Q & A
What is a holistic nutritionist?
They are skilled at harnessing the power of food to heal and prevent disease, as well as, reversing nutritional deficiencies for optimal health. A holistic nutritionist helps to uncover the root cause of a health concern and creates an individual approach to healing. Non-toxic living, whole foods, local and organic growing practices are fundamental to a holistic way of life. They also take the approach of everyone is unique so they should be treated as such and have a unique plan based on them individually, not statistically.
How can a holistic nutritionist help me?
Holistic nutrition can help with a plethora of health concerns including digestion, hormonal imbalances, stress, anxiety, high cholesterol, auto-immune disorders, hypothyroidism, arthritis, acne, eczema, high blood sugar, weight-loss and more.
What is involved?
A detailed history is taken and we will go through many different symptoms you are having in order for a full and proper report to be done. From there I will assess what symptoms aren't working properly and what is the possible root cause of those systems. Often we are only given a band aid versus finding out why things are actually happening. Once I have determined the areas that are most out of balance I will put together a clear plan of diet, supplement and lifestyle plan in order to get you on the path of a balanced, healthy, happy you.
What is a Dietician and how are you different from a dietician?
A Registered Dietician is a food and nutrition expert. They must meet strict educational prerequisites in order to call themselves RDs. A minimum of a 4-year Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences, focus solely on calorie consumption and the ratios of carbohydrates, protein, and fats, often recommending the Canada Food Guide. For example, a dietician might recommend artificial sweeteners or foods that contain chemical additives that are listed in Canada’s Food Guide. Dieticians do not promote the inclusion of dietary supplements, organic foods, or free-range foods. Most dieticians in Canada are free under provincial health plans and in the United States take insurance. In some Canadian provinces (Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Quebec) registered dieticians can also call themselves registered nutritionists. However, nutritionists are often more trained than the average dietician to treat food allergies and sensitivities, and tend to deliver more alternative therapies than dieticians.
Is the services covered under extended health care?
Manulife, Greenshield Canada, iA Financial Group and Blue Cross Alberta are all carriers that now accept Registered Holistic Nutritionists and Practitioners. Teachers and staff with OTIP is also covered. Talk to your employer today about adding this to your benefits. Some plans also offer a general health coverage that you can use for any health related service.