• Amy Raimondi, NTP, MLIS

Don't Forget To Chew

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

New blog, who dis.

When I made my way back from maternity leave in January, I had a bit of an identity crisis. I went from working as a full-time health sciences librarian who moonlighted as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, to being a new mom who was figuring out what being a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner would now mean. I no longer had a 40-hour week job to answer to, but I did have a child who basically needed me 24/7. One day I will know what it's like to be able to devote my full attention to this career--but that time is not yet!

The logistics of seeing local clients as an NTP became complicated on many levels. And while I am glad to see local clients, I had been feeling an urge to focus on a larger audience. Having my identity wrapped up in my locale was not what something I wanted to continue pursuing.

So while I slowly became a more content-driven NTP, I thought about how I would be able to market that.

One morning while in the throes of postpartum, there was one day I was actually able to make breakfast (rare occurrence, still is): some gluten free toast and bacon. Of course, as soon as it was done, the baby woke up crying. Needing some fuel to breastfeed her, I quickly grabbed a piece of toast slathered in Kerrygold. While I practically inhaled this piece of toast while I rushed to pick up my screaming baby, I reminded myself: DON'T FORGET TO CHEW.

I go over digestion and how it's so important to eat in a relaxed, "rest and digest", parasympathetic state with all of my clients. I caution that if you don't, it's going to lead to issues further on the digestive tract: heartburn/acid reflux/GERD, leaky gut, gallbladder issues...not to mention you aren't breaking your food down in to nutrients to be absorbed.

And here I was, not taking my own advice.

I can't stand letting my child scream, but if I have a leaky gut flare up (and I'm susceptible to them postpartum) then I am not going to be able to take care of my child to the best of my abilities. So if I need to take 3o seconds to chew my food for both my health and to be the best mother I can be, I have to let myself do that.

It all starts with digestion. Digestion affects everything, and everything affects digestion. Digestion starts in your brain, but your brain needs the nutrients it gets from food, and properly digesting that food, to function properly. It's a catch-22, and diet and digestion affects your physical and mental health.

It can be a vicious cycle to break, and sometimes we need supplements to help us reset it. As an NTP, I can help with that.

But I realized I needed to help myself first.

And that's when I knew how I was going to rebrand. I’ll still be seeing clients as Nutritional Therapy of Pittsburgh because I really do feel like the Pittsburgh area needs it, but I’m feeling called to provide more content. I was running out of characters on my Instagram posts, so I decided to start my blog back up again.

My old blog that I started when I was an NTP student is still up at https://amymayshealthyways.weebly.com/. I will be moving some select recipes over here (if I can take better food photos!), but I will not be updating that blog. All new content will be at dontforgettochew.com and my Instagram page is another great place to get information from me. You can also join my private Facebook group on nutritional therapy, safer skincare and cleaner cosmetics, and healthier living. If you want to work with me, visit Nutritional Therapy of Pittsburgh (I take online and distance clients!) Thanks for being a part of this journey with me!

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