Health Coach? Nutritionist? Dietitian? Which is the best healer for me?
How does it differ from a Dietitian or Nutritionist?
This might be one of the questions I get most often so I have tried to outline it the best I can. Please note, this is just a general outline, and some practitioners may have more qualifications which you can ask about when working with each specific individual.
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach:
Works with patients using coaching techniques to steer them toward health goals
Looks at whole picture, not only nutrition
Works with client to create life sustaining transformations
Guides, motivates, and holds accountability for clients toward and beyond health goals
One year of education (at Institute of Integrative Nutrition)
Trained in over 100 dietary theories
Trained by current leading experts, doctors, researchers, and healers in each area
Not protected name (Some health coaches are not certified or have very different training)*
Cannot treat disease and illness, or prescribe medication, supplements, or specific diets
Generally not covered by insurance
Usually covered by FLEX Spending Account or Health Savings Account
Works with patients with specific nutritional tools
Works toward patients health goals
Can test for and locate nutrient deficiencies or abnormalities
Helps heal by discovering root cause of problem or disease
A holistic nutritionist would look at more of the whole picture
Few years of training in complex nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and more
Not protected name (some might call themselves a nutritionist who are not registered)*
Cannot diagnose conditions
Sometimes covered by insurance
Works with patients in treatment and management of disease
Can prescribe specific diets, and supplements
Can diagnose conditions
Often has experience or works in hospital setting
Follows strict medical diet and food regulations
Years of education and internship experience
Holds protected “Dietitian” name and credentials*
Generally covered by insurance
When choosing the right health practitioner, it’s important to recognize your specific condition or desire, and find the best fit for you.
If you are interested in meeting me, I recommend doing my free initial consultation so we can determine if we are compatible, if I can help you, or if I can refer you to other healers in my network who might suit your needs.
We are all working together to make the world a happier healthier place!
*Always protect yourself and make sure the practitioner or healer you are working with is certified or registered.