Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I work with Active Nutrition?
Nutritional consulting at Active Nutrition is much more than just discussing what to eat. There is a lot of information readily available on the internet, and most of us already know which foods are healthy and which ones we should be avoiding. But achieving health goals is much more than “eat this, not that”. Food is just one part of the picture. It's really about behavior change, and I can serve as a coach to help you apply what you know to your real life. Because I have seen all kinds of setbacks and challenges, I can help you successfully troubleshoot problems or push through plateaus. By assessing your lifestyle - stress, exercise, alcohol consumption, sleep, relaxation and overall lifestyle practices - I can propose strategies that will help you progress towards your individual health goals.
Finally, the most important aspect of finding a nutrition professional is that you feel connected and able to communicate with them. At the end of the day, your health comes first – it’s important to find someone you trust to help guide you on your journey. My clients have described my approach as calm, supportive and non-judgemental. I have experienced my own health journey, and I have learned a lot along the way. I hope that by sharing my knowledge and experiences that I can help you with your own.
Why did I become a holistic nutritionist?
I started studying nutrition because it is a passion of mine - and because I have seen first-hand the positive impact nutrition can have on our health.
About 5 years ago, after years of being sick, my husband was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Rather than seeing this as a set-back, he took his diagnosis to heart and together, we made a lot of changes to our diets. With him, I discovered a great deal about working with allergies and food intolerances. By changing his diet, he is now living a very healthy, active life.
And I have had my own health issues to manage. I firmly believe that not only can nutrition reduce our risk of disease but it can help us manage disease when we do get sick. It is a great feeling to be able to share the knowledge that I have gained through my experiences with others, to help them with their own health journeys.
What is an RHN?
A Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) is a professional who studied at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN). I completed a 2 year program at CSNN, which required the completion of 19 different modules on a wide variety of topics, ranging from sports nutrition, to chemistry, anatomy and physiology, to nutrition for life stages (such as healthy aging). I was required to complete 50 practicum hours, 14 case studies, and to pass a board exam. CSNN requires students to obtain a minimum pass mark of 80% in order to graduate.
Have you completed other training?
Yes. Before my studies with CSNN, I studied sociology at the University of Ottawa. My first training in health was in 2003, when I completed intermediate level training in Ayurveda. In 2016, I earned my certificate in Applied Endocrinology at the Institute for Holistic Health.
And, as I believe we should never stop learning, I regularly attend nutrition and health training sessions both through conferences and online courses. I have really found my passion, and my passion really shows in the work that I do.
What is “nutritional consulting”?
As an RHN, I work with clients to evaluate their nutritional needs by identifying symptoms that indicate potential nutritional imbalances. This assessment is done through one-on-one consultations and focused questionnaires. Following the evaluation, I develop an individualized health plan for the client, which includes whole foods, lifestyle recommendations and/or natural source supplements in order to help bring the client’s health back to a state of balance. I also create individual meal plans and recipes for my clients, and provide tools to help clients make healthy food choices, such as teaching a client how to decode a food label, or providing them with grocery shopping advice and information.
Why focus on healthy aging?
Society places so much negativity toward this phase of life. Terms such as “anti-aging” can make us feel like getting older is something that we should fight, something that should be avoided at all costs. But the latter part of our lives can bring some of our most rewarding experiences.
Good nutrition plays a significant role in determining our well-being at any age, but our needs vary as we move through life. Instead of working to try to reverse the process, nutrition can help to ensure that these years are healthy and active.
How do I book an appointment?
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Will my sessions with Active Nutrition be covered by my insurance?
Although it is not yet a common practice, some private medical insurance plans and health spending accounts are starting to offer coverage of nutrition counselling as part of their plan, or as an option of an add-on to a plan. Check your plan to see what is covered for you. Since every insurance company has different policies, please be sure to check with them regarding nutrition counselling coverage per session and per year. I do not direct bill to insurance companies but I will provide you with a detailed receipt that includes my Registered Holistic Nutritionist number, description of service, dates of counselling sessions and consulting fee breakdown per hour.