Top 5 Nutrition Questions
I get asked a lot of questions about nutrtion, but these questions just keep coming up over and over. I love talking nutrition and sharing my passion for the power of food to heal all types of ailments.
If you have a nutrtional question you don’t see on this list – feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to answer your questions.
What happens during my initial appointment and beyond?
Your initial appointment will be 90 minutes in length. At this meeting we’ll walk through your pertinent medical history, diet history, and current nutrition concerns. You can expect to receive no judgment and no lectures. Food is a neutral subject without any moral value in my office. We’ll talk about what motivated you to seek out a dietitian and we’ll discuss solutions to any present or future barriers to your ambitions. My goal at this first meeting is for you to walk out of the office feeling understood, hopeful and less shameful.
Following the initial consultation, your follow-up appointments will be 60 minutes long. At these meetings we’ll discuss any goals or “homework” agreed upon at you previous session. We’ll talk about what’s working and what’s not. Where are you struggling and what’s going really awesome?! We will work on behavior modifications to help you meet your objective and you will receive science-based nutrition education as needed.
Are you going to make me give up pizza and ice cream?
Are you kidding?! Absolutely not! Every healthy diet should include some tasty treats. The purpose of food and eating is to nourish and energize, but food also plays an important role in celebration, family gatherings and community. Let’s be honest, how unfair and unsustainable would any diet be if anything was “off limits?” Not my style – besides, pizza and ice cream are two of my favorite food groups.
What is the most important point to remember about nutrition?
Mindfulness, awareness (of how food makes you feel emotionally and physically), real enjoyment and variety are the keys to a healthy relationship with food.
What if I am embarrassed to talk about what I eat?
I am not the food police! In exploring your diet history, my primary intention is to understand your past and present relationship with food and to help the both of us gain insight into the factors in your life that culminated in your current eating patterns and behavior. Everyone thinks there is a “perfect diet” and, for some reason, everyone feels guilt and shame when they do not attain perfection. The fact of the matter is, there are no “good” or “bad” foods, just like there is no “perfect diet”. Food does not have moral value! Rather, food is fuel for your body, and should be kept that way. Food is not a cause of guilt or shame – it can provide energy and vitality and the ability to lead a full and healthy life. The goal is for you to find a safe place where you can explore your goals and find ways to achieve them.
Can nutrition counseling help me manage my cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar?
Absolutely! Nutrition education impacts cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels – it’s often the American Medical Association’s first recommendation for management of these conditions before medication whenever possible. My job as a nutrition counselor is to teach you the tools you need to manage these issues as much as possible through diet alone or as an adjunct to medication.