What is Nutritional Counselling?
Nutritionists focus on nutritional counselling to build health and wellness. Our goal is to educate you on how best to nourish your body for maximum health and vitality.
What does a NNCP do?
Natural or Holistic Nutritional Consultants take the approach of looking at the whole person, not just a part or two. I take into account emotional, physical and situational aspects. My efforts are based on the fundamental notion that all the various parts of a person are connected and therefore interrelated. Because every client is considered to be unique and individual, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The key is to uncover the root cause of an imbalance and help direct the body to heal itself. I will be able to provide you with ample options and guidance such that the path toward optimal health is not too overwhelming but can fit comfortably within the individual parameters. Education of the client is of primary importance. Efforts concentrate on preventing poor health or re-establishing good health and catching imbalances in the early stages, but diagnosis and treatment are not part of the accepted Scope of Practice. In short, this is a practical approach focusing on food choices and supplement suggestions, expressed in terms that any client, regardless of knowledge level, can easily understand.
How can a NNCP help?
I help to identify and target the root of potential health issues and help the body to rebalance and heal itself naturally. Learning how to support your digestive system and improve your lifestyle choices will have a profound and lasting effect on the quality of your life by increasing your energy level, enhancing immunity, promoting natural weight loss and reducing health complaints.
Nutritionists use a variety of assessment tools which may include attaining a complete medical, emotional and lifestyle evaluation as well as an in-depth dietary history to determine a course of action that best suits your individual biochemistry. Our job is to educate and advise about dietary habits, food supplementation and healthy lifestyle.
What will I learn?
As previously mentioned, there is no one-size-fits-all for counselling. Every plan is completely personalized around your goals, current health status, previous experience, and interests. Here are some common goals of counselling:
Have a healthy relationship with food
Stop yo-yo dieting
Stop negative feelings about food
Learning how to
Prepare grocery lists
Read food labels
Track nutrient intake
Navigate the grocery store effectively
Transition to plant based, vegetarian, or specialized diets
Ability to listen to hunger cues
What foods and supplements to add to your diet
Nutrition and digestion education
Nutrition periodization for athletes
What results will I experience?
Depending on your current health status, future goals, and food history most clients report the following: weight loss (or gain depending on goals), increased energy, improved quality of sleep, less headaches, nausea, and digestive issues such as bloating or gas, improved complexion of skin, confidence in what you eat, improved self esteem, prevention of chronic illnesses, and overall better health through biochemistry of the body.
How do I find out if I am covered by my insurance company?
Please contact your representative to see if counselling is covered for you. After payment you will be provided with an invoice including my registration number and description of services to submit for re-imbursement. CANNP has successfully secured coverage from Manulife, iA Financial Group, Green Shield Canada and Blue Cross Alberta for services of NNCPs, if the employer includes this counseling as an option. Your extended health care plan could encompass the services of a nutritional consultant should you make such a request to your broker. Please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .