What is a Holistic Nutritionist?

For today’s post I wanted to explain a little about what exactly Holistic Nutrition is. The term nutritionist is less regulated than some other health practitioners, so it's important to look for specific certifications to make sure you're getting the real deal!

What is a Holistic Nutritionist?

Holistic Nutrition is a natural approach to health that uses evidence-based techniques for diet, lifestyle and detoxification. Instead of focusing on just one aspect of the person, or taking a one size fits all methodology, holistic nutrition evaluates the complete health history, emotional state, lifestyle habits and current diet habits of an individual to determine the root cause of his or her health issues.  Here are just some of the issues holistic nutritionists help with:

  • Acne/skin conditions
  • Cravings
  • Depression/mood/happiness
  • Detoxification
  • Dietary changes/food allergies
  • Disease prevention (i.e. cancer/osteoperosis/arthritis)
  • Hormone issues
  • Low energy / fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight-loss

From there, the goal is to empower and educate the client into improving his or her health with the use of nutrient dense foods, natural supplementation and lifestyle recommendations.

Nutritionist Certification

As holistic nutritionists are not yet government regulated, it’s important to look for the certification, Certified Nutritional Practitioners (CNPs), as CNPs are holistic nutritionists with a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition.  This is recognized and approved by the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CNPCC). The other certification to look for is RHN which stands for Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

Here is a list of some of the courses a Holistic Nutritionist would have taken:

  • Fundamentals of nutrition
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Advanced nutrition research
  • Herbal medicine
  • Prevention of disease
  • Pathology of disease
  • Nutrition and the environment
  • Psychology of disease
  • Natural supplementation
  • Holistic food preparation

Are Holistic Nutritionists Covered On Benefits Programs?

It depends which company you use, and this is constantly changing - more and more companies are starting to cover Holistic Nutritionists.

If your benefits plan is under Greenshield or Manulife, it should be covered; however, it's typically under "Nutritional Counselling / Social Work / Counselling" and is not the same as being covered with a Registered Dietician or Registered Nutritionist. If your benefits plan is under Sunlife, Great West Life or Pacific Blue Cross, there is a chance it's covered, but you will have to call to confirm.

The more times that you request Holistic Nutrition to be covered, the more likely this will keep expanding to be covered under more plans.

How I Can Help You

Here are the main areas that I help my clients with, and you can click through to each section of my website to learn more:

Increase Energy

It’s tough to be motivated when you’re exhausted, lethargic and just want to lie on the couch you’re so tired. When your energy is off, it’s even tough to focus. Whether you wake up with fatigue, or feel barely alive by 7pm in the evening, you deserve to feel better than that. If you are really lacking energy, we’ll help you figure out what you’re missing so that you can get back to the vibrant person you know you are. Click here to learn more.

Relieve Digestive Problems

There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable digestive problems. Perhaps your doc has told you it’s IBS, a catch-all for unexplained digestive issues or maybe you wonder if you’re even digesting your food properly. Upset stomachs, constipation, gas, GERD and feeling so bloated you feel pregnant can leave you feeling pretty awful. We have answers to the root cause of your digestive problems. Click here to learn more.

Lose Weight

You want to lose weight, but it feels like nothing you do works; or at least nothing is sustainable. Even just putting on your tight clothes can be an emotional experience and you don’t want to have to go buy another new outfit! If you feel like you’re doing everything right, but nothing’s changing, you might be missing something. We have the answers you’re looking for. Click here to learn more. Click here to learn more.

Weekly Meal Planing

Are you too busy to eat healthy or just sick of wondering "what's for dinner?" Does it feel like cooking healthy meals takes too much effort and you just don’t have time to figure out what to eat? Do your cravings get the best of you and throw you off track? Let me give you a plan that makes healthy eating easy, quick and enjoyable. Click here to learn more.

1:1 Coaching

With 1:1 coaching, you get the the support and accountability you need to fix what’s bothering you. You have access to food sensitivity testing and hormone testing (both which are not available through your doctor). Click here to learn more.

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