What is a Holistic Nutritionist? Good question! A Holistic Nutritionist is a dedicated, trained professional who uses a natural, science-based approach to health – an approach where each individual is considered unique. Holistic Nutrition recognizes the importance of addressing a person as a whole (body, mind and spirit) to allow for optimal health and vibrancy.
The main role of a Holistic Nutritionist is one of education. Holistic Nutritionists take relevant nutrition information and make it accessible, tangible and easy to put into practice. They also seek to empower clients to take ownership of their health and healing – to become an advocate for their own well-being.
A Holistic Nutritionist generally evaluates a client’s health through one-on-one consultations, a comprehensive review of their health history and targeted diet & lifestyle questionnaires. Based on the information obtained, a Holistic Nutritionist may create a personalized a wellness plan and/or meal plan to address any nutritional imbalances through changes in diet & lifestyle. Natural supplements and therapeutic foods may also be recommended.
Holistic Nutritionists can also provide customized meal plans, grocery store tours, pantry clean outs, individual & group cooking classes and a variety of presentations, workshops and seminars.
A Holistic Nutritionist can be an integral member of your health care team! Holistic Nutritionists often work in conjunction with other health practitioners such as family doctors, naturopathic doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists to provide well-rounded care and support.
How Can a Holistic Nutritionist Help?
Holistic Nutritionists are qualified to assist in addressing the nutritional imbalances that may be contributing to the following issues:
- low energy & fatigue
- blood sugar imbalances
- weight loss & weight gain
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- gastrointestinal issues – constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, bloating, gall bladder disease
- food allergies & sensitivities
- mood disorders – depression & anxiety
- thyroid conditions
- frequent colds & flus
- sleep issues – sleep apnea, insomnia
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- women’s reproductive issues – polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, adenomyosis, fibroids, infertility, premenstrual syndrome, peri-menopause, menopause, cystic breasts
- skin conditions – acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea
- arthritis & joint inflammation
- auto-immune diseases – crohn’s, colitis, lupus, hashimotos, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, meunières disease
Are Holistic Nutritionists Certified?
Although Holistic Nutritionists are not yet government-regulated in Canada, they are certified by accredited schools and backed by professional associations. These professional associations uphold high educational standards while providing strict codes of ethics to their members.
During the certification process, Holistic Nutritionists complete courses such as: anatomy & physiology, nutritional pathology, biochemistry, chemistry, cellular biology, disease prevention, symptomatology, nutritional research, sports nutrition, allergies, endocrinology, alternative & comparative diets, eco-nutrition and nutrition throughout the lifecycle.
Why Invest in a Holistic Nutritionist?
Investing in the services of a Holistic Nutritionist is an investment in yourself. Holistic Nutritionists provide clients with simplified nutrition information, lifestyle recommendations and the strategies to implement them into daily life. They not only educate their clients, but empower and equip them with the tools they need to lead a vibrant, healthy life. Holistic Nutritionists provide accountability and ongoing coaching & support to ensure clients can meet their personal health & wellness goals.
Are Holistic Nutritionists Covered?
As the fields of Holistic Nutrition and Natural Nutrition continues to develop, more and more insurance companies are covering the services of Holistic Nutritionists – especially in Canada. Whether or not the services are covered depends on which insurance company you use and what is included in your policy. If your benefits plan is under Greenshield or Manulife, the services of a Holistic Nutritionist are likely covered. Be sure to look for an indication of coverage in your insurance plan under “Nutritional Counselling/Nutritionists” – which is not the same as being covered by a Registered Dietitian which is a different service. If your benefits plan is under Sun Life Assurance, Great West Life or Blue Cross, you may have coverage. If you have a “health spending account”, you are likely covered as well. Contact your insurance provider to to be on the safe side.
If you’d like to learn how I can help guide, support and empower you to live your best, healthful life – please contact me to book a free 15 minute clarity call. I’d love to hear from you.
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