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About Holistic Nutrition
I hold a diploma in natural nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, which I successfully completed in 2014 providing me the designation of a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.)
Natural or holistic nutrition is an approach that focuses on a whole food, natural and organic (when possible) diet and its role in health and wellness. It is a body, mind, spirit approach that considers all aspects of a person and their lifestyle when creating a nutrition plan to enhance health and the body's ability to heal itself.
Below you will find more information including the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice of the R.H.N. designation.
Code of Ethics for an R.H.N. Registered Holistic Nutritionist
The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition's mission the education of the individual in the principles of holistic health care and the principles of natural nutrition, to further the well-being of people and the healing of planet Earth. To this end, a graduate of CSNN as a holistic nutritionist/holistic nutritional consultant agrees to:
- Maintain an interest in the well-being of all human beings, regardless of colour, creed or nationality, and in the care of planet Earth.
- Respect the right of his/her client as an individual in all respects, as to personal tastes, morals and social values.
- Be non-judgmental as to the life values and experience of the client.
- Treat the client under all circumstances with due concern for the dignity of the individual.
- Respect the confidential nature of his/her relationship with the client and protect the confidentiality of assessments and recorded documents.
- Guide and counsel his/her client in the best way to achieve optimal health through natural nutrition, but always respect the right and need for the client to make the final decision in all wellness plans.
- Teach the client to accept responsibility for his/her own health choices and actions.
- Accept full responsibility for the consequences of his/her own acts.
- Provide professional services only in those areas in which s/he has competence and training.
- Recognize the need to work co-operatively with other disciplines, holistic or allopathic, to best serve the client’s need, respecting the unique contribution of each discipline.
- Respect differences of opinion and exercise tact and diplomacy in interpersonal relations.
- Resolve to improve and maintain his/her professional competence in the field of natural nutrition and holistic health care.
Scope of Practice of an R.H.N. Registered Holistic Nutritionist
The services offered by a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) are grounded in the following principles:
1. Acknowledgement that each person is biochemically distinct and has unique nutritional needs.
2. Awareness of the meaning of holistic nutrition, the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit, and the importance of addressing these interactive factors which are unique to each individual.
3. Promotion of whole, locally grown and organic foods; sustainable farming practices; and the necessity of living in a non-toxic environment.
4. Understanding that prevention and self-responsibility are fundamental to any successful health care program.
5. Recognition that supplementation is not a substitute for wholesome, nutritious foods but that it may be helpful in recommended form, dose and frequency.
6. Respect for clients, their wellness goals, and for their personal tastes, morals, social, and life values.
7. Acceptance of the unique contribution of other health care providers, and the need to work co-operatively with them regardless of their discipline, holistic or allopathic.
8. The main services provided by an R.H.N. include the following:
Document client’s goals, needs, and plans; evaluate a client’s food selection, preparation and intake; evaluate client’s lifestyle and overall feeling of well-being; Evaluate client’s use of dietary supplements; Identify client’s nutritional imbalance(s) and lifestyle habits; work with other health care professionals, if applicable, in order to determine all nutritional and lifestyle-changing needs of the client, including referring client to other health care professionals as deemed appropriate; support the progress of client’s health goals by creating an individualized wellness program, which will include the use of whole, nutrient-dense foods, menu plans, natural source supplements, and lifestyle modifications, and include the use of non-toxic environmentally friendly household/personal products; provide further guidance to the client, if necessary, by explaining food labels, and by offering food preparation techniques and shopping tips, guide client in the implementation of a long-term personal health plan, provide education when necessary, and offer ongoing assessments; monitor client’s personal health plan in order to reinforce participation in the achievement of the health goals; act as a community educator to the public and to other health care professionals by developing curriculum, preparing manuals, writing articles, publishing books, and teaching; promote health discussions in schools, workplaces, and community agencies; bring holistic nutrition knowledge, principles, and philosophy to other professions.