There is no real short answer to this, so if you just want to see the punchline head on to the bottom of this post and check out:
What does a Nutrichologist do then?
If you want the full history – here goes…
So you want to eat better, live in a more conscious way and adopt a healthier approach to life in general. You buy books, you listen to your friends, you try different programs, but you find it difficult to figure what you actually need to do on a day to day basis. This is where I was a few years ago. It was a classic case of ‘so much knowledge, so little wisdom’ and it did not empower me to eat and live intuitively. I was a slave to the latest book or trend I was following. At the time I knew there were business and life coaches, but the thought never occurred to me that there were also health coaches. To be perfectly honest when I first found out about it, I was a bit skeptical and battled to understand what the difference between a dietician, a nutritionist and a health coach was, but as I trained and studied the differences became more distinct and I began to see the value that each brought to the table.
Ugh! – So Many Choices
As with all things in life, there is no black and white, there is always – always – a spectrum. The type of person we might go to for help will greatly depend on where we are at in life, health and of course our personal belief system. When you catch a cold, some choose to go to a General Practitioner (GP), Homeopath or just drink their grandmothers secret family recipe. The people that choose these different forms of treatment will most likely have strong feelings for or against the others choice, but at the end of the day, it’s a personal choice.
Debating which option is the best is a futile exercise and not productive. I have met people who have had great success working through their health issues with each of these strategies either on their own or collectively. There are even times where a number of strategies have been used concurrently and worked really well, so let’s all just agree that it is an individuals prerogative. Having said that, most people are familiar with how and what each of those avenues have to offer, Granny’s secret recipe may have a bit more mystique to it, but if it works, so be it.
Again with the choices!
The field of health and nutrition is a difficult place to navigate. Again with the spectrum, there are hundreds of different theories that often contradict each other. (I have my own thoughts about the very many choices, read my blog about Dietary Omnism – read it and let me know what your thoughts). Deciding whether you want to go Paleo, Vegan, Keto, D.A.S.H, Intermittent Fasting, Whole30, Clean Eating… I think you get the idea, is confusing and it’s just insane how much is out there. Each and every diet you find will have a ton of science behind it so which one of them do you choose.
At this point you may decide you want to go to someone to help you and then the choices start again. Dietician, nutritionist, health coach, personal trainer, the internet, apps, books, clinics, salons, spa’s, retreats, friends, family, the lady from accounting… need I say more?
I’ve never heard of a Nutrichologist?
While I can’t speak for all the other people I can speak for Nutrichologist and that’s because I made it up. Wait! Before you roll your eyes and think ‘what is this quackery?’ hear me out. Telling people that you are an Eating Psychology Coach, Culinary Nutritionist and Health Coach is quite a mouthful. To shorten that mouthful, and because I can, Nutrichologist was born.
Question: What do I need a Nutrichologist for?
Short Answer: Bio Individuality
There is a commonality to Eating Psychology Coaching, Culinary Nutrition and Health Coaching in that they are all based on the individual. The world would like us all to think that we fit into averages and that there is a general one size fits all solution to most problems (read my blog about Personal Philosophy where I talk about overcoming these averages). The founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN®), Joshua Rosenthal coined a term called ‘bio individuality’ and it is simply genius!
We are all different, there are no two people on the planet that are exactly the same, which is why we have soooo many different dietary principles and plans. The trick is not only finding what works for you, but understanding why and how it works for you.
Why is that important you ask, why cant someone just tell me what to eat and if it works I’ll just do that for the rest of my life. Problem with that is there are many things that influence what, why, how and when we eat. In addition to this our lives change all the time, which means we need to adapt our routines and diets accordingly. No single diet or food or exercise for that matter, is going to be the silver bullet.
What does a Nutrichologist do then?
At Nutrichologist we will:
Your journey is deeply personal and as mentioned above influenced by many factors. As a Nutrichologist we help you navigate through these many influences by way of exploration, discussion and experimentation. Using our training, experience and access to a vast amount of information we bring a balanced approach to the experience
- Nutrimentals (Practical Nutrition)
Information does not always translate into doing. Sharing nutritional information is a part of the Nutrichologist experience, however applying the knowledge is a fundamental part. This may include a cooking class, pantry clean out, shopping experience and many other activities. Your bio individuality will greatly influence the activities.
Accountability is an important component to change, but we are not talking boot camp style accountability here. Having someone who is keeping your accountable for your plans and goals in a way that takes your life circumstances into consideration can help make lasting and permanent changes
Because Nutrichologist is all about finding what works for you this means working with your team. If your doctor, dietician or treatment team says you need to be following a certain diet or lifestyle regime then a Nutrichologist is there to help you find the best way to make that work. This can include helping you do meal planning that accommodates specific restrictions all the way to identifying key factors that may inhibit you making progress.
At Nutrichologist we do not:
If anything of concern comes up during coaching sessions, you will be referred to a medical professional/s.
Besides the obvious of not prescribing medications, at Nutrichologist there is no prescribing of supplements, diets, exercise regimes remedies etc.. (You will be referred to a registered/licensed/accredited medical professional)
While health coaches or nutritionist may work with or in conjunction with medical professionals, treatment of illness is outside the scope of any coach or nutritionist
The ultimate goal is for you to
- find your way to being confident and comfortable with your food and lifestyle choices,
- create your unique user manual and know how to adapt without getting overwhelmed.
- find your inner guru and learn to trust the one true specialist that knows you inside and out – YOU!