Feeling Good Starts With Fueling Good.
If you have a yoga person, and a massage person, the next player in your wellness line up needs to be your nutrition person. A nutritionist is a highly trained expert on all things food as it pertains to health and various health conditions (like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, allergies – and many, many more).
Don’t be nervous about making a nutritional counseling appointment. This isn’t about making you feel bad about your eating habits or lecturing you about what you should be doing. Instead, an initial consultation consists of a lot of listening so the nutritionist can determine exactly where you are in your health journey, and working with you to make a clear path to your health goals.
When Should I Make A Nutritional Counseling Appointment?
Ideally, you will want to schedule with your nutritionist after a recent check-up with your primary care provider. This is helpful because you will have a current diagnosis for specific conditions that can be addressed in your counseling session. Perhaps it was your doctor who recommended nutritional counseling in the first place. Many doctors are sending their patients to nutritionists for dietary interventions that can benefit conditions such as:
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Diabetes and Pre-Diabetic Conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac Disease
You don’t need a prescription to make an appointment for nutritional counseling. Many people work with a nutritionist for a variety of reasons- maybe you are looking to reexamine your entire diet or maybe you would just like to fine-tune your food choices. Are you preparing for a specific event or would you like information to help you make lifelong change? Each consultation is unique to your current situation.
What Is The First Consultation Like?
We need to get a feel for where you’re at and where you’re trying to go. We’ll need to know your medical history, medications and supplements, and how you rate your stress levels, sleep patterns, and activity level. Some clients find it helpful to come to your first appointment with a food diary of everything you’ve eaten in the 24-48 hours prior to your appointment. You will be provided with verbal and written information specific to your goals and a meal plan if appropriate.
When Should I Make A Follow Up Appointment?
Most patients will schedule a monthly follow up visit for two or three months following their initial consultation. Change is hard and most people will benefit from a little extra guidance as you build new habits. We also recommend an annual refresher visit to review your goals and help get back on track if needed.
How Much Does It Cost?
The initial visit is $120 and follow up sessions are $80. We offer discounts for seniors, teachers, and active and retired military. Some insurance companies will reimburse you for all or part of your expenses. Be sure to contact your insurance company directly for more information. Overall, nutritional counseling can be incredibly cost-effective as an investment in your long-term health. If better nutrition results in lower blood pressure or cholesterol – or getting your weight under control – this change will potentially save you thousands of dollars in avoiding the alternative care and medications.
Meet Your Nutritionist:
Cindy Chase, Owner of Clinical Nutrition Services is a Dietitian/Nutritionist with over two decades experience specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular nutrition, weight loss and weight gain, prenatal and pediatric, as well as sports nutrition.
Ready To Make A Change? Let’s Get Started
Cindy Chase, RDN, LD