Holistic Nutrition takes the holistic approach and deals with the whole person. A Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) is someone who uses food as a means for preventing dis-ease. They work at getting to the root cause of health concerns through a client’s current diet, lifestyle and symptoms analysis and then help the body to naturally rebalance itself with whole, unrefined, nutrient dense foods and lifestyle management. They base their recommendations on a variety of symptoms that represent the early stages of illness before they develop into more serious problems. They consider not only food quality, but also stress levels, exercise, and lifestyle factors. Since everyone is biochemically unique, Holistic Nutritionists deal with each person individually, offering recommendations specific to their personal needs. No two people are ever treated the same. They will make suggestions for lifestyle changes, food choices and nutritional supplement suggestions. Consuming nutrient-rich food is THE starting place for improving overall health, impacting energy levels, improving digestive health, balancing blood sugar levels, supporting hormones and adrenal health, sleep habits and for maintaining a healthy weight (for ones unique body type) throughout one’s life. Holistic Nutritionists look at the long-term impact and implications of additives, preservatives, and pesticides, and are critical of short-term studies that suggest these chemicals are safe for human consumption.
Dietitians base their dietary recommendations on the Canada Food Guide. They are trained in the mainstream sciences and depend on scientific research studies in which to base their recommendations. You often find them working in hospitals in association with doctors to provide dietary guidelines to treat patients once they have been diagnosed with an illness. Dietitians have been known to recommend things like artificial sweeteners, and they tend not to promote pesticide and hormone free products. Much of their educational funding comes from major food manufactures such as the Dairy Board.
1) What should I wear or bring with me?
You can wear regular comfortable clothing. In terms of bringing things, please bring in any medications or supplements that you take. If you can start a diet diary of when you are eating, what you are eating, how you feel during eating a meal and after. Please include specifics and portion sizes. Also a journal of exercise activity, duration and intensity will help.
2) Do insurance companies cover a Holistic Nutritionist?
Some insurance companies will cover some of the cost of seeing a Holistic Nutritionist. Please call your insurance company prior to or bring in your insurance outline to your appointment.
3) What areas can a Registered Holistic Nutritionist help me support?
Registered Holistic Nutritionists can guide and support you in many ways, they include:
- learning how to balance the nutritional needs of the body
- making sense of the conflicting theories of nutrition
- guidance on how to achieve optimal health
- understanding the consequences of the food choices that you make
- stress and anxiety
- heart disease
- skin problems
- celiac/gluten intolerance
- blood sugar imbalance/diabetes
- joint pain/arthritis
- PMS/menopause/low thyroid
- fertility nutrition
- prenatal and postnatal nutrition
- nutrition for infants to the elderly
- and MUCH more!
Vanessa’s areas of special interest include:
- food allergies and intolerance
- gastrointestinal disorders
- weight management
- preventative nutrition
4) Is all my personal information kept confidential?
Yes, all of your personal information will be kept confidential and will only be shared with other practitioners, insurance companies or family members by your consent only.
5) How many visits do I need?
This will depend on your level of compliance, knowledge and health. We will start with an initial consultation where we will gather information regarding your main health complaints and concerns. This is a 90 minute appointment. You will leave the appointment with some information and literature. Following this, there will be an hour appointment with your customized plan. Subsequent visits will range from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the case. Meal plans, pantry purge or grocery store tours can be added on.
6) What are the fees for your services?
The fees are as follows:
- Initial Consultation (90 minutes) $120
- Follow-up appointment (1 hour) $75
- Follow-up appointment (30 minutes) $40
- Pantry Purge- $40 per hour -let me help you get a fresh start by cleaning up your cupboards
- Grocery Store Tour- $40 per hour -let me help you find foods to help promote health at your local grocery store/health food store
- Menu Plan $75 – I will make a 7 day menu plan especially for you and include recipes and foods to incorporate into your diet to rebalance your body naturally
- Wellness Talk $150 – This will be a 1 hour talk in a group setting about a variety of topics. Included are various handouts and information packages.
7) What are your hours?
Please call to arrange a time for your visit.
If you are from the Bolton or Caledon region and looking for Holistic Nutrition Services, call us at (905) 951–0883 to book your appointment today!