What is holistic nutrition, anyway?
Holistic nutrition uses a whole-person approach to health and healing. It recognizes that poor nutrition and lifestyle habits can be one of the major contributors to a wide range of health issues. It uses clinically proven nutritional education as its primary tool and emphasizes the building of health and disease risk-reduction by approaching each person as a unique individual. This requires full engagement of the individual in their health recovery process and also includes lifestyle evaluation and modifications with the goal of achieving better health.
When you think about it, our bodies weren’t ever meant to eat highly processed foods and we weren’t meant to be under constant stress. Think about all of the other species in the world. Wouldn’t it be weird to see a deer eating a bag of Doritos? And yet, our species and culture has been conditioned to think that these are foods. Now think of the foods offered at a typical gas station…other than perhaps an overripe banana or apple in a basket, you’ll be hard pressed to find any REAL food in there. Generally speaking, as a culture, we’ve forgotten what real, whole food is and how imperative it is to our long lasting health. We are also under waaay to much stress whether it be; situational, environmental, physical or nutritional….and stress and sickness are very tightly linked. Holistic nutrition includes all of these pieces of the puzzle, when evaluating ones health. Once we know what the pieces are, we can start to put the puzzle back together.