What does a Functional Nutrition Specialist 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 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 helping those with autoimmune disease. 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.
Will you put me on a diet if I’m trying to lose weight?
No. I’m not a proponent of diets. Weight loss happens when inflammation is minimized. So while a diet won’t be something I suggest, lifestyle changes are. We will first look at your current eating habits and determine just how much you should be eating daily. Ultimately you may be changing up some dietary habits, and your foods choices will be better adjusted to fit your needs.
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. Changes don’t happen over night unfortunately, which is why I only offer 3 or 6 month programs. Once we complete your initial consultation, we can talk through what would most benefit you.
What if I’m pregnant or nursing?
Unfortunately I do not work with pregnant or nursing women since many of the herbal supplements I use have not been adequately tested.
Do you accept insurance?
I am not able to sadly. Lab tests are often covered, but it depends on your insurance. I always suggest checking with your HSA or insurance company first.