Andrea J. Walker NTP, RWP
Hi! I'm Andrea. I'm a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner, beginner Cross-fitter, slow triathlete, skier, photographer, piano player, voracious book reader, avid traveler, wife to an awesome guy, mama to two wonderful girls.
I'm passionate about discovering new ways of being.
Specifically, new ways of regaining our energy throughout our life, and feeling empowered to not only shoulder our responsibilities but be able to thrive and fully express our creativity in the world while doing so.
I want this for myself, and I want it for you.
Here's my story, and here's why I do what I do and feel so strongly that we can all flourish with the right tools and knowledge:
THE YEAR IS 2011:
I am seated at the dining table with my husband, his parents, and my two daughters, ages 1 and 4.
We are celebrating my youngest daughter's first birthday.
I weigh 60 pounds more than I do today.
But worse than that, I feel uncomfortable, depressed, and in despair about the state of my body and my spirit. I do not feel like myself. I am deeply frustrated, and this feeling colors every waking moment.
Not long after that I resolve to do something, anything, to make a change.
I stumble across a few pieces of info that make all the difference. I try out a low-carb way of eating because a friend is doing so. Over the next three months, I drop 40 pounds. All along, I am walking every day, rain or shine. I start to run, slowly.
I keep at this for the next three months and drop 20 more pounds, and finally run my first half marathon in April of 2012.
I am ecstatic and finally start to feel like myself again. I wish I could approach others I see in public who might have the same struggle, tug on their arm, and share the good news of my discovery. Realizing that this is socially inappropriate, I seek out further education and find the NTA, the Nutritional Therapy Association, and begin the process of learning how to be an NTP, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
At first, I only intend to deepen my knowledge, as I already have a fledgling career as a professional photographer. About half-way through the program I am hit by the realization that this is my calling and I NEED to work with clients. This is not an easy or convenient decision but it is undeniable.
I open my Nutritional Therapy practice in October of 2013 in order to serve others and share the life-changing information I have learned.
THE NEXT PHASE:
Fast forward to 2016. I have been working with clients and adding to my skill set with training after training, and honing my ability to help others to get to the root of their own imbalances.
I have a family history of obesity and diabetes so I myself am never 'finished' and I realize every day that this is a practice. My clients inspire me as much as I inspire them and I know that by helping them I am helping myself with my own struggle.
KETO: A GAME-CHANGER
For all of 2015 and into 2016, I have been learning about something called ‘keto’, or ketogenic diets, a revolutionary yet ancient way of optimizing our metabolism that can help us balance our weight, reduce inflammation, even and lift mood, protect the brain for a lifetime, eliminate migraines and joint pain, and increase our longevity.
I find keto to be game-changing for my own journey and decide to dedicate my practice to teaching others this phenomenal key to health and vitality for the long term. I jump in with both feet and start teaching keto in both group and 1-1 settings.
I also see how diet alone is often not enough- I see that in my own journey I need to bring all of my tools to bear if I want to feel my absolute best and most energized, including gut health, stress management, meditation, movement, and ongoing self-discovery.
I re-dedicate myself to my own path by placing my health and wellness as my number one priority, the root source of all goodness in my life- family, business, creativity.
I get excited to share this perspective with my clients.
As I continue my own quest I become more aware every day that the holistic sustainable approach to this problem involves body, mind and spirit and requires courage and grit. I believe that by facing and coming to terms with our relationship with our bodies we are engaging in our full power and ability to be creative in the world.
I am deeply dedicated to sharing this message of hope and possibility with my clients- that we have more power than you can imagine to change our lives, to be the creators of our lives- and that our health and vitality is the cornerstone of this endeavor. That we can stay resilient, powerful, and vital into mid-life and beyond.
That with a little know-how, the best is yet to come.
I am passionate about and grateful for every tool that I have added to my toolkit that helps me continue my own journey towards optimum vitality. I see the value this journey brings to my life every day, in every moment with my children, my community, in work, and in play. I have a much different life today than I did in 2011; life now is full, rich, active, and energized, and I feel strong and comfortable in my own skin.
If you would like to take yourself to the next level of health, energy, and wellness, I would be so honored to be your ally on your journey and share what I have learned. I offer a free 20-minute phone conversation to explore your goals and concerns and see if my work is a good fit for you. Let’s chat!!
Your Best is Yet To Come!