What is Holistic Nutrition?

By Madeline Martins, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Holistic nutrition concentrates on the types of foods our ancestors ate by focusing on organic, nutrient-dense, whole foods and reducing processed food products. It promotes finding time to share nutritious meals with family and friends.

A registered holistic nutritionist has training in anatomy, physiology and basic science. They also receive extensive training in nutrition for all life stages and health conditions. As part of the requirements for graduation, a holistic nutritionist needs to complete 14 case studies that are detailed health and nutrition reports for 14 participants. Applicants must also write a 3-hour registration exam at the end of their program and have an overall average of 80% or higher.

A holistic nutritionist takes a whole-body approach to find the root cause of a health problem. As a holistic nutritionist, I consider the impact that stress, emotions and spirituality may be having on your health. I look at environmental influences, such as the cleaning products you use in your home and the personal care products you use on your body. Many of these products contain chemicals that can harm your body’s hormonal balance. I can recommend non-toxic cleaning solutions and natural personal care products that will reduce the toxic load on your body, thereby improving your health.

As a holistic nutritionist, I take into account the latest scientific research while respecting the ways our ancestors have eaten for thousands of years. I look at the way industry affects food and how that food affects both our health and our environment. I look at the connection between toxins, food production and preparation, and how these factors influence food quality and health.