Nutrition Counseling – FAQs
The first 15-20 minutes will involve a series of questions that will help your nutritionist understand your individual situation better. There is no judgment involved in this session. Food and eating are very intimate. If it were as simple as protein, carbohydrates and fat people wouldn’t have the charges that are seen so prevalently around nourishment. Your nutritionist will be taking notes so that she can refer to them for the most personalized care.
After you have finish the initial discussion it will transition into the educational portion of the session. Based on your goals and the information provided, you and your nutritionist will mutually come up with a reasonable plan that is going to fit your lifestyle. She will write down key points for you to take home with you as a reference and will make a list that is manageable and realistic.
The recommendations that you and your nutritionist develop together will be a framework. It is not a pass/fail situation. If you go home and the recommendations do not fit into your life it means that the plan failed – not you. This is a time for you to return to talk with your nutritionist about what worked and what didn’t work and revise from there.
After about 40 minutes of education and discussion your nutritionist will recap the key points and make sure you feel as though your needs were met. You both will leave the room at which point your nutritionist will make a copy of your recommendation sheet for your file and you will check out at the front desk. With nutrition counseling there is homework involved. This is why we usually recommend for people to make a return visit, if necessary, in 2-3 weeks so that there is time for the plan to be implemented, assessed and fine tuned.
Be prepared for a non-judgmental session where you will work together with your nutritionist to find reasonable and attainable goals.
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