members benefit by having access to a greater array of services and product providers. Think of it like this: when you can choose from so many different avenues – who do you want to learn from? Who resonates with your business? Who helps strengthen the offerings to your clientele?

And, for our partners – the reciprocal benefits are strong as well. This audience of holistic nutrition professionals is the best, brightest and most passionate anywhere in the country (even the world!). These are the people you want to inform about your organization. These are the champions of holistic health, the leaders of change, and the pioneers of a new path for healthy eating and living.

In closing, let me say how delighted I am to be part of this fabulous organization. I am here to engage viable partners for the NANP and our members.

If you have suggestions, comments, or ideas about how I can continue to bring the right people together for the benefit of all, please send them my way: angie@nanp.org.

In the meantime, enjoy, love, and nurture!

– Lisa Powers, Development Specialist, NANP

Success Story: Jennifer Brooks, BCHN®, CDSP™
Congratulations to Professional member, and GOLO Co-Founder and President, Jennifer Brooks, BCHN®, CDSP™, who has been named Top 25 Women Leaders in Consumer HealthTech of 2022 by The Healthcare Technology Report! We recently had the chance for a little Q&A with Jennifer, and we wanted to share that with you!
1.      How did you find your passion for holistic nutrition?
I was raised in a whole foods environment well before that became a ‘thing.” My passion for cooking, introduced to me by both my grandmothers, led me to culinary school. Still, I was more interested in how foods worked together and the science of food rather than working in a restaurant. That naturally progressed to my interest in nutrition — and focusing on a holistic approach fit right in with my beliefs.   

2.      You’ve held various positions in marketing, sales, and business development. What advice would you give someone wanting to get started in our industry?
The good news is that holistic, natural approaches to health and food are more mainstream now than they were a few years ago. If you are interested in building a career in holistic nutrition, now is an excellent time to dive in and get involved. 

3.      To whom or what do you attribute your business success?
I attribute my business success to all my mentors over the past 20 years, but more recently, our CEO Chris Lundin. He allowed me to be a part of his team at GOLO, and his passion for helping others and his healthy lifestyle philosophy aligned with my vision. Before joining GOLO, I worked in several roles in various industries. I was exposed to different aspects of businesses, including design, packaging, marketing, and customer service. It’s this well-rounded set of business experiences that I lean on to this very day. 

4.      You have earned both of our credentials! Why did you pursue these, and how have those impacted you and/or your clients and business? 
When I decided to go back to school for holistic nutrition, I specifically sought out a school that was pre-approved by the NANP so I would be eligible to take the board exam. Having that credential was important to me – it was a goal I wanted to achieve.  Since GOLO offers dietary supplements, when the Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™credential became available, I was eager to pursue that as well. Starting out in this industry, I knew very little about dietary supplements, including the extensive testing and detail of ingredients necessary to make a good product. I’ve learned so much from experience and training courses over the years, so passing this exam was another validation that I have the knowledge I need to be successful in this industry. 

5.      How has NANP played a role in your experience in our field?
I think NANP is an excellent resource for anyone in our field. I take great pride in being a member and having the support of an organization with so many talented and experienced professionals.  In addition to access to ongoing education programs, being a member adds credibility and validation to your standing within the larger health and wellness industry. I take my job very seriously, and I am fortunate to be able to be a part of organizations like NANP.

To read more about Jennifer and GOLO, click here.

Supporting the Body Through a Respiratory Virus – A Holistic Nutrition Perspective

By: Mary Beth Gudewicz

As holistic nutrition professionals, we work day-to-day with our clients offering nutritional support when they contract a respiratory virus.  Recently, I was faced with my own respiratory illness and utilized the following to help me move through the life of the virus.

Bone Broth:  My appetite was nearly non-existent, but I knew I had to get nutrients in my body in order to start recovering.  Bone broth was a great choice because it contains amino acids (protein) such as arginine, glutamine, and cysteine and electrolyte minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, copper, boron and iron to improve hydration.  It was also easy on the digestive system that was a bit dysregulated with the virus.

Smoothies: Smoothies are a great way to get antioxidants, healthy fats and protein into the body.  I included mixed berries, chia seeds, coconut water, spinach, cucumber and celery.  

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and works with other antioxidants such as glutathione and vitamin E (Marz, 1999). Antioxidants can be looked at as the “bricks that build the wall” of your immune system. In another study, vitamin C showed it reduced the duration of symptoms (Abioye Al, 2021). I like superfoods and found the form Camu Camu worked best for my body.

  • Food sources: Bell peppers, Oranges, Strawberries, Kiwifruit, Acerola Berries, Guava

Vitamin D: Vitamin D has shown in studies that it helps support the immune system (Pieter-Jan Martens, 2020).  In another study, it showed a decrease in the duration of respiratory viruses (Abioye Al, 2021). I had my labs checked, so I knew the amount I needed to take.  I also made a point of spending about 10-15 minutes a day sitting in the sunshine.  Sunshine helps synthesize vitamin D in your body. (Marz, 1999)

  • Food sources: Sardines, Codliver oil, Mackerel, Tuna, Mushrooms, Egg yolk

Magnesium: Magnesium has been shown in studies to help support the immune system as one of its many benefits. (M Tam, 2003).  I included Epsom Salt Baths into my regimen.  They are a great source of magnesium and it helped my body to relax by easing the aches and pains that came with this virus.   

  • Food sources: Buckwheat flour, Tofu (firm), Figs (dried), Black-eyed peas (cooked), Swiss Chard, Almonds, Cashews

How to take an Epsom Salt Bath: Dissolve the Epsom salts in a jug of water.  Add the Epsom salts to the bath while the water is running.  Relax for about fifteen minutes in the bath. You don’t want to get chilled when you are sick.  Then get out of the tub and give yourself a vigorous rub with your towel.

Zinc: Zinc has been shown to shorten the duration of respiratory viruses. (Abioye Al, 2021).  Our immune system uses zinc. (Marz, 1999)

  • Food sources: Oysters, Alaska King Crab, Grass-fed/finished beef, Turkey (dark meat), Swiss Chard, Lima Beans, Potato (baked), Mustard Greens, Pumpkin Seeds

Probiotics: Part of our immune system resides in our gut.  Probiotics can help balance the bad and good bacteria in your gut. This virus affected my digestive system and adding the probiotics helped calm it down.

