I come to you from the land of hospital beds and administrative heads; double-blind studies and Ensure nutritional supplements (ahem, sugar-free of course!). I’m prowling the units in a lab coat hunting for malnourished patients in need of “nutritional” supplements, those of whom 2nd ingredient reads, “high fructose corn syrup.” I’m reading studies I later find out are funded by the very establishment that is trying to promote the object being studied (like Monsato funding a study on GMO corn or soy…hhhmmmm). I’m preaching that saturated fat is deadly and foods like coconut oil and butter should be shunned at any and all costs. Whoa. Wait. Hold up. How did I get here???
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics two years ago. I have always been passionate about health and wellness; reading Shape and Health magazines cover to cover as far back as junior high. I was totally obsessed with diets, how people lost weight, what people were eating, what fad was working, what exercises burned the most calories, blah, blah, blah. So one summer day after my first year in college I looked up schools that offered nutrition programs and I found one 30 miles from my house. Perfect. During the program I was taught about low-fat diets, Diabetic diets, soy foods (the beneficial side of the fight), how to design and run a kitchen and order bulk foods. I learned about hundreds of diseases and nutritional therapies to “help” suffering patient. I was all about it. I loved studying. I loved learning. I loved challenging my brain.
Heaven appointed my best friend to be in the same nutrition program and she was all about “holistic” nutrition, whatever that was! She was always doing her projects on subjects none of us “politically correct” nutrition students or professors understood. It seemed so far fetched up against all the “science” I was gulping up. Wait, saturated fat is supposedly GOOD for me? Um, no that’s not what that one study back in the 50’s said! No way! But she kept giving me things to read and information that backed up her craziness. The more I read, the more I craved truth. I compared the “science” I was taught to all the success behind holistic medicine and nutrition. I just couldn’t believe that I was being fed so much information that could be so damaging to people.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so incredibly grateful for all of the knowledge I received while studying in school. It has been so amazing to see both sides of the pendulum and be able to communicate in one world, the things I’m learning or have been taught in the other.
I’m proud to say my pendulum has swung pretty far to the holistic side and I crave more knowledge and the ability to pass it all along. I am currently studying to become a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner through the Nutrition Therapy Association and I love every moment of it (even the adrenal stress that comes along with it)! I am learning how to lead people into true health and well-being through a nutrient-dense, whole food diet, nutritional supplementation and exercise and of course, a whole lot of love and passion for life.
So, here I am with a dream of educating the masses in real, whole food nutrition. What to do next? Well, I don’t quite know…still waiting for the Lord’s guidance on that one. But in the mean time I’ll give you all I’ve got in terms of nutrition, food and love.