Jennifer Slater

Holistic Food and Healing Nutrition

 

Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultants (RHNs) are professionals trained in Holistic Nutrition and complementary therapies, whose principal function is to educate individuals and groups about the benefits and health impact of optimal nutrition.

A RHN can guide clients through the maze of information from books, magazines, supplements and diets currently on the market. Working with clients, an RHN can help to identify and correct the nutritional causes of diseases, and they are qualified to design personalized diet and lifestyle programs that optimize health.

Holistic nutrition addresses digestion, balance, and moderation for each individual.  Studies have shown that by making the proper food choices people can prevent many health problems that can include heart disease, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. If you have symptoms of any of these diseases you should be under the care of some type of medical practitioner. A modern medical practitioner and a holistic practitioner can work together for the benefit of your health.

If you currently do not have any health problems you can slowly begin to change your every day diet to be most beneficial to your health.

It is believed that the human body needs a particular balance of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to help the body to heal itself and to reach overall physical and emotional health. The right combination of protein, vitamins, and nutrients will also help our bodies to reach maximum energy levels. Holistic nutritionists devise diets that are tailored to each individual’s nutrition

Natural foods are an important part of holistic nutrition. Foods such as vegetables, fish, fowl, and other meats, as well as whole grains, fresh juices, and herbal teas are all considered natural foods. Most large supermarkets have Natural or Health Food sections in their stores. Farmers markets and farm stands offer a wide variety of natural foods.
Fee for a Holistic Food and Healing session is $100 for first consultation and paperwork and $50 each subsequent evaluation. Includes a written treatment and diet plan.

Scope of Practice of a R.H.N. Registered Holistic Nutritionist™

The services offered by a Registered Holistic Nutritionist are grounded in the following principles:

1. Acknowledgement that each person is biochemically distinct and has unique nutritional needs.
2. Awareness of the meaning of holistic nutrition: the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit, and the importance of addressing these interactive factors which are unique to each individual.
3. Promotion of whole, locally grown and organic foods, sustainable farming practices, and the necessity of living in a non-toxic environment.
4. Understanding that prevention and self-responsibility are fundamental to any successful health care program.
5. Recognition that supplementation is not a substitute for wholesome, nutritious foods but that it may be helpful in recommended form, dose and frequency.
6. Respect for clients; respect for their wellness goals, and for their personal tastes, morals, social, and life values;
7. Acceptance of the unique contribution of other health care providers, and the need to work co-operatively with them regardless of their discipline, holistic or allopathic.
8. The main services provided by an RHN include the following:
a) Document client’s goals, needs, and plans;
b) Evaluate client’s food selection, preparation and intake;
c) Evaluate client’s lifestyle and overall feeling of wellbeing;
d) Evaluate client’s use of dietary supplements;
e) Identify client’s nutritional imbalance(s) and lifestyle habits;
f) Work with other health care professionals, if applicable, in order to determine all nutritional and lifestyle-changing needs of the client, including referring client to other health care professionals as deemed appropriate;
g) Support the progress of client’s health goals, by creating an individualized wellness program, which will include the use of whole, nutrient-dense foods, menu plans, natural source supplements, and lifestyle modifications; including the use of non-toxic environmentally friendly household/personal products
h) Provide further guidance to the client, if necessary, by explaining food labels, and by offering food preparation techniques and shopping tips;
i) Guide client in the implementation of a long term personal health plan, provide education when necessary, and offer ongoing assessments;
j) Monitor client’s personal health plan in order to reinforce participation in the achievement of the health goals;
k) Act as a community educator to the public and to other health care professionals, developing curriculum, preparing manuals, writing articles, publishing books, and teaching;
l) Promote health discussions in schools, industry, and community agencies;
m) Bring holistic nutrition knowledge, principles, and philosophy to other professions.

Helpful Hints:
Foods that are high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar should be used in moderation. Processed foods should be avoided as much as possible as should foods that contain sugar substitutes such as aspartame. These foods are full of toxins and can be damaging to your health. Eating freshly cooked and prepared meals can provide more energy than foods that are prepared ahead of time or foods that are left over from other meals. Overcooking foods can cause many important vitamins and minerals to be cooked out of the food. It is also wise to try new foods in small amounts until you are sure that you will not have an allergic reaction to the food. Try not to add too many new foods to your diet at one time. If one type of food does cause an allergic reaction you will know which one is the culprit? Foods that are not easily digestible are not beneficial to our health. Try to eat foods that are prepared warm or hot and chew food very well before swallowing. Warm beverages are better to have with a meal because cold beverages slow the digestion process and make a meal much harder to digest.

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