Together, we return to our roots and discover
healing through food and the mind-body connection
We are just at the very beginning of understanding how much our bodies are involved in our overall healing process.
Each of us has such an immense power to heal at each and every step of our life paths. We must learn to use the gift of nutrient dense foods to work in harmony with our own unique body ecology.
Natural Health Specialist
Following an initial awakening experience in my early 20's, my path has been one of continuing to explore my own healing, while supporting others in the same by guiding each individual to take charge of their health and find new awareness of their own inherent healing ability.
I believe one of the most important foundations of health is a whole foods diet that provides the body with the raw nutrients for mental and physical well-being. Without good nutrition, imbalances and weaknesses in the body diminish our life energy, which then causes us to unconsciously live disconnected from our bodies and shut down from our sensations. This can result in seeking nourishment outside of ourselves through other means that do not truly fulfill, and developing health issues.
Study after study has shown many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain. This inflammatory response starts in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients from our food such as essential fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. These are precursors to neurotransmitters and brain function. Many of us do not eat enough nutrients that are essential for the optimum functioning of our bodies and minds.
This is why it is so important we bring the body back into balance and examine what nutrients we are deficient in. By learning to truly listen to our bodies and give it what it needs to thrive - we can then allow ourselves to nourish, regenerate, rest, and heal.
How it would feel to fully live through the sensational, intelligent miracle of our bodies here on this earth? To have the energy and mental tranquility to spend quality time with loved ones and to be fully engaged doing what we love? We all deserve it.
How can I help you?
I understand self love as taking care of ourselves on all levels of our being, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
I understand it as us being the most trustworthy person to ourself and taking action to nurture ourself.
It is about seeing what we want to change and then committing to the actions to change it, allowing our body to release old emotional and physical wastes to support its healing process.
This journey requires love, acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude towards ourselves.
How do we approach healing in a way that is right for us? Finding this answer is part of the ever-evolving and transformational journey.
You are not alone!
This will be the work you and I embark on together.
Although change can be overwhelming, a big part of my role is to help ease this overwhelm by
empowering you with the knowledge and skills to become your own (as well as your loved
ones’) nutritional healing advocate.
As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), I am dedicated to helping you find the root cause of
your symptoms and correct your nutritional imbalances to unlock the key to your well being.
Because you are unique and your biochemistry is unique, I strive to create a treatment protocol
that is specifically tailored to you. I empower you to be self-reliant and responsible rather
than shifting all decision making into the hands of a doctor.
This is not a strict diet protocol. Extreme dieting is actually a very sad way to
restore health, because the brain and body are depleted of essential nutrients.
Instead, you will learn:
+ How a balanced gut microbiome helps fight inflammation, and help reduce fatigue,
anxiety, and depression
+ How to support your gut health with healing foods and probiotics
+ How to navigate food cravings with mindful eating practices
Eat in a parasympathetic state in order to digest optimally
Increase energy and achieve mental focus
+ How to nourish the brain with amino acids to restore health levels of neurotransmitters to:
Correct brain chemistry imbalance to support better mood
Stabilize blood sugar to stop cravings for sweets and starches
Incorporate plentiful essential fatty acids in order to support overall brain health
The Gut and Brain Connection
Due to the interconnectedness of our gut and brain, once our gut bacteria is out of balance, we become susceptible to emotional disturbances most commonly manifested as depression or anxiety. The most common nutritional deficiencies seen in people with mood disorders are: omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, minerals, and amino acids.
There is a distinct correlation between unhealthy intestinal flora, poor digestion and toxicity from chemicals created by undigested foods, which can severely affect brain chemistry and the body’s immune response.
As a GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) practitioner, I see great improvement in a person’s conditions when the digestive system is treated and healthy gut flora is re-established.
My treatment approach revolves around three main principles:
Healing the gut – this occurs by avoiding all foods that irritate it, and by consuming only foods that will nourish and heal it. Good gut health is essential for the proper functioning of our bodies, and through the healing and sealing of the gut lining many health issues can be corrected.
Repopulating the gut with beneficial bacteria – by avoiding all foods that feed opportunistic (bad) bacteria/gut flora. Using quality, therapeutic doses of probiotic supplements to actively repopulate the gut while cleansing/starving the bad bacteria.
Detoxifying – by limiting the diet to only foods that can be easily digested, and with detoxification methods: juicing, oil pulls, enemas, and herbal liver cleanses
Amino Acid Therapy
Amino acid therapy is a way to naturally and safely increase the supply of the raw materials the body needs to produce neurotransmitters. The raw materials are specific amino acids that fuel specific neurotransmitter pathways. This often brings relief from many psycho-emotional symptoms, without the many side effects of prescription anti-depressants.
