What is the difference between a Dietician and a Holistic Nutritionist?
Registered Dieticians strictly adhere to guidelines regulated by the Government and will often make recommendations based on the Canada Food Guide. They tend to look at total calories in food and work within that context. Dieticians often work in an institutional setting (hospitals, school boards, retirement residences or other government-sponsored organizations). Registered Dieticians work under the direction of Medical Doctors providing specific diets for various medical conditions.
As Holistic Nutritionists, our mandate is to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle that encompasses body, mind and spirit. Our belief is that everyone is biochemically different; therefore we work with clients one-on-one to assess their needs and evaluate their individual nutrient requirements. We do not follow Canada’s Food Guide but rather adhere to the principles of healthy, whole, organic and nutritious food choices. We advocate a balanced approach to life, aiming to increase vitality, wellbeing and decrease stress. Holistic Nutritionists are more interested in educating clients on the benefits of nutrients in food. We often work under the guidance of Naturopathic Doctors or as part of a wellness team of Healthcare practitioners (i.e. chiropractors, mental health counsellors, massage therapists, etc.).