frequently asked questions
what is intuitive eating?
intuitive eating is an evidenced-based, mind-body health approach, comprised of 10 Principles and created by two dietitians, evelyn tribole and elyse resch. the 10 principles are:
Reject the Diet Mentality
Honor Your Hunger
Make Peace With Food
Challenge The Food Police
Respect Your Fullness
Discover The Satisfaction Factor
Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food
Respect Your Body
Exercise—Feel the Difference
Honor Your Health
it’s unfortunate that the term “diet” has a dual meaning. “plant-based diets” simply refer to a way of eating that omits the use of foods of animal origin. the “diets” we typically refer to are restricted ways of eating that eliminate entire macronutrients (no carbs, low fat, etc) or over-do others (high protein, high fat). these diets are unsustainable and can actually have dangerous effects on the body.
you might think that avoiding animal ingredients limits your options, but the opposite is actually true. there are only a handful of animal-sourced foods (meats, eggs, dairy) but the number of different types of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, fermented foods, nuts and seeds are endless. you’ve also likely seen the huge increase of meat and dairy alternatives at your grocery store, most of which are absolutely delicious and can be very helpful when transitioning away from animal foods.
plant-based diets are not meant to introduce another form of restriction. disordered eating is a widespread issue that we take very seriously. we are committed to doing away with labeling foods as “good” or “bad”, but rather framing foods as either “foods I eat” or “foods I don’t eat” based on individual beliefs, values, and physical benefits.
what is a plant-based diet?
do i have to be a vegan or vegetarian to work with you?
absolutely not! you don’t need to ascribe to any type of “diet” to implement more plants into your life, nor do you need to adopt any titles. given the overwhelming scientific basis for plant-based diets, hiley’s focus for recommendations and personalized plans will only encompass natural, plant-based foods. research has proven that eating this way is fully supportive of total nutrition, meaning that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are not common and when encountered, can be treated with plant foods.
ultimately, your food choices are solely your own and should be grounded in your truth and authenticity. you are free to (and should!) choose foods of any origin that are aligned with your beliefs.
what is a registered holistic nutritionist?
a registered holistic nutritionist (RHN) is a professional trained in natural nutrition and complementary therapies whose principal function is to educate individuals about the benefits and health impacts of optimal nutrition. instead of focusing on just one aspect of the person or taking a one size fits all methodology, a holistic approach is taken to evaluate the individual’s health history, emotional state, spirituality, and lifestyle and eating habits to determine the root cause of their main health concerns. a holistic approach is taken because of the deep interrelatedness between the body, mind and spirit in overall personal wellness. it is not enough to simply focus on the body.
RHNs trained at the canadian school of natural nutrition complete the following courses:
fundamentals of nutrition
anatomy & physiology
chemistry & biochemistry
advanced nutrition research
body, mind, spirit connection
fundamentals of business
pathology (study of disease)
pediatric lifecycle nutrition
what is the difference between an RHN and a dietician?
a dietician is trained in nutritional science based on government resources like the canada food guide, often working in clinical or hospital settings. while their work is incredibly valuable, it is often focused on the universal “prescribed diet” determined by authorities that do not always reflect the most recent or unbiased research. RHNs are trained to take an individual approach that allows the evaluation of body, mind, and spirit to design the appropriate way of eating, rather than prescribing “diets”. there are instances in which one or the other is more appropriate, and in that case, a referral would be made.
what type of training do you have?
kiara, hiley’s founder, first received a bachelor of commerce degree and human resources diploma from macewan university, followed by a diploma in natural nutrition from the canadian school of natural nutrition. she was also trained by myorei, a reiki master, in a process of attunement and certification to practice reiki.
what happens during a consult or assessment?
our free 15 minute consults are a good way to exchange a quick introduction and to talk a bit about what brought you searching for support. as part of our personalized intuitive nutrition program, the in-depth consults are used to get to know eachother better, to go over your current diet and lifestyle, to map out your goals, and to discuss hiley’s approach. afterwards, you will fill out our holistic assessment forms on your computer or by hand, which include a detailed personal symptomatology evaluation of all bodily systems. you will be asked personal questions, both current and historical, detailing medical, lifestyle, diet, exercise, spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of your life. these questions are purposefully designed to better understand your symptoms in order to identify connections between your body, mind and spirit and you are free to omit any answers at your discretion.
what happens to my personal information?
all information is kept strictly confidential and is stored in accordance with BC’s personal information protection act.
are your fees covered by insurance?
it depends on your insurance provider. some have more comprehensive coverage that includes alternative health practitioners like RHNs or other traditional medicine techniques. some private or extended health care plans may cover nutrition services, and many others have health-spending accounts that you can use on the health service of you choice. you can check with your provider or employer to clarify.
how do i pay for services?
you can pay through whatever means is most convenient for you: e-transfer, cheque, paypal, or cash.
how do i book a service?
mercy for animals
to die for foods
hot for food
rabbit and wolves
oh she glows
forks over knives
eating animals - jonathan safran foer
the china study - t. colin campbell
the end of food - thomas f. pawlick
food and healing - anne marie colbin
eating alive - dr. john matsen
healthy at 100 - john robbins
in defense of food - michael pollan
you can heal your life - louise hay
perfect health - deepak chopra
beyond the label - dr. christina bjorndal
foods grown from the earth are the most health-supportive we have access to, both for what they naturally contain (nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre and phytonutrients) and for what they don’t (antibiotics, hormones, damaging fats, cholesterol, and inflammatory and acid-forming agents). from fatigue to weight gain to disease and everything in between - food can be used to help or to harm.
following a whole-foods plant-based diet provides a strong opportunity to find physical, mental, and emotional wellness.
we’ve only got one, and it’s our responsibility to take care of it. the typical western diet has only been around long enough to observe the short-term consequences on human health, leaving a large question mark on the long-term ramifications for our planet. what is clear today is that human influence on climate has been the dominant cause of global temperature increase which spells disastrous effects for our future. the current industrial farming practices have already resulted in vast water, soil and air pollution, deforestation, reliance on fossil fuels, increased carbon emissions, and species extinction; not to mention that the crops fed to industrially reared animals worldwide could feed an extra four billion people on the planet!
these real threats to our delicate ecological balance are being taken seriously by scientists, who are reporting that choosing a plant-based diet is the single most effective change an individual can make in reducing environmental damage. every meal counts towards a stronger earth.
nearly all animals raised for food spend their lives on factory farms which are vastly different from the idyllic green rolling pastures of traditional farming. facilities that increased mechanization and internal housing aimed to reduce labour costs but actually resulted in new animal welfare issues like extreme confinement, inhumane treatment and slaughter, infectious diseases and thus the introduction of antibiotics and hormones that remain in our meat and dairy.
research has proven that cows, chickens, turkeys and pigs are capable of feeling fear and pain just as the dogs and cats who share our homes do. your dollar is your voice - choose compassion!