How I became interested in becoming a nutrition consultant….
My name is Angie Spuzak and I am a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant or Nutritionist. I received my education from Bauman College Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Boulder, Co. I started down this path originally by owning, and operating, several cafes and a restaurants in several States – most recently Dlish vegetarian in Sedona, AZ. In the beginning I had no concept of healthy food, and optimal nutrition. As I learned I became a Holistic Personal Chef which led me naturally into becoming a Nutritionist & Consultant.
I knew that learning to be a nutritionist could help resolve all sorts of issues but I had a number of them that were stubborn even though I thought I was ‘eating healthy’. My journey with health issues started with anxiety, gut problems including Candidia and leaky gut, estrogen dominance, HPA axis dysfunction, and vitamin and minerals deficiencies – you name it! I had it all! I took action and I decided to do something about it by learning about nutrition at a top school in Boulder, co.
I DECIDED TO BE A HOLISTIC NUTRITION CONSULTANT BECAUSE:
I wanted to help myself to be nutritionally balanced and healthy
I started understanding the true role of nutrition in vibrant health
I was tired of having symptoms likely caused by hormones that were out of balance – I had to know if I could bring my hormones back into balance!
I wanted to get back to my roots – I grew up on simple healthy and clean food which was friendly to my hormones
I realized I had a natural desire to help women feel great – because they deserve it!
I work with women who want to achieve hormonal balance – and all the perks that go along with doing so. From a nutritionists perspective, we will work on healing the gut, balancing blood sugar, liver detoxification, optimizing adrenals, making changes in lifestyle as well as discovering our connection to the feminine. Why do we look at all these aspects? The goal is higher energy, clarity of thought, a more stable emotional base and a backdrop of general ease and positive feelings. It just makes you feel better on so many fronts!
I’m a believer in the healing power of evidence-based nutrition and education. There is simply a massive amount of evidence supporting the use of food and supplementation to achieve a higher quality of life.
I run my business online which allows me to work with women all over the country, and world. This allows me to help women who are needing my direction, or who simply want to expand on what they know – worldwide! My approach has something for almost everyone and I look forward to sharing the knowledge.
I focus on the importance of eating whole, real foods. My approach to healing and well-being is therapeutic, comprehensive, and restorative. My favorite therapy involves food as food will help you transform, feel nourished, and promote healing.
I have been the proud owner of several vegetarian / vegan cafes and restaurants across the U.S., including Waynesville, NC’s first vegetarian/vegan cafe, D’Lish Very Vegetarian restaurant, D’Lish Express Take-out in Sedona, AZ, and the Green Carrot Cafe, in Cottonwood, AZ.
Besides my Nutrition Certification I hold a certificate in the Vegan Mastery Program from the Vegetarian Health Institute, and a Raw Food Chef Certification through the Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy.
- GI Mastery Course Gastrointestinal Disorder Training For Health Care Professional
- Hormone Mastery Course
- The Amazing Amino Acids for Eliminating Anxiety, Social Anxiety and Panic Attacks
- FDN Advanced Stress and Hormones course
- Courses from Holistic Nutritionist Lab
- Microbiome Mastery Course- SIBO Intensive Master Class Currently taking Women Health Coaching course form The Integrative Women’s Health Institute.
If you have time for the long version!
I loved my childhood, every minute of it. Growing up in Poland back then was so different from how I see children live today. We played outside all the time, we spent summers picking berries, nuts and mushrooms in the forests, going to the farmers market every day to have fresh food for that day. I remember spending time with my mother, grandmother and my aunts preparing fresh, wholesome, delicious fruits and vegetables for canning, preserving, fermenting and pickling. Our mealtimes were full of farm-fresh foods, home-baked breads. Eating was like a ritual, where the entire family enjoyed each other and food. They might have thought I would become a chef one day, but I doubt they ever thought I would become a nutritionist! Some great memories. My young little body was so strong and full of life!
It was years later, when I moved to my new home in America, the land where I would make my own way and find great new opportunities to do things differently that I discovered not everyone lived the way we did in my country. I had no idea at the time but I was walking into a system designed to compromise a person’s hormones. The bread was spongy and tasted strange, the convenience meals made no sense – I didn’t know what they were. And of course, it was ten times more difficult because I could barely speak English!
