Will you help me lose weight?
I can’t promise weight loss, but I completely understand your desire in wanting it! Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, we’d be working together on establishing regular balanced meal patterns to promote a healthy metabolism, focusing on healthy behaviors like fruit & veggie intake, sleep, and stress management, and overall nourishing your body. Depending on your your weight history, your genetics, and your history of dieting, you may lose weight, or you may not, it depends on a variety of factors! We would spend time in session discussing the science behind weight while focusing on healthy body image. No one can promise weight loss, and to do so wouldn’t be honest or realistic. I want you to feel good in your body and have balanced eating patterns, even if you don’t lose weight. Plus, we know from research that health-promoting behaviors improve health regardless of your weight.
What is intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating is an evidence-based framework for learning how to have a healthy relationship to food, and how to listen to your body’s own internal cues for eating rather than focusing on food rules, dieting or weight loss. It focuses on joyful movement, body trust, mindful eating, and so much more. There are over 100 studies showcasing the health benefits of intuitive eaters. It can also be thought of as essentially normal eating before dieting and diet culture got involved.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, I am not currently an in-network provider for any health insurance companies (SC doesn’t accept any in-network RDs at the major health insurance companies). Although I can provide a Superbill for potential reimbursement. I would recommend contacting your health insurance rep and inquiring if out of network nutrition counseling with a Dietitian would be covered or able to be reimbursed. We can chat more about this if you have questions.
What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
All Dietitians are Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are Dietitians. Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are nutrition professionals who have undergone extensive education and training. We are required to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics, complete a 1200 hour minimum supervised practice internship, and pass a national registration exam. We also complete ongoing continuing education to stay up to date on the latest evidence-based guidelines. Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” as this is not a licensed term. Trust the nutrition professionals and seek out a Registered and Licensed Dietitian when it comes to personalized nutrition.
How often do I need to meet with you?
This depends on a variety of factors: what you’re seeking guidance on (for example those with eating disorders are recommended weekly sessions to begin), your budget, your goals, and your schedule. The majority of my clients meet with me biweekly for many months and then transition to monthly check-ins, but it is all individualized and can be customized for you.