What do you think about when you think about a holistic nutritionist?
You probably imagine people barefoot with wild unbrushed hair sitting in the grass chanting, or holding protest signs about health related issues. Or maybe you imagine the people you might see every now and then (or smell) at the grocery store in the organic section with dirty hair and hand down clothes. Whatever your vision in your head is- I want to explain that even if I was any of those people I just described- this is such a vast community of truly caring individuals who want to help everyone they meet not be plagued with health problems. Who cares if we might smell? (I don’t smell by the way) These people are some of the most truly caring people who want to heal and help the world in the most natural way possible.
What is the difference anyway?
Educating yourself on basic nutritional terms incorporating natural and organic foods. Creating simple holistic menus
Developing a customized holistic diet. Addressing the role of natural holistic supplements and reviewing the latest nutritional studies
Addressing chronic health conditions with holistic nutrition.
Nutrition, nourishment, or aliment, is the supply of materials
– food – required by organisms and cells to stay alive. In
science and human medicine, nutrition is the science or
practice of consuming and utilizing foods.
Holistic simply means “treating the body as a whole”.
Holistic nutrition weighs the immeasurable, such as how food makes us feel in addition to its nutrient and caloric value. Our aim is to pack many nutrients within a healthy calorie intake, as opposed to eating anything we want within a calorie limit. Our bodies are fueled through nutrients, not empty calories. We aim to make every calorie count.
Holistic nutrition addresses digestion, adequacy, balance and moderation for each individual.
In holistic nutrition it is believed that we need a certain balance of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to help our bodies reach maximum energy levels and overall physical and emotional health. Holistic nutritionists devise diets that match each individual’s health and nutritional needs.
I became interested in holistic nutrition specifically because after I had health problems and many visits to doctors, I was not becoming better and I didn’t feel any better about it either. The doctors gave me medicine to mask the problem instead of a prevention or solution. So that’s what I wanted to study, prevention and solutions to health issues.
The things I have learned since becoming a Holistic Nutrition Consultant is very straightforward and true. Bottom line is:
Don’t worry. Health is not as complicated as people make it seem.
I can sum up the most important things I have learned in a few food rules.
- Cut out as many processed foods as possible.
- Add plants into your diet, mostly raw.
- Buy or grow your own vegetables and fruits organic.
- If it’s natural- choose that over the other.(Note because a food claims “natural” on the box it is legal to claim that but is not organic usually) For example-Grass fed beef over feed lot beef- antibiotic free/grass fed beef and meats choose these over the cheap meats at your store.