I would like to start this blog by introducing myself. My name is Ellie, I am
Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant and have a Bachelor’s in Healthy Science from Lee University.
I grew up and reside in Nashville, TN. I’m 23 years old and have a amazing husband whom I’m married on June 2, 2012! We just bought our first home in December 2013 and have been blessed to be busy with DIY projects and updating the home.
My health fascination began in childhood after being diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) or as my mother called it “I turn Purple” According to PubMED it is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. Persons with the disease have too few platelets in the blood. I was diagnosed when I was 5 after my mother noticed strange bruises on my legs, arms and also one on my cheek. There is no known cure and can result in death, but individuals have found success and getting rid of it through many various forms. My ITP lasted for about a year then miraculously disappeared, but sadly it came back when I was about 7 and lasted for another year. During that period my platelets dropped to around 6,000. The normal amount is 150-250,000. Luckily my body healed itself and I haven’t had it since, but still get check ups. During that time I was forced to quit sports and could only play outside and be active when my platelets reached certain levels. Therefore, what I was allowed to do on any given day was dependent on my platelet count. Over the years we realized that both times I came down with ITP I had taken Baby Motrin. This commonality has led me to believe that Ibuprofen and other blood thinners do not react well in my body and thus are avoided at all costs.
Life went on normally for most of my young life. I began to join sports such as cheerleading, color guard, and later on, rugby. Life was fantastic until the middle of my sophomore year of high school. I began getting severe stomach pains, dizziness, and nausea. I probably went to every doctor possible for a couple months and no one could tell us what is wrong. The neurologist said it was migraines in my stomach…? Gastroenterologist said I had IBS…? Homeopathic therapist said I had a tapeworm….!? So clearly no one could figure it out, therefore my wonderful mother began to research. It ends up that I am allergic to MSG (monosodium glutamate) which is most associate it with chinese food, however, it is a lot more common than that and has quite a few hidden names for it. So finally my life was back to “normal”. I restarted my diet to cleanse everything out and moved on with life. It has not been easy to avoid MSG. I always have Benadryl in my purse for emergencies and live in fear when going to any restaurant. Despite the frustration, I could not be more happy to be allergic to MSG. It has taken me on an amazing path towards researching nutrition. Without my allergy I would not be where I am today.
Now, this post is getting long so I’ll tie it up with saying, my view on nutrition is simple. As an NTC I am dedicated to help individuals and healthcare professionals understand and reverse the tragic and unsuspected effects of the modern diet. The Nutritional Therapy Association is founded on the beliefs of Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis A. Pottenger who, by many, are considered two of the greatest scientific minds ever to research nutrition. The NTC program addresses nutrition from a holistic perspective. As an organization we strive to teach the importance of properly prepared whole foods that are delicious, nourish our bodies, and restore good health. As dietary fads alternate between diets high in carbohydrates, and others high in protein and fat, one thing has become very obvious, there is no one perfect diet for everyone. Nutritional Therapists are trained to help each client find the right types of whole foods that will restore balance and enhance their ability to heal.
As a professional I consider myself a learner, maximizer, positive, strategic and consistent person. I am passionate about nutrition and helping others find their optimal health. I will use my strengths to provide you the best care possible in a timely manner. This is a lifestyle change that requires time and patients, but will be well worth your efforts!!
My specialty is in young mothers, babies, children, and pregnancy/fertility
Contact me for a free initial interview!
I hope to carry my readers through what I deal with, eat, and research. I hope to continue to broaden my knowledge on the subject and become a lifelong learner about my body and what I put into it. I hope to help people to become satisfied in their daily life, but to also have the desire to press forward.
That is all for now.