  • Food sources: Sauerkraut, Pickles, Organic Plain Yogurt, Miso, Tempeh, Kefir, Kimchi

Far Infrared Sauna: Far infrared saunas can help to raise your core body temperature, which helps boost your immune system (C.V. Harper, 2018), stimulate the production of white blood cells, and when you sweat, eliminate toxins.   

Wet Sock Treatment: This natural therapy goes back to my childhood.  It can stimulate the immune system and increase blood circulation.  It helped reduce my high fever and cleared my head.  I started it the first day I was sick and for the next few days.

What you need:

1 pair very thin socks

1 pair wool socks

1 bowl ice water

1 warm bath or a foot tub with very warm water

Instructions:

  1. Soak the pair of thin socks in the bowl of ice water.  When the socks are completely wet, remove them from the water and wring them out thoroughly.
  2. Take a warm bath.  Warming the feet is an important step.  Once the feet have been warmed for 10 minutes, go onto the next step.
  3. Dry off feet with a dry towel, if used foot tub.  If used bath, dry off your entire body.
  4. Place ice-cold wet socks on feet.  Then cover the wet socks with the wool socks.  Put on your pajamas, get under the warm blankets and go to sleep.
  5.  Wear the socks overnight.  The wet, cotton socks should be dry come morning.

In addition to the above, I also made sure I was hydrated, eliminated refined-sugar, added an Antioxidant Boost (recipe below), and listened to my body when it needed to sleep or rest and didn’t fight being sick.  When we are ill, we can become frustrated, angry or fearful.  By allowing yourself to be more in a flow, treating your symptoms and listening to what your body needs are all great ways to support the body.   

Antioxidant Boost (I had 2 tablespoons 2x/day)

Ingredients:

3 organic grapefruit peels

3 organic lemon peels

Instructions:

  1. Put the grapefruit and lemon peels into a pot with 3” of water.  You can add pieces of the lemon and grapefruit to give it a more intense flavor.
  2. Simmer for three hours.
  3. Refrigerate half and freeze the other half.
  4. Makes 2 quarts.

References

Abioye Al, B. S. (2021). Effect of micronutrient supplements on influenza and other respiratory tract infections among adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Global Health, 6:e003176.

C.V. Harper, D. W.-A. (2018, May 29). Temperature regulates NF-KB dynamics and function through timing of A20 transcription. Retrieved from PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: https://www.pnas.org/content/115/22/E5243

M Tam, S. G.-G. (2003, October). Possible roles of magnesium on the immune system. Retrieved from National Library of Medicine: PubMed.gov: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14506478/

Marz, R. B. (1999). Medical Nutrition from Marz 2nd Edition. In N. M. Russell B. Marz, Medical Nutritin from Marz 2nd Edition (pp. 235-241). Portland, Oregon, United States: Omni-Press.

Pieter-Jan Martens, C. G. (2020, April 28). Vitamin D’s Effect on Immune Function. Retrieved from Nutrients MDPI, NCBI Resources, PMC US National Libray of Medicine, National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7281985/

Supporting the Immune System Naturally

by Lesley Herrmann, MSc, CNC, CWC, BCHN®️

The immune system is constantly using resources to regenerate and protect us from getting sick. Luckily, there are many ways to fight back against seasonal illness with supportive foods, key supplements, and rejuvenating lifestyle practices.

As nutritional professionals, we can help our community reduce stress and stay healthy by reminding our clients of the power we have at our fingertips to support our immune system.  This article provides a list of immune-bossing foods, supplements, and self-care strategies we can all implement at home.

Add immune-enhancing foods to your diet.

Garlic is a potent anti-microbial, anti-viral super food! The sulfur-containing compounds in this allium vegetable have been shown to provide health benefits in a variety of body systems, including the immune system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, detox system, and endocrine system. It can also help reduce inflammation associated with illness.

Medicinal mushrooms such as rishi, shiitake, and turkey tail support the immune system by activating macrophage and killer-T cell activity (Hobbs, 1995).

Fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut are full of probiotics that support gut health and can therefore enhance immune function. Probiotics help defined the body from invaders by supporting the epithelial tissue in the intestines, which acts as a barrier against pathogenic microbes and other harmful substances (Myers, A, 2017).

Bone broth from grass-fed or pasture-raised organic sources is loaded with supportive minerals, proteins, and collagen. Bone broth has been shown to repair leaky gut, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and help fight off infections (Myers, 2017), (Daly, 1990). You can find good, easy recipes over at the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

For plant-based alternatives, try adding seaweeds to your vegetable broth for added minerals and iodine, a key nutrient for thyroid function. Miso and mushrooms are also a great addition to vegetable broths. Mushrooms contain B-vitamins that support energy production at the cellular level and miso is another great fermented food that can support a healthy microbiome (Murry 2010).

Supplement with Key Nutrients.

Vitamin D: Low vitamin D levels are directly related to increased susceptibility to infection. Unfortunately, researchers estimate that over 40% of the US population is deficient in this nutrient (Forrest and Stuhldreher 2011). Vitamin D modulates the immune system and helps activate T cells, B cells, and antigen-presenting cells (Aranow 2011). Supplement with D3 (cholecalciferol) for best results.

Zinc: This mineral is found in many cells throughout the body and helps strengthens the immune system by supporting T-helper cells. It is important in the production of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB), an important immune regulator (Prassad 2008). Zinc also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Try zinc picolinate for best absorption.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and supports the immune system by stimulating the production of many white blood cells as well as antibodies. It accumulates in phagocytic cells, like neutrophils, and can enhance phagocytosis, engulfing and breaking down foreign invaders. (Carr and Maggin 2017) Look for non-GMO varieties of vitamin C.

Magnesium: Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body after calcium, potassium, and sodium, and is involved in over 600 enzymatic reactions. Magnesium supports the immune system by activating vitamin D and enabling a normal immune response after exposure to an antigen, such as a virus or bacteria. It also plays a critical role in DNA and RNA syntheses and cell repair (Uwitonz and Razzaque 2018). Try magnesium glycinate for optimum bioavailability and gentleness on the digestive system.

