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Holistic Nutrition FAQs
What is a Holistic Nutritionist?
A Holistic Nutritionist is a professional trained in Natural Nutrition and complementary therapies whose principle function is to educate individuals and groups about the benefits and health impact of optimal nutrition (csnn.ca). A Holistic Nutritionist addresses the person as a whole and takes into consideration all aspects of life: the physical, the emotional, and the spiritual health of the individual.
How Can A Holistic Nutritionist Help Me?
A Holistic Nutritionist will provide individual client assessments and give nutrition recommendations based on individual requirements and lifestyle abilities. Holistic Nutritionists are able to design a program to meet your diet, supplementation, and lifestyle needs in order to reach optimum health.
Can A Holistic Nutritionist Help with Weight Loss?
Yes! After an assessment, a Holistic Nutritionist will make diet and lifestyle recommendations suitable for the individual. The Holistic Nutritionist will educate the client on the advantages of making healthy lifestyle modifications rather than dieting since studies show that 95% of all dieters gain back the weight they lost plus more in 3-5 years. A Holistic Nutritionist will emphasize and assist in creating realistic goals.
Can A Holistic Nutritionist Help with Fatigue and Low Energy?
Yes! A Holistic Nutritionist can help decipher if there are any nutritional deficiencies which could be contributing to fatigue and low energy. The type of food that we ingest is directly linked to our level of energy, stamina, and endurance. If we are not feeding our machines the correct fuel, the body will not have the nutrients which it requires to run optimally. We will also examine blood work results to ensure that there aren’t other health issues responsible for these symptoms.
Are Carbohydrates Bad for Me?
No! Many fad diets these days have made carb’s out to be the culprit to weight gain, but that is not the case. Carbohydrates are absolutely necessary to our diets, but choosing the correct ones and the quantity in which we indulge in them is another story. Carbohydrates provide the body with necessary fuel AKA energy for physical activity and for proper organ function. They also are a major source of fiber which we need for colon health and stabilizing blood sugar which will inevitably help with curbing cravings.
What Is the Benefit of Eating Organic Fruits and Vegetables?
Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables every day is imperative to our health in order to acquire the vitamins and minerals that our bodies require. If possible, growing or buying organic fruits and vegetables is even more beneficial to our health and well-being because these delicious gems are grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Additionally, organic farming is better for the environment. These practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Furthermore, organic farming is better for birds, bees, small animals, and humans as chemical pesticides can make reproduction more challenging and has the ability to increase the chance of mortality.
What Are the Most Important Vegetables to Incorporate into My Diet?
The body requires a range of vegetables. Variety is the spice of life, right? So why not switch it up? Different vegetables contain different nutrients that the body requires, but a good rule of thumb is the more colorful they are the more phytonutrients and antioxidants the vegetable possesses. Also, dark, leafy greens are exceptionally beneficial due to all of the vitamins and minerals that they contain.
What Are the Benefits of Eating Organic, Free Range Meat?
Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. The use of antibiotics in conventional meat production helps create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. This means that when someone gets sick from these strains they will be less responsive to antibiotic treatment. Not feeding animal byproducts to other animals reduces the risk of mad cow disease (BSE). In addition, the animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, both of which help to keep the animals healthy. The more crowded the conditions, the more likely an animal is to get sick (www.helpguide.org).
How Can I Get My Calcium If I Suffer from Lactose Intolerance or Don’t Like Milk?
There are plenty of other sources of calcium. Many people are under the assumption that dairy is their only source of calcium, but this is not true. Foods such as sardines, canned salmon (due to the bones), seaweed, almonds, and green, leafy vegetables such as kale and turnip greens pack a real calcium punch!
Now That I Have Adopted A Healthy Diet & Lifestyle, Does This Mean My Days Of Dining Out Are Over???
No way! Nowadays, there are more and more options opening up for the health conscious consumer which is awesome! So, if possible, hit these up, but if your fellow dining companions are not game then you need a plan B. A Holistic Nutritionist can help decipher “menu clues” which will enable you to make healthy choices at your favorite dining establishments. Furthermore, do not be shy! Inquire how certain foods are prepared, request healthier cooking options, and ask your wait staff to put dressings, sauces, etc on the side.