Leora Barak, RHN

Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Leora Barak 
BA (Hons), RHN


Thank you for your interest in my services!

An important part of your health journey is to understand how your body works and what it needs. As each person is biochemically distinct and has unique nutritional and lifestyle needs, my integrative approach to health focuses on customized nutritional therapy, stress-reducing techniques and lifestyle changes. I have a special interest in gastro-intestinal disorders and in healthy, sustainable weight loss. My mission is to educate and empower you on ways to achieve optimal health, from the inside out, and lead a blissful life. 

I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, graduate with Honours from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and I am a current member in good standing with CAHN-PRO (Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals). I am also a proud member of the Foundation for Nutrition & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Children (NIBD), which fosters research into the clinical significance of nutrition in the management of IBD in children.

My services are covered by a number of private health insurance plans. 

What to Expect During Appointments

FREE 15 minute Nutritional Consultation

Making the decision to work with a Holistic Nutritionist is a personal matter and a very important factor in the overall success of the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. As such, I welcome the opportunity to have a short, 15-minute conversation on a chosen health topic with potential clients. Take advantage of this free consultation to determine whether I can help you and to learn more about the assessment and the protocols to follow.

When you book your first appointment, you will be emailed two forms:

  1. A brief Client Intake Questionnaire
  2. Four-day Food Diary

For increased efficacy, you are kindly asked to fill out these forms prior to your first consultation. Please do your best to answer sincerely. I assure you that all your information will be kept in strict confidence. Complete the Four-day Food Diary and record everything you eat and drink as well as your mood and energy levels for that day. Be as detailed as you can.

Your First Session: Health History and Assessment
(1.5 hours)


Before nutritional treatment can begin, a detailed assessment is necessary. During the first nutritional consultation, your health history, symptoms, main health issues and what you would like to achieve will be discussed in detail. My objective is to gain a full understanding of your concerns (and goals!), your current diet and nutritional status, the health of your different body systems, your lifestyle, exercise routine, stress level and general state of mind.

Your Second Session: Health Plan Outline

(1 hour)

In the time between your first and second visits, I will assess all information gathered from your health evaluation profile and the food diary and will outline the first steps of your individualized health plan. Over the course of your protocol, I will educate you about the benefits of a sound nutritional program to encourage your body to heal itself, to prevent future illness and to maintain overall wellness. The first steps will include all or some of the following, based on your needs:

  • Nutrition: how to make smart food choices, the importance of proper hydration, the importance of regular detoxification
  • Supplement recommendations
  • Lifestyle recommendations: sleep, exercise, relaxation techniques
  • Referral to other qualified health care professionals, where necessary

Your progress will be monitored throughout your protocol to evaluate whether your goals have been attained or require modification.

NOTE: It is important to understand that it takes years for the body to get to the point of disease or imbalance, and likewise, it will take time to restore the body to proper health with the proper nutrients it has been missing. With adequate compliance, an average program may last from 2 months to 6 months.

Follow Up Appointments: (30 -45 minutes)

Follow up visits will review, discuss and fine-tune your Health Plan to suit your changing diet and lifestyle needs. During these visits, we may decide to make appropriate modifications so you achieve your health goals. As my purpose is to support you every step of the way, I do recommend at least one additional Follow up visit within the first 6 months in order to monitor your nutritional and wellness progress.

Further appointments will depend on your progress and your desire to address different concerns. You will need to be patient in order to allow your body to return to homeostasis (state of equilibrium or balance). Certain stages need to be followed to attain a safe return to wellness, such as cleansing, repairing, rebuilding and rejuvenating.

Statement of Confidentiality

We respect your right to privacy and we assure you that all information collected will be kept in strict confidentiality and that no one will have access to your file without your signed consent. In certain situations, it is important to share information about a client with other health practitioners (MD, ND, Psychologist etc.), however, you may at any time expressly request that I not share specific information with a particular practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Holistic Nutritionist?

A: Holistic Health is a complementary approach to conventional health care that accentuates personal responsibility for health. Nutrition is one of the key factors in preventative health care. It supports optimal healing, vitality and quality of life.

A Holistic Nutritional Practitioner is a credible practitioner qualified to design a personalized health plan that integrates and honors the physical, nutritional, emotional, environmental and spiritual aspects of an individual's life. A Holistic Nutritionist helps individuals sort through conflicting, media-driven health hype information and guides them towards a well-researched, nutritionally sound way of living. They skillfully blend traditional wisdom with the most up-to date information in Holistic Health.

Holistic Nutritionists are trained to assess and to properly address or correct specific nutritional imbalances and to devise a customized diet that matches an individual's health and nutritional needs. If applicable, this nutritional plan is meant to complement and enhance ongoing treatments with other health care providers.

Q: What is the difference between a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

A: Holistic Health is a complementary approach to conventional health care that accentuates personal responsibility for health. Nutrition is one of the key factors in preventative health care. It supports optimal healing, vitality and quality of life. A Registered Holistic Nutritionist is a credible practitioner qualified to design a personalized health plan that integrates and honors the physical, nutritional, emotional, environmental and spiritual aspects of an individual's life. A Registered Holistic Nutritionist helps individuals sort through conflicting, media-driven health hype information and guides them towards a well-researched, nutritionally sound way of living. They skillfully blend traditional wisdom with the most up-to date information in Holistic Health.

Holistic Nutritionists are trained to assess and to properly address or correct specific nutritional imbalances and to devise a customized diet that matches each individual's health and nutritional needs. Holistic Nutritionists generally work in private practice.

A Dietitian is a health educator that provides the general public with various educational nutritional materials based upon The Canada Food Guide. They are employed in hospitals, institutions, schools/universities, hotels, restaurants, social services agencies and business organizations. In these settings, they train food service personnel and supervisors on providing nutritious meal plans for groups and individuals. These meal plans include the recommended amounts from each food group to ensure proper feeding. Dietitians are largely in the public eye and work with media and advertising.

Q: Does Holistic Nutrition involve a strict diet regime?

A: Absolutely not! The purpose behind holistic or natural nutrition is to allow the body to become fully nourished through whole foods. It is not about counting carbohydrates, fat, protein, or calories (usually just an added stress). It is about listening to the body and what it needs and when it needs it. Do certain foods leave you sluggish or foggy? High energy and clear minded? It is different for each person. How much food to consume and when is also unique to each person. Slowly healthy and appropriate foods are added in replacing the foods that do not work well. Once the body is introduced to this lifestyle of eating and feeling great, it will respond by craving healthy foods. It should never feel like a restricted diet, it should be an understanding of the body's needs and responding to them accordingly.

Q: Is Holistic Nutrition just about food?
Q: How does seeing a Registered Holistic Nutritionist differ from joining a weight -loss program?
Q: Is a visit with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist covered by health insurance?

A: Yes, there are some extended health plans that cover a visit to a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. You will receive a receipt that has the practitioner's registration # on it and you may mail it in to your health care insurer after each visit. Even if your plan does not or you are not sure if it covers Registered Holistic Nutritionist's services, please be sure to mail it in anyway. The more there is a demand for this type of coverage, then the more likely that this will be automatically covered by all health care insurance plans in the near future.

Q: How long is does a typical nutritional "plan" last?

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