Ryan Whitcomb, MS, RD, CLT
Nutrition is a second career for me.
My journey into the profession was indirect and unexpected. In my mid-20s, I started working with a nutritionist to help me bulk up, but after six months of working with her, found myself 25 lbs. heavier and further from my goal. Under her supervision, I gained large amounts of body fat and was no longer able to fit into my clothes. I was definitely bulkier, but not in the way I wanted. After doing some research, I found out she had no education in nutrition at all…and what’s worse, it was completely legal since no states regulate the term Nutritionist!
Despite this setback, my curiosity in nutrition was piqued. Since I was able to gain weight through food, I was determined to lose weight through food…only I still didn’t know how. At 25, I decided to go back to school to become a registered dietitian.
Although I managed to lose the weight by implementing what I learned in school, I continued to struggle with chronic nasal congestion, fatigue and poor, unrefreshing sleep (all of which I suffered with for years). I assumed my fatigue was due to the long, stressful hours I was keeping between school, commuting, work and volunteering, but after falling asleep while driving four times, decided to see a doctor.
He diagnosed me with obstructive sleep apnea and gave me a C-PAP machine, which was odd since I was not overweight or obese. Despite using the C-PAP every night for 15 months, I received no relief and felt no differently. I was still sleepy. I was then given a mouth piece that was supposed to help, only it didn’t work either. In fact, it messed up my bite so badly that I was unable to chew certain foods. I then wore the mouthpiece while wearing the C-PAP for a few months and still received no relief! I was desperate to feel better yet nothing I was told to do helped. I was frustrated and annoyed that my complaints fell on deaf ears. My doctor seemed unconcerned.
After becoming a dietitian, I quickly became interested in integrative and functional medicine as I was looking for alternative treatments to heal my body. Still suffering from nasal congestion, poor sleep and chronic fatigue, I ordered a food sensitivity test (this option was never mentioned to me by any of the doctors I had ever consulted with). Having been to all the experts and still not finding a resolution to my problems, I had nothing to lose. I was shocked to learn that I had 22 food sensitivities, many of them my favorite foods I ate quite frequently! After I removed these foods from my diet, my sinuses opened up within two weeks and breathing became effortless. In addition, for the first time in years, I was able to recall dreams. Sleeping became better and more restful and I no longer woke up groggy. I couldn’t believe what I had been missing my whole life. All this time, the source of my problems was a few foods- that was it!
Initially I was mad that it had taken me so much time, money and doctors to pinpoint the (pretty simple) problem, but I now realize I was meant to go through this journey so that I can help others.
Not a day goes by where I don’t talk to people who suffer from so many chronic problems. These individuals never associate their conditions with food and neither do their practitioners. In fact, I’ve had many people tell me that their practitioners deny that food can cause or contribute to their conditions. Boy are they wrong!
Nobody should have to go through what I went through- years of pain, frustration and made to feel crazy, as if it were all in my head. It is for these reasons that I opened my private practice and haven’t looked back since.
I only work with motivated individuals
That said, I don’t work with everyone. If you are unable or refuse to make dietary and lifestyle changes, then my services are not for you. If you’d rather “live with it” because it’s easier, my services are also not for you.
I provide nutritional counseling to clients from around the United States and abroad. Sessions are conducted either by phone or online (video), depending on your preference.
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Registered Dietitian (RD)
Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN)
Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT)
Course Facilitator, University of Western States Portland, OR
Principles of Functional Medicine
Autoïmmune Disease: Causes and Strategies
Immune Imbalances and Inflammation
Adjunct Professor, University of Western States Portland, OR
Meal Planning in Health and Illness
BS Communications, Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
Didactic Program in Dietetics, Queens College Flushing, NY
Dietetic Internship, Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, TX
MS Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, University of Western States
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Long Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetic Practice Groups
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Volunteer Chair 2015-2017
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