Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to common questions:
What is Holistic Nutrition?
Holistic nutrition looks at food as medicine, and it adheres to the principles that the human body has an innate wisdom and capability of maintaining balance and optimal health, if only it is provided with the tools that it needs. These tools include essential nutrients (such as fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals), adequate sleep, stress management, and a positive state of mind. The holistic health approach focuses on a person as a whole: examining physical, mental, emotional, and environmental factors.
A Holistic Nutritionist works with their clients on an individualized basis, recognizing that each person is biochemically unique with different needs for optimizing health. A Holistic Nutritionist will work with you to identify how your physical and mental health, and emotional beliefs play a role in your current well-being.
As your Holistic Nutritionist, my goal is to help you determine the potential root cause(s) of your symptoms, imbalances or concerns with the use of a comprehensive intake questionnaire as well as evidence-based assessment tools. In addressing your wellness needs and goals, I will provide personalized dietary recommendations based on the principles of healthy food choices as well as lifestyle and supplement recommendations.
What is a Biochemical Individuality Assessment?
Biochemical individuality can be defined as the idea that while we all have the same biologic processes, because of genetic differences and environmental factors, the dietary/nutrient needs to optimize these biologic processes is different for each individual. (This concept helps to explain why one person can smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol every day of their life and not get cancer, but another individual, who never smokes or drinks a day in their life but is exposed to second-hand smoke through their environment, can be diagnosed with stage-3 lung cancer.)
To gauge your Biochemical Individuality, I use a comprehensive tool called the Nutri-Body Analysis Questionnaire that assesses over 600 bodily signs of nutritional imbalance. This tool allows me to determine your specific dietary needs and areas of nutrient deficiency, so that we can optimize your nutrition through dietary measures as well as supplements and lifestyle factors. This approach is often more reliable than laboratory tests for determining nutritional weaknesses.
The questionnaire takes about 30-45 minutes to complete, and it can be done online and submitted to me electronically.
Are your services covered under my health insurance?
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What does it mean to be registered and in good standing with Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP)?
To be registered and in good standing with CANNP means that one has graduated from an accredited school and has Errors & Omissions Professional Liability Insurance. Members of CANNP are also required to complete 30 hours of educational upgrading each year along with engaging in the mentoring of new graduates/members of the CANNP organization.
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