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Jordan Schmidt is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Associate Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association, movement teacher, and a farmer in the Hudson Valley, New York.  She has spent a decade working with organic farm systems and is fascinated by the connections between the health of our broader environment and the health of our internal bodies.  She is passionate about supporting and restoring wellness in the face of a world and health care system that often make it difficult.

Her interest in nutrition and healing {in using food as foundational medicine} began as early as she can remember.  Growing up with chronic asthma, allergies and digestive issues she was aware that her body responded to diet, stress, and environment.  However, she was often missing the tools to handle anything but the most significant symptoms – and those were handled by using an ever changing series of  strong medications. Because she felt sure that food had to play a role, she also tried numerous, mostly misguided, dietary shifts based on nutrition advice from popular media.

 

At the end of a long farming season, in her mid 20’s, Jordan came down with a nasty gastro-intestinal flu and struggled to recover.  This initiated years of worsening digestive issues, persistent co-infections, hormonal problems, and nagging fatigue.  She propped herself up with frequent snacks and coffee to make it through the intense seasonal work, learning to handle a baseline of discomfort and pain.  She was diagnosed with IBS and was advised to supplement with fiber and take more medication, which only served to make her feel worse.

Her healing journey was gradual, but transformative.  It compelled her to endless hours of research & self-experimentation.  Using dietary changes that combined ancestral knowledge and modern science, specific high quality supplements, and important lifestyle modifications she has truly changed her own health.  She no longer relies on asthma or allergy medication, nor does she suffer from debilitating digestive distress.

The tangible process of healing her own body, the respect that she has gained for the complexity of how our bodies work, and the desire to expand on what her own journey could teach -  led her to pursue a nutritional counseling certificate with the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2014.  Building on an undergraduate degree in science, the course allowed her to solidify the foundational knowledge needed to help others understand dysfunction and regain their health.  Jordan is also a certified yoga instructor who teaches with attention to alignment and functional movement.  She continues to study nutrigenomics & methylation therapies, herbalism, the microbiome and creative health coaching techniques.

When she’s not working with clients or instructing for the NTA, Jordan moonlights in growing herbs, foraging food, and geeking out about pasture on the grassfed dairy she runs with her partner.  She is now thrilled to offer the kind of practical, personal, whole-person care she wished for as she was navigating her own healing journey.