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  1. Hi Lauren,

    Great post. I was having low energy all the time about a year and a half ago. I stumbled upon your blog and have been reading it ever since. What I learned on your site has improved my health so much and I’m feeling a lot better now. I was so inspired by what nutrition can do for health that I decided to sign up to become a registered holistic nutritionist at the Canadian school of Natural Nutrition in London, Ontario. I start school in two weeks!. The program seems great so hopefully I will have the same great experience as you did at NTA.


  2. Fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m very interested to learn more as it seems to be my hobby these days anyway! Lol. And your journey has definitely inspired me!

  3. The timing of this post is unreal! I was going to send you a message asking about the program you did!!! Looks like the hands on program will be in Herndon! Whoo Hoo! I am in Ashburn!!!

  4. Wow!!! This is amazing! 😃 I would definitely do this if there were a Canadian venue close by. Maybe one day I’ll find a closer opportunity. Thanks so much for sharing Lauren! 😊

  5. Excellent, extremely thorough review! Now looking forward to NTP school more than ever. I am currently a whole foods based Certified Nutritional Therapist, but look forward to learning it more in depth with the functional evaluation aspect.

  6. hi!! First of all, I’ve been receiving your blog subscriptions for some months now and I gotta say, I live your work! This is something I may be interested in in the future. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and I’ve come to love all things natural! For many reasons, including my current health situation. I have found great relief and help with the use of Young Living Essential oils, so I am also aware of the no cookie cutter diets etc… All in all I wanted to say thank you for your posts! I love receiving them!

  7. Hey Lauren! I signed up on Monday to start my training in Sept! And yes, I did put you down as my referral source! Thank you so much for the added incentive. I am already a Thrive member and love ordering from them. Will I hear from you, or from NTA regarding the Thrive certificate? Excited 🙂

    I have started getting my books and have begun my reading early. I am a bit nervous about the time commitment but I am determined to make it work!

    Can I ask you how much of the time are you using the supplement test kit with your clients? I can’t really wrap my brain around how all this is going to work but I do look forward to learning all I can and it benefiting me and my family. I am not sure exactly how I’ll put it in practice but I’m sure that will all become clear eventually! Thanks again!

    • Yay, I’m excited for you! NTA will send you the certificate.

      I think the supplement test kit is a great investment, because it allows me to avoid stocking full-sized supplements. Instead, I can find what supplement tests well for someone and then order the full-sized bottle to be shipped to their house. And there are dupes for the Biotics supplements from other brands (like Apex Energetics, for example).

      • In your experience, when a client begins a supplement, how long do they tend to need that supplement? I’m sure it varies but I am just trying to get a feel for how quickly people’s bodies improve. I have been told that the functional evaluation can be done for testing real foods in lieu or in addition to the supplementation. When you see a client, is it typically long term or just a few weeks or months, generally speaking? Thanks for any insights you can pass along!

  8. Thank you so much for your insightful blog!! I will definitely consider the online course (I live abroad…).
    I was wondering what, in your experience, is the recommended supplements (type and brands) for Omega-3? I could not find this in your “favourites” page. Do you still recommend cod-liver oil?

  9. Hello Lauren. My name is Lauren as well. I wanted to reach out and connect with you on the Nutritional Therapy course. In July of 2013 I graduated from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, fantastic school and highly recommended!! But after graduation I am struggling to find a job in my field and having a bit of trouble or direction with my Health Coaching business. I have been a Chef for 21 years and I am in all of the holistic way of life. The NT course sounds really interesting but I am on the East coast. Unfortunately, I believe we are just catching up on the holistic way of life here. Do you have any suggestions, or is this program offered in Pennsylvania? I am in all of your site and enjoy your recipes and posts. Keep up all of your hard work!!

    Health and happiness to you!!

    Lauren Pursell

  10. Hi Lauren, I also was wondering about the Thrive gift certificate, as I registered and am currently in the NTA program, and used your name as my referral. I contacted them after your previous response that the gift certificate would come from NTA, and their response was the opposite:

    Hi Alana,

    Our marketing team is keeping track of it, but Empowered Sustenance is the one giving it, so it would come from her. I am not sure when that benefit is going to go out.


    Shanda Combs, NTP
    Customer Service
    Nutritional Therapy Association, Inc.

    So how do we go about getting that?



  11. Thank you for this thorough post about the NTP program. I have been looking through the website and didn’t find much info. But this is very helpful! I do have more questions but do you suggest just contacting the NTA? Thanks!

  12. Lauren,

    I’m looking into taking the NTP program but I’m not sure if I’ll have enough time.
    From you’re experience, how long did it take you to complete the course, and how many hours a week did you have to dedicate to the program?
    I currently work full time (9-5) Monday-Friday, do you think it’s still possible for me to do the program?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Nicole! I can’t remember how many hours, and it depends on the individual. I’m a pretty quick reader and writer, so many of the assignments went relatively quickly for me. But there were many hours a week that I spend learning the audio/video materials. The hands-on practicing of the functional eval is also very important later in the course. Many of my colleagues have juggled a 9 to 5 job while doing the program, but it takes dedication.

  13. Hello Lauren! What are your thoughts on NTP vs FDN(Functional Diagnostic Nutrition)? Are they similar? Are they not? If not would both be beneficial? Any input/insight is appreciated!



    • I would LOVE to hear a response to this post. These are the 2 programs I’m most strongly considering. I can see that NTP has the hands on portion, whereas FDN has the access to lab testing. But is there any more depth to the comparison that you can provide, Lauren? Thanks!

    • Hi Chris and Dan! First, I apologize for missing your original comment. I am not very familiar with the FDN program. Speaking from my own experience, functional blood work has provided great insight in my health, but connecting in an immediate way with the the body’s unique requirements and nutritional needs (what happens during the hands-on functional evaluation) was profound. I would suggest calling NTA to talk to an admissions advisor, to ask them how the programs compare.

      There is also a program called Restorative Wellness Solutions which teaches NTPs how to do functional blood work. It’s a great continuing education option after you do the NTP program.

  14. Hi Lauren! Great write up! I am currently registering for the Winter ’16 program out of Olympia. I’m really excited to start this new chapter in my life. Once graduate I plan to focus a bit more on sports performance and sports nutrition w/ my clients. Do you know if the Thrive gift certificate is still available for referrals?! Thanks again for all of your insight.

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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