About 95% of the body’s serotonin, the chemical that makes us feel euphoric and happy, is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. A huge part of our mental health is dependent on our diet. What we eat affects our blood sugar levels and brain chemicals, which in turn, affects the way we feel. When our blood sugar levels fluctuate, our mood and energy levels change. The negative effects of fluctuating blood sugar levels include irritability, poor concentration, fatigue, depression and food cravings. And when the brain chemical levels change, it influences the way we think, feel and behave.
By identifying your mood type, we can restore neurotransmitters and help you feel more balanced in your body and mind.
Note: those who benefit the most from nutritional therapy are those who are willing to try new ideas and put in the effort it takes to make lasting changes. This work is not a quick fix. It is not a diet, but rather a way of life. Individuals who are not willing to follow through long-term will not have good results. This approach is not suited for those who aren't certain about making health a priority in their lives.
My services are specialized in treating:
Low hydrochloric acid, leaky gut, candida, bloating, gas, SIBO, IBS, acid reflux/GERD, food allergies and sensitivities
Adrenals, chronic fatigue syndrome, hormonal imbalance, thyroid-related, low energy
Mental Health Issues
Excessive stress, brain fog, mood swings, emotional eating, anxiety, and depression
Blood Sugar Imbalances
Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, sugar cravings
As a young girl, I was exposed to western medicine’s perspective
of pathology and disease and the downfalls of the pharmaceutical
industry. I saw firsthand how they took hold of my mother's health
and the people who I dearly loved. When I look back at my childhood
and young adult years, I remember the ongoing cycle of anxiety and
depression. But it wasn't until my own health plummeted that I
learned about how important nutrition is for mental health.
I was raised in a family eating a diet heavy of sugar, instant dinners,
and highly processed foods. These were the foods that contributed
to major inflammation in my body and compromised my gut health,
which in turn affected my mental state. The symptoms that evolved
during my teenage years were daily migraines, gastrointestinal
pains, panic attacks, PMS, brain fog, fatigue and body aches. I was
in chronic pain for years and watched my family members go
through the same complications.
The gold of my own wellness journey took place through finding my way
back to my body. Taking control of my health, I began to consciously seek
out answers. I studied everything I could get my hands on about holistic
wellness, nutrition and transformational change work. What are the steps
I can take to feel better - without pharmaceutical drugs? My intuition told
me that all the answers were there, if only I would look and listen.
Deep in my heart, I knew I could heal and reverse my own body’s attack, if only I give it the right conditions and nourish myself with better nutrition. It was so empowering... to know that there was something deep down inside being awakened, a part of me, which we all share - resilience, the part that is in tune with the rhythms of the earth, with the cycles of our own bodies.
By being mindful of what I allowed in my body, it became second nature to honor food as medicine and savor the wholesome foods of this earth. After healing my gut, I learned how to harness the power of amino acid therapy and bring my neurotransmitters back to a normal level. This produced a renewed sense of energy and optimism that had been missing for so many years. I couldn’t have imagined what true health really felt like without the power of real food and supplementation. And since then, I have been helping people find their own healing abilities and introduced food as medicine into their lives.
The mind-body connection has shown me that while our bodies may have been the seat of traumatic experiences, it is also the place where we begin the process of healing. This connection deeply nurtures and lays the groundwork for my life mission. I’m honored to share this gift with all of you.
— Kayla H.
"Throughout my life I've always suffered from anxiety and depression. For awhile it was incredibly crippling and caused me a lot of stress.....when I met Nikki, I knew that changing my diet and getting educated about nutrition would help, but the shifts it had in my anxiety as well as my digestive issues and fatigue was life changing. I valued this plan because I felt incredibly supported through the process. Not only was I given guidelines to follow, but any time I felt lost or had a question, she was prompt about providing me with answers and did so with genuinity.
Nutrition was something I avoided often because it appeared complex, but have no fear! Nikki is incredible at simplifying your plan and adjusting the terminology for you to understand. For example, she explained to me how some of us burn sugar as the main source of energy and others burn fat so we decreased my grain and dairy intake and I saw big results in my stomach fat. Eliminating these foods also improved my digestion tremendously! It was night and day. Constipation is something I had struggled with my entire life!
If it wasn't for this amazing nutritionist, I wouldn't have the connection with my body as I do now or the confidence. If you are looking for a genuine, passionate and knowledgeable nutritionist, Nikki is your woman!