Talk to me about your approach to nutrition.
As a holistic nutritionist and a big-time lover of food, my hope for everyone is to eat joyfully, lip-smackingly, with grace and gratitude, and to relish a huge variety of simply prepared whole foods. I coach clients to eat intuitively - responding to visceral cues about what and when and how much to eat, instead of making it an intellectual exercise or an emotional struggle. When we learn to eat in a way that makes our bodies say “yes!”, we usually don’t need to complicate the joy of it by counting calories or adding up grams of fat, protein or carbs.
I believe in keeping diet simple and close to the earth. Eating this way is not boring and it is not deprivation. Quite the opposite - it is absolute freedom to realize that when you build your diet with whole foods in their natural state, and eat them according to the wisdom of your body, you don’t have to struggle with every decision and scrutinize every bite. It's exciting to choose fresh, whole, high vibration foods with abandon! Foods that make you feel hale instead of guilty, ashamed, bloated or just vaguely but chronically unwell, sub-par, kinda "off".
I believe that eating whole foods is the best preventative medicine, and can help our bodies return to a state of balance when we have lost it. I cannot think of a healing modality that has the potential to affect us so constantly and powerfully as good nutrition. Every bite can be an affirmation of our wish to thrive in body, mind and spirit, and every bite can move us in that direction (or the opposite way).
We each have a body that is uniquely ours, and constantly changing. There is no such thing as one food plan that is best for every body, or even for one person at all stages of life. Our way of eating should be personal to us, and should evolve as we do. Longterm wellness will not come in a quick fix pill or a magic-bullet diet. It’s a lifestyle.
…A lifestyle that is very simple and yet frustratingly complex. Simple because, down deep, we really do know the most health-affirming answers. But it gets so, so complicated by our super-sized society of busy-ness and comfort and convenience that has led us astray from our instincts and our natural world. We end up subsisting on mass produced stuff from a plastic bag instead of - food. From the ground.
Eating in the way I describe - does it seem like a big reach? Too hard? Food is emotional, and you bet there are often deep and complicated reasons underlying our own personal eating habits. But you see oh so much possibility for change, don’t you? Whether you make your approach by tiny increments or in one mighty leap, I believe you can move towards more vibrant health - hale yeah! You can change your tastes. You can evolve your habits. You can create a way of eating and living that feels true and natural and easy and awesome - so that you can feel that way too.
And whether you need a hand-holder or an ass-kicker, I’m here to walk you from here to hale!
What is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)?
Holistic nutrition is the practice of using primarily food to maintain and restore health and vitality. A Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) has completed their nutrition education through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). CSNN is the largest holistic nutrition school in Canada, and it’s RHN diploma program is approved by the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP).
The “holistic” bit in the RHN designation is important. RHNs are trained to focus not just on personalized nutrition information, but also on movement patterns, stress management, mental health, and the pycho-spiritual connection to total well-being. The fundamental goal of a holistic nutrition-based approach is not simply to diminish symptoms, but instead to assess the whole person and suggest dietary modifications and lifestyle change to bring about more balance, and ultimately, an improved sense of wellness.
What is the difference between a Nutritionist and Registered Dietician (RD)?
All RHNs and RDs are nutrition practitioners. However, the different designations are indicative of both a difference in training and in approach. We educate about the connection between food and wellness, and we recommend dietary change to support the body's systems.
Registered Dietitians (“RD”, or “Dietician”) must have a minimum of a 4-year Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences, a 1-year internship, and also pass a nationwide exam before they can be registered and licensed to practice. RDs may work in the treatment and prevention of disease in hospitals, clinics or private practice, as well as in community or public health settings, or private practice. Recommendations and treatment plans from RDs rely heavily on scientific studies and must be evidence-based. Most RDs in Canada are covered under provincial health plans.
A Registered Holistic Nutritionist (“RHN” or “holistic nutritionist”) has received his or her nutritional education from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Other “nutritionists” may have been educated through other institutions in Canada and so may have a different designation, such as CNP (Certified Nutritional Practitioner).
While you may hear some dietitians call themselves nutritionists, not all nutritionists can call themselves registered dietitians. “Nutritionist” is an unregulated term in Canada, and practitioners may have varying degrees of education in nutrition. While some may have may have years of schooling, others may have no formal nutrition education before enrolling in a certificate program through the CSNN or other schools. Nutritionists don’t work with hospitals and aren’t clinically trained to treat patients with diseases. However, Nutritionists are often more trained than the average Dietitian to deliver alternative therapies. Although it varies from one practitioner to another, Nutritionists often work in the sort of private practice which enables them to develop a close, personal relationship with clients.
What is your hourly rate?
Your investment for private consultation with me is $85/hour. I provide package deal pricing for clients who pre-book a series of appointments.
Are your services covered under my insurance plan?
Maybe so! Some private and extended health care plans offer coverage of one-on-one nutrition services. As well, “Health Spending Accounts” and “Flex Plans” may allow you to choose where you would like funds directed. In these cases, you might choose Holistic Nutrition. To know for sure, please ask your insurance provider directly.