What is Holistic Nutrition?

"You are as important to your health, as it is to you." - T. Guillemets

Holistic Nutritionists are aware of the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit; and the importance of addressing interactive factors which are unique to each individual.  They can help guide and support you through your journey to wellness through their mission to educate.

In short, Holistic Nutritionists help to implement healthy lifestyles through mind, body and spirit connections, with the main emphasis on education.  They are often found spending time one-on-one with their clients, focusing on nutrient-dense whole foods, natural source supplements, and lifestyle recommendations to help the client reach a state of equilibrium. 

Holistic nutritionists create nutritional protocols, meal plans, and recipes while helping to decode food labels and claims and provide insight on many topics such as navigating the grocery store and providing healthy methods of preparing food. 

Personally, I believe that everyone is unique and that human interaction is critical to improving one’s wellbeing.  For that reason, I ensure I spend time with each client to discuss the goings-on in their life.  I see a strong need for clinical nutrition and holistic nutrition, and I love working with my dietitian friends, and naturopathic friends to help mutual clients.

Here are some of the services provided by Holistic Nutritionists:

  1. Document client’s goals, needs, and plans;

  2. Evaluate client’s food selection, preparation, and intake;

  3. Evaluate client’s lifestyle and overall feeling of well-being;

  4. Evaluate client’s use of dietary supplements;

  5. Identify client’s nutritional imbalance(s) and lifestyle habits without directly ordering lab tests, as this activity is reserved for licensed health care practitioners;

  6. Work with other healthcare professionals, if applicable, in order to determine all nutritional and lifestyle-changing needs of the client, including referring client to other health care professionals as deemed appropriate;

  7. Support the progress of the client’s health goals by creating an individualized wellness program, which will include the use of whole, nutrient-dense foods; menu plans; natural source supplements*; and lifestyle modifications – including the use of non-toxic, environmentally friendly household/personal products;

  8. Provide further guidance to the client, if necessary, by explaining food labels, and by offering food preparation techniques and shopping tips;

  9. Guide the client in the implementation of a long-term personal health plan, provide education when necessary, and offer ongoing assessments;

  10. Monitor the client’s personal health plan in order to reinforce participation in the achievement of the health goals;

  11. Act as a community educator to the public and to other health care professionals, developing curriculum, preparing manuals, writing articles, publishing books, and teaching;

  12. Promote health discussions in schools, workplaces, and community agencies;

  13. Bring holistic nutrition knowledge, principles, and philosophy to other professions.