About Holistic Nutrition

Holistic nutrition is a personalized approach to nutrition and healthy lifestyles. It recognizes that there is no one right diet for every person at all times. Instead, it dives into our individual needs and understands that those needs change at different times in life (for example, different life stages, seasons, lifestyles, or health needs). 

Holistic nutrition views nutrition as an integral and connected aspect of healthy lifestyles and our connection to the world around us. It is ‘holistic’ in that it recognizes the connection between body, mind, and spirit, and it believes in the body’s innate ability to find balance and wellness. It is also ‘holistic’ in acknowledging the connection between our health, the environment we live in and grow our food, and how we eat, cook, process, grow and relate to our food. 

Holistic nutritionists give food recommendations, and they offer lifestyle and body-mind-spirit connection recommendations, too. They do not diagnose, treat, or cure health conditions. Instead, they understand symptoms as possible imbalances and seek to support the body to re-balance and find wellness.

Holistic nutrition is a self-regulated profession in the holistic wellness industry, and more information is available here: https://csnn.ca/industry/role-of-csnn-grads/

Katherine Drasic is registered with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. You can read about CSNN’s Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics here: https://csnn.ca/program/scope-and-code/

About Autoimmune Paleo

In addition to training in holistic nutrition and public health, Katherine is an Autoimmune Paleo Certified Coach®. She has personal experience and success with this protocol in managing autoimmune conditions. 

The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a science-based elimination/reintroduction protocol that includes diet and lifestyle (sleep, stress management, movement and connection). For more information on AIP, please see the Autoimmune Wellness Website:



One of the strengths of AIP and holistic nutrition is that it looks at supporting the immune system as a whole, rather than only looking at the specific organ or disease. There are more than 100 autoimmune conditions and many conditions that are suspected to have autoimmune components. Many people develop more than one autoimmune condition, therefore supporting balance in the immune system as a whole can be a powerful approach to managing autoimmune conditions and inflammation. 

For a complete list of autoimmune diseases, visit the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (https://www.aarda.org/diseaselist/). Common autoimmune conditions include:

  • Type 1 diabetes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

  • Psoriasis

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Lupus erythematosus

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • Celiac disease

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

  • Addison’s disease

  • Grave’s disease

  • Atropic dermatitis (AD) or eczema