What is a Holistic Nutritionist?
By Cynthia Brace
It can be confusing to decide who to go see when you’re looking for someone to help you with your health and wellness. So let’s chat a little about what a Registered Holistic Nutritionist does…and doesn’t do.
I use the term Health Coach because in my experience when people see the word Nutritionist, they immediately think, that person just talks about food. They think “They’re going to tell me to stop eating all the yummy food I like and tell me to eat things I don’t like”. I’m not sure where that knee-jerk thought comes from but it seems to come up.
Hence why I use the term Health Coach, which people think is a more encompassing service.
A Registered Holistic Nutritionist doesn’t just focus on what you eat.
A Holistic Nutritionist looks at you as a whole, reviewing health history, current lifestyle and eating habits and even emotional state to help with health challenges.
That being said, as each person is unique, each practitioner is unique as well, even though they may have the same designation (see the end of the article for designations). Every nutritionist will do things somewhat differently based on their life experience and additional individual training.
Personally, I have training in Reiki and Reflexology and have had issues with asthma, allergies, and adrenal fatigue that gives me a unique perspective to help my clients with those things.
Other Holistic Nutritionists will have had different life experiences and possibly different additional training.
What a Holistic Nutritionist can help you with
Below is a small list of some of the things a practitioner can help you with.
Detox / Cleanses
Dietary changes/food allergies
Disease prevention (i.e. cancer/osteoporosis/arthritis)
Low energy / fatigue
As I’ve mentioned each practitioner will do things differently and as I’m not speaking for all the Holistic Nutritionists out there (thank goodness) I’m going to focus on what I do…and don’t do with my clients.
What I Don’t Do.
In my book Redesign Your Interior | 8 Steps to Reclaiming Your Health and Creating a Balance Life
I have an entire chapter dedicated to “Who’s got your back?” because no one person can help you with all things.
As a holistic nutritionist, I can’t help realign your body as an osteopath can, I can’t give you the proper exercises to do to help with the pain in your shoulder like a physiotherapist can.
Okay, the shoulder one just happened to me and wow was I glad to meet and work with her.
That’s why it’s important to me to have a team of professionals I can refer, if I need to, in order to help my clients achieve their best health.
What I Do Focus On.
I don’t’ give them a “diet” that they follow for a few weeks, and when it’s over they have no idea how to maintain it (that stuff just drives me crazy!).
It’s what you do every day that dictates your health, so why not just live your life every day in a healthy, unique to you, way. No more stress of a diet…phew.
Now granted getting to the point of living that healthy lifestyle can be a hard thing to figure out with all the confusing information out there and the need for support and accountability.
As I say to my clients, “It’s understandable that you’re confused and frustrated. You’re an accountant/entrepreneur/executive (insert whatever your profession is) that is your expertise”. You shouldn’t now have to become a Holistic Nutritionist to help with your health and wellness.
That’s what I’m here for.
How Can I Help You
Click here to check out some interviews and classes I’ve done.
When you’re looking for someone to help you with your health and wellness, find someone that you click or connect with. There are a lot of amazing practitioners out there, and it’s important to feel comfortable with the one you choose.
One final note.
There are a few professional designations given to people who are trained in nutrition. Make sure you check to see if they have one.
Designations could be:
R.H.N. Registered Holistic Nutritionist
C.H.N.C. Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
C.H.N. Certified Holistic Nutritionist
C.N.P Certified Nutritional Practitioners