As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), Certified GAPS Practitioner (CGP), and Hashimoto’s Institute recommended Practitioner, I bring a fresh and current perspective on health and nutrition.
I am a ‘certified’ food and health geek! Since the young age of 17 I’ve been fascinated with food and the role both good and bad foods play in our daily lives. At 17 I read the iconic book Sugar Blues, by William Dufty. This book started it all for me, and I have been influenced to eat well ever since! My desire to learn more about health and nutrition eventually took me into new territory. I found the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA) and continued my studies with them, graduating with my NTP certification—the second in the State of Utah. It is an amazing program for anyone with an interest in this field, and I am proud to be a part of it. In 2014 I became a GAPS Certified Practitioner (CGP). Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) certification is awarded to only a select few practitioners each year by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, and I feel fortunate to be one of them. The GAPS program focuses on gut-related diseases in children and adults: specifically, Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, Dyspraxia, OCD, and other diseases whose origins are gut-related. In 2015 I became a Hashimoto’s Institute recommended Practitioner specializing in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
The big question is, “What constitutes eating well today?” Eating well will do amazing things for the human body and mind including creating vibrant health, slowing aging, increasing energy levels, improving your personal best in athletics, and making it easier to accomplish the goals you set for yourself in life. Whereas eating poorly, the Standard American Diet (SAD), can make life a very different prospect. It’s a cruel awakening to live and realize one day you’re only living life halfway. Diseases of life style such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease steal the joy out of living and reduce quality of life.
The most unfortunate thing I have discovered in my practice is that people really don’t know how to eat healthy. A frame of reference for healthy eating doesn’t exist anymore—and that is where I come in. I teach about real nutrition, not political nutrition, and I love it!
After working in the beauty industry for many years, I knew there was more to looking good than just the cosmetic side of beauty. True beauty only comes from within. Our outside reflects what is happening on the inside. If I can help people heal internally—through eating well—it will be reflected externally.
I have a passion for teaching about living a completely full and exceptional life. Everyone wants an exceptional life, but many of us are unaware of just how important the role of good nutrition is in creating that life. Often, only when we start to lose our good health can we really appreciate the importance of good nutrition. All the wealth in the world means very little if we cannot take advantage of opportunities offered because we are unwell. On the other hand, when we have vibrant health it feels like we’ve won the lottery, especially when good health returns after a long illness.
Good, healthy eating—nutrition—is a science. Taking care of one’s self and family is harder than ever today; however, with the willingness to make change, some careful thought and planning, and a good NTP, you can be eating well, too! The payoff for healthy eating is BIG: steady, normal weight, an abundance of energy, flawless skin, slow aging, less inflammation, stable moods, and reversing type 2 diabetes, to name a few. The best payoff by far is the fun you can have in life when you feel fabulous!
So here’s to all you fun junkies—all of you who want the best out of life and are willing to do what it takes to make it happen. Eat well, live long, look great, and always celebrate life in the best possible way!
In good health,
Kalene McCrary, NTP, CGP