Introduction to Holistic Nutrition
“Holism” may be said to be the new paradigm for health care in North America. It is actually an ancient concept that recognizes the synergy of body, mind, and spirit, as well as social and environmental factors in determining overall health. Central to this concept of holism is the belief in the body’s innate capacity for self-healing. This occurs when the causes of disease, not just the symptoms, are eliminated and both the external and internal environment is conducive to the healing process.
A holistic approach to nutrition is an essential component of this model. We know that food is not the physical body’s sole source of nourishment. The mind, consciousness, and the spirit also play vital roles. Holistic nutrition further recognizes the uniqueness of the individual based on factors such as gender, age, genetics, environment, occupation, cultural background, and lifestyle choices. Accordingly, there is no single dietary plan that is appropriate for everyone, and therefore, programs designed within a holistic framework are highly individualized.
Holistic nutrition also affirms that there is an important connection between the source of our food and the health outcomes for the consumer. It further recognizes the inextricable link between the choices we as consumers make, food production methods, and our environment. The basic tenets of holistic nutrition consequently include an emphasis on natural, fresh, high quality, locally grown, whole, organic, unprocessed foods. The reciprocal avoidance of substances that contribute empty calories or deplete nutrients are not only intuitively respectful of one’s body, but are supported by scientific research.
Based on the understanding that a nutritious diet that is tailored to one’s individual needs and circumstances is one of the cornerstones of optimal health, holistic nutrition has become a highly sought after alternative health option. Holistic nutritionists are valuable members of a collaborative health care team along with other healthcare professionals.
Welcome to the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition Toronto East Branch
CSNN is a leader in providing education that empowers and provides for optimum health and a lasting career into the 21st century. We are looking towards a future where every health care professional will work alongside a holistic nutritionist/holistic nutritional consultant towards a common goal: preventative health care through good nutrition. A career in holistic nutrition is an enviable way to contribute to the new century.