The stress and strain of trying to make a new life in a country where I struggled to understand and be understood, on top of eating weird new foods that I didn’t recognize, made me gain weight, feel sick all the time, and wrecked my hormones. At that critical point, I still had no idea the damage this lifestyle was wreaking on my hormones or what a nutritionist was, but I sure needed one.
At first, I pushed myself hard – working long hours to earn my way cleaning houses which I turned into a thriving business, but I just couldn’t figure out what was making me feel so sick and tired all the time! My hormones were being disrupted and I had no idea. Well, if you’re being exposed to toxic cleaning chemicals all day, every day, trust me, you’re going to get sick! So there I was, the unhealthy food, the stress and even my job was making me feel horrible. I did not make much of it because everybody else around felt the same way, so I did not get help then. Looking back, this was an all out assault on the balance of my hormones.
One day, driving along, trying to escape a Florida hurricane, my ex-husband and I made our pit-stop at a little coffee shop in North Carolina. It turned out that coffee shop was for sale, and I just knew this was where my journey would change; this is where I would get back my life, my health, my energy and my passion for those beautiful, fresh and nourishing meals of my childhood.
I won’t lie to you; it was an uphill battle sometimes. Food in America is so focused on convenience, ease of use, make it quick-quick-quick! We’ve lost touch with the goodness, the beauty and the wholesomeness of healthy and nourishing food, and replaced it with unrecognizable, unhealthy, on-the-go food. But I was on my Mission. I was going to bring back the goodness of Nutrition and eventually become a nutritionist.
Years later, when we sold the coffee shop, I was still passionate about feeding people well, the right way, and I discovered a beautiful Vegan restaurant, D’Lish Very Vegetarian for sale. Well, that sounded just perfect! I embraced being a vegan and started making delicious vegan meals for the people of Sedona, Arizona. Life has it’s funny moments, though, doesn’t it? I believed I was being super-healthy with my Vegan lifestyle, but it turned out I was slowly building up deficiencies, because I didn’t understand Veganism well enough. I was a great chef but not a nutritionist! I thought all was great, because I was losing weight and looking good! But my health was starting to suffer even more. My hormones were totally out of whack. I suffered from anxiety, leaky gut, food sensitivities, estrogen dominance, severe PMS, high cortisol, hair loss, HPA axis dysfunction, acne, candida, high oxalate, vitamins and minerals deficiencies, weight fluctuations, poor methylation and detoxification, and low T3 free levels. All my systems were working badly like an old, broken-down car. My hormonal imbalances were causing me to feel anxious, bloated all the time, with cramps; pain, exhaustion and I couldn’t lose weight.
It was time to get things on the right track.
I moved again, this time to Boulder, Colorado a mekka of healthy food! Mission: Nutrition was still on the go, and I threw myself into learning everything I could to become a holistic chef. I studied, I learned, I incorporated what I knew from experience with my new learning, and I discovered all the mistakes I was making that were damaging my body. I managed to dig myself out almost of all of it. Still working on balancing my body but this takes time. By studying to become a nutritionist, I discovered that every single person is unique and has bio-individuality, different needs and different ways to help their body get strong, healthy and in shape.
It was then that I realized how important my diet had been for my own health – the deficiencies I had been suffering were causing fatigue, leaky gut, bloating, pain… even acne! Why? Because deficiencies trigger imbalances and when your hormones aren’t doing their job, your whole body suffers. But when you are in balance, when the right nutrition is flowing through your body, when your hormones start to kick into high gear, that’s when you start to thrive! People think that studying to become a nutritionist must be simple, but the nutritional & hormonal complexities of the human body are immense!
Today, I believe that nutrition is about more than just eating healthy food. It’s about finding the right balance for you, feeding your body, your mind and your spirit what they need to be strong, healthy and complete. Food isn’t just fuel, it is fuel, and medicine, and therapy, and your key to a nourished, healthy, balanced life.
I’d love to hear your story. Please, get in touch!
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