Holistic nutrition is a profession based on the principals that nature provides all that is needed to maintain optimal health, and transform your body. Where a holistic nutritionist differs from that of a general nutritionist, is that holistic nutrition does not base its meal planning around one diet that works for all – but individualized diet programs. If you are considering a career in holistic nutrition consider the information below:
Choosing The Right Holistic Nutritionist School
Not all schools that offer courses in holistic nutrition, are Accredited by the Distance Education & Training Council (DETC). This is accreditation should play a significant role in your decision making process. It is the difference between whether or not you will obtain a non- degree certificate in the field, or an actual graduate or undergraduate degree. These factors are important both for your eligibility in the workforce, as well as your eligibility for being covered by eligible insurance programs.
There are a multitude of courses that you will be required to take in order to earn your certification or degree – many of which transfer to other avenues of healthcare that you may choose to major or minor in to broaden your career horizons.
This includes courses in culinary arts, exercise science, the study or herbs and supplements, whole foods, metabolic disease, botanical medicine, and nutritional therapy. Many students opt for a full Bachelor’s of Science, but accelerated courses are available for a basic certification.
How Schooling Fits Into Your Schedule
When choosing a school, it is also important to keep in mind how the courses will fit into your current schedule. Whether you will be attending school full-time or part-time – and whether you need your courses to be primarily online or live is important. An internship that provides hands-on experience will be required – because nothing can replace the hands-on experience achieve during the internship. However, the internship is generally started in the last year of your education.
A career as a holistic nutritionist can be your primary occupation, or can be added to your knowledgebase to expand the services you can offer in the field of health and wellness. If you already have a degree in, or have taken some courses in the healthcare arena – some of your credits may be transferable.