Nutritional Therapy is Amazing. Energizing. Empowering. Nurturing. Inspiring. Nutritional Therapy is focused on the consumption of properly-prepared nutrient dense foods in their healthiest forms. It is not about making sure you can find a way to sneak in a Twinkie or Taco Bell or lose 12 lbs by next Friday. It is INDIVIDUALIZED. It may or may not include chocolate, liver paté and kombucha. It is about taking control of your life, cooking your food, relishing in leisurely meals, trying new things and being open-minded. You will be asked to try new foods. Learn how to cook if you don't already. Nutritional Therapy is easy and hard. It will make you uncomfortable and wildly happy at the same time. It is Health. Happiness. Energy. Vibrance.
Nutritional Therapy is not a quick process. Poor health does not happen overnight. Nor does it resolve in a month or six. Often individuals expect quick results. Like a pill. A good night's sleep. A vacation. However, optimal health requires focused and dedicated effort spread out over days and weeks and months and years. It also requires a change in philosophy toward food. It isn't a one-size-fits-all meal plan. It requires new skills, new routines, and new attitudes. This isn't to say that one simple change won't have powerful consequences. It will. But it will also take more than one simple change. Or two. It is difficult to say exactly how much time and energy spent improving your nutrition habits will bring about the desired health results; only you, as the client, can determine when you have reached your definition of optimal health.
A key component of the Nutritional Therapy consultation process is Lingual-Neuro Testing. It is a very effective method by which NTPs provide indivisualized plans of care. According t0 the Nutritional Therapy Association:
'Lingual-Neuro Testing (LNT) is a valuable biofeedback tool that enables the health care provider to determine the usefulness of a nutritional supplement before it is dispensed to the patient. LNT accesses the body's innate ability to discriminate between what it needs, and what it does not need, in order to correct a specific problem--a weak organ or a nutritional deficiency, for example. This simple and effective technique makes the difference between a generic nutritional therapy plan and a personalized one.' (www.nutritionaltherapy.com).
So what does this mean for you? LNTing is optional. It is just as easy to do as not and vice versa. The choice is yours. Always.
However, regardless of what you choose, you will be provided with individualized nutrition recommendations based on your assessment findings and personal goals. You will also be provided with a lot of encouragement and a few good laughs. My hope is that you will ultimately find the process to be fun, motivating and empowering. I hope the results speak for themselves.
Before the First Visit - You will need to review/sign the Nutritional Therapist Disclaimer (see the Disclaimer section) and the Intake Questionnaire (I will email you both forms) complete the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ) (I will email you a link) and a 3-Day Food Journal (you can complete it in MyFitnessPal, SparkPeople or simple piece of paper AND please be sure to tell the truth. All of it. The good and the bad. It's ok.... I won't judge).
At the First Visit -I will gather the Nutritional Therapist Disclaimer and the Intake Questionnaire from you. I will complete the initial interview and review the NAQ and 3-Day Food Journal with you. Together we will spend some time exploring what is working for you and what you need assistance with in the areas of health, nutrition, cooking, meal planning, etc.
At the Second Visit - I will obtain an update on your current nutrition/health status, perform the Functional Evaluation/Lingual-Neuro Testing, discuss my findings and in collaboration with you, make dietary/lifestyle recommendations.
Subsequent Visits - We will spend time discussing your nutritional recommendations, what is going well, what you need assistance with and any changes that need to be made to your dietary/lifestyle recommendations.
I prefer to meet with clients, at a minimum, once a month. Dietary/supplement recommendations are only valid for 30 days. If a client feels they need additional support, appointments may be more frequent. It does take time and communication for clients to figure out what schedule/support works best for them. As with anything, the more effort one puts into the process the better the results.
New Client Meet-n-Greet - FREE!
I am happy to meet with potential clients for a FREE 20 minute discussion to provide additional information about Nutritional Therapy, evaluate our compatibility and help you determine your comfort with my abilities. During this consultation, I will be unable to provide dietary/supplement recommendations.
