A Registered/Certified Holistic Nutritionist (RHN/CHN) is someone who has completed his or her nutrition education through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). Through CSNN we learn various practical nutrition applications through a science-based curriculum. CSNN is the largest and leading holistic nutrition school in Canada.
None at all! In Alberta we call ourselves ‘Certified Holistic Nutritionists’ while in British Columbia we go by ‘Registered Holistic Nutritionists’.
Great question! This would vary somewhat from nutritionist to nutritionist however, for myself becoming a holistic nutritionist means that not only do I focus on providing personalized nutrition information but we also focus on the movement/exercise that a person is doing and last but not least, a focus on mental health and managing stress is also taken into account. I believe that if you eat well and move well but are constantly dealing with stress and negative thought patterns then you will never reach the pinnacle of health that is available to us all.
I’ve never been to a nutritionist before, is there anything I should bring to my initial consultation?
Yes, please bring the completed initial forms along with your food and mood log that are either emailed or provided to you at the time of booking. Please make note or bring with you any medications and/or supplements that you are currently taking.
Some private and extended health care plans offer coverage of one-on-one nutrition services. Please confirm with your insurance provider directly. A lot of “Health Spending Accounts” and “Flex Plans” also allow members to choose where they would like their funds directed so in those cases the services of a holistic nutritionist would be covered. Again, to cover your bases, communicate with your insurance provider directly.
Everyone! In all seriousness, having someone on your health team that can address food and nutrition is extremely valuable. RHN/CHN’s can help with a variety of body system imbalances. Here are some examples of when you might want to engage the service of an RHN/CHN:
- Do you want to uncover food sensitivities and learn how to manage what you can eat around them?
- Alternately, do you already have food allergies/sensitivities and want some guidance on what foods to introduce into your diet?
- Do you want to pursue even better health and wellness through making better nutrition choices?
- Do you want to improve mood and energy levels?
- Do you have some extra weight you would like to lose?
- Do you want to work with someone who can help motivate and lead you towards revealing the best you?
- Do you have an upcoming surgery and want pre and post surgical nutrition support to ensure a strong immune system?
No. RHN/CHN’s do not treat, cure, prevent, prescribe or diagnose. Instead we look at the various body systems and implement change to support those systems by improving health and wellness through sound nutritional choices. Holistic Nutritionists do not replace the advice provided by a medical or naturopath doctor. Instead we work alongside these professionals to ensure our clients are receiving the best care possible.
Not at all! If you live in either Calgary, AB or Victoria, BC (through Synergy Health Centre) then I do have limited in person consultations available however my services are also offered via Skype.
Another great question that is completely dependent on each unique individuals starting point, overall health, the health goals you may want to achieve and your overall dedication to the process. I will communicate a nutrition plan to you so that you are always aware of where we are headed however nutrition, like exercise, is guided on a timeline dependant on each persons willingness to commit.
This is another common question and one that I find is important to ask. An RHN working for VEGA has answered this question perfectly on her blog so please visit this link to learn more.