Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in-training | transitions can be tough

I might have woke up crying on my birthday, but at least I got to eat this awesome Cobb salad at Bouchon.  

I might have woke up crying on my birthday, but at least I got to eat this awesome Cobb salad at Bouchon.  

I wish I could say I'm one of those people that glide through big important life transitions with grace, calling on my meditation practice to lead me through challenging times with ease.  I'm now in the second weekend of my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program, and truth be told I'm going through it.  If you're a good friend, then you've heard me cry pretty recently, for what probably seems like no good reason at all. Thanks for being there.  While I should have listened to all the advance advice about the prep for the course - starting the reading early, creating designated times to study, and talking to your partner and friends about your new endeavor, I didn't really do any of that of that work.

What I did do was wake up in emotional tears on my 42nd birthday, wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into.  The first week's assignments for the course were mostly about getting to know the classroom environment, and student introductions.  I missed the live launch call on the very first Monday due to a work obligation, and when the call recording wasn't available until the next day (birthday) somehow that put me over the edge. 

Saying that it's going to be a lot to balance work and this program is an understatement.  This second week is where we dig into "Nutrition 101" with sections from 3 classic books assigned: Staying Healthy with Nutrition, Introduction to the Human Body, and one of my favorite books, Nourishing Traditions.  When we stayed at Kokari in Palm Springs right after our wedding, there was a copy of Nourishing Traditions in our hotel room and I carted that book around the pool area all weekend.

Looking waaay back, I dropped out of AP high school chemistry, and never again attempted to learn that information.  There's some level of anxiety to work through there.  The course reading is admittedly at a totally overwhelming and completely incomprehensible level for me right now.  Cellular respiration and gluconeogenesis are terms that I hear thrown around a lot on the paleo podcasts I listen to, but as far as demonstrating that info for practical application, I'm currently at a zero.

I've looked forward to being a part of this program for a very long time.  I knew the NTP program was for me when I saw the reading list, which is now on my plate to tackle.  On the bright side! I'm heading to Portland this week for the NTA's annual conference and to spend some time with my best friend.  I'm so excited to attend this conference, to meet my tribe in person, and hang in one of my very favorite cities.

I'm a student with the Nutritional Therapy Association, any views expressed here are my own, and are of no fault of the NTA.

Melinda StaehlingComment