What is Holistic Health & Nutrition?

What Is Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic nutrition is focused around a natural approach to a healthy diet, eating healthy food as close to its natural state as possible, while considering the individual as a whole, including all aspects of one’s lifestyle.

In holistic nutrition, it is believed that we need a certain balance of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to help our bodies reach maximum energy levels and overall physical and emotional health. The focus is on achieving lasting changes that take habits, lifestyle and biochemical individuality into account.

Holistic Nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches are highly trained and experienced health professionals in natural health and nutrition. Holistic Nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches devise diets that match each individual’s unique health and nutritional needs in addition to promoting optimal health of all body systems through a diet of good quality, whole foods (and at times high quality supplementation if and when needed).

As it deals with the body as a whole, holistic nutrition incorporates not only the body but also the mind and spirit as well. Emotional standing and attitude have a dramatic effect on the health of an individual. The mind and body have the power to both heal and cause illness.

Holistic Nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches also work alongside MDs, NDs, Chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals to help people bring their bodies back into balance when facing illness. We are trained to understand how symptoms are caused by a complex web of underlying imbalances; we bring diet into the therapeutic mix and work to reverse those symptoms through cellular nourishment and lifestyle changes.

A few of the many reasons people visit a Holistic Nutritionist or Nutrition Coach:

  • They want to eat better but don’t know where to start
  • They have, or you suspect they have food allergies or intolerance
  • They have, or they suspect you have, yeast overgrowth (candida)
  • They want to optimize their immune system
  • They have a child with ADHD, allergies, food sensitivities, behaviour issues, or autism
  • They have poor digestion (gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, cramping etc.)
  • They suffer from chronic pain
  • They have a gluten sensitivity
  • They suspect a food allergy
  • They are looking to improve ADHD symptoms
  • They want to balance their hormones
  • They are over or underweight
  • They want to stabilize mood swings naturally
  • They lack energy
  • They want to adopt a specialized diet such as vegetarian or vegan
  • They are or want to become, pregnant
  • They have, or want to avoid, a chronic disease
  • They have skin or nail problems
  • They experience sleeplessness
  • They suffer from stress or anxiety
  • They want to detoxify
  • They are recovering from addiction

We are seeing a shift from conventional medicine to alternative and complementary modalities as people are finally starting to take ownership of their health and their future.  

The last few years have had unprecedented growth in the areas of health and wellness – this is great news for us and our students as we grow towards a future less focused on prescriptions and the treatment of symptoms, and more focused on the root cause of the problem from a mind/body/spirit perspective.

What Role Does a Holistic Nutritionist or Nutrition Coach Play?

A Holistic Nutritionist or Nutrition Coach will address nutritional deficiencies and toxicities, design a program specifically for each client; taking into consideration such factors as height, weight, age, sex, genetics, level of exercise or physical activity, dietary goals, food preferences, sensitivities to specific foods and dietary habits while recommending food selection, meal plans, and preparation.

There is never a better time than right now to be a Holistic Nutritionist or Nutrition Coach and help others improve their health and their life.


What’s the difference between a Holistic Nutritionist, a Nutrition Coach and a Dietitian?

A Holistic Nutritionist is quite similar to a dietitian, but also differs in many significant ways.

Dietitians are trained institutionally, meaning they often work in institutions like hospitals, retirement home facilities, and other government run establishments. They are trained to follow and teach the Canada Food Guide when dealing with clients and/or meal plans, and work according to those guidelines. Much of their training is focused around meal planning for large volume food service – ie hospitals.

Holistic Nutritionists and Holistic Nutrition Coaches are trained intensively to understand the nutritional needs of the body with zero focus on the food guide. Instead the focus is on more of a bio-individuality approach recognizing the needs of the individual and tailoring a nutritional solution to fit those needs. Additionally, there is a focus on prevention, holistic living, environmental aspects to health, and a mind/body/spirit approach to bring the entire being back into balance.

Holistic Nutrition Coaches and Nutritionists are trained in a broad range of modalities alongside their standard nutritional training. To gain registration status, a Nutrition Coach must have over 900 hours in nutrition specific subjects, and a Holistic Nutritionist requires a minimum of 2000 hours of nutrition education.

In addition to the extensive core human nutrition courses, they also must take courses such as anatomy & physiology, chemistry, advanced nutrition research, biochemistry, pathology, symptomatology, and disease prevention and management.

Holistic nutritionists and Nutrition Coaches are also trained in many fields outside of nutrition including Lifestyle Coaching, Psychology of change, Ayurveda, Energy Medicine, and Herbal Medicine. These fields have a great deal of significance when dealing with clients nutritionally and are therefore included as part of the holistic training.

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