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Dianne Koehler is one of NTI’s fabulous instructors. She is a Master Nutrition Therapist, a Certified GAPS Practitioner and a Weston A. Price chapter leader. Diane has an extensive knowledge of herbal therapeutics, functional blood chemistry analysis, integrative detox systems, and functional endocrinology.
We thought we’d ask Dianne a little bit about her journey into nutrition, and learn more about her role with Weston A. Price.
1) How did you get interested in holistic nutrition?
I took a class in aromatherapy about 23 years ago, which was my first introduction to complimentary healthcare and the beginning of my journey of self-learning. Several years later I got my dream job of working at Wild Oats (now Whole Foods) thinking that I would be immersed in the throes of all things “natural”.
I was however, working at the corporate office, and after of year of doing similar corporate work that I had done at other places, I got burned out on the commercial focus of the business. Eventually I went to herb school for two years and realized that people were using herbs in an allopathic manner – treating symptoms without addressing the underlying issues (nutrient deficiencies, etc.). I then did a year of study at an integrative nutrition school and realized I wanted a more in-depth understanding of the science of nutrition, so I came to school at NTI. I graduated from NTI in 2007.
Dianne Koehler, MNT and Sally Fallon Morrel of the Weston A. Price Foundation
2) Tell us about what you do with the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF).
I am the WAPF Denver Chapter Co-Leader. As a chapter, our minimal requirement is to provide a resource list of local producers of nutrient-dense foods. Of course we do more; we have bimonthly meetings during which we have a potluck luncheon with an hour of education. The education piece can include a guest speaker (farmer, doctor, bee keeper, etc.), me giving a presentation on some sort of nutrient, or showing a video presentation from a recent WAPF national conference.
3) What do you enjoy most about being involved with the Weston A. Price Foundation?
The fact that when new people find out about the WAPF nutrition principals, they change the way they eat, and there are profound changes in their health. They always come up to me excitedly sharing their life-changing transformations. It makes me happy to have played some sort of role in their process.
4) How often are meetings and how can people get involved?
Our meetings are every-other month on the last Saturday (our first meeting for 2015 is on Jan. 24th). People can check out our website nourishingconnections.org to find the schedule, location, time and other pertinent info, as well as see our local resource list. Our meetings are open to anyone; WAPF membership is not required, but highly recommended. We only ask that people bring a dish to share for the potluck. You can go to our website for a description of what WAPF friendly foods are and are not.
5) What are 3 tips you can offer people who are just getting started on the GAPS diet?
I am a Certified GAPS practitioner (since 2012) and work with many people using the GAPS protocols to address a multitude of physical and psychological issues. When starting out, the most immediate roadblocks to their success are: the effort involved in the food preparation, consistently having enough of the high quality ingredients on hand, and the complete inability to eat out or eat anything pre-prepared as everything must be home-prepared. If they can overcome these issues, then starting the protocol is much easier.
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