Vitamin A: Vitamin A plays an important role in supporting the immune system and healthy inflammatory processes. In order to defend the body from invading microbes, the immune system makes and releases antibodies that can block the activity of unwanted pathogens. Vitamin A helps regulate the rate of antibody action. T cells and B cells of the immune system require vitamin A for synthesis (WHF 2020).  Look for a micellized formula that contains both vitamin A palmitate (or preformed vitamin A from animal sources) and beta-carotene (from plant sources) for best absorption and bioavailability. Because vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, clients should be aware and cautious of dosage and duration of use. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body. Excess vitamin A is stored in the liver and can lead to liver damage if excessive consumption continues long-term (IM, 2001).

Show your body some love.

Get plenty of sleep: Sleeping conserves energy that our immune system then uses to fight off pathogens. Aim for 8-10 hours a night when fighting an infection.

Sweat it out: The use of dry saunas to rid the body of infectious disease has been used for centuries by cultures around the world, as raising the core body temperature and sweating can help keep pathogens at bay. Research has shown that sauna use can reduce the incidence of the common cold and possibly other viruses (Ernst et al, 1990). Those with heart conditions however should use caution with saunas. Contraindications to sauna bathing include unstable angina pectoris (chest pain), those who have recently had a heart attack, and severe aortic stenosis, a condition of the aortic valve (Hannuksela and Ellahham, 2001). It is also recommended to check with a physician before using a sauna while ill. Remember to hydrate before, during, and after use to preserve important electrolytes.

Get moving: Unlike the circulatory system, the lymph system doesn’t have a pump; the body depends on movement to circulate the lymph fluid. The lymph system and the circulatory system work together to keep us healthy. A gentle walk, chi gong, yoga, or even stretching can help clear the body of waste.

Don’t stress, find gratitude: Studies have shown that stress has a weakening effect on the immune system (McLeod, 2010). Stress, as well as fear, can then essentially give invading bacterial and viruses more power to make us sick. Instead, focus on the positives and acknowledge all you have to be grateful for.

There are many ways in which we can protect our health with whole foods, quality supplements, and simple lifestyle practices. As nutritional professionals, we can also help keep our community healthy by reminding our clients how important it is during this time to eat a clean diet and spend more time implementing self-care. These strategies can strengthen the immune system and help people stay active and healthy during this unusually long cold and flu season, and any time of year.

Sources

Forrest, K. and Stuhldreher, W. (2011). Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults. Nutrition Research. 2011 Jan; 31(1):48-54. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21310306

Aranow, C. (2011). Vitamin D and the Immune System. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2011 Aug; 59(6): 881-886. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/

Prassad, A. (2008). Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells. Molecular Medicine. 2008 May-June; 14(5-6): 353-357. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2277319/

Carr, A. and Maggini, S. (2017). Vitamin C and Immune Function. Nutrients. 2017 Nov 3; 9(11). Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763

Uwitonze, A. Razzaque, M. (2018). The Role of Magnesium in Vitamin D Activation and Function. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, March 2018, Vol. 118, 181-189. Available at: https://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2673882

WHF (2020). Vitamin A. Worlds Healthiest Foods, The George Mateljan Foundation. Available at  http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=106.

Institute of Medicine (2001). Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 2001.

Myers, A. (2017). The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases. HarperOne; 2017 May 2.

Daly, J. (1990) Effect of Dietary protein and amino acids on immune function. Critical Care Medicine. 1990 Feb: 18: S86-93. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2105184

Murry, M. (2010). Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. Atria Books. 2010 May 8.

Hobbs, C. PhD. (1995). Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Traditional Healing & Culture. Book Publishing Company, Summertown, TN. ISBN-13: 978-1884360015.

McLeod, S. (2010). Stress, Illness, and the Immune System. Simply Psychology. Available at https://www.simplypsychology.org/stress-immune.html.

Ernst, E. Pecho, E. Wirz, P. and Saradeth, T. (1990). Regular sauna bathing and the incidence of common colds. Annals of Medicine. 1990: 22(4):225-7. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2248758

Hannuksela, M. and Ellahham, S. (2001). Benefits and Risks of Sauna Bathing. American Journal of Medicine. 2001 Feb 1; 110(2):118-26. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11165553

Lesley Herrmann, MSc, CNC, CWC, BCHN®️

Lesley is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®️ by the NANP. She believes in the notion of ‘food as medicine” and uses whole-food based organic eating and mindfulness as the foundation for her practice. She specializes in supporting individuals working through chronic inflammatory response syndrome, or CIRS, a condition triggered by mold and other biotoxins. With a background in building science and a personal experience with toxic mold exposure, she addresses both the health of the home and the individual, providing support on a physical, emotional, and environmental level. She also focuses on stress management, gastrointestinal conditions, and food sensitivities. Lesley enjoys working one-on-one with individuals, leading small group workshops, and teaching in the community. Learn more at www.AwakenedTaste.com.

The Benefits of Regenerative Ranching

By, Cloe Parker of Parker Pastures

My name is Cloe Parker. My family and I are Colorado regenerative ranchers.

Regenerative ranching describes ranching and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in carbon drawdown, an improved water cycle, increased plant and animal biodiversity, and more.

Well-managed cattle are one of our best chances at improving soil health and sequestering carbon. Red meat is also a superfood, rich in high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

Red meat is not the enemy.

Not all meat is equal, and I would like to address some of the concerns often cited, and prove the environmental and nutritional case for thoughtfully raised meat.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Thoughtfully managed grazing animals that are raised for meat can increase the soil organic matter.

The soil organic matter at The Van Tuyl Ranch has increased from 6.8% in 2010 to 15% in 2020 because we manage the grazing of our meat-producing animals to mimic nature, and we avoid the use of chemicals on the land and animals.

Soil organic carbon is a measurable component of soil organic matter.

If a notable quantity of carbon is stored in the soil as organic carbon it reduces the amount present in the atmosphere and this helps to reduce global warming. This process of storing carbon in the soil is called soil carbon sequestration.

Thoughtfully managed cows, sheep, and other livestock raised for meat actually offset Colorado carbon emissions by pulling excess carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it where it belongs… in the soil.

