Is nutrition covered by insurance? Since many insurance companies do not currently reimburse for nutritional consultations, insurance is not accepted. Please ask your insurance company about your particular plan. Usually nutrition consultations can be submitted under Flexible Spending Accounts but be sure to check with your insurance company for the specifics. You will be provided with a receipt which you can submit to your insurance company for any such reimbursement
How many nutrition follow-ups are required? There are no specific requirements. I am very results orientated, so whatever is necessary for you to achieve results depends on the complexity. Some clients receive enough information from their first visit to be able to work toward their health goals and achieve desired results. Others may need a few follow-up sessions to be able to adapt to a lifestyle change or incorporate all of the recommendations. Weight loss may need a few “booster” sessions to keep clients on track and focused on their goals. It will depend on whatever is decided at the initial nutrition consultation.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and dietitian? A dietitian is an undergraduate level status. Preventive nutrition is not studied. They use the food guide pyramid approach for dietary recommendations. Restorative or therapeutic application/intervention is not part of their academic field.
A Nutritionist which holds a CCN or CNS certification focuses on prevention, restoration and regeneration. One must look for a nutritionist that is credentialed with either the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists (IAACN) or American College of Nutrition (ACN), which ensures highest standards of care and nutritional training. Dietitians sometimes call themselves nutritionists, but lack the specialized education and strict guidelines to become certified as a CNS.
What is covered during a nutrition consultation? Goals assessed and also recommended based on test results, blood chemistry analysis and recommendations to improve, recommendations to replete deficiencies, dietary analysis, metabolic rate analysis, body composition, protein requirements to maintain muscle mass, daily caloric needs for desired weight goal, structured menus based on specific caloric need, nutrition manual and education materials, recipes provided as needed or requested, recommendations for dining out, nutrition Prescription (NRx) outlining specific plan of action.
Can my spouse attend the consult with me? Yes – I encourage family members to attend as this helps in your progress. There is no charge for additional attendees.
Will my information be kept confidential? All information provided to me by you is kept strictly confidential unless written permission is provided by you. Your name, contact information and any other information presented to me will not go to any other party unless a personal request is provided by you.