“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” ~Thomas Edison

A holistic nutritionist (or a holistic nutritional coach) “focuses on a natural approach to a healthier diet.” The scope of practice for a holistic nutritional coach “encourages education on basic nutrition to develop a holistic diet that incorporates natural and organic foods, natural holistic supplements and food treatments for chronic health conditions.” (Source) Basically, a holistic nutritional coach focuses solely on “knowledge of the effect of food on anatomy and physiology to create nutrition and supplement-based protocols designed to help clients address health issues, ” unlike holistic health and wellness coaches who focus more on lifestyle and stress management. (Source)

Just like life, health, and wellness coaches, holistic nutritionists do not uphold themselves as licensed nutritionists or registered dietitians – unless credentialed as such. Neither do they act in the capacity of licensed health care providers and thus do not engage in patient diagnosis nor act as licensed therapists. Each of those areas should be handled by its respective licensed and/or credentialed professionals.

Benefits of Holistic Nutritional Coaching:

  • Dietary evaluation and planning based on individual requirements
  • Direction on the choice of appropriate foods and/or preparation (recipes)
  • Natural supportive therapies for toxin elimination and improvement of organ function
  • Provide functional medicine recommendations
  • Partner with other complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners

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