What is the difference between a Holistic Health Consultant and a Registered Dietician?
Both health professionals, ultimately desire the same outcome: help their clients lead healthier, happier lives.
For a Registered Dietitian, the food and nutrition content of a client's diet is their main concern. Sweeping, generic recommendations and theories are prescribed, such as calorie expenditure should be more than overall caloric intake. The RD approach is very micro/macro nutrient based, and adheres closely to the guidelines recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
A Health Consultant is a wellness practitioner that looks at the complete individual. Not only food and diet are analyzed, but lifestyle, stress management, exercise, emotions, and personal relationships. Each of these components are unique to an individual, and thus a Holistic Health Consultant treats the whole person, not exclusively nutrients.
Why aren't you a Registered Dietician?
I researched many options before deciding on a Holistic Health Consulting program. I felt a reignited sense of purpose after my son was cured from chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infections and asthma after being placed on a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free diet. The conventional medicine approach did not work for us in that regard, so a Registered Dietician program was not the type of study I was looking for. I do not agree that the FDA food pyramid guidelines are recommendations which serve everyone. We are all individuals and our nutrition should be treated as such.
I have a deep love of learning and I appreciate the importance of an advanced degree. To build on my base of the holistic approach, I am currently enrolled with the Energetic Health Institute, completing a second holistic nutrition certification, with an eventual board certification by the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners (NANP).
Why DO YOU RECOMMEND MORE THAN 4 SESSIONS?
Becoming sick or unhealthy wasn't an immediate process, so it will take time to clear out the junk and return your body to homeostasis. Depending on how often you'd like to schedule, giving yourself at least 2 months allows a solid amount of time to implement the changes we make to your lifestyle and have them become sustainable habits.
What are your workouts like?
I love Pilates, yoga, and barre classes. Those types of exercise feed my cravings to stretch, lengthen and get lost in a mind-body cloud of bliss. I swear by HIIT - high intensity interval training and I attend class 3-4 times per week. I have seen changes in my body that I never thought were possible!
Don't be afraid to hunt for deals on Groupon and Living Social to keep it fun with aerial-silks classes, stand-up paddle boarding, pole-dancing, bootcamps, rock climbing... you name it! There are some amazing ways to get your body moving - feel free to ask for recommendations!
What kinds of health issues can you help me with?
The results you see will depend on where your health is when we start, the goals you set, and your dedication to your program. Typical results include:
- increased energy
- better focus, less "brain fog"
- improved grades in school
- less mood swings, diminished PMS symptoms
- less stress
- sounder sleep
- less muscle and joint pain
- greater self-confidence
- reduced inflammation
- elimination of IBS symptoms, constipation, bloating, etc.
- less behavioral disruptions/outbursts
- improved relationships
- weight loss and diminished body fat
- clearer skin
- less brittle hair and nails
- reduced seasonal allergies
- improved skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
- improved digestion
- better overall vitality and health