Ciara Shea, J.D., NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
WHAT STORY COMPELLED YOU TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE?
WHAT HEALTH ISSUES HAVE YOU OR SOMEONE CLOSE TO YOU STRUGGLED WITH?
WHAT OR WHO IN LIFE INSPIRED YOU TO MAKE A CHANGE, AND WHY?
These are some of the questions I may ask you in our initial meeting. I want to know you. The very personal, true, honest, vulnerable, beautiful you.
I understand that those are pretty high expectations of someone you’ve just met—but I want you to know that I’ll be by your side through every single step of this journey to health.
I’ll set the tone by being an open book and answering those questions myself, sharing with you my own personal journey.
In 2011 I graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, located in Sacramento, California. My entire life was hyper focused on graduating law school, earning my Juris Doctor, and becoming a lawyer all before I was 24. And I did it. I moved back to New York to take the Bar Exam, began studying, and then received the phone call that changed the entire course of my life…
“Hi Ciara, it’s Mom. The doctor said I have Stage 4 Lung Cancer.”
NO, it can’t be. Not you. Not us.
She’s all I ever had in life- my safety net, my biggest fan. She was my mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent, best friend and confidant. How could life go on without her?
At that moment, I had to make the choice to either study for the Bar Exam and push forward for a career in law, or stay by her side and take care of her. It wasn’t ever really a choice, I became her full time caregiver the moment we received the news she was sick. We found her the best doctors at the most prestigious cancer center and made an ironclad care plan.
At the close of our first meeting with the thoracic surgeon, I asked the doctor, “Should she change her eating habits?” (as a quick aside, my mother was a heavy drinker and definitely didn’t subscribe to a whole foods, nutrient dense diet)
The doctor responded, “No, she shouldn’t change a thing.” I’m pretty sure in that moment I became the cartoon character whose jaw dropped so hard to the floor that it broke through all of the floors beneath her. I was absolutely astonished and in shock. How could someone who is so educated not share the information that sugar feeds cancer cells? How could he not even ask what her daily food consumption looked like?
It was at that moment I decided to push my law books aside and obsessively research foods for cancer. I wanted to understand the how and why behind food and the body. How can food make you sick, but more importantly, how can food make you well?!
Unfortunately, my mother lost her battle to cancer in 2013, but her fight changed the course of my life.
I found power in having knowledge that food itself is medicine.
Take the beautiful, vibrant, incredible beet for example. This magical root veggie contains such powerful nutrient compounds that it helps protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers. The power you gain in understanding how a food like the beet will affect your body is priceless. You regain control over your own health, and ultimately, your own destiny.
Becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner became my opportunity to educate and empower others to recognize that a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet of whole foods provides the ultimate foundation upon which to build optimal health. It’s become my mission to help you tap into your own innate wisdom. Together, we can create a life of abundance, health, and happiness.