My name is Niti and I am a Nutritionist, Functional medicine practitioner, Learner, and Thinker who believes that food is at the core of our wellbeing. I am a Physical Therapist by training, Health writer by passion, Activist by nature and Nutritionist by profession. I have years of experience in the field of healthcare where my journey began as a physical therapist and later evolved into the field of nutrition and functional medicine. I am also a celebrity chef for my family, chauffeur for my kids, nurse for my parents and infinite number of other roles that I juggle through the day! But above all I am a simple person who wishes well! Vegetarian by birth and vegan at heart!
My story here…For most part, we ate anything and everything we wanted as a family. Our taste buds ruled. Tons of processed food, fast food restaurants, not planning meals so making something in haste. I thought we were eating good stuff as it was home cooked but little did I know to check what and how did it land on our table. My family had a series of hospital visits two winters in a row and it jolted me from my dream. What is happening to my family?
My mom and mom-in- law always say, “Think of the pantry as a medicine cabinet!” They have taught me and inspired me so much!
Feel blessed to be able to pursue my passion for food as medicine, learning from professors around the globe and rubbing shoulders with passionate classmates studying evidence-based medicine. Will travel the path less traveled upon to bring a change and provide a cure with nutrition at the core @ University of Western states affiliated with the Institute for functional medicine (IFM). Check out my featured student profile at my University of Western States page: https://www.uws.edu/profiles/niti-shah/
Ask questions? Need to be curious and learn everyday like a child. Change is always hard!
I work with patients who want to get healthy overcoming chronic diseases like diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis, metabolic imbalances, digestive disorders, food sensitivities because they are essentially lifestyle disorders. I also believe food should be fun, delicious, simple, and joyful since all imbalances can be cured by what one puts on their plate! I am passionate about teaching my patients the whole-body approach to wellbeing emphasizing nutrition and lifestyle choices. And hence work closely to help them find unique methods that work for them no matter where they are on the dietary or physical activity spectrum.
It matters to me to be able to make a difference in someone’s lives and be an inspiration to make informed choices.