Nutrition Counseling with a Registered Dietitian
would you benefit from working with a dietitian?
If you answer yes to any of these questions ...
- You have been diagnosed with an eating disorder or think you have anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, orthorexia, ARFID (avoidant restrictive food intake disorder), or rumination disorder.
- You may not be sure if you have an actual eating disorder but you know you have some weird habits around food and/or exercise
- You think about food “too much” during the day
- Your relationship with food is all-or-nothing, meaning you’re “on” or “off” with your eating plan
- Life’s up and downs are totally dependent on how you feel about weight and body image
- You overexercise, especially around times when you feel you might have eaten too much or ate something that wasn’t what you planned to eat
- You have thrown up or used laxatives after eating
- You are a chronic dieter and are tired of the mixed messages surrounding food and nutrition
- You think you should “be on a diet” and have bad body image but know deep down diets don’t work
- You just have no idea how to eat
- You are in recovery for an eating disorder and want to make sure you get the support you need
... then you would benefit from the help of a nutrition professional.
how we help:
- We provide assistance in planning meals and snacks to decrease your stress
- We teach you how your body works and increase your knowledge of metabolism
- We teach you about your hunger and satiety cues and what they really mean (if you don’t have hunger and fullness we teach you how to get it back!)
- We provide nutrition education once we figure out together what you want to work on
- We help you understand eating disorder thoughts and behaviors
- We talk about body image and what that means to you
- We talk about food and feelings and how to understand emotional eating
all about nutrition counseling
Individual nutrition counseling is for clients who need one-on-one support to reach their nutrition goals. Sessions are always personalized for your situation. When appropriate, we may have a separate “parent” session for anyone with a child in eating disorder treatment, and we may also have family sessions.
We start with an initial nutrition assessment session, where one of our Eat With Knowledge dietitians will learn about you as a person and about your nutrition goals and expectations. We talk about everything related to nutrition, including your overall medical history (e.g., mental and physical health), favorite foods, typical meals and snacks, cooking abilities, grocery shopping, exercise habits, plus your thoughts and feelings about your current food choices and lifestyle habits. We provide counseling and tools for new ways of thinking about and changing behaviors in areas you want to work on. We also talk a lot about “dieting”, body image, “good vs bad” foods, weight concerns, and nutrition/health “expectations” in today’s world. A lot of the work we do will include getting to know you as a human being. Knowing about your personality is a crucial part of the nutrition counseling process. If requested, we'll provide you with educational handouts, resources, and other materials to help learn more about various topics.
We typically see clients at least every other week when we are actively working together (we offer different appointment lengths/charges to be accommodating). We work with clients short-term and long-term. Many clients in recovery choose to see us for a while, but less frequently. We always suggest a session to end treatment (not a phone call or email to terminate), because we like to take an entire session to outline an effective relapse prevention plan.