Holistic nutrition refers to a comprehensive, individualized healthy nutrition plan which focuses on the individual as a whole, including all aspects of their lifestyle. Holistic food selection typically encourages eating foods as close as possible to their natural state (unprocessed, no additives, fortifications, or artificial enrichments). So, it's not surprising that fitness professionals are drawn to understanding and recommending a holistic approach for their clients and themselves.
Bringing your diet back to a natural state allows you to both reduce the chemicals and artificial ingredients in your body and also lowers your caloric intake per serving. Just imagine a world without high-fructose corn syrup!
With obesity rates at an all-time high in the United States, clearly there is a need for a more holistic approach to nutrition. Less artificial dyes, less simple sugars, and less preservatives can mean a healthier tomorrow for everyone.
As a certified Sports Nutritionist, your understanding of holistic nutrition can help your clients improve performance and drop body fat. Very few competitive sports require excess body fat to improve performance. Most sports require you to be operating at optimal efficiency for your size and strength.
ASFA's Sports Nutritionist Certification and Advanced Sports Nutrition Certification makes learning about holistic nutrition convenient and accessible. You can test at your own pace and take your certification from the comfort of your own home. Understanding the importance of holistic nutrition and applying the whole person approach to individualized nutrition plans will help your clients attain their goals as you attain yours.
So, if you've ever wondered about holistic nutrition and how it pertains to fitness and sports performance, start today by clicking below to learn more about ASFA's new Advanced Sports Nutrition Certification!