It has been estimated that each 1 percent increase in soil organic matter helps soil hold 20,000 gallons more water per acre.(https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1082147.pdf. )

Talk about a solution for drought!

Preserving Grasslands and Wildlife Habitats

Parker Pastures meats are Audubon Certified as “Grazed on Bird Friendly Land.”

The Audubon Society launched their Conservation Ranching program several years ago so that when consumers enjoy a package of Audubon Certified beef, they can trust the cattle were raised not only antibiotic, hormone, and cruelty-free, but with the health and habitats of local birds and wildlife in mind.

Program certification is achieved by following a set of program standards in four areas:

  • Habitat management
  • Forage and feeding
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Environmental sustainability.

By choosing meats from Audubon-certified ranches like ours, Coloradans can contribute to the expansion of livestock management practices that are better for our health, better for cattle, and better for the environment.

Nutrition

Grass-fed beef is one of the most nutrient-dense proteins you can buy.

It has an extensive micronutrient profile and contains a good amount of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Benefits from increased omega–3 consumption include decreasing all markers of inflammation, helping with depression, and helping with focus. Recent studies show omega–3s to be a promising alternative to alleviate attention deficit disorders (ADHD) over stimulant medications.

Beef from grass-fed cows also contains a certain beneficial fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA can help prevent several diseases and conditions like obesity and diabetes.

In addition, one serving of grass-fed beef provides an incredibly nutrient dense protein with naturally occurring vitamin E, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, Betaine, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, and Selenium.

These are only some of the reasons why my family, community, and I choose to include regenerative meats in our diet.

We know and believe that eating grass-fed, grass-finished, regenerative meat raised from holistically managed ranches is the way to combat climate change, degeneration of landscapes, and loss of biodiversity.  It also provides a healthier meat choice for people.

Once we acquaint ourselves with these truths, we begin to understand that opting out of meat isn’t going to fix the system.

The solution? MORE BETTER MEAT.

About Chloe Parker

My name is Cloe Parker. My family and I are Colorado regenerative ranchers.

You will find us in the beautiful mountain valley of Gunnison, Colorado stewarding our land with intentional, holistic, and regenerative management of livestock. Our headquarters is on the City of Gunnison’s Van Tuyl Ranch, and we manage several other ranches in and around the Gunnison Valley.

We make our living by raising and direct-marketing our Colorado grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised meat. We provide our meats directly to individuals and families locally, state-wide, and nation-wide through our family-owned company Parker Pastures.

Our most important partners are Coloradans seeking healthy, locally grown, mindful meats they can feel good about eating and conscientious folks across the United States seeking the world-class-regenerative beef that we raise in the mountains of Colorado.

We are part of a world-wide community of holistic & regenerative ranchers and farmers, and we are the co-founders of The Colorado Regenerative Network, which is a Savory Global Hub.

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/expert-answers/grass-f ed-beef/faq-20058059
https://perfectketo.com/benefits-of-grass-fed-beef/
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/grass-fed-beef-dairy-health-benefits_l_5f15e81bc5b6 15860bb5d3f2
https://sustainabledish.com/meat-is-magnificent/

The Latest in Legislative Affairs

It’s a New Year, and I hope you are as excited as I am about helping your clients succeed in 2022. Like many of you, I see an upswing in inquiries during January. People are ready to start anew, focusing on change and healthy lifestyles. While it is exciting to hear from prospective clients, I want to gently remind everyone that we must be careful to always work within our Scope of Practice.

Know and work within your Scope of Practice
Our job as holistic nutrition professionals is to provide sound, science-based advice to our clients about nutrient-dense foods and healthy lifestyles. We do not offer Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), the “provision of nutrition care services for the treatment or management of a disease or medical condition.” MNT is for licensed healthcare professionals to perform, not for holistic nutrition professionals. 

Use the appropriate title
As we try to set ourselves apart from others in the nutrition industry, the NANP would like to remind you to use the title you earned from your school or program, which appears on your diploma/certificate. Most states protect the titles “Dietitian” and “Nutritionist.” So unless you are a Registered Dietitian or a Certified Nutritionist, please be sure to never refer to yourself or imply that you are licensed or certified by the state. 

For those who have earned the board certification credential from the NANP, the correct title is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® or BCHN®. Please do not use “Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist” since “Nutritionist” is a protected title. 

Understand the laws of your state
While the NANP Legislative Affairs Division is working tirelessly to expand the rights of practitioners to work in each state, it’s essential to be aware that each state has differing laws. What is legal in one state may be considered a misdemeanor in another, punishable with monetary fines and jail time. 

Exemptions for holistic nutrition professionals are outlined on our interactive legislative affairs map. For our members, one of the many benefits includes personalized consultations with me. If you would like further guidance regarding your scope of practice, please contact me to schedule an appointment.

In health,
Laura

Laura Waldo, NTP, BCHN®
National Association of Nutrition Professionals
Legislative Affairs Specialist

The Ultimate Kickstarter Program for Holistic Nutrition Professionals

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This amazing resource is available for NANP members only! We believe it is so important that we provide it for FREE to our Professional Members!

The CPP answers the top five questions asked by holistic nutrition students and professionals.

  1. Can I practice in my state/what is my scope of practice?

2. How do I run my own business?

3. How will I make money?

4. Will I find help along the way?

5. How can I stay current after I graduate from nutrition school?

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Insights by Kirstin Nussgruber, CNC, EMB, BCHN® Acting President: NANP

A question I am constantly asked is how to best differentiate yourself from every other nutrition professional out there. Is finding a niche the answer?

To Niche or Not to Niche I think yes!

A niche is a way of shrinking your competition and establishing yourself as an expert in your field. Focusing this way will channel your time and resources, and increase your credibility with your peers. What do I mean by that? As a trusted expert in your field other practitioners, including fellow nutrition professionals will refer clients to you! A niche helps you become more targeted in your marketing efforts, clarifies your message, and helps you be laser-focused when attracting a target audience.

Finding a Niche For many in our industry, the niche finds us. In my case, my first cancer diagnosis during my nutrition studies sealed my path. But what about those without a personal health challenge who simply feel a calling to help others?

Start by identifying a target audience. Discover what really moves and motivates you, what evokes a passionate, emotional reaction.

