A few years ago I began a journey to heal my body and mind through a whole foods diet.

I didn't know much about nutrition--actually I knew hardly anything at all. But I'd read Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's book on the GAPS diet and knew what she said was true. My body had been damaged by the food and prescriptions our modern culture touts as "healthy" and I needed to heal.  I needed nourishment. I needed real, traditional food. 

My Own Healing Journey

My journey on the GAPS diet was in itself a long and tough challenge. I began to heal my body by simply removing processed foods and focusing on nutrients and gut health. I restored the balance of bacterial flora in my gut. I incorporated nutrients that would support and heal a digestive system. I developed new habits that helped me relax, detox, and clear my body of chemicals that were causing both discomfort and disease. And I was starting to heal. I almost couldn't believe it. But I could feel it. 

I began this blog about a year after beginning the GAPS diet. I hoped I could help others find lifelong healing through the whole foods recipes, the toxin-free lifestyle, and the education that were changing my life.

Life soon took me on another journey, though--a journey that I had hoped I would never experience. It would require physical healing, yes, but also deep emotional and spiritual healing. After year and a half of being married, I went through an unexpected and heart-wrenching divorce--losing my husband, my job, and my housing all in just a couple weeks. I was alone and scared and had no idea where to go or what to do. But I gritted my teeth and faced an uncertain future, wanting to be someone who my favorite author, Brene Brown, could call "wholehearted." I wanted it to be me that she addressed in the beginning of her book Rising Strong, when she wrote, "To the brave and brokenhearted who have taught us how to rise after a fall. Your courage is contagious."

And so I decided to continue to pursue my goals to help people learn about real food nutrition.  For me, sharing my journey and helping others heal became a way for me to own my own story, to rise, and to overcome.

My Nutritional Therapy Education

As I talked to many of you about the various digestive problems, food allergies, skin issues, and other medical concerns that you were struggling with, I shared in your pain and wished I could do more. The knowledge and experiences just weren't enough to really walk others through their own healing journey.  

After already spending YEARS getting through my undergraduate degree, I decided to go back to school to learn more about nutritional therapy. I enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Association's program to gain a better understanding of how the body actually works and why nutrition and digestion are central to health and wellness.

At the first workshop I knew I had found my tribe. These were men and women who believed in the power of nourishment. They, too, had each experienced the ravages of western medicine. We had all disbelieved the prescriptions given to us of "no hope" and "pain management" and "daily meds with side effects". And we had come to learn how to use food and nutrition to heal. And we wanted to use that knowledge to heal our families and prevent the cancers, the diabetes, and the heart diseases that plagued our circles of influence.

Helping Others Heal

My Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification has finally empowered me with the knowledge and tools I need to help others really heal. Together with my clients, we discover what their body actually needs--and it's not pain medications or symptom-maskers! We discover what organs have been damaged and inflamed by our modern culture? What nutrients are missing that have thrown off the delicate balance of the body? How can we shift the diet to incorporate healing foods that will support and bring nourishment to ailing bodies?

I am blown away every day by the changes that my clients have experienced--often in just a few weeks. Some find that they slept through the night for the first time in years. Others, that they went through an entire day without feeling bloated or gassy. And others still, that they had a normal and pain-free menstrual cycle for the first time in their lives.

My Services

This blog is a chance to share my journey to health. The recipes. The words. The lifestyle. The little daily things that have brought healing and strength to my body, mind, and spirit. Healing is not always an easy journey. But it's a beautiful one. Leave me comments, message me, or view My Services page to work with me and start your own healing journey. I provide both in person and online consultations, meal planning, group nutrition courses, and corporate wellness education.

I wish I had a chance to meet and talk to all of you as well! I want to hear your stories, your challenges, your overcomings, your strength. So don't be afraid to reach out to me! I would love to hear from you.

Until then, keep smiling. Keep rising. And keep moving. It only gets better from here!

Lots of love,

Amy Moffat, NTP

4 Responses to “About Me

  • Taylor Brown
    2 years ago

    Hey Amy,
    My name is Taylor Brown and my story sounds somewhat similar to yours as far as diet goes. I’ve tried pretty much every diet out there and have been gluten free for about six years now. I also did collegiate track and was a high jumper :) but I came across the GAPS diet and thought that was probably the key to my success as I’ve been told I have leaky gut, but also have Hashimoto’s and struggle with fatigue and feeling chronically bloated. I’ve done the candida cleanse a few times throughout the years and have had luck with that, but don’t think I ever reintroduced foods the way I should’ve. Did you do a cleanse of any sort before doing GAPS? I’ve now been on the GAPS intro stages for about 3 weeks and don’t feel like I’m progressing like I should be and am wondering if candida overgrowth could be keeping me from progressing?
    Thanks so much for you help! Thanks for your blog!

    • amoffat
      2 years ago

      Hi Taylor! Sorry for taking a while to respond–it’s been super busy I haven’t had a chance to respond to comments. But thanks for reaching out! I can totally relate to the struggle in trying to figure out how to heal your body. Personally I didn’t do any cleanses before starting GAPS, as it’s purpose is to also help cleanse and detox the body of harmful yeast and bacteria overgrowths. I also had a candida overgrowth, but with GAPS it did take care of it, although it took some time. If you have really stubborn Candida Overgrowth this is what Dr Natasha says might help: “There are many good natural remedies on the market, such as oregano, olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, garlic and herbal mixes to bring candida down a bit… Another measure is alkalizing: candida thrives in acid environment and hates alkaline environment. The most effective and inexpensive remedy is pure bicarbonate of soda…” You can read more about how to use these on her FAQ PDF on the gapsdiet.com website. In the PDF just search for the word “Candida” and there is a lot of info on that. Also, know that it does take time to heal the gut. It takes a while for good bacteria to regrow and the gut lining to heal. The GAPS diet is a 18 month-2 year commitment, but it is so worth it. It’s your healthy and quality of life you want back!! Thanks again for reaching out–feel free to reply to this comment or message me with more questions! I will be better about responding faster haha

  • Kathleen Hanson
    2 years ago

    Hi Amy
    Wow! your blog looks amazing, very impressive and so full of great information. I attended your class at Redmond Heritage Farms on bone broth. I am excited to be using your recipes.

    I just wanted to ask a follow up question from your class. I’m a little confused about how much Great Lakes Collagen Gelatin I should add to my bone broth. I also made the Butternut Squash soup and didn’t add any gelatin because I didn’t know how much to add or when to add it. I bought the Hydrolysate Collagen as well but I am not sure how to use this in my recipes either. Do you just add these to individual portions? I was hoping I could add it to the entire recipe all lat once but the labels don’t have any information about that.

    If you could help me out with a little more information, I would really appreciate it.
    Thanks so much

    • amoffat
      2 years ago

      Hi Kathleen! Sorry for the delayed response! I don’t check my blog comments as much as I should now-a-days;) But I’m so happy you enjoyed the class! Adding gelatin to bone broth is not necessary to get the “gel”-ed texture. The skin, joints, and other connective tissues is actual the gelatin in it’s natural state, and as the broth cools, the water will gel up to create a “gel”-ed texture. Powdered gelatin is actually just the connective tissues (skin, joints, etc.) from animals that has been dried and powdered for ease of use. Does that makes sense? Did I answer your question?

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