How My Nutrition Counseling Process Works
I often receive calls from people asking about my “nutrition program.” The truth is, I don’t have a “one size fits all” program because every person is truly unique. My nutrition counseling process is to work with you to create a fully customized plan that addresses your unique situation and goals.
Here’s what happens when you choose to work with me:
- I start with a comprehensive nutrition assessment that usually takes about 2 hours.
- I ask questions about your goals, health, family health history, medications and dietary supplements, weight history, lab values, lifestyle and physical activity level, how balanced your life feels, how food and eating fit into your usual day, how you do your shopping and cooking, and what your favorite foods are.
- Based on that information, I am able to formulate a nutrition diagnosis and suggest specific interventions that will move you toward your goal(s). The majority of my clients tell me that they would rather leave with just a few things to work on rather than embarking on a major overhaul of their diet. We work collaboratively and at your pace.
It’s important to remember that the first visit is mostly focused on assessment and that the specific information comes in future visits. Most clients return in about 2 weeks for an hour long visit. At this and future visits, discussion might focus on the following:
- How much of which foods your body needs for optimal health
- How to plan easy, tasty, healthy meals and snacks
- How to tune into signals from your body to figure what, when, and how much to eat
- How to incorporate all foods, regardless of their nutritional value, into a healthy way of eating
- How many calories your body needs to function and how different foods and activities affect your calorie balance
- How to make healthier choices at restaurants and social events
- How to differentiate between real hunger and just feeling like eating
- How to resist the urge to eat when you aren’t really hungry
- How to bring enjoyment back to food and eating
- Problem solving, problem solving, and more problem solving
- How to continue new behaviors for the long term
I highly recommend that most clients plan on at least 2-3 visits. Research shows that clients who are working toward their natural weight should make a commitment of at least 6 months. Individuals with disordered eating will also benefit from a longer commitment. Appointment length and frequency varies depending on each client’s needs.