NTI PodTalk with Graduate, Karen Shrum, NTM, ONC

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In this episode of the NTI PodTalk, Dianne talks to Karen Shrum, an NTI grad and certified Oncology Nutrition Consultant.

About Karen Shrum

Karen’s nutrition journey began early on. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, she moved to Colorado and began taking nutrition classes. A dietician degree was put on hold while focusing on marriage and starting a family. As the youngest in a family of eight, Karen became a good observer and, after watching family members battle cancer, hypothyroidism, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, she set out determined to find a better way. Following the loss of her mother and sister to cancer and through God’s guiding hand, she discovered the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver and there learned the science behind the healing power of food. Completing the school’s Nutrition Therapy Master Certification directed Karen into seeking out Remission Nutrition and the Oncology Nutrition Institute in order to help reduce the risk of cancer through the use of therapeutic nutrition.

In her spare time, Karen finds joy in being a wife and mother, camping, mountain biking, kayaking with whales, and traveling.

In this episode Karen and Dianne discuss:

  • 02:35 – Karen starts seeing a nutritionist to fine-tune her health. That sparked a passion for her to give back and get out of her unfulfilling marketing job
  •  03:30 – A dietician degree was put on hold while focusing on marriage and starting a family
  • 06:51 – 12 years after stopping the dietician program, and after suffering the loss of her mother and sister from cancer, an email from NTI pops up in her inbox
  • 08:40 – Karen looks into NTI and realizes its a completely different approach than a dietician – NTI has a holistic approach and that really resonated with her and just felt right – and she enrolled instantly 
  • 10:05 – Karen discusses all the things she learned at NTI that she still uses every day with her clients
  • 12:43 – The two courses Karen is most unsure of ended up giving her much-needed tools for her practice today  
  • 13:45 – Karen and Dianne discuss the immense value of the Business Readiness course and Karen attributes her getting a job offer before she graduated to the course
  • 18:50 – How her education at NTI set her up to go on to do advanced oncology training
  • 22:15 – Karen discusses her work as an Oncology Nutrition Consultant at Remission Nutrition 
  • 28:10 – How you can find and work with Karen

NTI’s PodTalk is available on all major podcast platformsFind us by searching “NTI PodTalk” in your favorite podcast platform or by following any of the links below.

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Hear what other NTI graduates are doing with their certifications:

NTI PodTalk with Laurie Rein – Nutrition Therapist Master, Certified Health Coach, and Author

NTI PodTalk with Graduate, Kimsey Self, MNT

Are you ready to launch your career in the holistic health field?

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