Why see a Dietitian Nutritionist?
Lots of people can benefit from working with a dietitian, for many different reasons–whether you need a complete diet overhaul, are starting or changing your fitness routine with a personal trainer, are looking to manage a medical condition or want to fine-tune your food choices.
While some patients come in for a nutrition consultation to learn how to manage or lose weight, others end up in my office at their doctor’s suggestion. The following are just a few of the conditions that can benefit specifically from dietary interventions:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease or gluten intolerance issues
- Obesity or overweight
What to Expect During Your First Appointment
Prior to your first appointment I will email you an intake form asking for your health information. I will also email you a food log to write down everything you ate in the 24 hours prior to the appointment (or better yet, a food diary of two to three days’ worth of meals and snacks). When you come in to see me I will ask you about your goals, objectives, and reasons for wanting to see a nutritionist. We’ll review your medical history, including any medications and supplements you’re currently taking. Then we’ll delve into your lifestyle to get a sense of your stress levels, sleep patterns, energy levels, exercise, and gastrointestinal function. With that information, we can begin to discuss your dietary preferences and cooking habits, and identify any challenges. From there, we’ll develop some initial pointers to help you start eating healthier. We will develop a plan to help meet your long and short term goals. Each appointment will be tailored to your specific and unique health needs.
What Happens Next
At the end of your first appointment we will schedule any follow ups. I recommend we meet together at least 3 times in order to cover the material and provide accountability. When you purchase a package I will provide measurements of body fat and inches at the first and last session to track your progress if you are not already doing this with a trainer. I don’t like to focus on just weight alone as this is not the only indicator of health. I might recommend lab work which will require you contact your physician. Some of my clients like to continue with weekly check ins to provide further accountability and education. We will work together to best accommodate your individual needs.