The philosophy of holistic nutrition is that one’s health is an expression of the complex interplay between the physical and chemical, mental and emotional, as well as spiritual and environmental aspects of one’s life and being. As such, professionals who are trained in holistic nutrition approach health and healing from a whole-person perspective.
Using nutritional education as a primary tool, holistic nutrition professionals emphasize the building of health and disease risk-reduction by approaching each person as a unique individual. This requires fully engaging the individual in her health recovery process and honoring her innate wisdom by working in an empowering and cooperative manner to chart a course to optimal health.
The following states restrict the use of the occupational title “nutritionist” and require a license, or state certification for their use: Alaska, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico require a license to use the title nutritionist. Virginia requires state certification to use the title nutritionist. Because of these limitations, we use the term, “Nutrition Professional” which encompasses all types of careers in our field, such as Nutrition Educator, Nutrition Consultant, Natural Chef, and so on. In other countries, such as Australia, restrictions will vary from those of the United States.
A Holistic Nutrition Professional advises individuals, families and groups on how to improve diet, lifestyle and attitude to prevent disease and promote health. He/she may work with a licensed healthcare provider to help individuals with previously diagnosed illnesses identify biochemical imbalances and toxicities that contribute to poor health. His/her advice and support is founded on evidence-based and holistic principles. Viewing nutrition in a holistic manner is just one of the principles of the broader category of Naturopathy, or focusing on wellbeing, as taught at Health Foundations.
A Natural Chef teaches clients and groups to eat for health, and provides healthy meals for them.
A licensed Healthcare Provider (MD, ND, DO, DC, RN, etc.) may work with a Holistic Nutrition Professional to educate patients on the benefits of whole foods, lifestyle improvements and appropriate supplementation relative to their health issue, or provide these services themselves. You’ll find more on that here.
Holistic Nutrition Professionals Typically Offer the Following Types of Services:
- Shopping tours
- Diet and lifestyle evaluation
- Teach healthy eating
- Teach classes on wellness and holistic nutrition
- Family meal planning
- Meal plans for improved weight, mood and energy
- Advise clients on basic wellness supplementation
- Suggestions for improving lifestyle
- Suggestions for managing stress
Holistic Nutrition Professionals Might Offer the Following Therapeutic Services:
- Provide recommendations
- Advise therapeutic menu and nutrients
- Teach health professionals and consumers
- Research health issues
- Provide follow-up support
- Consult with licensed practitioner
- Review laboratory assessments
- Summarize case and group findings