6 Things You Should Know About Working With A Holistic Nutritionist
When I tell people what I do for a living I often get this question: “So what exactly does a holistic nutritionist do?”
People obviously put together that I work with people to improve their food habits, but they don’t necessarily know much more than that. Since what I do goes far beyond just telling people what to eat, I thought I would use my blog as an opportunity to better define what it is that I do to hopefully clear up any questions you may have!
1. It’s so much more than just a 1-hour consult
Of course that’s what it looks like on paper when you browse through my services, but my relationship with you goes far beyond what we cover in my office, because your healing journey goes far beyond the time we spend in my office.
The initial consultation forms the foundation about who you are; what your goals are, your health concerns, and your health history. I go in-depth into your health and your life in order to have the best understanding about how I can help you and where we need to start. I always work to address the root cause of your health concerns in order to bring long lasting health and wellness.
After that consult is when your journey really begins. I develop a personalized plan to get you started but I don’t simply send you off on your own to figure it out. You’ll have all the necessary information and education about making the recommended changes. I always touch base with you along the way and make myself available to answer any questions you have as you make these changes, because it can definitely be overwhelming when you’re first starting out!
Healing truly is a journey and for that reason, my work with you extends beyond your initial consult; I’m with you every step of the way!
2. Be prepared for me to get up close and personal
Not literally, but more so figuratively into you health and habits.
My initial consult is one full hour all about you and your health and habits and nothing is off limits. I’m not asking these questions to be invasive or nosy, and it’s certainly not to judge you. I can tell a lot about your health and what’s going on based on the signs your body is showing, and this includes getting some in-depth details from you about your digestive health.
From my experience, some people get embarrassed when it comes to talking about what goes on in the bathroom, but rest assured; I’ve heard it all and talking about your poop is not something that I get embarrassed about. I like to think that it helps ease some of that awkwardness once you understand just how normal it is to me!
Aside from your elimination habits, I ask many other personal questions from how you cope with stress, to your alcohol habits, to your relationship status, to your sleep health and more. Because it’s all part of your picture of health. As a holistic nutritionist, I focus on so much more than just your food habits. Which brings me to point number 3…
3. It goes beyond food
Holistic nutrition refers to nutrition counseling for you as a whole person. It implies that your health is a result of more than just one component. This means that in order to achieve your goals and balance your health, we need to look beyond just your food habits.
You may be surprised to see in your nutrition plan that I include more than just food suggestions. I include the habits and changes you can make to other aspects of your life in order to facilitate healing.
4. It takes hard work and dedication
Unfortunately my role in your healing journey can only go so far; most of the work needs to come from you. I give you all the tools, education and inspiration that you need in order to get started, but ultimately you are the one that needs to put in the work. I call it work because at first it will be. It’s always easier to just go back to the way you’ve done things but we are working on building new habits and a new lifestyle. You need to put the work in to reap the benefits, and there is no magic pill you can take to fix all of your problems!
But the good news is the hard work won’t always be so hard. It feels tough at first because it’s a new way of doing things, but eventually these new habits will become your lifestyle. The work you put in now is setting up your health and your body for lifelong success.
And just because it’s hard work, doesn’t mean you will be on your own doing it! I am there to help you along the way, and I always make myself available to my clients as they go through these changes to ensure you never feel lost or confused.
5. It’s an investment
It can seem expensive at first with the new foods you may be purchasing, but ultimately these foods are an investment in your health. I always say you can pay for your health now, or you’ll pay for it later. I would much rather pay for my health now and invest in delicious, nutritious foods than pay for treatment and medications later. Investing in your health now means you will also experience a more positive life overall; you’ll have fewer sick days, less pain and you’ll live a more vibrant life.
Don’t let this intimidate you though! I’m not unreasonable and I always do my best to keep my recommendations practical and attainable. I never recommend expensive potions and powders (unless you ask me to!) I understand that working with me is an investment in and of itself, so I try to keep my food and supplement recommendations as reasonable as possible.
6. Not all practitioners are created equal
Just because two practitioners have the same professional designation does not mean they will be the same in practice! I know several other nutrition professionals in Winnipeg and we all bring something different to the table. We all have different areas of focus and we all have different strengths.
When it comes to deciding who to book with, it’s definitely important to choose a practitioner with the right education, but it’s equally as important to choose a practitioner who you connect with. Not all personality types will work well together and one practitioner’s style may not be the best for you. Your health concerns and goals may also be beyond one nutritionist’s scope of practice or area of expertise. Any good practitioner will have no problem referring you out to another health professional if they are no longer able or unable to help you.
Thanks to the internet and social media, it’s easier than ever to connect to all kinds of practitioners here in Winnipeg! Instagram and Facebook are both great resources to use to connect with practitioners and get a feel for who they are and what they focus on.
If you’re interested in learning more, stay tuned for next week’s post where I’ll give you a sneak peak into my nutrition plans and what you can expect from your recommendations!
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