The Field of Holistic Nutrition
In today's fast-paced, high-demand world, we have become a culture focused on convenience and that includes how you eat. Food in its natural state is what humans were meant to eat, but over the decades, convenience has nudged out some of these healthier choices. When hunger strikes, it's much easier to open a can, unwrap a package or pop a lid than it is to actually prepare a fresh meal. The cost of convenience has a significant impact on your health. The link to your health and what you eat has taken centre stage and many are looking to holistic nutrition as a way to not only feed their bodies but as a way to get back to optimal health.
Holistic Nutrition is a natural approach to health that uses evidence-based techniques for diet, lifestyle and detoxification. Instead of focusing on just one aspect of the person, or taking a one size fits all methodology, holistic nutrition evaluates the complete health history, emotional state, lifestyle habits and current diet habits of an individual to determine the root cause of your health issues. From there, the goal is to empower and educate you into improving your health with the use of nutrient dense foods, natural supplementation and lifestyle recommendations.
A Role of a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner
Holistic Nutrition Practitioners assess their clients' state of health and vitality through 1:1 consultations by identifying symptoms that indicate nutritional deficiencies and toxicity. They provide individualized nutrition plans, which include nutrient-dense whole foods; lifestyle changes and supplements in order to bring the state of health back to equilibrium.
Holistic Nutrition Practitioners also create individualized meal plans, cooking and food preparation classes and much more. They also monitor their clients’ progress towards their health goals. Most importantly, they encourage self-responsibility by empowering clients through personalized education and information.
Qualifications of a Holistic Nutrition Practitioner
Holistic Nutrition Practitioners are certified in Natural Nutrition. They are conscientious and well informed about the connections between the environment, toxins, food production and preparation, and the resulting quality of food. They are educated on the functions of the digestive, immune and other whole-body systems. They also recognize food intolerance and allergies, blood sugar fluctuations, hormonal imbalances, and the multiple causes of inflammation, which are the source of many common health conditions.
Through in-depth nutritional courses, practical hours and supervised case studies Holistic Nutrition Practitioners are trained in a very practical way to provide personalized client consultations as well as community education. As such, Holistic Nutrition Practitioners are valuable resources for corporations. By helping employees regain vitality and wellness, Holistic Nutrition Practitioners support a healthier and happier workforce that benefits all.
Holistic Nutrition Practitioners recommend whole foods that are natural, alive and good quality, and which support sustainable farming practices and a healthy environment. They also suggest healthy lifestyle practices and they may also recommend high-quality natural source vitamins and minerals. They encourage the use of non-toxic environmentally-friendly household and personal products.
Most Holistic Nutritionists are continually improving and updating their education by taking additional courses to specialized in more specific areas of health and wellness.
The connection between body, mind and spirit is an integral and important part of the Holistic Nutrition Certification. It is scientifically demonstrated that our state of mind and spiritual well being affect our physical health. This enlightens a broad understanding of the way life experiences and circumstances effect health.
CHN which stands for Certified Holistic Nutritionist or CHNC (Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultants) are certified in Holistic Nutrition, graduating with a Natural Nutrition Diplomas. This education is recognized and approved by the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CNPCC) and the CSNN Alumni Association.
areas of health and wellness that Holistic Nutrition practitioners receive training in:
Anatomy & Physiology
Blood Sugar Balancing
Body, Mind, Spirit Connection
Biochemistry & Chemistry
Exercise & Sports Nutrition
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Hyperactivity in children
Increasing energy levels
Improving sleep habits
Insomnia & Headaches
Low energy and fatigue
Mental Health Management
Nutritional Literature Research
What is Natural Nutrition?
One of the most crucial problems of modern civilization is malnutrition. Whether we consider malnutrition due to poverty and shortage of food as encountered in third world countries, or witness dietary abuse problems common to the rest of the world, we find enormous suffering caused by the way we feed ourselves. We are dying of malnutrition.
It takes courage to face the fact that through ignorance and lack of interest in the needs of our own bodies, we are slowly bringing ourselves to the point of extinction.
Fortunately there is hope. Our modern society is awakening to a new and vital interest in nutrition. This curiosity is not aimed at the traditional dietetic and scientific field. Rather, it involves an emerging sphere of nutrition that encompasses not only the characteristics of food, but also explores the quality of the food source and holism of the consumer. This new area is called “natural nutrition.”
Top Health Benefits of a Holistic Diet
Food is not only fuel, but medicine for the body. As once stated by Hippocrates, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". By following a holistic nutrition plan, you may experience a number of health benefits, such as the following:
weight loss and weight management
increased energy levels
improved mood and less anxiety and depression
improved skin tone and texture
strengthened immune system
balanced blood sugar levels
reduced cholesterol and blood pressure levels
improved digestion and relief from constipation
...and many more...
Additionally, many chronic illnesses and conditions can be managed through diet, such as:
high blood pressure
...and many more...
At its core, holistic nutrition is designed to get the body, mind and soul back to optimal health in order to feel energized, vital and balanced for life
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