Lauren Curry is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner, and ICU Nurse. After graduating from the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program, Lauren launched her 1:1 consulting practice. Through Your Balanced Belly, Lauren helps clients get to the root cause of their digestive dysfunction and chronic fatigue.
Tell us about yourself and your business:
Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and an ICU Nurse. Through my practice, Your Balanced Belly, I work 1:1 with clients struggling with digestive issues and chronic fatigue. We start each initial client consultation with blood work analysis and a personalized intake process in order to help identify root causes. My goal is to not only educate clients regarding where the imbalances lie, but also HOW to restore balance to the body.
In addition to functional nutrition, I also work in the ICU at one of the Top 10 hospitals in the US. I am deeply honored to work in both functional health and critical care. My goal is always to work with, and empower clients to take charge of their health at every step – whether it’s identifying microbiome imbalances or caring for someone on life support.
What made you decide to become an (F)NTP?
I was first introduced to functional nutrition after going through my own health struggles. I was experiencing chronic digestive issues, acne, fatigue, hypothyroidism and interstitial cystitis. Unfortunately, I was continually told by conventional medicine to, “keep an eye on it” and felt let down by the very field I work in.
Thankfully, I started working with a functional nutritionist and experienced a HUGE improvement in my health. That was when I knew I had to share this field with others. It is so important to advocate for your health and find others who share that belief. It shouldn’t take a healthcare crisis for someone to take charge of their health.
I chose to enroll with the NTA over health coaching programs because I wanted to dive deeper into the physiology of digestion, identify the pillars of health, and understand what can happen when imbalances occur. I knew early on that I wanted to focus on digestion and loved that the NTA supports the body’s innate ability to heal. It was a perfect fit.
What is some advice you would give students who are going through the program while working full time?
Be INTENTIONAL with your time! I love that the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online program is fully online and that the modules are divided into 1-2 week increments. The schedule allowed me to divide my time accordingly; some days were spent mostly on functional nutritional therapy, while other days were spent working 12hr shifts at the hospital. This program is 100% doable while working full time but you have to work. This program is no cake walk!
Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome and if so, how did you overcome it?
Of course! I think it’s safe to say that we ALL experience imposter syndrome. But one thing I always remind myself is that, “Your ordinary is someone else’s extraordinary.” Don’t underestimate how much value you can bring to others. When I started school, I made it a goal to post consistently. I knew the material could educate others and help build trust and rapport with my audience. It was a win-win!
How is your life different now than it was before the NTP program?
For starters… I have a business. It still feels so surreal to say that! After graduating in July, I immediately launched Your Balanced Belly. The NTA equipped me with the tools I needed to feel competent enough to launch a business. The NTP program also connected me like-minded practitioners. The entrepreneurial world can be incredibly overwhelming and lonely at times… community is key!
What goals do you have as an NTP?
I want to continue helping as many people as I can who are struggling with digestive and energy concerns. Side note – there are A LOT of people who need help from NTPs! I absolutely love nerding out with blood work analysis, stool tests, and creating bioindividual protocols with clients. It’s so rewarding to see clients feel better and more importantly UNDERSTAND how to keep it up. Nutrition and lifestyle changes take work but they are so worth it. One of the things I like to say is, “Solutions over band-aids.” You deserve to feel your best!
Follow Lauren on Instagram @yourbalancedbelly or visit her website: yourbalancedbelly.com.
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Nutritional Therapy vs Health Coaching: Where to Start, What to Look For, and How to Practice
Healthcare costs are continually on the rise. Chronic disease has reached epidemic proportions; it’s currently the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Six out of ten adults have at least one chronic disease, many of which have contributing lifestyle and nutrition risk factors. Education about holistic nutrition and lifestyle factors is key to improving health and reversing the cycle of chronic disease. It’s clear there’s a need for health educators in our current healthcare climate, and with a projected employment growth of 8% through 2029 — much faster than average — the job outlook for health educators is positive. With this clear and growing need for educators to help influence and improve the health of humanity, there has never been a better time to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Many educational institutions tout their health coaching certificate and nutrition training programs. With an overabundance of options, it leaves one wondering: What is the difference between nutritional therapy and health coaching? Which program is best? What does the certificate entail? Are there requirements to obtain a certificate? And what sort of health and wellness jobs are available?
There are many routes one can take to become a health coach or nutrition coach. In this post, we will break down the complexities so that you can:
+ Understand the important role of nutritional therapy and health coaches in today’s health environment
+ Take a critical look at the validity of each certifying body
+ Observe the career opportunities of a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
+ Determine if a career in nutritional therapy is right for you
What Is a Health Coach?
A Health Coach or Nutrition Coach is a professional who focuses on whole-body systems as individual factors that affect overall health. This includes, but is not limited to mind, body, and emotional factors. These are broad titles and can vary depending on certificate. Some examples are:
A Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) or Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP) is a holistic nutrition professional trained and recognized by the Nutritional Therapy Association. The focus of an (F)NTP is to help support individuals’ health and vitality through individualized holistic nutrition and lifestyle factors, as well as supporting nutritional and physiological deficiencies through the NTA’s Foundations. (F)NTPs are trained to support optimal function of the body by assessing and addressing the health of the diet, digestive system, blood sugar regulation system, fatty acid status, mineral balance, and hydration levels. (F)NTPs also incorporate analysis of lifestyle habits including sleep, stress, movement, and environmental considerations to provide holistic recommendations that drive client success.
