Posted by: Kennedy | December 29, 2011

Holistic Nutrition defined

Friends, I hope you’ve been enjoying this holiday season as much as I have:

Yes, that is a cinnamon roll pictured above. A homemade pumpkin pecan cinnamon roll with all the frosty trimmings. And Christmas morning mimosas made with freshly squeezed orange juice. As you can see, I’ve been taking full advantage of the 80/20 rule.

2012 is just around the corner, and I’m so looking forward to kicking off the new year in my new career as a Holistic Nutritionist!

I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer the number one question I’ve been asked since deciding to join this exciting new field

“What exactly does a Holistic Nutritionist do?”

I’ve spent the past year learning how to properly answer this question… and it’s likely I will continue to refine my answer as I start practicing and developing my business. But, put simply, Holistic Nutritionists help people feel awesome by eating whole and living well.

 A Holistic Nutritionist:

–       Works to prevent, rather than treat.

–       Helps heal, rather than cure.

–       Believes in a whole-foods based approach to addressing health concerns. We emphasize and advocate the use of whole foods, herbs and in some cases, supplements, to prevent disease and achieve optimal health.

–       Educates their clients. Rather than simply telling them what to eat, we help them understand why it is important to their health to incorporate certain foods into their diet while avoiding others.

–       Treats each client as a unique individual. Everyone has nutritional strengths and weaknesses. Our job is to find out what those are and develop unique, personalized protocols to maintain the strengths and improve the weaknesses.

–       Learns about all aspects of a client’s life – diet, lifestyle, relationships, occupation, stress level, emotional and mental health – before making any recommendations.

–       Focuses on healing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. That means we don’t just recommend dietary changes, but fitness and lifestyle changes as well.

–       Places emphasis on digestive health – without proper digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients, a person’s overall health will suffer.

–       Focuses on finding and addressing root causes of a client’s health concerns rather than treating symptoms. This requires a detailed knowledge of one’s health history, obtained through an in-depth intake information session and a variety of tools to assess nutritional status.

–       Emphasizes nutrient intake over caloric intake. In the mass media – and in other areas of the health sector – there is a lot of discussion about calories and macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates and fats. Nutritionists consider micronutrient intake (vitamins and minerals) to be equally important to our health, particularly in addressing nutrient imbalances and deficiencies.

And that, in a nutshell, is what a Holistic Nutritionist does.

If you’re intrigued and want to learn more about how I can help you feel awesome, live well, and reach your health goals in 2012, e-mail me at kennedy@kennedybakernutrition.com.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Awesome New Year!

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Responses

  1. sounds like an awesome job, i know you will be great at it Kennedy!
    Congratulations on all of your accomplishiments and wishing for you much happiness and success in all your future endeavours.
    luv ~mom~


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