The Wholesome Start Wellness Philosophy

the wholesome start wellness philosophy

Samina Qureshi is the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Wholesome Start. Her nutrition practice is based in Houston, Texas and she provides virtual nutrition counseling sessions to clients across the country. Schedule your FREE 15-minute nutrition session today!


I know I've been a little M.I.A. recently, but I promise there's good reason for that! I am excited to announce that I'm officially an Integrative & Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP)! It also happens to be National Nutrition Month® and I wanted to celebrate with you by sharing a new post.

At the beginning of this month I asked you for your nutrition questions and to my surprise, many of the questions I received were about my wellness philosophy at Wholesome Start. Let's take a dive into the three pillars of my practice.


Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) emphasizes the importance of personalized nutrition therapy based on each individual's genetics, lifestyle, environment, and health concerns. IFN is based on patient-centered care that takes into account the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including nutrition, movement, stress management, sleep hygiene, mental health, mind-body connection, etc., and makes use of evidence based conventional and alternative therapies. IFN practitioners empower patients to achieve their best health by addressing the root causes of their health concerns. This approach enables patients to develop the tools they need to improve their health.

The Health At Every Size® (HAES) Approach falls within the realm of holistic wellness and encourages healthy habits without focusing on weight. The HAES approach is backed by science and empowers people to respect, embrace, and trust their bodies in the journey to wellness. Learn more about the HAES Approach here, here, and here! 

Intuitive Eating encourages developing a healthy relationship with food, mind and body. It is based on 10 principles that help you honor your health without restriction, guilt or stress around food. Learn more about Intuitive Eating here


I've always been an "anti-diet" dietitian and have practiced nutrition therapy with a holistic approach that not only encompasses food and nutrition but also lifestyle factors. I work with patients to address sleep hygiene, stress management, joyful movement, mind-body practices, and building a healthy relationship with food and body image. It's only natural to combine my passion for nutrition therapy with an approach that is built on the three pillars: IFN, HAES, and Intuitive Eating.

There’s no magic pill to help you unlock your healthiest self. It takes time to change health behaviors and adopt new habits. I believe it is important to live a balanced lifestyle, be gentle with yourself, respect the process, and never compare yourself to someone else's journey. Afterall, comparison is the thief of joy! Everybody is unique and your wellness journey should be catered to you.

Wholesome Start Nutrition Therapy

Wholesome Start provides virtual nutrition counseling sessions to help you discover the root cause of your health concerns, develop a healthier relationship with food, and unlock your healthiest self. I believe wellness is not a one-size-fit’s all approach and I celebrate body and cultural diversity. During your sessions you will have the opportunity to share your unique wellness journey and work with me to develop a customized nutrition care plan that fits your needs.