WHAT IS HOLISTIC NUTRITION?
Holistic nutrition revolves around the mind-body-spirit connection. Everyone’s body is capable of healing itself, but must be provided with the right tools, environment, care, and time. The holistic approach focuses on live, natural, good quality foods, complete lifestyle changes, and natural alternatives to pharmaceutical and medical interventions.
There is a constant communication that occurs between our mind and body via nerve impulses in the brain and biochemical reactions in the body. Our thoughts and feelings are translated by the brain into chemical or electric impulses that are sent throughout the body, resulting in a biochemical reaction. Have you ever been so nervous that you wanted to puke (or did)? Maybe felt sick to your stomach? That’s an example of your mind-body connection.
Some people refer to the spirit (soul) as a ‘web of energy’. Our spirit (or web of energy) is connected to our mind and body. For this reason, when we poison our spirit with negative thoughts, violence, jealousy – we are causing our spirit to gradually become poisoned. The toxins created by doing this can manifest as mental illness, a physical condition, or both.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP OUR MIND-BODY-SPIRIT CONNECTION IN BALANCE?
It is quite easy to simply “cure” a physical illness, but that does not necessarily mean that both the emotional and psychological stresses that were part of the illness were also alleviated. If this is the case, it is highly possible, and often probable, that the illness will recur. In order to truly be rid of an illness, we must heal our whole being, not just our physical body.
HOW DOES A HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST DIFFER FROM A DIETITIAN?
Many Canadian Dietitians base their dietary recommendations on the Canada Food Guide. They are trained in the mainstream sciences and depend on scientific research studies in which to base their recommendations. You often find them working in hospitals in association with doctors to provide dietary guidelines to treat the symptoms of an illness. Dietitians have been known to recommend things like artificial sweeteners over natural sweeteners, margarine over butter, and they tend not to promote pesticide and hormone free products. Much of their educational funding comes from major food manufacturers, such as the Dairy Board.
A Holistic Nutritionist looks at each individual as unique and works to rebalance the mind-body-spirit connection. They work toward getting to the root cause of the illness or imbalance and help the body to heal itself. They base their recommendations on a variety of symptoms that represent the early stages of illness before they develop into more serious problems and before they show up in blood tests. A Holistic Nutritionist will analyze the person as a whole, including diet, lifestyle, health concerns, emotional concerns, or anything else that may be affecting that person's overall wellbeing. They look at the long-term impact and implications of dyes, additives, preservatives, pesticides and antibiotics, and are critical of short-term studies that suggest these chemicals are safe for human consumption.
CAN'T ANYONE JUST CALL THEMSELVES A NUTRITIONIST?
Yes - the term ‘Nutritionist’ on its own is not regulated, meaning your 98 year old grandma can call herself a Nutritionist. The term ‘Registered Holistic Nutritionist’ with the designation of R.H.N., however, is a different story.
Like a Dietitian, we have a Code of Ethics we must abide by, upgrading we must complete, as well as the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAN-PRO) who enforces these standards. If you ever have a complaint regarding the practices of a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who is a member of CAN-PRO, you can submit your complaint through this association and an investigation will commence. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, we hold ourselves to the highest standard in the natural nutrition industry.
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