After 25 years working in Eastern Canada and transitioning to a career in holistic nutrition and workplace wellness, Melody Byblow is excited to be back in her hometown and be of service to the Saskatoon community and international clients.
As a holistic nutritionist since 2010, Melody coaches and teaches clients about healthy foods and lifestyle that can make a profound difference in quality of life and health. She said, “I love being of service to people who want more out of life and a healthier body, who are open to making small, sustainable changes. Whether my clients want more energy, balanced hormones, weight loss, or reduced symptoms of disease, every small goal achieved is a success on their health journey.”
Melody is a workplace wellness consultant and executive wellness leadership coach. She helps cultivate a healthy workplace culture by designing programs that support employees in making healthier food and lifestyle choices, reducing stress, and being more active. She shared, “Seeing employees engaged in learning and becoming motivated to make changes gives me so much joy. I love to work with business leaders who care about their employees and are ready to take their companies to the next level. Wellness programs can provide real benefits for businesses, like reduced absenteeism, lower risks for injury, and higher productivity, to name a few. Everybody wins. Over time, shifts in culture at companies can make a huge difference in the atmosphere, for less stress, more teamwork and people being more supportive of everyone’s healthier lifestyles. A healthy culture is holistic, so we look at all parts of the company to see where we can make changes, even with community involvement and volunteering if that’s missing. A healthy culture starts at the top and so I coach business leaders on their personal wellness journeys and how to model this behaviour for employees. Wellness leadership starts with making employees the number one priority and truly caring about their wellbeing — their physical and mental health.”
Melody is an active member of the CSNN Alumni Association and is the Saskatchewan representative for the CSNN Alumni Regional Advisory Committee. She continues with advanced education each year with their Annual Conference, as well as continuing education with other courses and mentoring groups. Her continued involvement and education with Workplace Wellness Centre of Excellence and participation with the graduate community in program co-development demonstrates her commitment to excellence and being a leader in this field to evolve workplace wellness programs for her clients. She is also a Stressmaster International Associate, delivering coaching and workshops to individual clients and in groups at workplaces. Melody wanted an internationally recognized program developed by a psychologist with 30 years experience in behavioral change to bring clients effective solutions for managing and reducing stressors. Reducing the effects of stress improves health, reduce risks for disease, and improves quality of life both at home and work for everyone. Workplaces benefit from effective stress reduction and management when groups do Stressmaster Workshops together so they can also work on solving workplace stress issues, as well as their own personal stressors.
Each company is unique as are its employees and their health challenges that may be affecting their productivity, creativity and performance in each department of your office. We deliver custom solutions that will address your unique challenges. Ask about our free 30 minute complementary business wellness assessment so we can learn about what will serve your business and its employees best.
What is A Holistic Nutritionist?
Holistic nutrition is a special combination of modern science and time-tested wisdom based on the philosophy that each person has unique nutritional requirements in consideration of body, mind and spirit.
The practice of holistic nutrition requires a college program and approximately 1100 hours of study. Studies include anatomy, chemistry, cellular biology, symptomatology and physiology, gut health, hormone balancing and of course the study of food, for example. Holistic nutritionists use natural health principles and protocols in helping individuals achieve optimal health.
We are not allowed to “cure”, “treat”, “diagnose” or “prescribe”. We make recommendations for all aspects of a healthy lifestyle including quality of food, food preparation techniques, supplements, sleep, stress management, exercise and other lifestyle considerations. We refer to other practitioners when appropriate for modalities that are out of scope.
Graduates of a recognized, college program can join a self-regulated association that oversees educational and professional standards for holistic nutrition. Members must adhere to a well-defined scope of practice and code of ethics. An association provides:
- Professional code of conduct;
- A clearly defined scope of practice;
- A resource for the public to find a holistic nutritionist;
- Continuing education requirements; and,
- A formal complaints and redress process.
Holistic nutritionists play a different, but very valuable, role from dietitians as we are part of the natural health community which supports health through body, mind and spirit. We work in partnership with other practitioners such as medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists and other health professionals in complementary medicine clinics. You may also find us in food and health stores where our services are needed.
The services offered by a CSNN graduate are grounded in the following principles:
- Acknowledgement that each person is biochemically distinct and has unique nutritional needs;
- Awareness of the meaning of holistic nutrition; the interrelationship of mind, body and spirit; and the importance of addressing these interactive factors which are unique to each individual;
- Promotion of whole, locally grown and organic foods; sustainable farming practices; and the necessity of living in a non-toxic environment;
- Understanding that prevention and self-responsibility are fundamental to any successful health care program;
- Recognition that supplementation is not a substitute for wholesome, nutritious foods but that it may be helpful in recommended form, dose and frequency;
- Respect for clients and for their wellness goals, personal tastes, morals, social, and life values;
- Acceptance of the unique contribution of other health care providers, and the need to work co-operatively with them regardless whether they are of holistic or allopathic background;
- The main services provided by a CSNN graduate include the following:
- Document client’s goals, needs, and plans;
- Evaluate client’s food selection, preparation and intake;
- Evaluate client’s lifestyle and overall feeling of well-being;
- Evaluate client’s use of dietary supplements;
- Identify client’s nutritional imbalance(s) and lifestyle habits;
- Work with other health care professionals, if applicable, in order to determine all nutritional and lifestyle-changing needs of the client, including referring client to other health care professionals as deemed appropriate;
- Support the progress of the client’s health goals by creating an individualized wellness program, which will include the use of whole, nutrient-dense foods; menu plans; natural source supplements; and lifestyle modifications – including the use of non-toxic, environmentally friendly household/personal products;
- Provide further guidance to the client, if necessary, by explaining food labels, and by offering food preparation techniques and shopping tips;
- Guide the client in the implementation of a long term personal health plan, provide education when necessary, and offer ongoing assessments;
- Monitor the client’s personal health plan in order to reinforce participation in the achievement of the health goals;
- Act as a community educator to the public and to other health care professionals, developing curriculum, preparing manuals, writing articles, publishing books, and teaching;
- Promote health discussions in schools, workplaces, and community agencies;
- Bring holistic nutrition knowledge, principles, and philosophy to other professions.