What is a Nutritionist?
A Nutritionist is a health specialist that studies food and nutritional science in order to deal with diseases related to nutrient deficiencies and promote health.
They have training in both macronutrients and micronutrients in health and disease. A practitioner takes the science of nutrition to guide people toward making good food choices.
Good nutrition is essential to good health and happiness.
Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.Hippocrates
A Nutritionist strives to help you improve your overall health through diet.
Nutritionists can help you choose the best foods based on your individual health status, they can help you prevent, cure or alleviate symptoms based on health conditions.
Nutrition science focuses on the metabolic and physiological responses of the body to the foods ingested. Therefore, a nutritionist’s primary concern is how diet affects health and well-being of the individual.
Balance, moderation and variety.
Fresh, organic (where and when possible), lean, whole, colourful, natural foods.
Balance is the staple rule – but balance can be different for each person depending on what state their health is, their symptoms and the aim.
The balance of:
Raw and cooked – 60/40 or even better 70/30
The balance of acid (pH) – aim for alkaline for optimal health of tissues and body systems.
The balance of making the diet ‘real’ or ‘do-able’ – 90/10 of good/treats
As above the treats – in moderation.
This also applies to caloric intake, fat, fibre, protein.
And portion size – one of the largest contributing factors to obesity. And if you have ‘proportion distortion’ of the treat – you know the answer.
Means you get not only stimulation of the taste buds, but also cover wide range of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats.
Variety should include sweet, sour, bitter and salty to encourage good digestion too.
When we eat well, we feel well.
Mother nature provides it in her abundance!