Of the many things we need to do, taking care of our health ought to be at the top of the list. But somehow, we tend to let it slip as a priority and it’s put on the back burner in our life – until a health scare of some form occurs. This usually ends up being the wake-up call to take our health seriously. It doesn’t necessarily have to be our own health in question. A loved one experiencing a challenging illness or condition may also bring it all into perspective for us. We don’t have to wait for a health scare to force us to start taking better care of ourselves. Prevention truly is the key because we all deserve a high quality, happy life. This is where going to see a holistic nutritionist comes into play.
Why Going to a Holistic Nutritionist is Important
Holistic nutritionists use their knowledge of food and healthy lifestyle to empower you to bring things back into balance. They teach you how to optimize your physical and mental well-being through everyday nutrition, eating habits, and lifestyle factors.
Holistic nutritionists act as guides to optimal health rather than as dictators telling you what to do. They work with you to figure out where there may be imbalances or gaps in your health picture. The “holistic” part means they consider you as a whole – body, mind, and energy/emotions. Holistic nutritionists offer suggestions for restoring balance that they tailor to fit your preferences and requirements. They see you as being biochemically unique, so they create a customized nutritional plan for you as opposed to using a cookie cutter method that doesn’t fully address your nutritional needs or health goals. It’s a partnership or perhaps think of it as a mentorship. Many times a holistic nutritionist will use their direct experience, coupled with their extensive evidence-based nutritional knowledge, to provide you with sound recommendations they know will work.
You Are What You Eat!
What we consume is the foundation of our health, yet mainstream medicine often pays little attention to this fact. However, awareness of what we eat and its impact on our well-being is growing, with holistic nutritionists leading the charge! In the past, people knew the importance of balanced nutrition using whole, natural, nutrient-dense, organic food (or simply “food” as it was known by everyone back then!), but with the advent of industrial farming practices and large-scale food manufacturing, much of this knowledge has been forgotten for the sake of price and convenience. Now, we are facing a point where we need to acknowledge the effect our diet choices have on our health. However, we don’t need to completely revert to the pre-industrialized era in order to get back on track.
Today, more and more farmers and food manufacturers are combining the best of both worlds to provide nourishing food. A holistic nutritionist can show you what to look for when making these choices at grocery stores, markets, and restaurants. This knowledge will make you feel more empowered (and therefore, less susceptible to food/restaurant industry claims and marketing tactics). A holistic nutritionist will also provide you with meal plans and recipes in order for you to achieve sustainable health success.
Change Can Be Challenging
Any change can be challenging, especially when it comes to changing diet and lifestyle habits. A holistic nutritionist understands this and will be there to coach you along the way. They’ll provide you with the encouragement and advice you need to attain optimal health and energy. And whether you are experiencing a chronic health condition, would like to prevent possible future problems, or feel you’d like to improve your general state of well-being, holistic nutritionists are here to help you on your journey back to total health. You don’t have to do it alone!
Milka is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist based in the Greater Toronto Area guiding people toward optimal health, energy & well-being through nutrition. She is passionate about teaching people how to cultivate healthy eating habits and a greater respect for food, while also helping them discover the joy of cooking and eating well. Milka believes we can make mealtime a mini celebration every day!
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