Amy Ritchie, NNCP
Hi, I’m Amy!
As a Holistic Nutritionist I help women improve their relationship with food, decrease cravings and reach their health goals.
The world of nutrition can be overwhelming and contradictory. I'm here to help you sort fact from fiction and put your food dollars where they count.
Already know what to eat but having trouble making it happen? Implementation and making lasting changes is 80% of the battle. We'll discuss your tastes, schedule, budget, goals and health history and develop a personalized plan. As a foodie I also make sure you’re eating food that tastes good!
I have a special focus on women's health, sustainable weight loss and nutritional support for anxiety and depression. I believe in education and empowerment and help my clients to understand their bodies and conditions, interpret their symptoms and implement necessary changes.
I'm currently working as a Holistic Nutritionist at the Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic and am also available for Skype or FaceTime consultations for clients outside of Thunder Bay.
What is Holistic Nutrition?
Holistic nutrition takes a natural approach to health and helps make dietary changes practical. Holistic nutrition looks at your complete health history, emotional state, lifestyle habits and current diet to assess the root cause of any health issues and make recommendations to address them.
As a Holistic Nutritionist my goal is to empower and educate my clients into improving their health with the use of nutrient dense foods, natural supplementation and lifestyle recommendations. I'll assist you in making dietary changes at a pace that's comfortable for you. My job is to give you the tools that you need to be successful and this looks different for everyone. Tools and testing may include meal plans, mindful eating strategies, food sensitivity testing, nutrigenomic testing (how your DNA affects your ideal nutrition), nutrient testing (iron, vitamin D, etc.), weigh ins, body fat %, or macronutrient & calorie tracking if desired.
What’s the difference between a Dietician and Holistic Nutritionist?
A dietician typically helps patients follow the guidelines in the Canada’s Food Guide and makes recommendations based on calorie requirements and recommended daily allowances. Dieticians are government regulated and can usually be found working out of government institutions such as hospitals.
A Holistic Nutritionist recognizes that there is no one size fits all diet and assists their clients in discovering a way of eating that best supports their goals while recognizing their unique preferences. Many people don’t feel optimal while following recommendations such as 3 cups of milk and 8 servings of grains per day. A Holistic Nutritionist will help you find the diet that leaves you feeling your best without while also helping to prevent any nutritional deficiencies or imbalances.
What Can Holistic Nutrition Help With?
Some of the issues holistic nutrition can address:
- Weight loss, cravings & blood sugar management
- Diet Optimization: including specialty diets & food allergies/restrictions
- Cleanse & Detox
- Women's health: PMS, PCOS, prenatal and post partum nutrition, low iron, hormonal imbalance
- Mental health
- Energy & Fatigue
- Skin: acne, eczema, rosacea, aging skin
- Digestive Health: constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, acid reflux, crohn's, colitis, IBS
- Thyroid Support
- Cardiovascular: cholesterol and blood pressure