Our Doctorate and Master level Registered Dietitian Nutritionists work in partnership with you and your lifestyle, serving as a nutrition expert as well as your coach so that you are in charge of improving your health and changing the outcome of disease.
During your first 90-minute session both of you will ask a lot of questions. This visit is the initial intake. Your goals and what you wish to accomplish with your dietitian nutritionist will take top priority. You will be asked what types of foods you like to eat, how often you eat and what specific concerns you or your health care practitioners have about your current food plan. If a physician has referred you for a medical condition, your dietitian nutritionist will look at your lab results, medications and any conditions that could affect your digestion or ability to absorb nutrients. She will recommend necessary genetic, hormone, food sensitivity and stool testing if necessary. With your permission, our dietitian nutritionist will work with your primary health care provider to optimize your care. The purpose of the first visit is to gather enough information to create an individualized plan to meet your unique needs.
Your dietitian nutritionist will conduct a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) for a baseline measurement. This test is included in the visit and does not cost anything additional. The BIA is used to measure nutrient absorption, cellular health, detox capability, basal metabolic rate, total body water, water absorption and retention, body composition (body fat, overall lean body mass and muscle) and bone mineral density. A long-term and short-term plan are devised based on the results from the BIA test (if performed), the intake, your medical/nutrition concerns, your labs, your goals, and feedback. Your dietitian nutritionist will step you through the process based on what you are willing and ready to do.
Follow-up appointments allow the you and your dietitian nutritionist to review how well you’ve been following your meal plan or nutritional goals, whether the plan is working well for your lifestyle and if it is making a difference in your medical diagnosis and symptoms. The follow-up appointments are also used to track the trend of the BIA test to ensure the plan given to you is working. If there is little to no progress, your dietitian nutritionist will modify the plan to increase effectiveness. She will continue to work with you and educate you on proper nutrition, give you meal ideas and recipes, give you the accountability you need to stick with a plan and transform this into a life-long solution and help you transition through the seasons and life changes.
Meal planning involves creating a meal plan based on your individualized body that incorporates your labs, hormones, genetics, food sensitivities, health condition (s), BIA results and your individual goals and skill level in the kitchen. Your dietitian nutritionist will provide the meal planning portion of your plan either in person or electronically. It’s important to note that both options will be billed as a visit (even if you are not present in the appointment). Meal planning includes meal ideas, recipes, and substitution tips.