Larissa Punzalan, RHN

What is Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic nutrition is a complimentary healthcare profession that does not take a one-size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition.  Instead a holistic nutritionist looks at a person as a unique individual and provides nutritional recommendations based on a complete health history, lifestyle, environmental factors, genetics and current diet habits to understand the root causes of issues concerning one’s health.

Understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit is also an important aspect of holistic nutrition as we not only nourish our bodies with food, but also our mind and spirit.  Holistic nutrition is all about eating healthy food as close to its natural state as possible and incorporating foods that are unrefined, unprocessed, organic, and locally grown. The basic principle of holistic nutrition is that food is not only fuel, but medicine to the body.

Getting to Know Larissa

Larissa Punzalan is a passionate Holistic Nutritionist. After graduating from the University of Toronto, she went on to achieve her diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Along with being a Holistic Nutritionist, Larissa spends most of her time in the kitchen, developing and testing out new recipes for her holistic nutrition and all things food blog – A Little Piece of Reese.

She grew up in a home where the heart of all gatherings revolved around the kitchen and food.  She learned to cook and bake at a young age of 4 from her mother.  Ever since then, her passion has always been food.  She holds the philosophy in life that food has so many healing properties and has the natural ability to prevent disease.   It was this philosophy and her passion for food that led her to become a Holistic Nutritionist.  What she values most about the holistic approach is that it takes into account a person’s individuality.   Larissa does not believe in a one-size fits all approach when it comes to nutrition.   She always takes into account the whole individual – body, mind, and spirt – as well as lifestyle, genetics, and environmental factors that may play a role in a person’s well-being.

Larissa’s philosophy regarding nutrition is that feeling good and eating healthy can be very simple and that it is all about balance.  She takes the approach of practicality by taking small steps that will lead to bigger changes in the long run.  She works with her clients to ensure that changes to a healthier life are attainable and sustainable over the long-term and strives to ensure everyone who works with her can achieve optimal wellness.

Assessment and Treatment

Nutritional Consulting

One-on-one nutritional consulting is offered in person or over Skype for those who are out of town or have busy schedules. This is a chance to get to know one another, learn about you and your health, in order to design an individualized plan tailored uniquely to your needs and goals for optimal wellness.

Your First Visit
The first hour is the intake which is all about you – your health history, your family history, your goals and what you want from your individualized health plan.

Your Second Visit
During the second hour, Larissa will go over the individualized plan designed for you, which includes dietary and lifestyle recommendations, a 7-day meal plan, supplement recommendations, recipes and other tools necessary for you to achieve your goals.

Follow-Up Services

Follow-up visits are for providing additional support as you move through achieving your goals. During these visits, you strategize with Larissa about how to overcome any obstacles and also create new health goals.

In-Kitchen Cooking Sessions
In-kitchen cooking sessions are designed to help you learn your way in the kitchen. Learn how to make nutritious meals made with wholesome ingredients that are tailored to your lifestyle and dietary needs.

Grocery Shopping Tour
During the grocery shopping tour, we navigate the aisles of your grocery store together. During this tour, you’ll learn how to read labels and how to shop for nutritious food efficiently.

Meal Outings
Meal outings help clients select healthier options while dining out in order to stick to health goals. This allows clients to learn how to engage in social eating situations while taking into account their own needs.

Weekly Meal Planning
Great for those who are busy and need help planning out their meals for the week. Larissa provides you with a 7-Day Meal Plan, including recipes and an ingredient list for shopping.

Payment & Fees

Visit Fees

Nutritional Consulting
120-Minute Initial Intake: $150
30-Minute Follow-Up Visit: $75

Weekly Meal Planning
7-Day Meal Plan & Recipes: $100
28-Day Meal Plan & Recipes: $200

Off-Site Visits
In-Kitchen Cooking Sessions: $200
Grocery Shopping Tour: $150
Meal Outings: $75

Payment Options

HST is charged on all types of holistic nutrition appointments. Payment options include Cash, Debit, Visa or MasterCard.

Insurance Coverage: Some insurance companies offer complete or partial coverage for holistic nutrition visits. **Please check with your insurance provider.**

Direct Billing: She Thrives offers direct billing to most insurance companies. Bring your insurance policy number and member ID to your first visit and we can determine if we are able to direct bill for you.

Additional Costs: The cost of any recommended equipment or resources is not included in the visit fee.