Hi there! My name is Lindsay Zisa, and I am Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP)! I currently live in Virginia with my boyfriend, Connor, and our three fur children. I am passionate about cooking + baking, kissing my children constantly, working out whether at the gym or yoga, and volunteering in different countries. I am so happy you could stop in today, so I could tell you a little bit about myself, and what keeps my fire burning!
Choosing to become an NTP was not a road I ever paved for myself, nor a road I ever knew existed until last year. Before choosing to end my first career at age 23, I was waist deep in the hotel business. Being hired right after high school by Marriott, I was able to experience the thrill of sales and events, and man, was I good at it. I was so good at it I became an Executive Meetings Manager at age 21. I knew what I was doing, there was a mutual love between my team and I, my clients and I, and I kept getting promoted. What else could I ask for in a career? *Um, maybe some passion!?* (Said the little voice inside of my head). Seven months after realizing my heart was elsewhere, I took a leap of faith, with no plans, and closed the door on the hotel business for good.
I did some soul searching for a year and a half. I was lost. I did not know what I wanted to do, but I knew what I was passionate about- helping people. Point blank. Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to help society in some way. When I was a child I had seen my fair share of family members die from cancer, so at a very young age, I decided I wanted to be an Oncologist. Somewhere along the way, that dream faded but the diseases around me did not. I grew up seeing the ones I love struggle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, thyroid issues, food allergies, eating disorders, skin issues. And myself- experiencing asthma all my life, and when I was fresh out of high school, experiencing anxiety and depression for the first time. My lord. Would it ever end? How many possible diseases can one society have?
Commence the soul searching.
I thought about medicine. Hard. I still do. But it does not click for me. Going into the medical field would mean helping people. But would I actually be helping them? I went to the doctor years ago when I could not bear to handle my anxiety + depression alone anymore. Every pill they gave me failed. My dad takes 10-15 pills a day. Is that helping him? Doctors don’t have a cure for MS. They have different medicines they keep testing on patients hoping one day, maybe, a certain medicine will work. I am praying for that day. Hard.
I thought about pharmacy. I took a class in high school; loved it. It was very interesting to me. An internship with CVS was mandatory for that class. Two people out of the class were offered permanent positions at the CVS in which they interned. I was one of them. I denied the offer. If I didn’t want to be the one writing the prescriptions, I didn’t want to be the one filling them.
I wanted to help people and benefit their health, but I didn’t want anything to do with medicine. My mind was blown. How did I not know how to fulfill my own life’s passion?
Then one day, I stumbled upon the NTP program and it was an instant click for me. I could not explain it then, and I cannot explain it now. I told my loved ones about it and sent in my deposit immediately. I then realized that little voice inside my head two years ago, was God, telling me my career was lacking in passion. I now understand all of the trials and errors He put me through, and that He lead me exactly where He wants me. My heart is completely full. I found my passion, and I cannot wait to carry that passion into your healing journe