-Does seeing overweight young kids in elementary school really upset you?

-Are you itching to intervene when you see an elderly couple pile their shopping cart with pre-packaged meals?

-Are you stunned to discover a bulging belly after menopause despite eating all the right things?

Be sure to choose a niche that continually drives you to learn more. Or ask yourself, how can you offer a perfect-fit solution to help your clients achieve what they really want? Put yourself in their shoes – feel their pain, fears, anxieties, and what they envision for themselves instead. Their wants are very personal. That is your hook.

Nailing your Niche Formulate answers to the typical questions “What do you do in your practice?”, “And exactly how do you do that?” Here’s where you can elaborate more, describing how you help your clients achieve their goals. Here are some examples;

-I help women in menopause regain self-confidence by teaching them how to reduce their belly fat.

-I help mothers of picky young eaters overcome their shame by empowering them to train their kids to become engaged healthy eaters.

-I help passionate dog owners overcome their hesitation by enabling them to cook fast and healthy meals for their pooches.

-I help athletes tame their fear of performance failure by empowering them to eat nutritionally balanced meals that match their activity level.

-I help women with bone health issues overcome their paralysis by enabling them to lead active lifestyles again.

-I help people with blood sugar regulation issues overcome their sugar cravings by enabling them to lead joyful but more balanced healthy lives.

-I help working mothers by teaching them techniques to feed their families healthy meals without spending hours in the kitchen.

As NANP Past President, Miriam Zacharias, states in her book “The Peace Process – Attract a Steady Stream of Clients and Create a Thriving Holistic Practice,” (a must-read for anyone in our business), “Identifying a niche is about focusing your time, energy, and money toward establishing your place in the market and being discovered by a desperate community that needs your help.”

Kirstin Nussgruber, CNC, EMB, BCHN®

Acting President: NANP

TODAY IS A GREAT DAY: How I’ve turned pain into purpose.

by Mindy Gorman-Plutzer, Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, Certified Eating Psychology Coach at The Freedom Promise

Today is a great day. It’s a testament to the last 16 years I’ve devoted to self-discovery, asking the right questions, and finding the courage to listen to the answers, whether or not I wanted to face those truths.

Today I’m preparing to launch a Summit dedicated to changing the conversation about eating disorder (ED) recovery. I’m digging deep by moving past the fear of asking for what I need, and moving through the deep-seated worries of not being “enough.” I’m writing a new chapter to add to the story of my life. I’m all about living the happily-ever-after.

It wasn’t always like this, though. There are memories deep within me that are shrouded in darkness, riddled with regret, shame, and guilt, and tied-up with loss and grief. I recall the years I spent figuring out how to be instead of who to be. I remember the feeling of walking on eggshells as I worried about saying and doing all the the right thing to such an extent that I became a walking cliché.

I’d like to take you back in time for a moment. I was born into a loving family, but it was complicated. I was the first born to parents who were mere children themselves, who married young to escape the dysfunction of their own upbringings. My youngest sister was diagnosed with a genetic disease that came with a poor prognosis for a long and vibrant life, even before her first birthday. The cloud that settled over our family was dark and foreboding. As a result, I learned to be very careful, to stay out of the way and not ask for much, and I thought I needed to excel at everything.

Image was important to my success, so I also picked up on the value of beauty. With that message came the understanding that one’s weight was part of how one was judged. A rail thin child, I later developed the curves and softness that comes with puberty. As my parents were confronting weight issues themselves, Mondays became the day we collectively started a weight-loss diet.

We experimented with them all – Atkins, Weight Watchers, Dr. Stillman’s Diet, the cabbage soup diet, and of course, calorie restriction. Over the counter appetite suppressants, diuretics, and laxatives filled the medicine cabinet. Given my penchant for perfection, my deep desire to please, and my fear of disapproval, this created the perfect recipe – if you will – for a disordered relationship with food and my body.

Fast forward to my early twenties. I married at 21 and became a mom a year later. My second daughter came two years after that. I was living the life that was planned for me. Still obsessed with weight, food and the size of my thighs, the image I projected and how I perceived I was being judged never left me. The years that I could have been experiencing wondrous growth and empowerment were given up to the scale. When I wasn’t calculating calories, carbs and grams of fat, I was compulsively binging and consistently purging. Any exercise I did was designed to essentially make my body go away.

Finally, about to hit the bottom, I reached out to our family doctor. I was in my late thirties and my weight was approaching a danger zone. The consequences of my actions were becoming costly. My then teenaged daughters were developing damaged relationships with food and their bodies as well. My husband was distraught, vacillating between blaming himself and resenting me. My health was suffering, as I was struggling with digestive distress and blood sugar irregularities. Anxiety and mood disorders were a constant companion and the prospect of hospitalization loomed. At the time, my husband and I were well known and active in our community, so the possibility of hospitalization was not going to be an option for me – after all, I had an image to protect!

I embarked on a new routine of weekly doctor visits and weigh-ins, twice weekly therapy sessions, and visits with a registered dietician who had me eating what I considered to be an absurd amount and variety of food. She suggested I wash it all down with 2 glasses of wine to keep me relaxed. A prescription for anti-depressants and Xanax came next. I knew this regiment would be completely unsustainable long-term.

Determined to break free of this downward spiral, I embarked on a journey to learn as much about nutrition as I could. Not only was I curious about the nutrient-density of food but also about how my body functioned as a result of what I ate. I started to quiet the noise of the disordered thinking and learned how to listen to what my body was telling me. I started to trust that I could honor my hunger and stop when I’d had enough. I didn’t need to exercise compulsively. I could honor my body with movement that felt right for me.

I was finally learning to love the girl, now the woman, who deserved to be seen for who she really was.

I started to engage more with the world around me. I felt the joy and pride that came with watching my daughters grow into wise and independent women. The relationship with my husband was deepening as we were so enjoying being empty nesters. I embraced my nutrition training and started to share my experience with other women, and I actually built a following!

As life happens, however, and just when I thought we had it all, my husband was diagnosed with stage-four metastatic melanoma. The prognosis was dire and after a fierce 21 month-long battle, we lost Stuart in August of 2004. I was 49 years old and now completely lost.

