M. Jem Roberts, CNTP
"The most important part of living a life on purpose, is aligning your actions with your desires. This is what creates Intention. When we live with intention all of the challenges set before us are only parts of the journey we've yet to overcome." - M. Jem Roberts
Beyond the brief intro...
I wanted to provide more background information rather than just list out my credentials and generalized experiences. Although, I went to school to become a Nutritional Therapist, I have continued my search for truth beyond my CNTP and have taken continued education (CE) courses, earned college credits, received certifications, and poured through countless hours of medical research. Even with all the education I have received, there is something to be said for the power of life experiences. For example, it is one thing to learn about abuse in a classroom, it is an other to experience abuse first hand. It is one thing to read about victims and another to be a victim. Unfortunately, we live in a world where the gold standard of education through indoctrination has become the epitome of professionalism. I often tell people, I may not have received a PhD from a University, but I definitely have one from life. I have lived through and overcame what most many 'experts' read about in their text books yet they have no real life practical understanding of what they read about. In real world application it's like having street smarts where this kind of intelligence is absolutely critical for for survival. This is real life, not a text book. People aren't just a number in a research study, we aren't just a statistic. I have gained invaluable wisdom from the struggles of abuse both those imposed on me by others as well as struggles that were self-created. I went from a child being a victim of my circumstances to an adult creating my own victim circumstances. It seemed like an endless cycle.
I always felt like everything "bad" was happening to me and my perspective seemed to be reaffirmed by my circumstances. I did not realize that it was I who was responsible for getting myself into those circumstances to begin with. I always felt like I was doing everything I could but could never succeed. It seemed that the world it was 'against me'. Along the way I was diagnosed with many 'labels': PCOS, Hypothyroidism, obesity, PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder), Adjustment disorder, prediabetes, eating disorders, BDD (body dysmorphia disorder), HSP(highly sensitive person), etc. but it seemed the "labels" only justified and perpetuated the problem-at least until I realized that the labels were the problem.
These labels had become a way of excusing my behaviors. Labels separated the specific struggles away from me. It was only when I was able to recognize that the labels were just what they were labels on a box of problems. Labels for everything that happened to me, labels to define who I was. Labels that grew with me, even when I began eating healthier. I was a pescatarian, or vegetarian, vegan or plant-based, gluten-free and dairy free... just more labels. I felt overwhelmed by my circumstances as it seemed as though I struggled with everything a person could struggle with.
It only changed once I accepted accountability for all the things that were happening to me or that had happened to me. When I was able to lift the victim veil, I could see just how truly blessed I was to have those experiences. Although, I didn't feel blessed at the time, I realize now that those circumstances were a gift from God. I now realize that the reason I am the capable and inspirational woman I am today is because I allowed myself to grow from those experiences. I allowed myself to take accountability for everything that happened to me, even if it wasn't my fault. Taking accountability simply means accepting responsibility. In doing so although it felt like I was accepting responsibility for the weight of the world, it was as if the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.
Accountability feels scary because it removes us from the story we've grown so attached to. Leaving that story behind feels like we are leaving behind an old friend or family member. At first, we may feel sad, even guilty that we are letting go of something that doesn't serve us. We may have even grown to love our painful relationships, but once we respond and let go, it's like letting go of a ball and chain we've been dragging around with us every where we go. We are now free to create new experiences and respond to the world around us, instead of reacting.
My goal is to lead many others away from their victim mentality and into a life where they live intentionally, that is with purpose on purpose. Where everything isn't some 'accident' or 'coincidence' that happens to us and we aren't just another label in some encyclopedia of problems. When we accept responsibility and stop using labels to separate ourselves from our problems, we will stop relying on band-aids to cover up our problems. The problems we have are a blessing and help us to see something inside us that's unresolved. When it comes to the health of the body, if we can better understand how the body works and how we can support recovery, our symptoms resolve and our body heals. It really is that simple.
I created the INT Level Program to structure and support healthy change. To help an individual work on their intentions with their goals and to help them support nutritional balance and healing. However, it's important to understand this. The INT Level Program is a way to get to a lifestyle change that is intended to be permanent. It's not a diet. It's not meant to be a quick fix so a person can go back to the way they were eating and living before. It's designed to help an individual create a beautiful foundation so they can live their life without the added challenges of nutritional deficiencies and imbalances which often lead to disease, premature aging, and early death.