Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions
Medical Nutrition Therapy
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy?
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is a type of nutrition care that focuses on highly individualized disease management. Your Registered Dietitian (RD) will create a plan that is right for you.
What is a Registered Dietitian?
A Registered Dietitian is a clinician who has passed a national licensing exam, has participated in supervised clinical practice and has met the national academic requirements. While all Registered Dietitians are Nutritionists, not all Nutritionists are Registered Dietitians.
How much does nutrition counseling cost?
Most insurance companies cover nutrition counseling under preventative care. Depending on your plan, you may have a set number of visits per year, or you may have unlimited visits to be used at your clinician’s discretion based upon medical necessity. Some plans require a co-pay while others do not. We do our best to verify all patient benefit information before your visit.
How often should I come for visits?
This is dependent on your needs and something to discuss with your Registered Dietitian. Some clients come for weekly visits, while others come for monthly visits. We have found consistency is key, and the more support our clients have, the better their outcomes tend to be.
Is the nutrition counseling tailored for me?
Yes! Everything is tailored exactly for you. We are believers that there is not one diet and lifestyle that works for everyone. We will work with you to help you meet your specific health goals.
How can a Registered Dietitian help with my diabetes?
A Registered Dietitian can work with you to personalize a plan that will for you and your specific blood sugar regulation needs. Registered Dietitians are trained to work with many patient populations, including diabetics. The great news is that often diabetes can be managed through diet and lifestyle changes.
Will I lose weight?
We have found that many of our patients do lose weight through working with a Registered Dietitian. However, results may vary by individual. We advocate lifestyle changes over fad or gimmick diets. If weight loss is your goal, we will do our best to help you meet your goals!
Can you help me with recipe ideas that are suitable for my diabetes?
Absolutely! Our Registered Dietitians are also great cooks! Megan even wrote a healthy greens and grains cookbook. We love sharing recipes on our Facebook page.
Are carbohydrates bad for me?
They are not. There is room in any healthy diet for healthy whole grains and other carbohydrates. However, not all carbohydrates are created equally. We will work with you to make smart swaps to incorporate healthier whole grains in the right portions into your diet.
Pre and Post-Natal Nutrition
Do women seek nutrition counseling before trying to get pregnant?
Yes! It’s ideal when a mother is the healthiest she can be before getting pregnant. This includes eating the right foods, hydrating and staying active. Working with a Registered Dietitian to get your body ready to carry a baby is an excellent way to achieve your baby goals. And a bonus: research has shown that even modest weight loss increases fertility.
I need help losing weight after having my baby, but I’m nursing - can you still help?
Yes we can! We support all new moms in whichever way they choose to feed their baby. But we understand that nursing mothers have different needs than non-nursing mothers. We can help you stay healthy to nourish both you and your baby, and lose weight while still able to nurse your baby.
If I have heart disease, do I need to become a vegan?
You do not. If you choose to, we can of course guide you through that, but it’s not a requirement to combat heart disease. Research has shown that diets rich in plants is best but we will work with you to craft an individual plan.
Can I lower my high blood pressure through diet?
Yes you can. By working with your Registered Dietitian, we will work together to help you lower your blood pressure, eat a nutritious diet while still enjoying the foods you love. This isn’t about deprivation, it’s about making the best choices you can.
Group Sessions & Classes
I have a group of friends who are all trying to get healthier. Are we a good fit?
Yes! A great fit. Group classes are an excellent way to motivate yourself and others to lead healthier lifestyles. Our groups are lead by a Registered Dietitian.
I am interested in joining a healthy group, but don’t know where to start.
We are happy you found us! We offer a variety of group sessions and classes aimed at helping people meet their health and wellness goals. We’d love for you to join!
Allergies & Food Sensitivities
I’m not sure what foods I’m sensitive to, but I know I have reactions to after eating. Can you help?
Absolutely. We can work with you to help identify trigger foods or those causing you discomfort or sensitivity. For a lot of our patients, food journaling can be very helpful as well as following an elimination diet.
What happens if I find out I can’t eat a certain food, can you help me replace it?
Yes! Our main goal is for you to feel your best, and that includes eating a diet rich in nutrients and one that is well balanced. If you can no longer eat a certain food, we will work to help you incorporate new and exciting ingredients back into your diet so that you are still enjoying the benefits of a varied diet.
GI Disorders & IBS
I’m struggling with stomach issues, I don’t know why - can you help?
We definitely can. Our Registered Dietitians are trained to work with patients suffering from a variety of gastrointestinal disorders including but not limited to: IBS and IBD.