USDA Food Guides, Fad Diets and Veganisim = Poor Health, Migraines and Wonky Moods….
My name is Lisa, I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association. I’m a mother to two great teenagers and a wife to a wonderful husband of 20 years. Being one that has never never enjoyed cooking, I try because I truly believe that our health has a lot to do with what’s being served at meal times.
The Early Years…
While in college at Western Oregon for my degree in education (renamed health promotion one year after I graduated,) I was first introduced to the USDA food pyramid. I diligently ate my 6-11 servings of grains a day along my with low fat turkey breast and low fat – artificially sweetened yogurt. All the while I was overweight and a bit coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs. I was on a roller coaster of emotions. I had bad PMS and I dealt with my first blow of diagnosed depression. I suffered from regular 4 day long migraines that wiped me out. My young go-getter personally was replaced with a defeated spirit, victim to my ailments.
With years of reckless fad diets I tried make sense of the nutrition advice given by the so-called professionals in nutrition. You name it, I tried it. Yet I was still plagued by wonky emotions and those nasty migraines. My weight was at an all time low when I tried a nutrient dense vegan diet. I felt wonderful! I had energy to workout like a fein. But something became out of balance a year into my newfound way of eating. My skin was flakey, I was eating ALL THE TIME, and my depression was back.
I found the NTA…
That’s when I decided to go back to school and specifically study nutrition. The Nutritional Therapy Associations philosophy is that the myriad of health problems plaguing modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations brought on by poor nutrition. I discovered that I can eat all the health foods out there, but if my body was not able to absorb its nutrients from food, I was not going to benefit. Good intentions to heed dietary advice from well meaning diet book authors and our government guidelines actually did more harm to my digestion than good.
Armed with a deeper understanding of nutrition I want to help others who have been damaged by bad dietary advice.