What is Holistic Nutrition?
A Holistic Nutritional Practitioner graduates with a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition and has earned the designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) with full qualification to receive the Registered Nutritional Consultant/Practitioner (RNCP) and Registered Orthomolecular Holistic Practitioner (ROHP) designation through the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC).
What standards does a ROHP/RNCP meet to qualify?
The educational requirements can be met by a diploma in holistic nutrition from an IONC approved school. Proficiency must be demonstrated in the following post-secondary subjects:
- Alternative Comparitive Diets
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Clinical Nutrition & Research Applications
- Digestion & Elimination
- Environmental Pollution
- Fundamentals of Nutrition
- Life Cycle (Geriatrics, Pediatrics & Sports Nutrition)
- Nutritional Pathology
- Nutritional Symptomatology
- Preventitive Nutrition
The Main Focus of Nutritional Counseling is Wellness and Building Health:
- Ultimately, the cells in our bodies are built from the raw materials we eat. The more suitable our food choices are to our specific requirements, the better cell structures we can build.
- Since every person is bio-chemically unique, individual nutritional imbalances and weaknesses must be assessed.
- An ROHP or RNCP will introduce new dietary habits, incorporating the latest nutritional breakthroughs, but it may be difficult to achieve optimal health through food alone. In such cases, ROHPs and RNCP's are trained to design personalized dietary supplement programs.
- Environmental pollution, metal toxicity, micro-organism imbalances and food sensitivities are among other factors that must be considered in constructing a nutritional program.
- Nutritional Consulting is not a regulated profession. However, IONC was established in 1983 to assure the public that practitioners are meeting high educational standards.
- The designation “Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner” and “Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner” signifies a nutritional practitioner who has met the standards of the IONC - a voluntary, independent, non-profit association.
Why seek the services of a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP) or Registered Nutritional Consulting Health Practitioner(RNCP)?
Clients may wish guidance in the following areas:
- Weight normalization
- Pregnancy or lactation
- Family nutrition, children, seniors
- Understanding the use and abuse of food supplements
- Making sense out of conflicting theories of nutrition
- Understanding the consequences of specific food choices
- Learning how to make choices more appropriate to their needs
- Sports nutrition
- Learning how to balance the nutritional needs of the body
A visit to a ROHP or RNCP will be an educational experience where one will learn to make lifestyle changes that will have a long-lasting effect on the quality of life.
What to expect during a visit to a Holistic Nutritionist
A visit with a Holistic Nutritionist can be a very informative experience. 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. The first visit is approximately 1-1.5 hours in length. During this time the Nutritionist will do a complete evaluation including a Nutri-Body® Analysis. The second visit is normally 1- 1.5 hours in length. An individual assessment is reviewed and a personalized program implemented. Subsequent follow up visits are determined on an individual basis.