What does a holistic nutritionist do?
A Holistic Nutritionist Job Description
Holistic Nutritionists help clients by creating an individualized plan for healthy eating. A Holistic Nutritionists job description includes duties such as assessing the clients’ health needs, counseling them on healthy eating habits, and developing customized meal plans with an eye toward the client’s food preferences and food costs. Holistic Nutritionists may also be called upon to educate the public by speaking to groups about diet and health. Holistic nutrition is a dynamic field, and nutritionists keep up with the latest research in order to provide the best advice for their clients.
Adhering to the Holistic Nutrition Philosophy
Holistic Nutritionists subscribe to the principles of holistic nutrition, which advocates providing for optimum health in the long term by eating a balanced, personalized diet. Healthy eating means moving away from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and antibiotics found in the food supply toward more natural, nutritious food grown in high quality soil. More and more, healthy eating is shown to prevent physical problems, improve energy levels and correct imbalances and deficiencies in the body. Holistic Nutritionists also recommend diets that help clients improve their mood.
Following Best Practices for Holistic Nutrition
Holistic Nutritionists recommend the best nutritional practices to optimize nutrients in the diet. A holistic diet of natural foods like fruit, vegetables and eggs and macronutrients such as proteins, fiber, carbs and fats support the cells that maintain bodily functions at an optimum level. Clients are directed to look for local foods that are in season and grown without the use of pesticides, additives or other toxic chemicals. Often, organic food choices meet these standards.
A Holistic Nutritionist educates the client about the benefits of “superfoods” to prevent illness, such as the omega-3 fatty acids in wild salmon to promote a healthy heart. Holistic Nutritionists evaluate the health of each client and offer customized diet recommendations based on their findings. For example, a Holistic Nutritionist may teach a client suffering from high blood pressure how certain foods can be creating the high blood pressure.
The goal for the Holistic Nutritionist is to advise clients about which foods to eat, and which foods to avoid, for improved health.