Stuart had been my rock, my troubleshooter, and the one I could hide behind when the world scared me. It didn’t take too long for me to retreat back into my self-destructive behaviors, and this time I found additional solace in glass after glass of wine. After all, I was self-soothing.

I hit rock bottom… again. There were actually times when I felt that my daughters believed the wrong parent died. My alcohol abuse was a source of embarrassment and I often put myself in danger. My food and weight obsession were back with a vengeance. I was physically, emotionally and spiritually bankrupt.

Eventually, I came to realize that I had a choice: seek the light or stayed buried in the darkness. I chose light.

In May of 2005 I walked into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. It took me two years to embrace sobriety. At the same time, believing I was making an empowered choice to live what I came to see as the blessed life I was given, my eating disorder started to lift like a cloud. By no means was it easy, but the power of mindset amazed me. I could choose life, and by doing so life chose me. I met wonderful women who to this day offer wonderful support and reminders of why I chose life.  The relationship with my daughters solidified and grew deeper as we developed a healthy respect for each other as women experiencing life and all it hands us. I discovered a safe and sacred space within me that connects to a mindful presence. It’s my higher power, my deepest self, and my home.

My desire to embrace my recovery and pay it forward sent me back to school and I earned certifications in Integrative Health Coaching, Eating Psychology, and Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice. Here, I found the warmth of a community surrounded by like-minded mentors and colleagues.

In 2012, I created The Freedom Promise, LLC in an effort to help others transform their relationships with food from one hindered in fear and confusion to one rooted in love, nourishment, and sustainability. The Freedom Promise was born from my experience, strength, hope, and education. I embrace my recovery and I walk the walk in a way that pays it forward. I empathetically educate, support, and partner with my clients.

Through my work, I developed a 7-step signature framework.  I detail these steps in the book I published in 2014, The Freedom Promise: 7 Steps to Stop Fearing What Food Will Do TO You and Start Embracing What It Can Do FOR You. My program offers an alternative approach to recovery that is aligned with the principles of functional medicine – all systems are connected, every client is unique, and everything matters.

I don’t prescribe to the “all-foods-fit” model that is the conventional nutrition protocol for recovery. In my teaching,

I help my clients and readers adopt 3 important concepts:

  1. We must honor the physiology that impacts one’s psychology.
  2. We must honor the psychology that’s impacting one’s physiology.
  3. We can discover a personal nutrition and lifestyle protocol that speaks to our unique needs when we listen to the wisdom of the body.

Clients come to me feeling disempowered by a system that’s telling them that what they’re feeling is all in their head. They’ve been unable to experience sustainable recovery due to the lack of respect given to the GI discomfort they report following an “all-foods-fit” diet. Statistics show that 90-98% of those struggling with EDs display gut related issues, a direct result of dysbiosis created by years of purging, binging, and restricting. Further research teaches that children who struggle with GI issues have a greater propensity to develop EDs.

What we know about the gut/brain connection is that there’s a direct correlation between physiology and psychology. Furthermore, a dysfunction in brain chemistry, fostered by dysbiosis, impacts physiology, creating a perfect storm. This compels me to ask, is the “all-foods-fit” diet actually helping to feed the anxiety that fuels the ED behaviors?

My primary concerns around the conventional model and the anti-wellness diet message is that they neglect to address:

  • The fear and confusion so many of our clients experience regarding what food will do to their bodies!
  • The possible and likely cases of food sensitivities that often cause further GI disruption.
  • How we can truly nourish ourselves with nutrition in a way that’s designed to meet our individual physiology.

Furthermore, the news cycles and social media overload certainly contribute to both the uncertainty and dogma around diet. You don’t have to look too far to see the barrage of health information, nutritional systems, celebrity doctors promoting products promising healing cures, and eating experts telling us what to do. What’s even more confusing to people is that each of these experts is offering scientific evidence that their theory is best: Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Low Carb, etc. How do we make sense of all this? There’s so much information out there regarding nutrition but so very little wisdom in what truly nourishes us.

The field of nutrition has a tendency to preach the “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts” of how to get healthy, skinny, sexy, and happy. With all these rules, how can we ever learn to trust our symptoms, our hunger, and our body’s wisdom? What so few of these diets and experts address is the most important ingredient – a deep connection to the beautiful wisdom of one’s body and the ability to listen when she speaks to us, when symptoms are calling for attention. 

I learned in my journey through nutrition that it’s not so much the phrase, “You are what you eat,” but rather, we are what our bodies DO with what we eat.

Sustainable recovery and healing occur when we know how to nourish and care for ourselves so to become the most optimized version of ourselves. Unfortunately, few of us are armed with the tools and resources we need to reclaim the healthy body we want, heal the body image, and gain the self- confidence we need to live a long life of contentment and vitality. I’m on a mission to change that.

My goal is to change the conversation about diet and recover. In my work, I introduce those who are suffering with EDs to an empowering approach to personalized nutrition and lifestyle practice, while addressing the root cause of the symptoms they face. 

I want to promote the sustainable and lasting recovery that’s within reach when we transform our thinking, trust our hunger, honor our body with loving movement, and become fully nourished by a supportive and like-minded community.

Presently, I work one-on-one with clients as well as lead groups. I’ve been privileged to share my experience, strength, and hope with women locally, throughout the country, and the globe! I also mentor peers and colleagues so they can share the gift of recovery with their clients too.

I’ve re-married a wonderful man who encourages me to pursue all that matters to me. He brought with him two wonderful sons and daughter-in-laws. We have a beautifully blended family and 8 spectacular grandchildren.  Sadly, my sister passed shortly before my book was published, but I have dedicated to her brilliant courage as well as to my daughters’ past, present and future.

The health consequences that ensued as a result of my ED still remain with me today to some degree, but I’m grateful to have the resources to help myself heal. I’ve had open-heart surgery to repair a faulty valve and my gut issues still linger. However, I am walking the walk daily, ever so vigilant, as I manage the triggers that may confront me – and they do.

The definition of recovery is to regain what has been lost or stolen. Addiction, obsessive thoughts, and self-harming behaviors rob us of our ability to connect to the deepest part of ourselves. Re-framing our belief system and letting go of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that no longer serve us allows for the creation of a fully nourished life we desire and deserve.

