What is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist?
In simple terms, a holistic nutritionist solves problems with food. We help access the body’s natural ability to recover and restore itself to a thriving and nourished state. When we prioritize nutrition and eat according to what the body needs at a cellular level, we start to see tremendous improvements in our energy levels and quality of life. A holistic nutritionist is a professional who has been educated in the subject of Natural Nutrition and complementary practices. They specialize in supporting the body through whole foods, balanced lifestyle, environment and a positive mind-body connection. Holistic Nutritionists work with other health care providers in a unified manner to build a strong foundation of health over a variety of modalities.
Addressing the root cause of symptoms and disease is a primary focus for Holistic Nutritionists. After a thorough assessment, comprehensive wellness plans are created specifically to the client’s health needs and individual biochemistry. Wellness plans include education, a meal plan, dietary, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations specific to the client’s health goals.
The role nutrition plays in our health:
Food not only provides the necessary energy for our bodies to function daily, but also consistently supplies specific nutrients that are required to build and regenerate body tissue, bone, muscle, fat and blood. The nutrients in the food we eat are important for producing substances for millions of chemical processes that take place in our bodies on a daily basis. The quality of nutrients we consume determines the quality of our body’s performance and quality of life we enjoy. Nutrition is foundational to any care plan.
You would benefit from a Holistic Nutritionist if you are experiencing symptoms of:
- Digestive complaints/diseases
- Stomach acid problems
- Would like to lose weight and understand what you body needs in order to do so
- Allergies and food or environmental sensitivities
- Mood disorders/ADD/ADHD
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic inflammation
- Skin ailments such as eczema, acne, rashes, etc.
- Headaches and migraines
- + more
- If you want to prepare your body for a baby
- Want to prevent and reverse symptoms
- Need nutritional support
- Would like to introduce a more natural and organic lifestyle
- Want to attend workshops and events
- Want a meal plan made for you
- Want to take control of your health
- Have more energy and joy
We only get one body. We have only one chance to treat it well so it can carry us through this amazing thing we call life. Our health is a precious commodity and we need to treat it as such. I encourage you to take the time to invest in your health and in return you will reap great rewards.
Scope of Practice for Holistic Nutritionists (CSNN Graduates)
The services offered by a CSNN graduate are grounded in the following principles:
- Acknowledgement that each person is biochemically distinct and has unique nutritional needs;
- Awareness of the meaning of holistic nutrition; the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit; and the importance of addressing these interactive factors which are unique to each individual;
- Promotion of whole, locally grown and organic foods; sustainable farming practices; and the necessity of living in a non-toxic environment;
- Understanding that prevention and self-responsibility are fundamental to any successful health care program;
- Recognition that supplementation is not a substitute for wholesome, nutritious foods but that it may be helpful in recommended form, dose and frequency;
- Respect for clients and for their wellness goals, personal tastes, morals, social, and life values;
- Acceptance of the unique contribution of other health care providers, and the need to work co-operatively with them regardless whether they are of holistic or allopathic background.
- The main services provided by a CSNN graduate include the following:
- (a) Document client’s goals, needs, and plans;
- (b) Evaluate client’s food selection, preparation and intake;
- (c) Evaluate client’s lifestyle and overall feeling of well-being;
- (d) Evaluate client’s use of dietary supplements;
- (e) Identify client’s nutritional imbalance(s) and lifestyle habits;
- (f) 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;
- (g) 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;
- (h) Provide further guidance to the client, if necessary, by explaining food labels, and by offering food preparation techniques and shopping tips;
- (i) Guide the client in the implementation of a long term personal health plan, provide education when necessary, and offer ongoing assessments;
- (j) Monitor the client’s personal health plan in order to reinforce participation in the achievement of the health goals;
- (k) Act as a community educator to the public and to other health care professionals, developing curriculum, preparing manuals, writing articles, publishing books, and teaching;
- (l) Promote health discussions in schools, workplaces, and community agencies;
- (m) Bring holistic nutrition knowledge, principles, and philosophy to other professions (code of conduct taken from www.csnn.com)