FAQ Nutritional Therapy

What is the difference between a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist?
Nutritional Therapy Practitioners are unique in three main ways:

  1. We mainly work with properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole foods and/or whole food supplements. We concentrate on the quality of food we eat and bio-individuality. We analyze, assess, and recommend foods and/or whole foods supplements based on your unique needs. We believe in the healing power of whole foods and your body’s innate intelligence and its ability to heal. NTP’s do not count calories, weigh food, recommend processed food or believe in “dieting”.
  2. We focus on your Bio-individual Foundations such as digestion, blood sugar balance, fatty acid balance, mineral balance, and hydration. We evaluate these foundations and look for ways to enhance your body’s performance by getting it the nutrients it needs. We also use a functional assessment to better evaluate your vibrant health & wellness.
  3. We use Functional Evaluation (see below) and Lingual-Neuro Testing (LNT) bio-feedback method as a part of nutritional therapy assessment. Your Body’s Innate Intelligence guides us towards your radiant health.

Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and other dietitians on the other hand recommend diets, counting calories, weighing foods and focus on governmental guidelines that often recommend processed foods and general quantity guidelines.

Who are your clients?
I work with people with a variety of health issues ranging from digestive complaints to fatigue, or someone who just wants to start eating healthy and is fed up with counting calories, dieting and not feeling good. I work with people who want to stay off medications, lose weight, sleep better, relieve pain, control sugar addiction, improve skin issues, and just feel better overall.
What is the Functional Assessment (FA) and Lingual-Neuro Testing Technique (LNT)?
The Functional Assessment is a thorough process where we find out if your body is deficient and/or out of balance regarding certain nutrients based on your Foundational Health. Through this technique, including Lingual-Neuro Testing (LNT), we will find out what foods and/or supplements help your body to be in a state of balance and sufficiency. During Functional Evaluation I also measure your pulse, take your blood pressure, etc. You are unique and this process is very Bio-individual. Your Body’s Innate Intelligence guides us towards your optimal health. It is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothes for this part of consultation. Smoking, eating, drinking, brushing teeth is not allowed 30 minutes before a session.
Do I have to do the Functional Assessment if I do not feel comfortable with it?
You do not have to. However, the Functional Evaluation is one additional indicative tool to help assess you further, it can help “speed up” your healing process. During the FA/LNT your body will tell us what it needs and/or does not need.
Do you use supplements in your practice?
My main focus is a improving health and longevity using a properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole food diet and proper digestion. However, yes I work with a high-quality, whole food supplement line, which is FDA approved. These supplements are sometimes used to facilitate the beginning of the healing process but can be also used for maintenance depending on your needs. I do not require that you take supplements to work with me, I simply offer them as a way to reach results more efficiently.The company I use complies with pharmaceutical standards, yet does not use any synthetic ingredients, additives, pesticides, herbicides or artificial ingredients. Many commercial supplement lines that you get in the health food stores do not have to comply with the FDA regulation.
What should I expect from my first consultation?
You talk, I listen. I will need to know your major health concerns, your ancestral heritage, your family history, your dietary and lifestyle habits, etc. The first consultation is always important in order to determine the future steps and how I can help you.Before your initial assessment there are important evaluation forms to fill out and get back to me at least 2 days prior to your appointment, including a Confidential Health Questionnaire, a 5 Day Food Journal and an online Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ).
What should I expect from my next session?
I will measure and monitor your progress. We will discuss the next plan of action at each consultation. You always go home with support (handouts, resources, book recommendations, etc.) and some type of “assignment” to do before the next session.
How do I schedule my Evaluation and Functional Assessment?
Email: BOLD@beachfitness.com or Call Barb 562.493.8426
What is your background?
I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and a certified Holistic Health Coach. Go to About Barb for more details.