What is Nutritional Therapy?
We always start with the foundations.
Nutritional Therapy centers on the idea that real health can be achieved through a holistic and bio-individual approach to nutrition and lifestyle. Many of modern society’s myriad of health problems result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition and chronic stress. A Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner’s (FNTP) role is to help restore good health by assessing the body’s nutritional deficiencies and imbalances, and addresses these through diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes.
Nutritional Therapy Practitioners and functional nutritionists look at the big picture rather than the symptoms accompanying an issue. This means that we as Nutritional Therapists do not assume that a symptom is the actual “problem.” Instead, we become investigators so as to find the root underlying cause.
Nutritional Therapy Practitioners espouse the concept of bio-individuality, meaning there is no “one size fits all” approach to diet. While some people thrive on a diet relatively low in fats, for others, the increase in carbohydrates is devastating. Likewise, low-carb diets high in fat may help some people, but for others, it is completely inappropriate. There is no perfect diet for everyone.
As Nutritional Therapists, we are trained to help each client find the right types of whole foods that will restore balance and enhance their ability to heal. We also understand that the body has innate intelligence of its own nutritional needs, and we use tools to help our clients reconnect with and grow attuned to that innate intelligence.
How Does it Work?
An FNTP has been trained to work with clients on addressing root causes to health issues by balancing the physiological foundations using a combination of tools including an analysis of a client’s Food Journal, a thorough Initial Interview, and a Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ). While I am not currently implementing this, a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner has additionally been trained to perform a Functional Clinical Assessment (FCA) and Lingual Neural Testing (LNT).
A Restorative Wellness Practitioner (RWP) has additional education and training in functional nutrition to use and implement advanced tools and protocols for obtaining optimum health. This includes training in specific lab testing and results interpretation.
You should always consult with your physician or healthcare provider before making any dietary changes.
At Cross into Wellness, I will start with a free Discovery Call to make sure a client understands how we would work together and also make sure I think I could help with their health goals. When a client chooses to move forward, we schedule a Comprehensive Nutrition & Wellness Consultation where we review intake forms and take a look at the big picture of their health. At this point, the client will have received tips and action items to move forward.
Clients often choose the 4-Month Wellness Program. It is a natural extension to the Comprehensive Nutrition & Wellness Consultation as it provides ongoing support and a reassessment at the 3-month mark. This program may always be extended depending on the complexity of person’s situation.