Let’s be honest… there are a lot of nutrition consultants, nutritionists, nutrition coaches and people that just offer you unsolicited nutrition advice. Not to mention loads of conflicting nutrition information to be found on the internet. Google the word “diet” and you’ll find everything from paleo, keto, vegan, carnivore to fruitarian. But if you’re looking for personalized nutrition support that actually works for your specific body and lifestyle, its best to consult with a professional. And just like diets, not all nutrition consultants are for everyone. Each and every one of us has our unique philosophies, coaching styles, and personalities.
I think before you hire any nutrition professional, you should ask them a few questions to determine if they are a good fit for you. Because in most cases you will be working closely with them for several months. You’re going to want to make sure you like them and value their advice!
7 Must-ask Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Nutrition Professional
1. Why did you choose nutrition as a career?
I think “WHY” a key question is. When you can learn someone’s motivation behind their career it gives you great insight into who they are and how they will show up for you. If they have an emotional connection to their chosen field of work, they’re going to do their very best to help you succeed.
At Simply Nurtured, my nutrition career began long before I enrolled in nutrition school. I hold nutrition very close to my heart because it literally changed my life. My passion for nutrition stems from my own 130-pound weight loss. While exercise played a key role in my journey, it was the dietary changes that I made that had a lasting effect on my health. The realization that so many of my "symptoms" (that I just thought were normal) could be improved with a few simple dietary changes, was the beginning of my career. I am passionate about not only helping other people change their lives with food but changing how they view food.
2. What are your background and training?
Not all nutrition professionals have the same training. Find out where they studied and how in-depth their program was. What did they do prior to studying nutrition? Have they taken any additional training or certification? Are they continually staying up-to-date on the latest nutrition info?
At Simply Nurtured, I am a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant and hold a Diploma in Natural Nutrition from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Prior to becoming a nutrition consultant, I studied at the University of Saskatchewan where I earned a Bachelor of Science. The majority of my programs are based around actual scientific literature. I also hold a certificate from Precision Nutrition as a Precision Nutrition Level One Coach.
3. What is your nutrition philosophy? Or… How do you eat?
Every single nutritional professional has their own philosophy when it comes to food. It’s influenced by their education, their background, their lifestyle and personal experience. We are all unique snowflakes...
The key point here is – do they prescribe to a specific dogma. And is that aligned with your beliefs? Or are they open to finding a plan that suits each client’s specific needs? Do they work with all diets?
Asking your nutrition consultant how they eat, is a lens into how they approach nutrition.
At Simply Nurtured, I follow a whole foods approach. That means, removing the refined and processed foods that are creating inflammation in the body. And focusing on foods that your body was designed to consume i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, fish, eggs, nuts, and seed