Why I Started Zinc Nutrition
Because I want to inspire you to take control of your health. Health is happiness which everyone deserves. Through personal experience, study, and professional observation I have gathered a wealth of knowledge about nutrition that I feel obligated to share. I truly believe that I was put on this earth to help others find health so this blog is simply another way to reach you.
Before we start, I have to mention that I’m a terrible speller and I over use these three little dots “…”. Please forgive me in advance. I’m a nutritionist, not an English teacher.
So…. Here we go.
My journey to find health started 10 years ago when I lived in Chicago. I was a successful event planner which meant I worked day and night. It also meant that I was a professional partier and I was very good at that. Literally, I got paid to throw parties. Sounds fabulous right?! Not so much. I never slept and all I ate was fast food, catering food, or no food. Oh and tons and tons and tons of free booze. I won’t get into the details because my Mother is reading this. But I drank WAY too much.
No wonder I was sick. You are what you eat and drink. Which meant I was a bag of fast food and booze. Gross.
After years of the party planning grind, I was miserable. I didn’t have some huge debilitating disease (thank God) I just felt like crap all the time. I was exhausted. My skin was a wreck. I was painfully constipated and bloated. I was totally out of shape. My hormones were so out of whack that my doctor told me that I couldn’t have children. Excuse me, “WHAT?!” That’s impossible! But the worst part of it all… I was depressed. Like the kind of depressed that you can’t get out of bed. The kind where you lay in fetal position balling your eyes out, fully convinced that nothing will ever change. Ugh. My stomach flips when I think of those days.
Cue, yoga. Yoga saved my life. I know, I know, I sound like every other annoying health freak out there. But it’s true. There is not a single physical or mental health issue yoga will not ease. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. It doesn’t require you to do headstands at an overpriced yoga studio. The simple act of sitting still and taking a deep breath is the premise of yoga. The adorable workout gear is an added perk. Physiologically speaking, yoga puts your body into a parasympathetic state which allows your immune system to kick in and heal your body and mind.
One day I decided to sign up for a free week of yoga at a local studio. I was instantly hooked. So hooked that I signed up for a teachers training course and received a level one teaching certification. I was overwhelmed with desire to spread the word of this magnificent life changing thing called yoga. I went for it and the flood gates opened. I threw myself into all things holistic health.
Even though I was a devout yogi, I was still eating like crap. As I slowly began cleaning up my diet, that’s when the magic REALLY happened. Brain fog? Gone. Skin issues? Gone. Constipation? Gone. Energy? I had so much energy that I ran a marathon (not joking). Hormone balance? Totally normal. And the best part…. I was crazy happy. Like the kind of crazy happy that you think is impossible during the swells of depression.
Notice I’m not telling you exactly what I ate because what worked for me might not work for you. Everyone should eliminate sugar, hydrogenated oil, low quality factory farm meat and most processed food but everything else is subject to bio-individuality.
Shameless plug: If you are interested in a nutritional consultation to determine exactly what YOUR body needs, contact me at Lisa@ZincNutrition.com
About three years after I completely changed my diet and lifestyle I realized it was my calling to share this knowledge with others. I made it my life’s mission to help others overcome health issues through food and lifestyle changes. So I did what any young yogi health food freak determined to change the world one downward dog and kale smoothie at a time would do…. I moved to Los Angeles.
Ahhhh the Mecca! Sunshine, flip flops, organic grocery stores, yoga studios on every corner, juice served here, OMG these are my people! I finally felt like I belonged.
When I first moved to LA I started a little personal grocery shopping and food preparation business called Eat Clean LA. But I really had no formal education on the science of nutrition. I was basically self taught by Pinterest. I had success, sure. When people start eating real food after eating the standard American diet for most of their lives, they’re going to feel better. But then I started getting approached by clients who had autoimmune disease, diabetes, even cancer. I quickly realized I didn’t have those answers and it would be irresponsible to provide dietary advise.
So, I did something I never in a million, billion years thought I would do. I went back to school.
After researching practically every holistic nutrition school out there, I landed at The Nutritional Therapy Association. I was drawn to their Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program because of the extensive training on nutrition, physiology, anatomy, functional medicine, supplemental therapy, detoxification, physical evaluation and more. I will elaborate on the NTA program in a future blog post, for now I will just say it was the greatest thing I’ve ever done.
So, here I am. A real life nutritionist. I named my practice Zinc Nutrition after my favorite nutrient, ZINC. Zinc is a mineral found in food that supports the immune system. It is literally one of the most important nutrients in the human body.
My mission is to teach my clients how to use real food to improve health, happiness and beyond.
I look forward to sharing this journey with you.