This distinction makes sense to me as I approach my own health and healing today. I rejected the one-diet-fits-all from the nutritionist. It was blind to my current lifestyle, emotional health, and particular physiology. The naturopath seems to take these aspects into consideration and value the different roles these factors play in my health. My weight isn't something we aim a standard diet at and hope it obliterates the problem. My weight is part of a whole life, a whole person. It carries messages about how I'm living. Working with the naturopath, alongside the Beloved Therapist, I am optimistic that I can make whole life, whole body, changes. These changes will include diet and exercise, as well as listening to my emotions and why I eat what I eat when I eat it, how I feel when I move my body, the influence of my relationships and my work on my eating and so forth.
My health, my life, is multifaceted. Seeking to address my weight brings other angles into view as well. So I'm not just signing up for diet, I'm engaging as much of myself as I can to establish better health in multiple areas of my life. Bringing a naturopath onto my healthy-me-team is another exciting baby step.