I am grateful for my acne. I thank the universe everyday that I did not grow up with perfect skin. You must think I’m crazy for saying this, but it really is the truth. Having acne has shaped my life in many ways, and but the most prolific way is that it allowed me to discover the world of holistic health. You may have ended up here because you’re deep into exploring your options for clearing your skin using holistic practices, or you might have just clicked a random search result and this is the first you’re learning of another approach to fixing your spots. In the event that you are new, or are just curious, want to share with you why holistic nutrition for your acne is something you should consider.
What is a holistic nutritionist?
As a holistic nutritionist, I believe that the body’s complex systems all work together to create a healthy balanced environment in the body. So when I work with my clients who are struggling with acne, we don’t just focus on the acne. Instead, we look at all the different symptoms that are present, and connect them to the deeper, rooted imbalances that are occurring in the body. We use this information to inform what my clients need to do to help resolve their acne by bringing the body back into balance. This involves dietary changes, supplementation, lifestyle modifications and mindset shifts.
Even though ‘nutritionist’ is in my name, the work we do together goes far beyond what’s on your plate. It’s about looking at the whole body and the whole picture.
What a holistic nutritionist is not…
I am not a naturopathic doctor (or any kind of doctor for that matter), or a dietician. I am unable to diagnose you with a condition, or prescribe medications. I have a strict scope of practice that I work within, you can read it here.
A holistic nutritionist also is not in competition with doctors or other practitioners. Instead, I see my role within the health community as complementary. Working together with a nutritionist alongside your doctor, chiro, etc., can be extremely powerful for getting you the results you desire. We all have valid and different perspectives and skill sets to offer that complement one another.
My final word on this…I am not a healer. Also, my point of view on the word healer is that your doctor is also not your healer. Nor is your reiki master, your therapist, your naturopath, your chiro, or anyone else you pay your hard earned money to help you. YOU my dear, YOU ARE YOUR HEALER. All the rest of us are merely your guides. The real work, the effort that goes into making changes, shifting perspectives, and letting go of all the things that stand between you and the health and skin you desire – well, that boils down to you. You are your healer.
What is it like to work with a holistic nutritionist?
I can’t speak for other nutritionists, so I will describe my personal approach to working with clients.
I see my role in your health journey as having four parts: educator, empowerment coach, listener, and co-creator. What does this mean?
I spent the better part of a full year in a classroom learning everything I could cram into my brain about the body systems, food, supplements, stress, and the mind, and I’ve spent countless hours outside of school researching, experimenting, and recipe developing. This is all so when my client comes to me with their complex symptoms and life story, I’m able identify symptom patterns and imbalances in the body. I’m able to tap into this rolodex of knowledge I’ve acquired and provide context and understanding as to why my client ended up here, plus how they can reverse their situation and find health again. And while I have the skills and knowledge to support you if you have diabetes, an autoimmune condition, or are seeking to become pregnant, my wheelhouse is holistic nutrition for your acne. It’s where my passion lies.
I recognize first and foremost that asking for help can be hard. I’ve been in your shoes before; frustrated with my own body where I bit the bullet and sought out the help of doctors. Many times I’ve left those appointments feeling unheard, like my concerns were invalid, and clutching a script for a new bottle of pills or cream to try.
This is the complete opposite of what I want for you or any of my clients. When my clients work with me, I’m there to validate their concerns, but also challenge them to turn inwards and reconnect with their bodies and how they feel. This can mean several things, from how you feel emotionally, or how specific foods may feel in your body. It is my role to teach and encourage you to support your body in it’s own healing process. You are so powerful, and when we work together I help you step into that power so you can do what it takes to feel the way you want to feel.
The only way I can help you feel empowered is by shutting my own trap and listening to you. You know your body better than anyone. It’s my role as your holistic nutritionist to create the space for you to share what is going on in your life and your body. Then together, we co-create a health plan for you to implement the principles of holistic nutrition for your acne.
It is my role to guide you with suggestions and recommendations around food, lifestyle changes, and supplements that can help restore balance in your body, but you play an active and important role in this process as well. It is your responsibility to also contribute to this brainstorm, and to let me know what you are willing to try, or what is completely off the table. We both want you to have the success you desire, and you will be far more invested in your own health plan when you actively contribute to it.
Holistic Nutrition for Your Acne
Ever feel like you’re trying all the things people say to do on the Internet to clear your skin, but nothing ever works?
Well it’s possible you skipped the most critical step, and that’s uncovering the root imbalances that are happening in YOUR body.
The cause of your acne is so much more than the lotion you use, what supplements you take, or even the foods that you eat. In fact, we don’t even talk about these things until we get a solid understanding of what is out of balance in your body first.
Not every breakout is hormonal. And giving up dairy might not even be necessary for you. Or maybe the only thing you need to do is change your beliefs and bring some more joy to your life and your skin will clear up.
There are an infinite number of approaches we can take to getting to the root of your acne, and helping your body find balance.
All of this starts with a conversation. I would love to hear from you, and together we can determine if holistic nutrition is a good next step on your healing journey.