What is a Holistic Nutritionist?

The goal of a Holistic Nutritionist is to “catch health” rather than “chase disease” – as most other professionals in the health industry do. Holistic Nutritionists work with individual clients and treat them as a whole, rather than just treat the symptom. They help to guide people toward amazing health by seeking and reviewing areas of imbalance related to the root cause of the health issue. Holistic Nutritionists educate individuals about healthy lifestyle changes by encouraging healthy eating, exercise, using supplements (if needed) properly and by taking better care of their bodies. Fundamentally, there is an understanding that a ‘one size fits all’ approach does not work in ANY area of health since every person is an individual with a unique set of circumstances surrounding their health.

“What is a Holistic Nutritionist and what is the difference between that and a Registered Dietician?”

Reg. Dieticians apply the guidelines found in the Canada Food Guide and make suggestions based on those guidelines and the ‘daily recommended allowance’. Reg. Dieticians are Government regulated and often work in Government run institutions such as hospitals, providing guidance entered around disease. Reg. Dieticians have a wealth of knowledge, which relies heavily on scientific data. This data can often focus on larger issues or a very specific issue. Because of this narrow focus, sometimes some issues relating to the patient can be over looked.

“What is the difference between a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a Holistic Nutritionist?”

A Holistic Nutritionist can go by many names. This can include: Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified Orthomolecular Practitioner, Registered Holistic Nutritionist or simply a Nutritionist (depending on the laws and area the practitioner is working in). In Canada, Holistic Nutritionists are not Government regulated (yet) so it is important to look at individuals certifications. The Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP) is a self regulating body that ensures each member has attained a particular level of education and ensures they also complete a minimum of 30 hours of continued education each year. Member must adhere to a Code of Ethics, a Scope of Practice (different in each province) and the CANNP have disciplinary procedures in place should they be required. All CANNP member are required to carry Errors and Omissions insurance.

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