So, today is a great day. I have created a legacy while honoring the past, for it is the past that has brought me the gifts of today. And, I will continue to pay it forward.

Bio:

Mindy Gorman-Plutzer brings 24 years of experience to her private practice as a Certified Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, Integrative Health Coach, and Eating Psychology Coach. 

Mindy’s life experience and training inspired her to create a framework that combines functional nutrition, positive psychology, and mind/body science; introducing a compassionate resolution to physical and emotional challenges resulting from chronic and complex health issues, as they relate to Eating Disorders.

She’s the author of The Freedom Promise: 7 Steps To Stop Fearing What Food Will Do TO You and Start Embracing What It Can Do FOR You. She’s appeared on Doctor Radio, Huffington Post Live, ABC news.com/podcast, various syndicated radio shows, written for Mind Body Green, and The Fifty Plus Life. Visit Mindy’s website.

Top 7 Medicinal Mushrooms + Their Benefits

by Skye Chilton, Mushroom Enthusiast & Expert

As medicinal mushrooms become increasingly popular among the mainstream for their myriad health benefits, supplement companies are jumping on the bandwagon to include them in their products. As it turns out, many supplements in the U.S. market that tout the benefits of their mushroom ingredients don’t actually contain any mushrooms at all!

Rather, they consist primarily of mycelium, the mushroom’s root system, and the rice or grain on which it is grown. This is ground into a powder and included in the whole mix, instead of the actual mushroom (fruiting body). Studies conclude that, absent the fruiting body or the ‘real mushroom’, the health benefits are severely diminished, and may be nothing more than inactive grain powder that the body cannot utilize. This is because the highest concentration of beta-glucans and other therapeutic compounds are primarily found in the mushroom.

When searching for a high quality mushroom product, look for the following:

  1. Made from organic mushrooms (fruit bodies)
  2. Extracted to increase bioavailability
  3. Verified levels of beta-glucans on the label
  4. Guarded against fillers like grain

    Now, let’s take a look at some of the most popular medicinal mushrooms and their benefits!

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s Mane mushrooms (Hericium erinaceus) is rich in a multitude of important compounds: beta-glucans, which are responsible for many benefits but are primarily known for immune system modulation. More recently, certain compounds of interest like hericenones and erinacines have shown potential for neuroprotection by stimulating production of nerve growth factor (NGF) [1]. Small scale clinical trials with elderly patients have shown improvements in depression, anxiety and cognitive decline [2,3].

Reishi

Reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma lucidum) contain high amounts of beta-glucans which are associated with immune regulation, and if taken over time can significantly support the immune system through its effect on white blood cells. It also contains beneficial triterpenes which gives reishi its bitter flavor. As an adaptogen, it is also known to improve sleep, reduce stress and fatigue [4].

Cordyceps

Cordyceps (Cordyceps militaris) are an incredible immune boosting mushroom because of their ability to increase the number of NK (natural killer) cells. They are also thought to enhance physical performance due to the presence of adenosine and cordycepin which can help increase the body’s natural production of ATP, which delivers energy to our cells [5,6].

Chaga

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus), which is commonly referred to as a mushroom, is actually a woody canker that grows in the colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere. As Chaga grows primarily on birch trees, many of the medicinal compounds like betulin and betulinic acid come from the birch tree itself. The outer black layer on the canker contains high amounts of melanin which can be beneficial for our skin [7].

Turkey Tail

Turkey Tail mushroom (Trametes Versicolor) is one of the most well researched medicinal mushrooms. It grows on dead logs worldwide, and receives its name because its rings of brown and tan look like the tail feathers of a turkey. Turkey tail contains one of the highest amounts of beta-glucans for all mushrooms and two immunotherapy drugs in Asia, PSP and PSK, have been derived from it [8].

Shiitake

Shiitake mushrooms are the most popular mushrooms in the world, have a meaty, versatile flavor, and a long history of use. During the Ming Dynasty in China, shiitake was deemed “the elixir of life”. They’re great to cook with, and are also loaded with B-vitamins, helping to control blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation in the body [9].

Maitake

Maitake (Grifola frondosa) is commonly known as Hen of the Woods or the Dancing Mushroom. It is plentiful in the deciduous forests of North America and Japan. An edible mushroom with an earthy flavour, Traditional Chinese Medicine has used this mushroom for its support on the immune system. This mushroom contains polysaccharides such as beta-glucans, which have been linked to healthy cell growth and turnover [10].

Vitamin D

Mushrooms can also be a great source of Vitamin D. Contrary to what many articles might say, your typical store bought mushrooms do not contain a high amount of Vitamin D but they do contain a fungal sterol called ergosterol. When ergosterol is exposed to UV light, it is converted into ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2). Simply slicing your store bought mushrooms and putting them out in the sun for 20 minutes can drastically increase the amount of Vitamin D content. Through more technical UV light processing the Vitamin D content can be brought up to as high as 40,000 IU per gram. While Vitamin D3 is typically prescribed, daily supplementation with Vitamin D2 has been shown to be as effective as Vitamin D3 in raising serum levels [11,12].

About Skye Chilton, Founder of Real Mushrooms
He describes them as “magical, out of this world, cancer busting, immune boosting, and brain balancing…” we’re talking about mushrooms! Skye Chilton has been around mushrooms his entire life. His father, Jeff Chilton, was an instrumental figure in the creation of the now booming medicinal mushroom product category. And Skye’s now carrying the torch at Real Mushrooms. Skye knows what to look for in a mushroom-based product, why mushrooms from China sometimes get a bad rap, and even has a favorite mushroom.

References:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18758067/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20834180/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18844328/
  4. http://www.medicinacomplementar.com.br/biblioteca/pdfs/Fitoterapia/fi-0405.pdf
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27408987/
  6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28094746/
  7. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11094-006-0194-4
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22185453/
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31030752/
  10. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29872510/
  11. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18089691/
  12. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20427729/

Uninvited Challenges

by Nicole Hodson, Executive Director, NANP

It seems like every day since the pandemic hit, we’re facing new, uninvited challenges in our lives. Let’s face it, most of us figured by now things would be back to normal – or at least we hoped so. But, as the months have drug on, it’s become clear we don’t know when we’ll be able to go back to the way things were or even if the life we once had is within reach any longer.

