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What does a Functional Nutrition Educator do?
To begin with, there is an abundance of conflicting information out there in regards to nutrition and health, and many people are unsure of where to begin. Do I eat low-fat? Are all carbs bad? Do I really need organic? My primary goal at “a nourished life” is to educate people on what is right for them and weed out the foods causing chaos in the body. I take a holistic, integrative approach to nutrition, utilizing the principles of biochemical individuality and behavior management.
Prior to or during our first meeting, your health history will be reviewed, and we will walk through detailed questions discussing your nutrition habits and lifestyle, attempting to uncover the source of the problem. Together we will set goals and develop a plan to help you achieve them. This may include supplements, stress management techniques, exercise, and overall lifestyle changes.
While I work with those experiencing a variety of health problems, my expertise and passion lies within fertility and prenatal nutrition. As a holistic nutrition educator and wellness coach, I work with clients both one-on-one and in group sessions, creating personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs. I love educating people via workshop and classroom settings (former middle school teacher here!). I stress the importance of eating whole, organic, nutrient-dense foods while working together.
What is the difference between you and a dietician?
A dietician has at minimum a bachelor’s degree and has sat for a national board certification in dietetics. They typically follow the USDA guidelines for all things nutrition related. I have a master’s degree in health and nutrition education from a university that takes a more holistic approach. I do not typically follow USDA guidelines as I believe that is a one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition, and individuals have different needs. Instead, I take into consideration your lifestyle, overall health, and health goals before suggesting any nutrition protocols. Additionally, I am a member of the National Association for Nutrition Professionals, and will be eligible to sit for my board examination through HNCB (Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board) next year.
Will you put me on a diet if I’m trying to lose weight?
Not necessarily. We will first look at your current eating habits and determine just how much you should be eating daily. Ultimately you may be consuming less calories than when you began working with me, but oftentimes people find that they are eating the same amount of calories, but their food choices were adjusted to better fit their macronutrient needs.
How can working with you help me get pregnant?
You would be shocked at the correlation between nutrition and pregnancy. The foods you eat help support your hormones, as well as your lifestyle, environment, sleep and stress levels. Additionally, a study from Harvard showed that women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) had a stronger chance of conceiving when their diet was modified. While I obviously cannot guarantee pregnancy, we can sure optimize the environment for conception and an overall healthy pregnancy.
What is expected of me, as the client?
To be all in! No, seriously. If you have changes that need to be made for health reasons, fitness goals, or just general concerns, you will have to be motivated to make the necessary changes. Nutrition and lifestyle changes oftentimes require behavior modification, so we will work on ways to keep you motivated and reaching your goals.
How many sessions do I need?
That really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Most people benefit most from a 3 to 6 month program. If you are trying to conceive or are pregnant, it would likely benefit you to work with me throughout your pregnancy. Once we complete your initial consultation, we can talk through what would most benefit you.