Nutrition Professionals Scope of Practice and Standard of Care:

Scope of Practice:

  • A Nutrition Professional advises individuals, families and groups on how to improve diet, lifestyle and attitude to promote optimal health. They may work with a licensed health provider to help individuals with previously diagnosed illnesses identify biochemical imbalances and toxicities that contribute to poor health. Their advice and support is founded on evidence-based and holistic principles.
  • A Natural Chef teaches clients and groups to eat for health, and provides healthy meals for them.
  • A licensed Health Provider (MD, ND, DO, DC, RN, etc.) may work with a Nutrition Professional to educate patients on the benefits of whole foods, lifestyle improvements and appropriate supplementation relative to their health issue, or provide these services themselves.

Nutrition Professionals General Menu of Services:

  • Diet and Lifestyle Evaluation
  • Teach Healthy Eating
  • Shopping tours
  • Family meal planning
  • Suggestions for improving lifestyle
  • Suggestions for managing stress
  • Meal plans for improved weight, mood and energy
  • Teach classes on wellness and holistic nutrition
  • Advise clients on basic wellness supplementation

Nutrition Professionals Therapeutic Menu of Services:

  • Intake
  • Advise therapeutic menu and nutrients
  • Research Issues
  • Provide follow-up support
  • Review Lab Assessments
  • Summarize case and group findings
  • Provide Recommendations
  • Teach health professionals and consumers
  • Consult with practitioner

Holistic Nutrition Professionals and Registered Dietitians:

Holistic Nutrition Professionals are similar to and different than Registered Dietitians (RDs).

Similarities include:

  • Food based
  • Science based
  • Work in community and clinical settings

Differences include:

  • Holistic Nutritionists (HNs) teach a whole, organic, chemical-free food approach to health.
  • RDs are encouraged by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to teach the USDA’s MyPlate approach.*
  • A main tenet of holistic nutrition is biochemical individuality, and therefore, HNs develop Individualized programs to address client health concerns.
  • RDs are encouraged to use Association guidelines when developing protocols for their patients, such as those published by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, etc.*
  • Many states license RDs to practice Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT); while HNs who are not also RDs may not practice MNT.

* NOTE: A growing number of RDs are teaching a whole foods and holistic approach to health. They may or may not use the MyPlate or Association guidelines approaches with their patients.

Role Delineation:

Our job is to bring non-biased health and nutrition information to friends, neighbors, associates and the media. We educate the public on the cost/benefit of eating unprocessed local, fresh, plant-based foods. There is value in taking quality nutritional products to manage chronic nutritional deficiencies and toxicities associated with lifestyle and environmentally-related health problems.


  • Practice Medical Nutrition
  • Diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease
  • Make unproven health claims
  • Misrepresent training
  • Use unproven devices, assessments or therapies
  • Use network marketing or product sales in lieu of individual client education.


  • Promote active lifestyles
  • Teach healthy eating

Distinguishing Features

  • Fresh, natural-foods basis
  • Educational emphasis
  • Client based, not method or product-based
  • Refer to doctors for medical conditions
  • Highest standard of accountability and integrity
  • Use informed consent and full disclosure forms
  • Adhere to NANP practice guidelines and ethics