Luisa Szakacs, ND, CNC
I spent most of my childhood growing up in a wonderful lake community in New Jersey. My parents made home-cooked meals, and my dad, who was a chemist, discouraged any chemicals in our food. To my dismay, Lucky Charms, and Tasty-kakes were not an option for us. Of course, I was jealous of all the other kids in the neighborhood who could have easy access to this type of food, but now thinking back, I am truly grateful of my upbringing.
I remember feeling independent when I first got my license, I stopped at Texaco to refuel and ran into buy a package of licorice for breakfast! However, I later regretted that decision due to an upset stomach all day. Thankfully, after college, I realized the error of my ways, and that maybe my dad was right!
Now of course, the idea of “right” foods has changed over the years, and many of us unknowingly followed the ”low-fat” diet, which now years later, has resulted in a 33% rate of obesity in the U.S. The idea of “health” for us has been to exercise and eat “right.” So what was “right”? And is there more to “health” than that?
When my first son was born, I wanted the best for him. I had some concern because my baby only pooped once a week, when I asked one of the pediatricians if anything I ate was affecting my baby – he told me that it doesn’t matter, and even if you eat Twinkies, all foods are fortified with vitamins anyway. As I was careful of the vaccinations given to my son, I was stunned when the pediatrician tried to persuade me into a specific vaccine just because my insurance covered it! To this day, I am still shocked at that statements and advice I was given from the doctors that I had trusted to take care of my children.
After receiving that discouraging advice, I knew I needed a better plan. Our family started taking some whole food vitamins, which made a big difference. Then I read Jordan Rubin’s book, “The Maker’s Diet”. I was so thankful for that book. It made such an impact on my life,. The concepts in the book made so much sense. God truly has given us everything we need on Earth to stay healthy. Incorporating the principles from this book has been life changing for myself and my family. I decided to go back to school to learn more about the human body with the desire to help people regain and maintain their health naturally, and to educate them so they too would understand how to make the lifestyle changes necessary to optimize their health by following these GOD given principles.
I received my degree from Trinity School of Natural Health as a Traditional Naturopath and a Certification in Nutritional Counseling. I also received extensive training in Clearwater, Florida for Nutrition Response Testing. Over the last 10 years, I have had many opportunities to work with, and be mentored by, advanced health care practitioners in the field of nutrition.
God has greatly blessed my family with four healthy kids, and with that I decided it was best to bring my clients to a home office setting. With what my family has learned, we named our practice “Marpé Nutrition”. Marpé in Hebrew means health, healing, and wholesome. That is exactly what proper food can do.
I am thrilled to now be able to encourage others who are searching like I was for what “right” and “health” really is. I thank GOD for giving me the opportunity to share His plan for health with others.