Who Can Benefit from a Nutrition Consult?
Plenty of people can benefit from working with a nutritionist, for many different reasons–whether you need a complete diet overhaul, are looking to manage a medical condition, want to fine-tune your food choices, or get inspiration for new, healthy recipes.
While some patients come in for a nutrition consultation to learn more about how their food choices affect their health, others come at their doctor’s suggestion.
The following are just a few of the conditions that can benefit specifically from dietary interventions:
High blood pressure
Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Celiac disease
Obesity or overweight
What to Expect During Your First Appointment?
With most assessments, the nutritionist will hear about your goals, objectives, and reasons for wanting to see a nutritionist. A review of your medical and diet history, including any supplements you’re currently taking will occur. Then a discussion about your lifestyle to get a sense of your stress levels, sleep patterns, energy levels, exercise regimen, and hunger levels. Other factors that may impact your nutrition health is dietary preferences and cooking habits
How Many Appointments Will You Need?
Most patients come in for two to three sessions. If you’re ready to learn and incorporate some simple changes into your diet and lifestyle, that’s often enough to set you on the right course. Some people like the accountability of setting up monthly consults until they feel in control of and comfortable with their new habits and choices.
Your initial appointment is all about getting to know you. Your follow-up appointment will consist of reviewing your habits and food logs to discuss where you may be struggling. From there each appointment will be focused on specific goals to obtain results.
What Will Nutrition Counselling Cost?
Your initial consultation will be approximately 45-60 min and will cost $60.00 and from there follow up appointments are usually 30min and $40 per session.
More often than not, the service isn’t covered by health insurance, but it’s worth calling your insurance provider to see whether nutrition counseling is a benefit on your plan or can be claimed on your income tax return. Nutrition counseling can be a very cost-effective investment in your long-term health. If better nutrition enables you to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, or get your weight in check, it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in medications and other care down the road.
Will I Have to Stop Eating Everything I Love?
Most definitely not! Your nutritional consult is a way to help you gain a healthy relationship with food. The nutritionist will listen to your story, help you set and achieve your health goals, improve your diet and create a plan that puts you back in control of your health to help you make educated decisions that you can be proud of.
Nutritional Counselling at NWHC is performed by Tess Ryan P.H. Ec.