What is holistic nutrition?
Holistic nutrition is based on the principle that each individual is biochemically unique. A Holistic Nutritionist looks at the body as a whole; including mind, body and spirit. A Holistic Nutritionist works with the client to achieve optimal wellness in all facets of the person’s life through dietary intake, supplement and lifestyle recommendations. Other principles of holistic nutrition include; promotion of whole, locally grown and organic foods, sustainable farming practices and the necessity of living in a non-toxic environment. Holistic Nutritionists believe there is no one diet that is right for everyone all of the time.
How a Holistic Nutritionist can help:
A Holistic Nutritionist will take symptoms into consideration when working with a client but will also focus on the root cause of the issue. That may be nutritional deficiencies, imbalances or overloads as well as diet, lifestyle and environmental factors. A Holistic Nutritionist can help with such issues as:
Depression and anxiety
Mental health concerns
Pre + post pregnancy
What is the difference between a Holistic Nutritionist and a Registered Dietician?
Registered Dieticians have a university Degree in Nutrition and complete a practical internship in a community or hospital setting. An RD may work either in private clinic or a government institution such as a hospital, nursing homes, school, or assisted living home. Generally speaking, a Registered Dietician follows and teach the recommendations set out by the Canadian Food Guide. They are registered to practice with the Health Professions Council and are regulated under the Regulated Health Practitioners Act.
Holistic Nutritionists (also known as Certified Nutritional Practitioners or CNP’s) have a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition after an extensive practical and disciplinary program from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. In addition to the core human nutrition courses such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, advanced nutrition research, biochemistry, pathology and disease prevention and management; CNP’s study holistic views of health and wellness such as herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, nutrition and the environment, the psychology of disease, natural supplementation, and holistic food preparation. Holistic Nutritionist’s believe that each individual is biochemically unique and assess individual nutritional imbalances and weaknesses. Instead of following the guidelines provided by the Government issued Food Guide, a CNP will make whole food and lifestyle recommendations to help the individual achieve optimal wellness.
Is holistic nutrition covered by insurance?
Please inquire with your healthcare provider to learn if you are eligible for coverage.