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Why work with a nutritionist versus just buying the latest diet book or checking out the internet?
My philosophy on food and nutrition is different than what you will get out of any diet book on the market or from a nutrition “guru” on the internet. Here’s why: diet books or the latest fad diet are intended to have you follow a strict set of rules for a limited amount of time. My approach helps you set up your own guidelines on your own terms, taking into account your specific health issues and lifestyle. This isn’t like any other ‘health plan’. We work together as partners in finding the RIGHT things for you – starting right where you are. No shame. No painful deprivation. All care.
What is a culinary nutritionist?
A culinary nutritionist has dual training in both the science of clinical nutrition and the nuances of healthy eating and cooking. If you want to learn how to take all the confusing nutrition information out there and translate it into your own kitchen, a culinary nutritionist can help you do just that. I hold a chef’s certification from the Natural Gourmet Institute, the premier cooking school for health-supportive cooking, as well as a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University, a rigorous three-year program from one of the top schools in the country for cutting-edge nutrition.
What’s the connection between food and health?
There is powerful evidence that what we eat and nourish ourselves with is accountable for over 80% of disease and overweight. Food is medicine. It can regulate energy, digestion and moods. What we choose to eat can have a profound effect on how we feel in general.
I know I should eat more kale, but are you also going to tell me to never eat cookies again?
Nope! A good homemade chocolate chip cookie is GREAT! I eat cookies too. Health is not one thing. It’s not a set of unreasonable rules. And nutrition coaching is NOT one size fits all. If you are tired of feeling like you have no idea what to do to feel better, and are looking for a lasting approach to weight loss then I’m with you all the way. The goal of coaching is to empower you to make lifestyle changes and habits that you can keep for the long term. It’s hard, yes. But so worth it.
Do I need to sign up for a package? Can I just sign up for one visit?
If you want to be successful with your health-related goals, nutrition coaching takes commitment and a decision to make you and your health goals a priority. I have found that my clients have more success when appointments are bundled in a package where they have access to me via email and weekly accountability. I do occasionally see clients for a single session depending on the challenge or health issue
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. That said, I give my clients more time and attention than someone who is “on the clock”. I will extend visits if we are diving deep on a goal and give extra time through email and even text messaging.
How do I get started as a client?
You can simply sign up for a free Discovery Session to talk to me and see what the best path to get started is. See the link on the Coaching page.
How do you see clients?
I see my clients either in my office in Southport, CT or via video/phone.
How long will nutrition coaching take for me to reach my goals or lose weight?
Creating lasting behavioral change is a process that takes time. Remember, this is not about being “on a diet” and then “off a diet”. You are signing up because you want to make lasting changes. While this depends on the goals you have set for yourself, coaching can typically take about 3 months, done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
How can I get the most out of my nutrition coaching sessions?
It helps if you come the sessions with reflections, successes and challenges from the prior weeks. I will, in turn, keep you on task with your health and nutrition goals, and each session we will reevaulate and set new goals for the upcoming weeks.