Hello, I’m Andrea Nakayama, and I’m a Functional Nutritionist, Educator and Speaker practicing Whole-Foods Nutrition to people around the globe from my home in Portland, Oregon.
I believe each person has the unique capability to heal and thrive, and my mission is to empower practitioners like you, who can then educate, inform and direct their clients and patients to be true agents of change. It’s time for all of us to reclaim ownership over our own health.
Like many of you, my road to understanding the power of nutrition began with a personal tragedy. My young husband, Isamu, was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor when I was pregnant with our only child.
Isamu was given only 6 months to live. Unwilling to simply watch him die, I began diligently researching the powers of nutrition, and using food as medicine to help my ailing husband. He lived nearly two and a half years after that grave diagnosis, long enough to share the beginnings of our son’s life.
Some time after my husband’s death I experienced what Matthew Sanford, a paraplegic yogi, describes as “Post Traumatic Growth”. I was determined to understand the mechanisms that lead to chronic disease, to understand how and why the body reacts as it does, and to discern the aptitude that we have to unlock our healing potential using the keys that nutrition can provide.
What I have learned is that when we truly take a functional approach - using frameworks instead of formulas, fostering partnerships instead of hierarchies, and looking for root causes instead of quick fixes - people can find levels of vitality they never thought possible. These results foster my passion, and my drive to always learn more about the healing potential of the human body.
Holistic Nutrition Lab, my school for practitioners, was born out of the success I had in my private practice, and my desire to serve more people than I could help alone. To truly revolutionize the way we do healthcare, we need an army of practitioners who know how to practice both the science and the art of functional nutrition.
Although my work and mission very much define my life, I do have a few other loves. When I’m not focused on revolutionizing healthcare, you can find me reading novels on the beach, cozying up to my two Siamese kitties, and most importantly, spending time with my amazing son Gilbert.
- Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) - Carnegie Mellon University
- Certified Nutrition Educator (CNE) and Certified Nutrition Counselor (CNC) - Bauman College
- Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) - Institute of Integrative Nutrition
- Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine (MSN) - University of Western States
- Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP) - Holistic Nutrition Lab
Andrea is the winner of the 2015 National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Impact award and the 2016 NANP Service Award for her leadership in the field of nutrition.
In everything she does, Andrea brings her keen investigative prowess, vast knowledge of physiology, deep respect for each individual, and a true passion and love for her work. A co-producer of the Hashimoto’s Institute, Andrea has been featured in Oprah's O Magazine, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living, and has made regular contributions to The Epoch Times, to Experience Life Magazine, and to numerous online conferences including Sean Croxton’s Second Opinion Series, where she is a crowd favorite. Andrea is now regularly consulted as the nutrition expert on the medical teams for the toughest clinical cases in the practices of world-renowned doctors.
Andrea is celebrated as a leader in the field of Functional Nutrition because of her unique ability to teach and inspire practitioners and patients alike. Andrea synthesizes art and science, empathy and physiology, intuition and problem solving, into a system that truly helps people get to the root cause of their illness, create a path towards wellness, and find their way back to life.