Grace here, the founder of Native + Well. I believe lasting wellness is achieved when we create a synergistic relationship between our lifestyle practices and our eating habits. My philosophy is rooted in preventive healthcare and taking a bio-individual approach when we fill our plates because we all have different stories, ancestral heritages, personal values, and epigenetic needs.
My interest in this whole health + wellness movement sparked in college during my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Eventually, the information I read on food blogs and Instagram was seemingly superficial and I wanted more. I wanted to to understand the biochemistry of how we digest food and the pathophysiology of the chronic diseases that ail so many of us today. I am currently training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) through the Nutritional Therapy Association, and eventually a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist (BCHN). I’m also working towards going back to school to get my masters in this subject — so much for my Finance degree.
I have Lyme disease, Bartonella, Babesia, SIBO, MCAS, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. My health decline started about two years ago and has certainly been the catalyst and inspiration behind changing my career direction. I’ve learned that the conventional medical model of using bandaid fixes isn’t sustainable, and that taking a functional approach is paramount in healing the epidemic of chronic diseases we as a society are experiencing. Our healthcare paradigm needs to change, and I look forward to being part of this shift.
Sustainable living is also at the root of my philosophy because our food is only as good as the soil it grows in. Our world is more toxic and hostile today than any previous generation, and the repercussions of our modern technology not only effect the planet but they effect our health as well. Plus, our earth is pretty g’damn cool and we should all do our part in protecting it.
The N+W site will be under construction until the fall as I prep for the launch of my private nutrition practice and focus on my own healing. To stay connected in the meantime subscribe to my infrequent newsletter (I’ll do my best to send out updates!) or come find me on the ‘gram.
I will begin taking on clients for Nutritional Therapy starting November 1st. Shoot an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get on the waitlist!