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I’m Nikki Burnett and I’m a holistic, functional nutritionist. So, what does that mean? That means I’ve spent a large part of my lifetime researching nutrition and how it plays a role in our everyday life. During that time, I spent my professional life working in the medical field, which gives me a unique perspective on holistic care. I’ve spent a large amount of time in physician offices, in many surgery cases, as well as the business side of medicine. I believe it is very important to have all practitioners on board and communicating with each other, about you and your case.
I made the decision to move into holistic nutrition, as opposed to traditional diatetics because my view of health and nutrition is just that – holistic. Working with one part of the body because that where the symptoms appear, does not necessarily ensure good health, nor that we’re finding the root cause of where the symptoms originate.
Taste Life Nutrition comes from just that. As I sat at my desk researching, the words came into my head, completely out of nowhere. The name of my company inspires in me what I hope to inspire in others. Food is life. Food is a fundamental necessity in life and food is amazing! To taste life is to taste the food that communicates with our cells and our DNA. Clean, unbroken food literally communicates a clean, unbroken message at the cellular level, and the body responds. When we eat unclean, broken food, there is an unclean, broken message delivered to our cells and DNA. The cells don’t know how to respond and they send out alarm signals. These alarm signals have the ability to change our DNA. Think about that for a minute – Food can CHANGE our DNA.
The people that come to me looking for guidance range from those searching for the best foods that suit their body to those that are chronic and searching for answers that are yet to be found. Unfortunately, most of my client base is the latter.
This is where functional nutrition comes in. Functional nutrition means I look at the body at a much deeper level by functional testing. Depending on the labs, they may be blood, urine, saliva, or stool – we can even look at genetics and epigenetics. This gives us a unique view of the true state of your body and takes out much of the guesswork.
I find one of the most important things that I do is work with people as individuals. We are all biochemically unique – both in our bodies, as well as our environment, lifestyle, toxic load, stress levels, etc. Those that live in the same house are completely unique and one protocol or lifestyle may work for one and not the other. We are extremely complex and to assume otherwise is a sad, simplistic view of this amazing life that we’ve been given and all that surrounds us.
When I work with my clients, besides working with them as individuals, I try to work in phases but get the most progress as quickly as possible. Progress doesn’t mean we stop there, but it’s motivation to continue on the healing journey. Healing can take time but when I see my clients light up when things begin to turn around – this is my motivation.
My goals is to serve my clients with all that I have access to. Besides my education and research, I continually attend continuing education conferences and seminars. These aren’t nutritionist specific but geared toward all those involved in integrative health – MDs, DOs, NDs, PTs, nurses, chiropractors, acupuncturists, dieticians, and nutritionists – all with a goal to better themselves and their understanding of cutting edge technologies, professional supplements, and new and emerging data in the field of health and wellness. Some might call me a geek – like my husband! As always, I find the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know – but I am better prepared to guide my clients in their health goals with every extra week or weekend I spend learning.
When my clients make the decision to work with me, they make the decision to invest in their health for the rest of their life. We don’t only work with superficial symptoms but dig deep into the causes. I think of myself as a detective – I look for clues, dig for answers, and put pieces of a large puzzle together to find the best path to achieve individual goals. This doesn’t mean it’s easy, but it works.
I work with a wide variety of clients – fertility, hormone balancing, autoimmunity, gut health, blood sugar balance, weight control, cardiovascular health – all are common in my practice and all have their similarities and their unique set of circumstances. I spend a great deal of time on a client’s case, beyond the time I spend with each client. Research on every case is a necessity, and that’s what my clients deserve.