New Client Initial Consultation Plan - $300
One 90 minute initial consultation
One 60 minute assessment/plan consultation
One 60 minute follow-up consultation
Established Client Plan - $300 ($75/hr after 6 months)
Four 60 minute follow-up consultations
All packages payable by check or cash.
All health information will be kept confidential. Your information will never be provided to anyone besides you without your permission. I am happy to discuss my recommendations with members of your health care team. I believe having everyone on the same page is optimal when it comes to health care. I would strongly encourage you to tell your health care provider you are working with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and discuss your specific nutritional recommendations with them regularly. In the event you would like me to speak with a member of your health care team, you will need to provide written permission.
Before you choose to use the services of a Nutritional Therapist, please read the following information FULLY AND CAREFULLY.
GOAL: Our basic goal is to encourage people to become knowledgeable about and responsible for their own health, and to bring it to a personal optimum level. Nutritional therapy is designed to improve your health, but is not designed to treat any specific disease or medical condition. Reaching the goal of optimum health, absent other non-nutritional complicating factors, requires a sincere commitment from you, possible lifestyle changes, and a positive attitude. A Nutritional Therapist is trained to evaluate your nutritional needs and make recommendations of dietary change and nutritional supplements. A Nutritional Therapist is not trained to provide medical diagnoses, and no comment or recommendation should be construed as being a medical diagnosis. Since every human being is unique, we cannot guarantee any specific result from our programs.
HEALTH CONCERNS: If you suffer from a medical or pathological condition, you need to consult with an appropriate healthcare provider. A Nutritional Therapist is not a substitute for your family physician or other appropriate healthcare provider. A Nutritional Therapist is not trained nor licensed to diagnose or treat pathological conditions, illnesses, injuries, or diseases.
If you are under the care of another healthcare provider, it is important that you contact your other healthcare providers and alert them to your use of nutritional supplements. Nutritional therapy may be a beneficial adjunct to more traditional care, and it may also alter your need for medication, so it is important you always keep your physician informed of changes in your nutritional program.
If you are using medications of any kind, you are required to alert the Nutritional Therapist to such use, as well as to discuss any potential interactions between medications and nutritional products with your pharmacist.
If you have any physical or emotional reaction to nutritional therapy, discontinue their use immediately, and contact your Nutritional Therapist to ascertain if the reaction is adverse or an indication of the natural course of the body's adjustment to the therapy.
COMMUNICATION: Every client is an individual, and it is not possible to determine in advance how your system will react to the supplements you need. It is sometimes necessary to adjust your program as we proceed until your body can begin to properly accept products geared to correct the imbalance. It is your responsibility to do your part by using your nutrition guidelines, exercise your body and mind sufficiently to bring your emotions into a positive balance, eat a proper diet, get plenty of rest, and learn about nutrition. You must stay in contact with the Nutritional Therapist so we can let you know what is happening and the best course of action.
You should request your other healthcare provider, if any, to feel free to contact the Nutritional Therapist for answers to any questions they may have regarding nutritional therapy.
LICENSURE. A Nutritional Therapist is not licensed or certified by any state. However, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner is trained by the Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.® which provides a certificate of completion to students who have successfully met all course requirements, including a written and practical exam. A license to practice Nutritional Therapy is not required in some states. Laws and regulations regarding certification and licensure requirements differ from state to state.
NUTRITIONAL THERAPY MAY NOT BE COVERED BY INSURANCE AND ALL COSTS ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT. (Nutritional Therapy Association, n.d.)
And last but not least, I will not be able to provide advice or health care services as a nurse. Yes, I am a licensed RN in the state of Oregon. I also am not a doctor. I cannot treat medical conditions. And NO, I cannot and will not be your nurse. Any information obtained during the course of our interactions, if they exceed my responsibilities/abilities as an NTP, will require you to seek medical assessment/imformation/answers from your primary care provider, Urgent Care or the Emergency Room. If you have any questions about exactly what this means please ask.
Appointments can be made by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I am available for virtual (Facetime/Skype consults) and/or in person consults at 147 Commercial St. NE, Suite 3, Salem, OR 97301. I schedule appointments out 2-4 weeks in advance due to my limited availability.