Taking the leap
Anyone who has read here a while, or knows me personally, is well aware of my love for holistic health and nutrition. My life over the past five years has been greatly affected by this area, in a way I never would have expected. We’ve made big decisions very much influenced by health, our life took many interesting turns because of our health, and we’ve completely adjusted our lifestyle because of the way we view our health. And it’s not just that we value good health, but it’s more about how we’ve come to understand the human body as a whole.
As many people can attest to, once you start down the path of something more holistic or alternative, you enter a whole new world that just keeps growing. What began with a simple essential oil experiment evolved into an awareness of all the chemicals we surround ourselves with on a daily basis. That soon lead me to a skepticism around the standard American diet, which sent me on my paleo journey. I could go on and on, but suffice to say I am not the same person I was in my early twenties. I’ve researched, I’ve learned, I’ve changed my life to reflect the knowledge I’ve acquired. At times I was as strict as one can be, and refusing to accept that others could achieve good health in different ways. Other times, I became overwhelmed with all we were doing and threw my hands up in the air. It’s been quite the experience, and one I hope to make a more central part of my life.
For years now, I’ve had people reaching out to me when their own health goes awry. I’ve gotten question after question, both regarding my own testimony and what advice I might have. While I believe I know a good deal more than I did at one point, I cannot claim to be an expert. My experience is my own, and I’m very firm on that. But speaking on these topics brings me great joy - to be able to share my road with someone else, to pass on a bit of hope, to maybe point a friend in a better direction. And so I’m taking the leap. This spring, I plan to begin training with the Nutritional Therapy Association to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. This has been a long time coming, but we’ve also been blessed with the right circumstances to allow this change.
I’ve been eyeing this program for a while now, and just thinking about it gets me over-the-moon excited. I am under no delusions that it will be an easy nine months, particularly being a stay-at-home mom to two kids two and under. But both Kevin and I are committed to making it work, and I am so grateful for his enthusiastic support.
I don’t exactly know what I will do upon [God-willing] finishing the program, but I hope and expect it will be fruitful. My primary goal is that it would benefit our own family, and of course anyone else I know who continues to have questions. But I also hope it brings about new relationships, new connections - that I could be of help to someone struggling as I was and to see them through to something better.