Nutrition counseling is conducted in both a one-on-one and group setting. Nutrition counseling illuminates food behaviors, provides people with nutrition information, supports experimentation with new behaviors, and assesses outcomes. Nutrition counseling is a collaborative relationship between the client and the dietitian. This relationship helps to build and hold motivation as well as assist in meeting health goals. I like to think of this relationship as walking a path together, not pushing or pulling.
Nutrition Therapy Topics
- What kind and how much food a client’s body needs
- Symptoms of starvation and of refeeding
- Effects of fat and protein deficiency
- Effects of laxative and diuretic abuse
- Metabolic rate and the effect of restricting, bingeing, purging, and yo-yo dieting
- Food facts and fallacies
- How restricting, bingeing, and taking laxatives or diuretics influence hydration (water) shifts in the body and thus body weight on the scale
- The relationship between diet and exercise
- The relationship of diet to osteoporosis and other medical conditions
- The difference between “physical” and “emotional” hunger
- Hunger and fullness signals
- How to maintain weight
- Establishing a goal weight range
- How to feel comfortable eating in social settings
- How to shop and cook for self
Based on information from the Eating Disorder Sourcebook by Carolyn Costin, MA, M.ED., MFCC
Appointment and Cancellation Policy
The nutrition counseling sessions include both an initial visit and subsequent follow-up visits. Determining how often or how many sessions one needs is based on individual assessment and client goals. Some people come in just once and others come weekly, monthly or once a year.
Phone and video sessions are available.
Initial visits are used to get to know one another. These sessions last 75 minutes. We discuss medical history, eating and lifestyle behaviors, exercise routines, grocery shopping, supplement use and weight history to name a few. At the end of the session, we typically set measurable goals that are reassessed on the follow-up visit. Fee: $180
Follow-ups last 30 minutes. In these sessions goals are evaluated and altered as needed. Nutrition education, as well as, meal planning continue. Fee: $90
See Nutrition Therapy Topics in forms for more information.
Body Composition Test:
Body composition tests are available using Body Stat® metabolic machine and skinfold calipers for body fat and lean body mass calculation. Fee: $75
Marissa, Elise, and Lindsay are all contracted with Monarch Healthcare. All other insurance plans are billed by the individual. You will be provided with a superbill at the end of the appointment that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Our office can assist you in submission of the superbill.
Time is set aside in the schedule explicitly for you. Since we cannot fill appointment times on short notice, 48-hour notification is required. If the notification is given in less than 48-hours the scheduled appointment, there will be a $50 charge for the missed appointment. Credit card information is required at time of appointment setting.
The best results have been seen in those who attend weekly visits for the first month and biweekly or monthly thereafter.
Office accepts cash, credit cards and checks.