Almost a year ago I graduated as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) from the Nutritional Therapy Association. This was one of the proudest moments in my life and as I reflect back on the past year, I wanted to share how the program changed me.
Basically… I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT.
You may not know this, but before enrolling in the NTA program, I had been accepted into a Master’s program in Knowledge Management and had just received an offer for my “dream job” in process improvement & operations. My career was finally taking shape, but I could not stop thinking about nutrition! It seemed crazy to me to leave a secure career path to go into the holistic field. I mean, going against an established conventional medical and nutrition community has its challenges! Luckily, I’m not one to typically shy away from going against the norm or challenging the status quo. Based on my own experiences, I knew deep down in my gut that I had to share how food had healed me and pass on my knowledge to others. I thought, if I do not try and change the system, who will?
I decided to accept the new job, which I still have and love, and instead of pursuing a masters, I enrolled in two certification programs: The NTP program and a Knowledge Management certification program. I knew my career path would eventually figure itself out as I continued to pursue both.
I signed up for the NTA course for a few reasons: to heal myself, to see if nutrition was truly my passion (or just a hobby), to meet other likeminded people, and to gain credibility.
When the NTP course was over, something had changed in me. Of course I was proud of all of the studying and knowledge I had learned while starting a new full-time job, but most important, I was proud that it was the first time I took control of what I wanted in life instead of doing what I “should” do, listening to others opinions, or going the “safe” route. I even went against who I thought I was and instead followed my intuition and stayed in alignment to my authentic self. As they say, it’s important to become who you were meant to be rather than who you think you are.
This has been the most rewarding year of my life and I owe it to the Nutritional Therapy Association. It has opened doors for me, helped me to become a business owner, and allowed me to have two careers at once.
Are you struggling to follow your passion? Do you feel called to become a nutritional therapist? Do you want to heal yourself or your family members? Do you also have a full-time job and are not sure if you can juggle it all?
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about the program! I love chatting with others that are interested in this field.