The art and science of holistic nutrition

The art and science of holistic nutrition

Welcome to February, and to Kathryn Matheson Nutrition’s first blog post!

I am delighted to be launching a blog this year and hope that you will find it to be a place where you can learn more about the many ways in which nutrition can positively influence our health and wellbeing.

The practice of holistic nutrition is both an art and a science. It is guided by an extensive base of evidence that supports the role of nutrition in the healthy functioning of our body systems, but also by less tangible but equally important qualities such as, compassion, kindness, and a deep intellectual curiosity about the world around us and our place within it.

As you will know, even a preliminary online search can yield an overwhelming amount of information about many topics of relevance to nutrition and health. You may have also noticed that there are many different “right” answers to the same question. My goal with this blog is not to provide you with a definitive conclusion about what approach is best for you, but rather to make available reliable, well-supported, information that enables consideration of a multitude of perspectives and questions that hold relevance for a given topic or issue.

Over time, I hope that this will be a place where you can come to be connected to information and resources that help you to learn more about ways in which you can support your own health and wellbeing in this increasingly complex world. We are all biochemically unique individuals with our own stories and situations. I am happy to share my experiences, as there is great value in learning from each other. However, the path I have taken is unique to me and cannot simply be generalized and sold to everyone else as a “cookie-cutter” solution, or a quick fix. To suggest otherwise does a deep disservice to people who genuinely wish to take an educated and preventative approach to their wellness. It also takes away from my integrity and authenticity as a practitioner with extensive professional training in nutrition, in addition to personal experience of profound change.

While there are certainly foundational elements that hold relevance for many of us, the deep self-learning begins when we situate these in the context of our own lives and connect them to what might lie at the root of our specific challenges or imbalances. That is when real change begins! This kind of lasting change is not immediate, but is a process guided by learning, questioning, and openness to new ideas and approaches to how we nourish ourselves and those around us.

I hope that you will enjoy engaging with the many topics and ideas introduced through this blog as much as I will enjoy sharing them with you. May this process serve as an opening to more discussion and dialogue about the place of nutrition in our lives and in our world more broadly. Stay tuned!

Kathryn Matheson

Kathryn Matheson at the Farmers' Market with an "Eat Your Veggies" grocery bag.

February 1, 2023