holistic nutrition

About Holistic Nutrition

That’s me there, holding a giant avocado. I love food.

Having grown up with one parent working in the food industry, and starting to cook and bake for myself at a very early age, it seems natural that I would end up here.

But what is holistic nutrition, you ask? This is my take on it, and what you can expect from me…

“If the doctors of today do not become the nutritionists of tomorrow, then the nutritionists of today will become the doctors of tomorrow.” ~ Rockefeller Institute of Medicine Research

From Merriam-Webster dictionary:

holistic – relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts.

nutrition – the act or process of nourishing or being nourished; specifically:  the sum of the processes by which an animal or plant takes in and utilizes food substances.

As such, holistic nutrition is the practice of considering all systems of the human body, their interrelations, how these systems are fuelled, and how this fuel (food or food-like substances) have an effect on health and wellness.

In 1892 a scientist named Antoine Béchamp proposed that disease can only occur when there is a disturbance in the normal functioning of the host’s body. It is the disturbance of this functioning that allows a pathogen (or any other imbalance) to thrive. This theory was coined: The Terrain Theory of Disease. Dr. Béchamp suggested that in order to treat disease we need to treat the whole person.

In that same year, his contemporary, Dr. Louis Pasteur suggested that all infectious disease is caused by germs (pathogens) and if you are exposed to them you will inevitably get sick. This is the Germ Theory of Disease.

Our Western model of healthcare is predominantly informed by the Germ Theory, and its understanding has created a much healthier environment for us and has extended our lifespan – namely by proper hygiene. However, we are coming to a better understanding of how our bodies are designed to fight illness and create balance. Just think of how many people today use herbs like Echinacea or ginseng in efforts to aid their immune systems in fighting the common cold. We are acknowledging that the ‘terrain’ plays a role in wellness. Not everyone succumbs to illness, even if they’ve been exposed to a pathogen.

In keeping with this theme of terrain or ‘wholeness’, the emphasis of holistic nutrition is on the whole person. Food is a clear area of focus, however, emotions, environment, and daily habits are considered in the assessment and inform the recommendations made. In this way lifestyle and dietary programs are highly individual. No two people, even with similar constitutions and health concerns, will find themselves with the same wellness plan.

The goals of the recommendations you will receive from a holistic nutritionist are to address nutritional and lifestyle imbalances in order to create an environment where all systems of the body are working in harmony to achieve optimal function and wellness.

Holistic nutritionists don’t count calories (at least I don’t), don’t use industry-sanctioned food guides, and typically don’t endorse fad diets. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in this practice. We aim to create customized plans that suit individual preferences, sensitivities/allergies, and family dynamics.

While supplements may be used to help achieve balance in the short term, the goal is to shy away from any reliance on them or food substitutes.

Real, whole food was designed to give our bodies the energy and nutrients it needs in the right ratios and combinations. The key is to harness that synergy in real food by eating a majority of these foods that supply what we need and minimize consumption of chemicals that are called food, but aren’t real food, which deplete our bodies of nutrients through their metabolism and elimination.

When you work with a holistic nutritionist you will learn how to select healthy foods to fuel your body. We will demystify nutrition for you and make eating enjoyable, simple, and practical.

Nutrition is not a regulated profession in Canada, thus it is important to do your research when selecting a practitioner. The credentials CNP (certified nutritional practitioner) is recognized by the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CNPCC) and the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC). These institutions are involved in establishing educational standards for the industry and only recognize specific diplomas that meet these standards. To ensure a high level of integrity and quality assessment, be sure to consult with nutritionists with the designations: CNP, RHN, RNCP, and/or ROHP.

Check out my services page to learn more about how you can work with me.