Hello all my wonderful blog followers! Sorry I’ve been missing in action this past week. I was on vacation and enjoying a visit with my daughter and her boyfriend and celebrating my birthday! It was fantastic. 😀
My blog today is about What It Is That I Do (WIITID). People often ask me what do I do that is different from what a Dietitian or other types of Nutritionists do. As a Holistic Nutritionist I am concerned with and work with the whole physical body and the mind and spirit. They are all connected to each other and they are all impacted in one way or another by what we eat. That old expression “We are what we eat” has a lot of truth behind it.
When a client comes to me for a particular issue I talk at length with them about more than just that issue. I need to know what’s going on in their life, how they are feeling mentally, physically and spiritually. I have them fill out a fairly extensive set of forms for me that tell me about their lifestyle, their current and past medical history, their family medical history, the way they eat and what they eat, how they handle and are impacted by stress, etc. There are also forms that relate to the individual body systems, like the Digestive system or Endocrine system. The answers they give here help me determine which body systems are most out of balance. The body always wants to return to homeostasis (a state of balance) and most often giving diet, lifestyle and spiritual recommendations to help balance (this could mean support, strengthen or detox) those systems (most out of balance) will greatly improve or even eliminate the issue that the client came to me about.
One of the most important things to remember about changing things with the recommendations I make is that there is no quick fix. It takes time, sometimes a long time if your body systems are really out of balance. Also depending on the client they can perhaps only make one change at a time, or they can make 6 changes at a time. This is also partly why I speak at length with, and really get to know my clients- so that I know how much will overwhelm them, and I can avoid that happening. Change has to happen at a pace that works for you or you won’t be successful, while at the same time you have to truly want to make changes and not be looking for the next pill or quick fix.
Just think and remember that with traditional medicine, nothing is a quick fix either, at least for chronic conditions. Medications have to be adjusted, or changed or taken long term and all you end up with is covering or managing symptoms, not actually fixing the underlying problem. Isn’t it much better to have it gone- healed, and doing it without filling your body with poison which just creates more issues?
A new skill I am adding to my repertoire is hypnosis! I’m really excited about this as I’ve used it myself and am thrilled at the changes I’ve made on a subconscious level and how they have positively impacted my life! Hypnosis is a great tool to use in conjunction with making changes in your life when health issues are not as simple as changing a bad diet. If your eating habits or mental issues are connected to things in your past or childhood such as abuse, addiction, or other trauma, if your mental or spiritual health is not in a negative space only because of what you eat, then hypnosis may be something we want to use along with the dietary and lifestyle changes I recommend.
Holistic Nutrition is not just about food, even though the word nutrition might have you believing so. It is about wellness, wholeness, working with other methods of health care, whether it be traditional western medicine or alternative methods. It’s about a well-rounded approach, being open to new ideas and changing things on a cellular level, while staying connected to the whole- body, mind and spirit!
I hope this blog gives you the information you need to help you decide to make the changes you desire in your life in order to be happy, healthy and whole! Please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or would like my assistance in achieving your health and wellness goals.