Who is Sara Russell, NTP?
My name is Sara, and my passion is helping to build, nurture and restore health through nutritional therapy. My relationship with food and health is rich and complex. My father was a poet, and spent the 1970s teaching in various universities around the world. His work brought us to Tehran in the late 1970s. However, we ended up penniless in Italy in the aftermath of the revolution and hostage crisis.
After a few years of extreme poverty and hunger in Venice, we moved to a whimsical old house in the Tuscan countryside. I fell in love with the abundance of foods there, both cultivated and wild. At a young age, I learned to forage for medicinal herbs, mushrooms, chestnuts and rose hips growing in the woods. My dad took pride in his vegetable garden, while I raised chickens and ducks.
I have always expressed love and affection for others through food, just as my father did with words. The abundance of nature and the healing power of foods is life’s deepest poetry.
Sara’s path to nutritional therapy
When I became a mother, it became extremely important for me to nourish my children with love and good food. In fact, motherhood inspired my deeper study of nutrition. Thus, I have come full circle, giving my children the nourishment my parents weren’t able to give me in my early years.
Working to improve my health and raise strong children through a nourishing diet inspired me to pursue a career in nutritional therapy. Thus, my practice emphasizes restoring health to those who have lost it and fostering optimal health in generations to come. I work with a deep commitment to the birthright of every baby to be born healthy and all parents-to-be to meet their full fertility potential.
Sara’s nutritional therapy practice
I received my nutritional therapy training through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Since completing my certification, I have run my practice full-time and have served hundreds of clients. I have advanced training in hair tissue mineral analysis and have helped numerous people restore their health through mineral balancing.
While I have experience in many areas of functional health, including digestive, endocrine and autoimmune issues, my specialty areas include fertlity, preconception, pregnancy, postpartum and the health of growing children and their families.
Practicing nutritional therapy as a healing art is an expression of my love of food and health. To rephrase one of my favorite lines from my father’s poetry (“Life is a celebration not a search for success”), good nutrition is a celebration of nature’s gifts, not a quest for perfection.