What is Individual Nutrition Counseling?
You will receive undivided attention and care in an individual nutrition counseling session. Your registered dietitian will take time to learn about your medical diagnosis, family medical history, previous dieting history, weight history, medications and/or supplements you are taking, daily routines, and activity levels. You will have time to review what you eat on a daily basis and what you like or dislike.
Time will also be spent to understand how and when you prepare meals and snacks, when and where you are grocery shopping, if you dine out, and details about any travel you do. There are so many details in life that impact what we eat, how much we eat, why we eat. The more information the registered dietitian can learn about you, the better guidance she can provide.
We work with your primary care physician or specialists
We work with your primary care physician or specialists to understand your medical status in order to provide the best nutrition guidance. As we continue to work together, we communicate with your provider so they understand our plan and goals. We like to also be updated on changing medical status or medications along the way so that we can modify your nutrition goals as needed. Managing health and weight can be scary and overwhelming. We make it a priority to take a team approach so that you are set up for success and happiness.
In appointments we use practical methods to educate and guide you towards your goals. We use food packaging, provide food samples, recipes, and online resources to best meet your needs. Did you know that most health insurance plans include medical nutrition therapy as a benefit? Your plan may cover a visit for $0 copay!
We use practical methods to educate and guide you towards your goals, such as:
- Meal Plans
- Food Packaging
- Food Samples
- Online Resources
Who Can Benefit?
Nutrition impacts our health and wellness at any point in life. Our registered dietitians work with patients of all ages, ranging from the newborn to an aging adult. If you are interested in preventing chronic disease and staying healthy or if you are interested in managing a medical diagnosis, it is appropriate to meet with a registered dietitian.
When working with one of our registered dietitians, patients improve their weight status, energy levels, blood sugars, blood pressure, cholesterol, bowel habits, and other medical problems. Patients’ health improvements lead to reduced medication dosages or discontinuation of some medications, reduced specialist visits, and increased relationships with food and enjoyment in life.
What is the Process?
Initial Consult – 1 Hour
In the initial consult, we will discuss the details of your health, life, and goals. We establish a long term goal and begin developing short term goals and strategy for success. Patients leave understanding the big picture and how we will work together over time to achieve goals. Recipes, tips, and online resources are also provided to help get you started.
Follow Up – 30-45 Minutes
During our follow up, we take time to review how things went between appointments, as you worked towards smaller, achievable goals. We want to hear the good, bad, and ugly. We understand that life happens and never judge, so we take this time to not only review your progress, but potential barriers or setbacks too. Time is taken to strategize around those setbacks so you can recover and continue moving towards your goals.
Of course, we also take time to celebrate those milestone achievements. Whether you think they are big or small, they are progress towards your goals and that is what matters. Patients leave a follow up appointment, feeling confident they are heading in the right direction and have support through this long journey.