The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word holistic as “relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system> .”
I approach your health by investigating states of balance and imbalance in the body, mind and spirit, and offering recipes to correct the imbalances. Literally, these may be recipes for food, but often they are recipes of a different sort.
The Free Dictionary offers 3 definitions for a recipe. They are:
1. A set of directions with a list of ingredients for making or preparing something, especially food.
2. A formula for or means to a desired end: a recipe for success.
3. A medical prescription.
This is interesting. Holistic Nutritionists don’t “prescribe,” because we aren’t doctors; yet our recipes are similar to prescriptions. They are recommendations for remedies to assist the body/mind/spirit to return to a state of highest natural function. Our recipes may be a list of ingredients with directions for how to prepare a delicious meal which suits your individual constitution or needs of the moment. Recipes may also be in the form of a suggested activity which will assist you in achieving your objective. They may even be a new way of looking at something, a perspective not previously considered. It may be a list of nutrients from food or supplements to support the optimal function of a particular organ or system of the body, which in turn will impact and often reverse adverse symptoms and debilitating conditions.
Whatever the recipe is, I guarantee you will be surprised and delighted with the flavor, as holistic health is also about serving the uniqueness of YOU and is tailored to you – your needs, desires, goals and personal preferences! The process is fun, as you discover more about yourself and what serves you. I guide the process, but I am actually following your lead and you are always in control, defining the pace of your progress.
Because what we eat affects not just our physiological bodies, but our mood, mental clarity and spiritual being, this, then, is the definition of Holistic Nutrition: the practice of individualized dietary and nutrient planning to meet your needs, for the nourishment of your body, mind and spirt.
I will address the effect of food on the subtle and gross bodies in another blog, so stay tuned. And in the meantime, happy eating!