Frequently Asked Questions About Holistic Nutrition

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?

A: No, the goal of Holistic Nutrition is to find out which foods work the best for an individual and for these foods to be a part of an overall wellness program to enhance everyday enjoyment of life. Holistic means looking after the whole body. Nutrition alone can make a significant difference in a person's life but it should be coupled with balanced physical, mental, and spiritual practices, optimum health may be restored. Simply focusing on nutrition initially may lead a person down a road of further discovery into natural health. This can open up a deeper understanding of self.

Q: How does seeing a Registered Holistic Nutritionist differ from joining a weight -loss program?

A: Typically weight-loss programs are calorie and portion focused/restricted with some personal support. Many of these foods are packaged and contain many additives and preservatives. Weight-loss will occur but cravings can come about with a vengeance due to lack of the right amounts of micro and macronutrients. Studies reveal almost all weight-loss program candidates will gain the weight back within 6 months to a year after they have stopped the program.

A Registered Holistic Nutritionist is highly qualified and educated to set the stage for monitored weight release. They make sure the client is getting sufficient calories to keep the metabolism revved without going into starvation mode. Plenty of highly nutritious foods can still be eaten and by choosing the right foods for each individual client, the body will balance itself out to its optimum weight. There is no "going off" the plan, the habits learned set the foundation for a lifetime of eating wholesome foods.

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.