One of the first questions I am asked by prospective clients is “What should I expect?” It’s a great question because while we see the doctor and dentist routinely, most of us don’t see a nutritionist for an annual visit. Very simply, I help people find eating and lifestyle strategies that align with their goals, schedules, and backgrounds.
You may be thinking seeing a nutritionist will be like participating in weight loss show: a huge diet overhaul with strict rules and loads of shame. I take a very different approach. I let my clients’ goals guide the overall plan so our appointments focus on small achievable goals that fit your lifestyle. I am your partner, not your drill sergeant!
For clients that see me individually, here is a timeline of what to expect.
Before our first appointment, you fill out a thorough assessment that includes your goals, current and past medical history, family medical history, current training, competition schedule, sleep habits and a 3-day food journal.
Then we have our first appointment, either in my office or through secure videochat. We discuss your goals and any other information that was not included on the initial assessment. We talk about a few initial strategies that you can start working on right away.
I use this information to develop an overall plan. We meet one week later over the phone to review the plan, revise as needed, and then start breaking down the overall plan into smaller weekly goals. Goals can include drinking water throughout the day, going to bed by a certain time, or eating a salad with dinner.
For the first month, we meet either in person or via videochat every week, reviewing your progress, answering questions, devising a strategy about the next week, and revising your plan as needed. After the first month, we meet every 2 weeks. I encourage my clients to contact me via a secure messaging service if they have questions between appointments. Typically after 3-6 months, clients are confident with their habits and we no longer need to meet.
Just like not every hair stylist is a good fit, I may not be the right nutritionist for you. If you are looking for strict food rules or specific meal plans, we will likely not be the right match. I am happy to refer you to another nutritionist who will better meet your needs. I offer a free 15-minute virtual meet and greet for exactly this purpose, to help you determine if I am the right person for your team. Schedule your free session here.