I’m happy to share the news that as of August 2019, I am Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®!
So, what’s that mean?
According to the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, this means I have
earned professional recognition and validation of my knowledge and experience within the realm of holistic nutrition, and have met the educational and ethical standards required by a professional credentialing body. To earn such important designation, I had to document and demonstrate an exceptional level of knowledge and understanding of holistic nutrition, as well as how to apply it in a credible and responsible manner to help others. The process involved documenting over 500 hours of client contact time, and sitting for a rigorous exam, among other things. Very few BCHN® certifications have been awarded to date, so I’m thrilled to be among the vanguard.
What is holistic nutrition, you ask?
“The philosophy of holistic nutrition is that one’s health is an expression of the complex interplay between the physical and chemical, mental and emotional, as well as spiritual and environmental aspects of one’s life and being. As such, professionals who are trained in holistic nutrition approach health and healing from a whole person perspective. Using education as a primary tool, holistic nutrition professionals emphasize the building
of health and disease risk-reduction by approaching each person as a unique individual. This requires fully engaging the individual in his/her health recovery process and honoring his/her innate wisdom by working in an empowering and cooperative manner to chart a course to optimal health.” (Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board)
The services offered by those Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® are grounded in the following principles:
- Biochemical individuality (everyone is unique and has unique nutritional needs)
- Whole, naturally grown foods are the best source for optimal nutrition
- No miracle nutrients that will cure all ills
- Dietary supplementation as health-promoting when used in the appropriate form, dose, and frequency, and is not a substitute for a good diet
- Nutritional well-being coming from the balance between a person’s health-promoting diet and lifestyle habits, and the nutritionally negating environmental and lifestyle influences
Does this mean anything new or different for my clients? Nope. I’ll still continue to provide the same individualized, holistic care I always have. Now I just have a credentialing board at my back, recognizing the work I do and the lives I’m able to impact. Feels kinda nice. 🙂