Holistic Nutritionists??

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have not visited anyone who claims holistic practices.

I am interested in the subject, but only because I find it to be a lot of hullabaloo.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t know what differentiates a holistic nutritionist from other nutritionists to really comment.

I would rather see a registered dietician than a nutritionist though.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Commenting to follow because I don’t even know what they do!

Post # 7
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We take a holistic approach with our health care – with humans and felines alike. I have never personally consulted with a nutritionist as I have a graduate degree in biochemistry and a lifelong interest in nutrition. I have never heard of the holistic industry before. If you are referring to alternative medicine and health care well I certainly recommend it.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have seen a naturopath. I went for a few years. I was extremely skeptical. I hate pseudoscience sh*t. I work in healthcare so I was very.. well skeptical. I went because I had been through every doctor and specialist and could not get relief from my issues. I have an auto-immune disease and it’s effects were really making my life sh*tty. So I was at the point where I had nothing to lose.


It helped me more than anything. I had a remission of about 80% of my symptoms. It is hard, but for me it really worked. I mean, you have to keep your expectations realtisic and really follow the diet and supplement plans, but for me it was a worthwhile endeavour. I have kept up with the diet and many of the supplements for 3+ years. 

You should know that “nutritionist” is not a professional designation. Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist with zero training if they want. A dietician is something different, as is a Naturopath. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Tallulah_:  I still don’t see the difference other than how they market themselves.  Maybe the line about letting food be your medicine is a bit of a tip off though.  Does that mean instead of treating things with conventional medicine they would be treated with food?  That’s where I get very skeptical.

Post # 11
176 posts
Blushing bee

(From Australia) I’m studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. Which means I will graduate as a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, so I’m hoping I can help you here. We don’t have the term holistic nutritionist, but there is a strong grounding in natural health and treating the person as a whole – especially in getting back to basics and beggining with diet.
What we eat determines our health in a big way. I am very passionate about what I do because we can’t expect to eat terribly and poorly and deprive our body of nutrients and then go to a doctor to fix us when we then get sick. While we believe strongly in the wealth of food as a form of medicine and the difference a great diet can benefit every aspect of our lives, we do understand our limits and know when to refer on to a general practitioner. Nutrition is not a subsitute for conventional medicine, but it is a form of natural medicine in the aim of hoping to prevent the need for drugs and intervention. 

The difference between a nutritionist (and often a dietitian) and a nutritional medicine practitioner is a nutritionist looks at food more as a basis of fueling the body – especially in terms of calories, weightloss, sugar, fats, protein, RDI’s … whereas a nutritional medicine practitioner will work with a patient and counsel them on how to improve their health and wellbeing with food, lose weight while remaining in good health, and how to prevent, treat, and maintain health with a pre-existing disease or illness; or even help clients that have a family history of ill-health and want to give themselves the best chance of prevention. 

For example, a friend of mine was recently admitted to hospital for a bad case of burns, was treated by a dietitian who instructed him to eat lots of fatty food as fat helps in the healing of tissue. She prescribed hot chips, chocolate milk, desserts… Which, yes, is fatty food, but I would have prescribed good fats such as coconut, avocado, almonds.. which would have also benefitted him through other vitamins, minerals and enzymes and not processed food that could damage his health in other areas (saturated fat – LDL cholesterol – bad for the heart)

Yes, there is an issue with regulation of nutritionists, but you just have to check your practitioner’s qualifications. Over here a 3 year tertiary degree and 3 years practice makes a Registered Nutritionist. 


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