In my experience, many people feel somewhat reluctant to meet with a dietitian. They perhaps are fearful that they will have to make such major change in their life and that change does not seem attainable. Or they feel like the supplements and/or medication they’re taking is sufficient. All these reasons and more are what can create a large misunderstanding of the actual benefits of meeting with a dietitian!
Dietitians have gone through and continue to go through widespread training. Learning and applying Medical Nutrition Therapy based on certain medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, Crohn’s), creating a safe and judgement-free environment to implement motivational interviewing and counseling skills, developing realistic and sustainable health- and diet-related goals to achieve optimal wellness, being able to recognize and mindfully advise those with disordered eating patterns (e.g., calorie restriction, binge eating), promoting evidence-based nutritional therapy while speaking out against misinformation that is spread, and so much more.
The common themes here lie within a dietitian’s ability to use their ongoing education and experience to guide individuals towards leading a healthy and sustainable life through their life choices and perception of food.
As a dietitian, one of my biggest objectives is to help create realistic and sustainable goals from a dietary- and lifestyle-approach. I work closely with our team of clinicians to help develop wellness programs for each one of our patients as it pertains to achieving optimal health. By reviewing laboratory results, amongst other diagnostic tests that we run, I apply the information I gather and am able to present a plan that focuses on lifestyle and nutritional implications to help benefit the body from the inside out.
Oftentimes, people see their test results and think, “well, this is the hand I was dealt, I guess I need to just accept it” … but not under my watch. Our nutritional habits, choices, and status are ultimately the foundation of our health. If we lack a diet rich in certain nutrients such as micronutrients, we can become at an increased risk of developing certain health conditions. Replacing the need for said nutrients via the diet can be incredibly impactful, especially when you practice mindfulness around your choices.
I want to make you feel empowered in your life choices and for you to see how your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly decisions can have such an immense impact on your overall health outcomes no matter how big or small they may be.
We will focus on basic nutrition foundations and build from there. I avoid the “good” versus “bad” food mentality and rather focus on how certain foods nourish our bodies physically while other foods may nourish our bodies mentally. By doing so, we can establish a sustainable platform of daily living so that we can continuously aim for balance. My goal is to work with you in a safe and judgment-free environment to provide the best and utmost care for you. You can rest assured that I will never approach any situation with over-the-top restrictions in mind as my goal is to see what I can ADD to your diet, rather than take away.
Working 1-on-1 with a dietitian allows for you to realize that you CAN optimize your health by the very choices you make. Behavior change is no easy feat, which is why I pride myself on reinforcing the belief that creating small habits periodically overtime become huge change in one’s life. Working together will be like having a teacher and a teammate all-in-one, cheering you on and being a supportive guide all the way through.