Integrative nutrition. What does that mean? Why do I call myself an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach... and not just a nutritionist or nutrition coach?
Integrative nutrition combines the principles of traditional nutrition guidelines and functional nutrition to provide a more individualized approach to eating and living. It goes beyond basic dietary guidelines to empower people to get more curious about how their food choices impact their unique body, which often supports them in discovering root causes for various illnesses and maladies.
Integrative Nutrition vs. Holistic Nutrition
The ideals and concepts of holistic nutrition and integrative nutrition aren't all that different. They each focus on aspects of incorporating nutrition into the broader view of health.
Holistic nutrition may look like simply thinking outside of traditional dietary guidelines in order to incorporate what works best for the person. This is what is called bio-individuality - the idea that we are all unique, and recognizing and honoring our uniqueness is the key to health and happiness.
Simply put, what works for one individual might not work for another.
Holistic nutrition doesn't look like avoiding gluten just because your friends do; it's about doing what works for you. It may also concentrate on food and diet as a first step to combating illness and improving health. To complement their traditional treatments, someone who follows holistic nutrition beliefs may turn to plant-based remedies.
Integrative nutrition is slightly more expansive: it considers everything NOT found on your plate, as well. This is called primary food, and it encompasses the many areas of our lives that impact our health and well-being, not just our nutrition. These include things like our environment, career, relationships, spirituality, social life, finances, education, and physical health.
Integrative nutrition takes all of these non-nutritional components into account when determining what's best for your health and wellness. Thus, holistic nutrition is just one aspect of integrative nutrition in practice. And integrative nutrition is the full realization of acknowledging ALL aspects of your health, not just nutrition.
Integrative nutrition connects the dots between physical, mental, and emotional wellness and HOW we think about ourselves and the foods we eat. Nutrition is a key aspect of health, but it's just one part of the health equation. By focusing on nourishing each of these dimensions of health and wellness, you can show up in your life as the best version of yourself.
As the owner and operating manager of The Whole Plate LLC, I strive to spread the ripple effect of whole-person wellness. How we feel, function, and live is dependent on more than just the foods on our plate - but by all of the other aspects of life that "nourish" and "feed" us. This is why I offer more than just nutrition services.
My main focuses/services are built upon 6 components of wellness:
Movement (physical activity)
Growth (education, learning, inspiration)
Restoration (stress relief, calming, grounding, mental wellness)
Creation (healthy cooking, kitchen confidence, recipes, food preparation)
Community (social wellness, companionship, community/gathering/events)
All of my services, packages, programs, and events are linked to one of these principles of wellbeing. The specific topics, exercises, activities, and events may vary, but they all represent vital elements of integrative nutrition. They are each important individually and, in combination, help create a balanced lifestyle both on and off the plate.
I frequently say: "I can't fix anyone. I just try to create a ripple effect."
While you are the only one who can make change for yourself and improve your habits, I am dedicated to being your support and resource along the way.
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