Holistic Nutrition Practice Q & A – Part I

Q.  What IS A Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) or Holistic Nutritionist?

A. CNP is the designation given to those who have completed a certificate program in Applied Holistic Nutrition and have obtained a diploma.  Also referred to as Holistic Nutritionist, CNPs have undergone an extensive practical and disciplinary training in subjects such as but not limited to: body metabolism, chemistry, anatomy, herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, symptomatology and pathology.

CNPs believe that diet, lifestyle, emotions and the environment play a key role in our physical, mental and emotional well-being.  CNPs work 1-on-1 with their clients providing nutritional assessments which helps to determine their current state of nutritional health.  Current nutritional imbalances and health conditions have often been caused by a lifetime of eating and lifestyle habits, but can be reversed.

After a full assessment, including the client’s health goals, a CNP can create a customized health program specific to the needs of the individual.  Included in the program may be certain recommended foods, supplements, herbs, exercise and lifestyle changes to bring the body back into a balanced state of well-being.

I will make a side note that as practitioner I strongly believe in including the mental/emotional/spiritual component and its effect on our health.  I’ve seen hundreds of cases where my clients have tried just about everything to resolve their health problem(s)/condition(s) only to find that the missing link was healing the emotional hurt and pain that they had been carrying around for a lifetime.  We all have baggage and we all have issues.

Many people don’t even realize that this exists within them and have little realization that this could be an important piece to the puzzle as to why they are not healing.  I cannot emphasis enough how important this component is to our health and healing process.  The good news is when we pay attention to this part of our body and spirit that exists we can become aware of what part of our lives needs attention in order to fully heal.

Q. Why do some people require supplementation?

A.  Some individuals have had nutritional deficiencies for so long their body simply cannot use food alone to aid the body in its healing process.  The requirement of supplements may help speed up the healing process and restore optimal health much sooner than without.

The quality of our food source has also greatly diminished with the use of chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers to maintain a cheap market demand.  From the use of these man-made chemicals, we have seen a huge decline of vital minerals and vitamins that whole foods (unprocessed foods found in their most natural state) would typically offer us.

That being said, I always try to focus primarily on whole foods as much as possible when coaching a client.  In the case that supplementation is required I do my best to accommodate the client’s needs and recommend appropriate form of supplements without sacrificing quality.

Q.  Will the recommendations you make be expensive to maintain?

A.  I do my best to work primarily with food when helping clients back to better health.  When supplements are required, I try to ensure recommending the best quality products at a practical cost.  Some people think they have to purchase all organic foods, but we will talk about tips and ways to invest in only what is necessary and worth to spend a little extra money on.

The way I see it, you’re investing in your health.  All too often I hear people say that alternative health practices are too expensive, but then I see how people spend plenty of money on clothes, fixing their car, furniture for their house and the list goes on.  If we can take our money and invest it in an oil change for our car, why can’t we do the same for our bodies?

Q.  How soon can I see results from following my health program?

A.  Since each person is unique and individual, this will vary on a case by case basis.  Generally speaking, the longer the health condition or problem has been occurring, the longer the recovery may be.  However, the body has great ability to renew itself when provided the proper nutrients, support and care.

Some people can expect results within the first few days of starting their program and for others it may take a few weeks to months.  This all depends on a person’s past and current state of health.  The thing I always like to point out when this question is asked is that it really depends on how much you want to get better.  If you put in the time and work the results will show.  The work and success comes when you put your plan into action.  I am here for support to help guide and facilitate your journey to better health.

I encourage clients to look at even small or minor changes in their health, such as an increase in energy, clearer thinking or less bloating, as successes.  These are all sure signs that you are on the right track to getting your body back to better health.  Your body did not get into the condition that it is in overnight.  It may take time to undo the damage, but it can certainly be done with persistence and belief.

Q.  Are your services covered by OHIP?

A.  Some extended OHIP coverage may cover nutrition consultations with a CNP.  Check with your insurance company to find out what your coverage includes.  Because of the continual high demand of Holistic Nutritionists’ services, I feel hopeful that we will see more coverage for Nutritionists in Canada in the near future.

Stay posted for the second half of our Q & A to learn more about Holistic Nutrition and why I chose this path…

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