Alexa is a nutrition expert who is devoted to navigating clients towards better health and confident food choices. Alexa studied at the Nutritional Therapy Association, obtaining a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification, and holds a bachelor of science in Biology from Mississippi State University. After years of professional work, research, personal experience, and educating others about nutrition, Navigating Nutrients was born.
Navigating Nutrients is based on scientific research, experimental knowledge, and ancestral wisdom. Alexa's business module is built on the basis that we are all unique, each requiring different nutrients for optimal health. Her passion is identifying and guiding her clients towards the foods on which they will thrive. She recognizes that food dictates how people feel and function, therefore her protocols start with real, nutrient dense, natural foods. In addition to seeing clients one-on-one, Alexa enjoys educating others on these same concepts through her biweekly subscription. Sign up here.
From Zookeeper to Nutritionist
I was living in a fog. Several years into an undiagnosed autoimmune disease, I experienced debilitating fatigue, underwent half a dozen surgeries, and had a list of questions my doctors couldn’t answer. This was my motivation to become a nutritionist.
It began when I was an exotic animal zookeeper. I loved my job! Running around feeding giraffes, lions, and baboons kept me active and outside. I viewed myself as healthy. I ate a salad almost everyday and cooked at home a few times a week. Foods I knew weren’t healthy, like pizza, cereal, fast food, were still a part of my diet, but why not? I was doing fine. (Sound familiar?)
Fast forward two years, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease (an autoimmune disease of the thyroid), prescribed medication, informed I would continue to need a higher dose for the rest of my life, and told there was nothing I could do about any of it. What a shock! I felt helpless and “doomed” to my symptoms and medication forever.
Throughout the next year, I reach the point I described in the beginning of this story. My medication dose tripled, yet I was feeling worse than ever. I received a second, third, and fourth opinion, with the same result each time. I was frustrated that my body seemed like it was falling apart so young. In addition, everywhere I turned, there was conflicting information about the right way to eat and how it effected one’s health. (Ever felt confused by all the “health noise” like I did?)
I refused to stand idly by; I wanted to take charge of my health and find the truth. I started researching on my own, soon after enrolling in the Nutritional Therapy Association. What I learned throughout my studies was life- changing. I was able to decipher what I was sensitive to and deficient in. What I was eating, while being perfectly acceptable for the next person, was wreaking havoc on my body because of MY specific needs.
My journey to better health was a long and complex one. Now I help others navigate a path through the confusion and noise surrounding nutrition and food, that I once felt. I had to do this on my own, but you don’t have to.
I work with clients to discover the right foods for their specific needs so they can confidently enjoy guilt-free meals. If you are ready for change, no matter how big or small, I will be there to guide you on your nutritional journey.