With this framework and focus, an (F)NTP can support their client in achieving their health goals so they can live life to the fullest. Even the most complex systems and processes of the body are heavily influenced by the Foundations an (F)NTP is trained to support. Instead of chasing symptoms and trying the next trend, working with an (F)NTP can help determine what your unique body needs to thrive and cut through the noise of health claims in the industry.
What makes the NTA Program Different?
NTPs use a foundational and bio-individual approach to functional, holistic nutrition to balance body chemistry and achieve optimal wellness. NTPs are equipped to support the body’s innate ability to heal by addressing the importance of nutrient-dense food, anatomy and physiology, lifestyle choices, culinary wellness, client coaching, and how social and personal components influence health.
Upon graduation, an NTP has received a minimum of 325 curricular hours across topics such as digestion, blood sugar regulation, anatomy and physiology, hydration, mineral balancing, and more. Here are just a few things that make the NTA unique and create a life-changing experience for students:
Instructor-led curriculum on a user-friendly, online learning platform
Unlike other schools, you’ll be taught by REAL people. Our instructors are holistic nutrition experts who are leading the charge in shifting the paradigm of health. They bring real-life examples of client cases, modern research, authoring books, and so much more directly to you in the classroom. As a student, you’ll have access to our online learning platform that will keep you and your studies organized. You’ll have support you need to learn, be successful, and connect right at your fingertips.
We firmly believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, meaning, we believe we are unique individuals who have unique nutritional needs. You won’t find single diet philosophies or diet trends within this curriculum. During the program, you’ll learn how to honor each individual’s unique needs as you work to help clients support their bodies, find balance, and restore function with nutritional therapy.
Curriculum rooted in science and history
When choosing a program, you should inspect the curriculum for proper sourcing and science-based information. For example, our academic and curriculum team incorporates three main principles into the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Online program curriculum: evidence-based research, generational wisdom, and proven results in clinical practice. The foundations of our curriculum comes from a combination of the work of nutrition pioneers (like Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis M. Pottenger), medical research and articles, as well as the foundational, scientific principles of anatomy and physiology. You’ll be taught by experts in the field who have vast experience and education in holistic nutrition, and you’ll find credible citations throughout the entire program.
Mission Driven Community
We empower a passionate community of life-changing nutrition professionals to create a ripple effect that transforms lives and shifts the outlook of health to one of hope, today and for generations to come. The NTA community is dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable. Our instructors, staff, students, and graduates all share a common purpose and desire to help others. Just take a look at ourInstagram feed: there are so many graduates out there making a difference, helping other feel their best, and making their own unique impact on the world of holistic nutrition.
What Can I Do as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner?
The focus of NTPs is to support an individual’s health and wellness with a nutrient-dense, whole-food nutrition approach as well as lifestyle support while supporting nutritional and physiological deficiencies through the NTA’s Foundations. NTPs are trained to help you find lasting health and wellness. NTPs are skilled and ready to begin practicing right away upon graduation. The wisdom you’ll gain from our program, paired with the excitement and drive that result, will provide you the opportunity to shape your career the way that YOU want.
Here are a few ideas of what you can do as a graduate of the NTA:
+ Consult privately with clients
+ Join a wellness center and work on a team of health care professionals
+ Become a corporate wellness coach
+ Nutrition and Health Blogger or Columnist
+ Host of a wellness podcast
+ Create wellness products/programs
+ Develop a meal planning system for clients or organizations
+ Lecture or speak at events and conferences
+ Author books
+ Improve their overall health, and the health of their families, friends, and communities
The state you live in will determine what you are able to call yourself and how you may practice. The Council of Holistic Health Educators is an advocacy organization that monitors nutrition laws in all 50 states and provides resources to support students of holistic nutrition schools and their professional members navigate the process of planning and setting up their business legally upon receiving their NTP certificate. Their legislative map links to each state’s law governing holistic nutrition practices, and the restrictions and/or exemptions to the law. If you have specific questions about your state law, you can reach COHHE staff at via the web at www.HolisticCouncil.org/contact or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also reach out to NTP graduates who are practicing in your state who are listed on our Provider Search. Many of our graduates are able to provide firsthand experience in navigating the intersection of the NTP Scope of Practice and the holistic nutrition laws in your state.
Our NTP Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics explains what NTPs are trained to do. In some states, many of our graduates work under the supervision of a licensed practitioner or can practice as nutrition educators. NTPs with advanced professional licenses such as RDs, NDs, DCs, RNs, and others may have additional opportunities to incorporate holistic nutrition care under these credentials as well.
As an NTP student, you will be equipped to go out and make a serious impact.If you’d like to learn more and chat with our instructors and admissions team members, join us for our next webinar.
Join us for a Live Webinarwith one of our Instructors and Admissions Advisors!
During this call, you’ll explore and learn:
How to create arewardingcareer in holistic nutrition that will give you theconfidenceandcompetenceto replace your full-time income (whether you’re new to nutrition or or using it to enhance your current services)
How ourunmatchededucation and instructorsupportsets our NTP program apart from other nutrition programs
How graduates aresuccessfullyusing their education and themany career opportunitiesavailable to you
If the NTP program is theright fitfor you and how to move forward in financing your education
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