Both groups work on your health through diet but have varied approaches. A dietician often focuses on counting calories, grams of fat and protein and follows the Canada Food Guide. Dieticians are government regulated, often work at hospitals, tend to recommend things like artificial sweeteners, fat substitutes and tend not to focus on food quality in their recommendations.
A Holistic Nutritionist will not only look at what you eat but the quality of the food, what time of day you are eating it, what your symptoms are after various foods are eaten and how you are eating it. In conjunction, we look at how your home environmental, emotional wellness, level of activity and lifestyle are influencing your health. We do not follow the Canadian Food Guide but base our knowledge of peer reviewed medical research studies that have not been industry funded.
A Holistic Nutritionist will encourage you to remove “products” from your eating plan and encourage you towards food – things with no ingredient list. We develop our recommendations for each individual person and do not adhere to any one fad diet or plan.
Most importantly, we are looking for the root causes of your health challenges and not a band-aid solution. Having said that, we will never recommend you change or stop medication provided by your doctor. Many clients, however, find that their doctor will recommend decreasing various doses of their medication or that they no longer need it after seeing a Holistic Nutritionist as the root cause of the issue has been addressed.
We generally see products, environmental pollutants, toxic emotions and nutrient-void, processed foods as barriers to achieving and maintaining an optimal state of health. We believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself when we simply remove physical, mental or emotional barriers and give it the nutrition it needs to build healthy tissue.