What is a holistic nutritionist and why would you use one?
You’re probably familiar with the term “nutritionist” even if you may not be clear on precisely what it means. While individual nutritionist can vary widely in their capabilities, a general description is that a nutritionist will have detailed knowledge of the body’s nutritional requirements and how to optimize health through food. A holistic nutritionist takes this a step further. we are trained to evaluate all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and circumstances, in order to understand how the body is being affected.
To use myself as an example, as a holistic nutritionist trained by the CSNN in Vancouver, BC: I do a full work-up so that I can understand everything that may be affecting your nutritional requirements. This means looking at current food choices/diet, work/life balance, intensity and duration of any stress, physical activity levels, medications and supplements, personal and family health history, health goals and more.
To give you an idea of what I have studied as a holistic nutritionist, I have put together a brief snapshot below:
General Areas of Study
- Anatomy and physiology of the human body
- Digestive system
- Biochemistry and cell biology
- Supplements, vitamins and minerals
- Potential interactions between supplements and medication
- Mental approach and the interaction of mind, body and spirit
- Optimized nutritional cooking
Specialized Areas of Study
- Sports nutrition
- Weight loss/gain
- Stress Management
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Heart disease
- Leaky Gut
- Focus and energy
- Mental ability
- The boundaries of nutrition and when to refer a client
So, to bring it all together, why use someone like me? Improving your health and countering negative influences, such as stress, can transform your life. In some cases, even small changes in what your food and lifestyle choices can have a major impact. Knowing what the right changes are for you specifically is why you should hire a holistic nutritionist.
As you can imagine, there is a lot more to nutritionists and holistic nutritionists than I’ve been able to cover here, but hopefully this gives you an idea of what we are. If you’ve got questions, I’d love to hear from you.
Stephanie Matthews BA (hons), C.H.N.
The Practical Nutritionist