Seed with Knowledge - Root with Action - Grow with Vibrance
Whether you are new to your healing journey or a seasoned adventurer - WELCOME & Hello! My name is Sierra T. NTP
Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner - Herbalist - Certified Bioindividual Nutrition Practitioner - Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert
I am passionate about the importance of health and wellness for your body, mind, and spirit as a whole. My intention is to offer comprehensive services with compassion and personalized care that address you as a bio-individual with all of your unique needs and requirements. By nurturing your foundational nutritive roots with whole body and lifestyle nourishments, we can establish a balanced and sustainable lifestyle to optimally manage stress, improve energy and motivation, prevent dis-ease, maintain a healthy weight, and promote vibrant living.
Are you ready for your best and most vibrant you? Let's get started! In health - Sierra T. NTP
Nutritional Therapy: What is it & how does it work?
Nutrition: the process and scientific study of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.
Therapy: a remedy intended to relieve or heal a disorder.
Nutritional Therapy is a powerful evidence-based approach that maximizes a person's potential for vibrant health. This is made possible through the personalized formulation of nutritional and lifestyle protocols tailored to an individual's unique needs and requirements. Rather than assessing each symptom or health concern of an individual on its own, Nutritional Therapy views the body as a whole, beautifully complex marriage of systems - and as such, a primary component of Nutritional Therapy is to delve deeply into the root causation of these concerning symptoms and assist in a person's healing by nourishing the root foundations of health.
Nutritional Therapy promotes the use and benefits of whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods, traditional methods of food preparation, and the therapeutic actions of particular foods for specific health concerns.. Through the use of in-depth interviews, questionnaires, food journal assessments, functional evaluations and lab tests as necessary, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner investigates and determines what a person's bio-individual needs are, and subsequently makes dietary, lifestyle, and qualtiy supplement recommendations that are specific and personalized for the individual (you).
Not sure if Nutritional Therapy is right for you? To this I say, why would it not be?
Nutritional Therapy is inherently suitable for everyone, no matter your age, sex, race or complex medical history. Nutritional Therapy can assist in alleviating pesky symptoms of dis-ease or perhaps you may simply want to improve your current health status by giving your body a refreshing boost. You have been provided with a beautiful body full of complexities so why not provide yourself with the tools and foods necessary to live vibrantly and in wellness?
Health concerns benefited by Nutritional Therapy
- Digestive Dysfunctions such as diarrhea, constipation, IBS, acid reflux/GERDs, bloating, gas, diverticulitis, leaky gut, food allergies/sensitivities, etc.
- Hormonal Imbalances such as PCOS, PMS, thyroid issues, infertility, menopause, endometriosis, cystitis, decreased libido, mood swings, irregular menses, etc.
- Mental Health Issues such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, ADD, ADHD, autism, eating disorders, dementia, mood disorders, inability to focus, brain fog, etc.
- Skin Conditions such as eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, dry/peeling skin, hives, dandruff, etc.
- Weight Concerns such as inability to gain/lose weight, diabetes, sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalances, etc.
- Autoimmune Conditions such as hypo/hyper thyroid leading to Hashimoto's or Addison's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, etc.
- Cardiovascular Health Issues such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, Metabolic Syndrome, etc.
My Nutrition Philosophy
I don’t believe in a one-size- fits-all diet. I believe in the concept of bio-individuality – meaning each person is individually unique with unique responses and needs. What works for me might not work for you, and something entirely different might work for your spouse, friend or colleague. That’s why most diets will work for some people and not for others. I don’t believe in counting calories, grams, ounces, etc. It’s not something I’d be willing to do myself, and I’d never ask clients to do things that I wouldn’t do. Additionally, your health cannot solely be determined on a mere calories-in equals calories-out mentality. I believe in quality over quantity, and in the case of food, my focus is always on quality.
I believe that our bodies never lie and never deceive us. If your body is asking for something (through a craving, through a health complaint, through all the different ways our bodies communicate to us), then our job together is to figure out what your body is asking for and learn how to respond appropriately. This is not to say that this signaling and communication can't get confusing, but as your NTP one of my jobs is to sort out this confusion and re-establish trust in this communication between you and your body. While I don’t believe that one diet works for everyone, I do believe that we need to eat nutrient dense, whole foods that have been properly-prepared. By that I mean we need to be eating real food, as close to the form it was originally grown/raised in, and be preparing our food in a way that preserves or even enhances the nutritional value of the food. So many of the ways we prepare food (or food is prepared for us) kills or diminishes the nutrients within the food. I’m not saying you should eat only raw food, but I do believe that we can prepare foods in such a way as to make the absolute most of it. And the nice part of this is that most of the time this preparation is fast and quite simple.
In your individualized consultations, we will look at how your body is using the food you’re eating. You can be eating the most perfect, pristine diet out there, but if you’re not digesting it properly or absorbing it fully, then you’ll necessarily need to eat more to get the same nutritional value. We will also look at the bigger context of your life and how that affects what, how, and when you eat. You are obviously much more than what you eat and that can have a very big impact on how your body deals with your food. If you’re eating while you’re really stressed, your body is going to use that food very differently than if you’re eating in a nice, calm, relaxed state. So we’ll take these additional components into account as well when diving into your nutritional needs.
If your protocol requires the limitation or elimination of certain foods for a time, you will be provided with viable alternatives so your nutritional needs will be optimally maintained. If necessary, quality supplementation with vitamins, herbs, and minerals may be recommended to help alleviate symptoms and promote the optimization of your nutritional status. Keep this in mind, but my go-to recommendations will always be nourishing and therapeutic foods.
It must be noted that Nutritional Therapy Practitioners are not substitutes for your Primary Care Physician and I therefore do not diagnose or treat illness and disease - rather, NTPs counsel and coach individuals through nutritional and lifestyle recommendations that will be foundationally supportive to their health and well-being.
The support I offer complements conventional medicine and I'll often work in conjunction with your medical provider as warranted by your therapeutic needs and protocol.