Many of us now find ourselves living a ‘one step forward, two steps back’ kind of existence, with spouses and kids back to work and school one day and home again the next. Along with that comes the inability to spend time with some of our loved ones, especially at-risk or elderly family members and those who live in care facilities. It’s all a bit much, and all the uncertainty and unwelcome life changes are taking their toll.

Lately, I’m reminded of a great piece of advice I got from a colleague I worked with decades ago. In my early 20s, I was newlywed, had just moved out of my folks’ home, and my brand new husband had been immediately deployed across the country. I suddenly found myself feeling very alone, overwhelmed, and unable to sleep at all. I went days on end without any sleep and spent my time complaining to my co-workers about how tired I felt.

Charlene was a mature woman who had adopted three orphaned sisters when they were just 2, 3, and 5 years old. She became a mother of three in one day. A few months into sudden motherhood, Charlene walked in on her husband with another woman. So she left and raised these three beautiful little girls all on her own. This woman had been through a lot!

One morning after I had once again announced how exhausted I was (Imagine a cartoon kitten with a stressed-out look on her face, eyes wide open, freaked out, and ears up in high alert), Charlene came into my cubicle. She sat down across from me, leaned in, took my hand, looked me in the eyes, and said one straightforward thing that frankly, changed it all for me. She said, “Sweetheart, all you have to do is make it through the day.” The freaked-out look slid down off my face, my eyes softened, and my ears drooped.

She was right. That really was all I had to do. And for some reason, that assignment of “make it through the day” put everything into perspective. It gave me the focus I needed to realign myself. You’re probably thinking, “duh!” But, when you’re in the middle of a difficult time, it can be a challenge to distill everything that’s coming at you.

I’m a lot older now, and I’ve learned to take things in stride. Along with that nugget of wisdom I picked up from Charlene, I’ve grabbed on to a couple of others. For instance, my mother-in-law’s favorite, “You can only do what you can do,” is an excellent reminder that I can control only myself and nothing else. And another little pearl I like, “You never know what’s around the corner.” Life is full of surprises, and we have to keep that in mind – especially during times of great uncertainty.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not suggesting that cliches will solve our problems or that we should rush through life, unengaged and not living in the moment. But I do want to acknowledge that there are times when we have to get through the day. And, that’s okay. Because you can only do what you can do, and you never do know what’s around that corner.

Biocanic is the first of its kind health program intelligence system specifically designed to streamline personal health programs for functional and integrative health practitioners. Biocanic helps you more effectively design, build and implement personalized health programs for your clients.

Biocanic solves all the key pain points with creating functional health programs

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–       Communication & Education – Share key information and communicate with your patients

–       Progress tracking – Track and reinforce behavior change

Through Biocanic, all of the key data is brought together to help you quickly correlate and analyze data to get up and running with your clients faster and more effectively. In addition, through Biocanic’s unique engagement approach, patients are given the tools to better understand their own health status and implement the program on their own.

A health program intelligence system is the missing part of your practice that will unlock countless hours for you to grow… or just some free time to focus on your own health and family. 

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Welcome Restorative Wellness Solutions as a Silver Partner!

Restorative Wellness Solutions is a comprehensive functional nutrition certification program for qualified health professionals. Achieve outstanding results with even your most complicated clients. Learn more at https://restorativewellnesssolutions.com/

What does it mean to pursue your passion?

It likely starts with risk.

For me, it started in January 2020 when I admitted to myself how miserable I was at my lucrative, corporate day job that involved carpet fibers – anything but holistic nutrition. I had reached a point in life where I could no longer keep repeating my 9-hour workday and pursue holistic nutrition as a personal learning adventure. To be fully transparent, I knew if I wanted to have any sort of fulfilling life ahead, I had to do something. And fast.

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I then started feverishly researching holistic nutrition programs and bit the bullet by enrolling in March 2020, spending way more money than I intended, but forging ahead, nonetheless. Talk about risky business.

As my program began, the hunger for my “out” at my 9 to 5 continued to gnaw at me, at which point I then began a rather obsessive quest to get my foot in the door at any holistic nutrition-related gig that would let me in. I would spend my lunch hours and late nights after work and studying, scouring the internet for every opportunity out there. I applied for anything and everything that was industry-related and never heard back for the most part. I mean, who would want to hire a brand-new holistic nutrition student with zero experience in the industry and only a corporate background to fall back on?

And then last July, I got an email from the NANP regarding my application for their part-time Member Relations Assistant position for which I had recently applied. I vividly remember my nervous excitement when I read the email. But instantly, I told my husband this sort of opportunity would never work because there’s just no way I could leave my full-time, salaried day job to take this opportunity should it be offered. At the time, my husband was a new solo entrepreneur, trying to get his own business off the ground – let’s just say it made absolutely no sense to pursue this opportunity from a financial perspective. Fortunately, my husband told me to interview anyway and not jump the gun since I hadn’t even been offered the position at this point.

Fast forward a few days after the interview, and the position got offered. With my husband’s full support, I decided to take the leap, and I’ve yet to turn my head for even the slightest glance back.

I began my role as Member Relations Assistant in August 2020, and since then, let me just tell you how that pursuit of passion has paid off!

In October 2020, NANP started the search for a social media intern. Long story short, after the position didn’t get filled with an intern, it was offered to me as an addition to my Member Relations responsibilities! And a few months after that, the opportunity to expand my marketing abilities and assist our Development Specialist came along.

And if all of that isn’t enough, the most recent opportunity to step into the Marketing Specialist role has been made available as our very own Sara Peternell transitions out of this position and into her thriving nutrition practice full time. I mean, talk about open doors after taking a leap of faith!

The moral of the story?

Pursuing a passion is something all of us can relate to on some level. Either we’re going after it, or we’re not. My experience doesn’t have to match your experience, or anyone else’s for that matter. But I think

there’s a lesson here that perhaps all of us can be reminded of or take to heart: taking risk is rarely easy, and it’s also rarely a straight path. But the reward is so worth it as you grow and develop as a person in the midst.

Be encouraged that if you’re not currently pursuing a passion – take a risk and go for it! If you are, keep going!

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