Like Registered Dieticians, Holistic Nutritionists are food and nutrition experts who assess a client’s needs and counsel them on health eating habits and nutrition issues.
Registered Dieticians typically use the Canada’s Food Guide and calorie requirements to make recommendations for diet (which does not necessarily take into consideration the individual biochemical needs of each person). They may also provide advice for a specific medical condition that requires specific dietary changes. Registered Dieticians are a regulated health profession and belong to a regulatory body or college that sets out rules and regulations that they must follow and adhere to in practice.
Holistic Nutritionists focus their scope of practice on dietary and lifestyle recommendations to promote health and well-being. While Holistic Nutritionists are not a regulated health profession, you can check to see if they are registered with an organization that confirms their credentials and education/training (like CANNP, IONC, or NANP). Holistic Nutritionists provide an individualized approach that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Dietary, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations are not based on specific medical conditions but are focused are targeting the root cause of a client’s symptoms or concerns.
Holistic nutritionists also factor in the health of the soil that produces the food we consume, as well as the health of the planet. The consideration is that food which is grown in polluted or unhealthy soil will be depleted of the nutrients necessary for optimal health.
Below is a list of the many areas in health and wellness that Holistic Nutritionists receive training in: