What the heck does the word holistic mean? And how is a Nutritionist different from a Dietitian? I get these questions all the time and to be honest until recently I didn’t necessarily know the distinction. All I knew is that in school I learned about the mind-body-spirit connection but I had no way of knowing what a dietitian was learning about in their program…after all you don’t know what you don’t know.
At a recent conference for Holistic Nutritionists (HN’s) we dove deeper into what exactly makes us different. One key difference: we don’t focus on Canada’s Food Guide, a tool (if you can call it that) that was developed in 1942. Revised several times, it still has a big focus on processed food and grains. HN’s focus on natural, whole foods, and eating locally and organic where possible. HN’s also create more personalized plans. My job is to look at which of your body systems are out of balance, and then use food and lifestyle changes specific to you to help bring things back into balance.
Holistic Nutritionists focus on so much more than just eating. We go further into your relationship with food, seeing why you turn to certain grub. We also look at your sleep patterns, how you handle stress, and what sort of exercise routine you have.
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