What’s a Nutritionist?

So you’ve been perusing my website, and considering maybe working with me, but you are still unsure. Maybe you’re not familiar with the difference between dieticians and nutritionists or what kind of training I have or what kinds of things we would discuss in our sessions. 

I will answer these questions below, but if you have any more, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nutritionists vs. Dieticians

Both nutritionists and dieticians are concerned about your health and we focus on food to get you there. The two biggest differences are that dieticians are mostly covered under OHIP (Ontario Provincial medical coverage) and work from hospitals or other community clinics, whereas nutritionists fall under alternative/holistic care and so we may be covered under private healthcare plans through your place of employment. The second biggest difference would be that nutritionists take a holistic view of treatment of care. For example, we look not just at food and your diet, but at your lifestyle, stress, sleep etc, and make recommendations on that basis. There are definitely some holistic dieticians out there, but all holistic nutritionists operate under that model.

We also believe that each person is unique. What that means is if you want to lose weight and you come to see me I won’t just give you the same information I gave my last weight loss client…yes, some things will overlap, but your issues will be unique. Maybe you have a lot of stress in your life, so you would require coaching on how to manage it and I would explain how stress would impact your weight loss. There are over seven billion people on the planet, this means there are seven billion different protocols.

I only recommend whole food choices, lifestyle changes and occasionally supplements if it’s applicable to the client. You will not walk out of an appointment with another $200 of supplements to buy, nor will you be directed to any aisle in the supermarket that doesn’t contain fresh food.

You should walk away from your appointments with lasting lifestyle changes, not quick fixes or cookie-cutter programs, or overwhelm.

The coaching plan is drilled down and specific to the client, not the condition. 

Each individual is biochemically unique, and I assess individual nutritional imbalances and weaknesses. Registered Holistic Nutritionists, and Functional Nutritionists (as I am officially titled) can develop a completely custom program unique to you, based on your food preferences and intolerances or sensitivities, lifestyle and genetic predispositions.


Training and Accountability


Students of Canadian School of Natural Nutrition are held to strict industry standards and ethics which include (but is not limited to)a strict code of ethics and scope of practice


Registered Holistic Nutritionists (RHN’s) have a Diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition after an extensive practical and disciplinary program from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. In order to graduate I needed to submit 14 case studies (entire client work ups and recommendations), complete 250 clinical hours and write a 3-hour final exam.

The program itself included modules on:

  • Fundamentals of nutrition
  • Symptomology
  • Anatomy & physiology and biochemistry
  • Advanced nutrition research
  • Prevention of disease
  • Chemistry and Bio-chemistry
  • Cellular biology
  • Pathology of disease
  • Nutrition and the environment
  • Allergies
  • Alternative diets
  • Psychology of disease
  • Natural supplementation
  • Holistic food preparation
  • Body-Mind-Spirit (including mental health)
  • Life-cycle nutrition – pregnancy, babies and children, sports nutrition and geriatric care

The title “Nutritionist” is a term that is not regulated. For your peace of mind, you want to ensure that the Nutritionist you are seeking guidance from is certified and registered – look for these credentials: RHN*. Regulation is usually applied to professions where there is a concern over “doing harm”. Since our recommendations are mostly food-based, the government does not feel we are an at risk community and as such regulation of Nutritionists is not high on their list.

*this may vary province to province

I am always furthering my knowledge base and have several Functional Nutrition courses under my belt which allows me to be able to focus on the root cause of what’s going on in your body and not just focus or address symptoms as is the current medical model.

Coaching Program Breakdown

An initial intake would consist of taking a look at your current food choices, stress levels, exercise and any other lifestyle issue that may be standing in your way of reaching your goals. An extensive intake packet is required so that I can get a very good understanding of what’s going on in your life and body.

It’s a relaxed and safe place to talk about the issues you have and somewhere you will be 100% heard. This is something we often don’t get at our doctors offices, unfortunately, and a lot of people welcome this approach.

Once we’ve discussed your goals and main issues you’ll be provided with a comprehensive plan that will take you through the next several of months and support you towards success in terms of enjoying a healthier lifestyle.

Details of my current coaching programs can be found here.

If you’d like to book, please head on over here and click the button that says Hell Yes! to secure your spot.

If you have any questions, send me an email, here.

If you’re still unsure book a free assessment session with me, here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Krisha Young, RHN


  1. Jimena Lerma

    I love your approach!
    It sounds like you really give people the time needed to make long-lasting changes.
    General Online Programs are popular but I think they can be dangerous because we are all so different and Diets should be personalized.
    I am training to become a Holistic Nutrition Coach, and I am really inspired by you. I share your philosophy and would definitely keep you in mind as any good coach has a Coach. 😉

    • Krisha

      Thanks! Yes, I try to keep it real here! Best of luck with your studies. And yes, all great coaches have coaches! I have 2!


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