"It has become increasingly clear that our passionate modern lifestyle has made us very unhealthy. We also realize that the technical and chemical medicine developed to treat our health problems is not only often ineffective, but also has many drawbacks. As a result, a counter-movement was born out of our discontent, a healing movement loosely called "wholism or holism," which in turn gave us holistic medicine and holistic health." Passage of "Food and Healing" by Annemarie Colbin, a book I highly recommend.
What is the meaning of the word holistic?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary holistic is "characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just symptoms of a disease. It is relating to or concerned with sets or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection in parts. Holistic medicine attempts to treat both mind and body and holistic ecology considers human and the environment as a single system"
What is holistic nutrition?
Each individual has a unique biochemistry with their own nutritional needs, these needs change throughout the lifespan; As a holistic nutrition practitioner my goal is to help you find the right diet for you. Holistic nutrition not only looks at your diet, but also your lifestyle, the goal is always education. The holistic nutritionist focuses on preventing the disease and not on the cure. Finding the source is better than putting a bandage on an injury.
Did you know that?
«The word diet first appeared in English in the 13th century. Its original meaning was the same as in modern English, "usually take food and drinks." But diet was also used in another direction in the Middle-Age and early modern English periods to mean "way of life". It is, in fact, the original meaning of the Greek ancestor Diaita, which is derived from the diaitasthan verb, meaning "to lead his life." In Greek, diaita, had already come to be used more specifically for a lifestyle prescribed by a doctor, a diet, or other diets». Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Thus, from a holistic point of view, diet means a Way of Life that includes food, lifestyle and much more.
Before your initial visit, you will be asked to keep a food diary, recording everything you put in your mouth during the week prior to your appointment, I will send you a model food diary to fill out.
During your first visit, we will review your health concerns, goals, budget and time to invest in your health. You will be asked to complete a health assessment questionnaire and answer a few questions about your overall health. If you are taking medication or supplements, I suggest you bring the list with you. After our initial consultation, which will last about an hour and a half, I may give you some small changes to make to begin with, until our next visit.
On your second visit or follow-up, we will evaluate the results of my findings and we will look at a nutrition and lifestyle plan designed just for you.
On the third visit, we will check your progress and your struggles and make adjustments if necessary.
A fourth visit is highly recommended for follow-up (usually 3 to 6 months after the 3rd visit), guidance and support.
Many of our foods lack vitamins and minerals due to soil depletion and other environmental problems as well as stressors. Supplementation may be recommended; it is important to know that in holistic nutrition, our first recommendation is always food and lifestyle changes.
Holistic nutrition addresses many health problems, contact me to learn more. I don't give diagnosis, that's your doctor's job, I do an assessment and help you holistically.
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