I created this format of Q & A on my website in hopes that I can answer questions that might be insightful to others. As much as I would love to work privately with everyone who reaches out to me by e-mail or social media, its not always possible.
Go ahead, ask me anything you would like. No question is off limits, I'm taking on the challenge of answering every question that comes my way.
Q: WHAT IS A REGISTERED HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST?
A: 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 his or her health issues.
From there, the goal is to empower and educate the client into improving his or her health with the use of nutrient dense foods, natural supplementation and lifestyle recommendations.
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIETICIAN AND A HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST?
A: A holistic nutritionist's main roles are to educate individuals and groups that whole nutrient-dense foods can bring improved health, peace of mind and enjoyment of life. A Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) graduate has taken fifteen natural nutrition courses followed by a board exam over a 1-2 year period that support the practitioner to created individualized whole foods, lifestyle, and supplement plans. These individualized plans empower clients to achieve their optimal health goals and live a fuller life. Holistic Nutritionist's guide their clients through the maze of nutritional information bombarding them from all sources of media from books to television to magazines to the Internet. Ultimately, a holistic nutritionist works with his/her clients to identify and correct nutritional deficiencies that have created identifiable symptoms. Good nutrition is a tool to create improved immunity and overall good health and well-being.
On the other hand, a registered dietitian (RD) is university trained in nutritional sciences, completed an internship and passed a nationwide exam. The confusion begins when a RD decides to call him/herself a Registered Nutritionist (permitted in Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec). The services provided by a dietitian must be evidence-based and rely on scientific studies/research. They strongly endorse the Canadian Food Guide for designing programs for clients.
Q: WHAT HEALTH CONCERNS DOES A NUTRITIONIST WORK WITH?
Here are just some of the issues holistic nutritionists help with:
Dietary changes/food allergies
Disease prevention (i.e. cancer/osteoporosis/arthritis)
Low energy / fatigue
Q:WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER HOLISTIC
A: It depends which company you use, and this is constantly changing - more and more companies are starting to cover Holistic Nutritionists.
If your benefits plan is under Greenshield or Manulife, it should be covered; however, it's typically under "Nutritional Counselling / Social Work / Counselling" and is not the same as being covered with a Registered Dietician or Registered Nutritionist. If your benefits plan is under Sunlife, Great West Life or Pacific Blue Cross, there is a chance it's covered, but you will have to call to confirm.
The more times that you request Holistic Nutrition to be covered, the more likely this will keep expanding to be covered under more plans.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY NUTRITIONAL CONSULTATION?
Please bring a list of any medication and/or supplements that you are taking. You should also bring your completed intake forms, waiver and food log.
Q: WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DOES BODYLICIOUS FITNESS TAKE?
A: We accept cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard and E-transfers.
Q: SHOULD I CONSULT MY DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING A NEW FITNESS PROGRAM?
A: You should always consult your physician before starting any fitness program, whether it's online or in-person, with or without a trainer. Although safety in fitness training is always our number one priority, it is your responsibility as a client to communicate with us about any past or current injuries or physical restrictions prior to beginning your fitness program. Make sure you also provide your trainer with any medications, physical therapy or restrictions that your doctor has prescribed for you and report any changes to your medical health.