My name is Sandy Kipp and I’m so glad to meet you here. My hope and goal for you is that you will find health by adopting new habits which include nutrition as well as active, stress-free (or more appropriately, stress-managed) living.
My journey with health and nutrition began in early childhood with a mother that promoted wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, and two vegetables every night for dinner (I totally understand the vegetable part but scratching my head especially at the brewer’s yeast!). However, it wasn’t until I had children of my own that the concept of food as a foundation and building block to a long, healthy life really solidified. It was from that point, back in 2002, that I began learning, growing, and seeking education in the field of nutrition.
During my master’s program, I dreamed of helping others with their health through diet, and I believed that food had the power to change a person from the inside out. Thankfully, I learned of a protocol to help people with food hypersensitivities; I also learned that these food hypersensitivities could manifest themselves in numerous pain and inflammation disorders, including migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, auto-immune disease and fibromyalgia, just to name a few.
Following graduation from my master’s program I began my education in food hypersensitivities and became a Certified LEAP Therapist, enabling me not only to utilize my nutrition education, but also to help clients tap into the great mystery by which foods are making them sick.
After several years of working with patients to overcome symptoms of chronic illness, assist with struggles in weight, and counseling in other food related areas I decided to pursue additional education in integrative and functional nutrition through the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy. This provided a more intense, deeper dive into areas of practice that I had been attempting to learn about for many years through continuing education. I had always included some of the principles in my counseling but now I would have more tools to implement in my practice in order to help patients reach and maintain their health goals.
All that to say, nutrition, helping individuals to become healthy, and continuous learning in the field have been a passion of mine for many years and I hope for years to come!
On a personal note, I am a Christian and my faith in God is an integral part of who I am. As I continue to grow personally and professionally I pray that I am living out His will in all aspects of my life, including how I serve, support and interact with my patients.
I am also the wife of an incredible husband and mother of two great kids (now officially adults!). Our family has lived in Idaho for over 20 years, and we have loved exploring the beauty of this state. I rarely pass up an opportunity for a new travel adventure and love exploring both nationally and internationally. I am a die-hard foodie and will try just about anything, but especially love Indian and Thai cuisine. I love to cook, read and get lost out in the garden especially, when I am joined by our frolicking kitties, DJ and Zoe. My happy place is sitting around a table for hours with family and friends, enjoying delicious food and great company!
I’m always honored to walk with brave individuals who are looking for nutrition and lifestyle changes that will bring healing and health. If you are considering nutrition counseling, I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become the most vibrant, healthiest you!