Nutrition Counseling

A peaceful relationship with food is possible and a big picture perspective can help get you there

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Struggling with food decisions all day long is exhausting

It’s hard to make decisions about what to eat when you’re constantly bombarded with conflicting information.

Everywhere you turn there’s a new diet or someone telling you that their way is the only way. 

Luckily, nutrition counseling can help take the guesswork out of eating.

You CAN learn to navigate food concerns with ease, and use your body’s wisdom to make decisions that serve you.

Plans, programs and diets are appealing for a reason. They offer promises and quick fixes that can seemingly work instantly ...

... But together, we can navigate food decisions AND create a positive relationship with food that allows for enjoyment while caring for our health and well-being.

Hi, I’m Samantha

Registered Dietitian

I am passionate about helping people like you heal from struggles with food and chronic dieting. During our work together, my goal is to listen, offer guidance and support. I will help you to adopt a big picture perspective on nutrition in order to create a confident, balanced relationship with food for a lifetime.

I can’t wait to help you finally find a positive relationship with food!

Weight Inclusive Nutrition Therapy for Individuals & Families

INITIAL NUTRITION CONSULTATION

In this first appointment, we will start the process of getting to know one another and discuss your reasons for seeking nutrition support.

Some of the topics we’ll discuss include:

  • Your health history
  • Current eating & food related behaviors
  • Body image concerns
  • Goals

This time will help us determine how best to move forward, and start the process of establishing short and long-term goals in our work together.

FOLLOW UP SESSIONS

It is during the follow-up appointments that we do the majority of our work together.

We’ll review and discuss:

  • How the process is going
  • Continue addressing and adjusting goals
  • Build on our previous discussions

Some of the topics we might discuss include:

  • Meal planning
  • Challenges with eating, body awareness, and movement

Follow-up appointments can offer a level of accountability, keeping your goals front of mind as we explore tools and strategies to help you in your relationship with food and body.

I love working with...

  • Adults of all life stages who are seeking peace in their relationship with food
  • Those interested in exploring Intuitive Eating
  • Adults of all life stages who are overwhelmed with thoughts of food and decision making around food (what to eat, what to cook, how to meal plan)
  • Adolescents and adults actively pursuing recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating behaviors 
  • Individuals who are opting out of diet culture and looking for a non-diet approach to food, health and eating

We’d be a good fit if you relate to one of the above, and are seeking an overall healthier relationship with food and your body in order to nourish yourself and live the life you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the different between a nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian?

In some states, nutritionist is not a licensed term and could be used by anyone, and therefore can be harder to define. A Registered Dietitian may refer to themselves as a nutritionist because it tends to be a more recognizable term. An RD has a different educational and experiential background than a nutritionist, and different governing bodies overseeing their ability to practice. The terms are often used interchangeably but do have different meanings legally. An RD completes an undergraduate program followed by a supervised practicum experience, and then takes a board exam to become registered. The registration status is recognized across the country, and then states determine licensing.

What does it mean to work on my relationship with food?

Addressing our relationship with food is a process. Many people who seek nutrition support recognize that how they feel and think about food isn’t serving them in some way. This may mean thinking about food a great deal and struggling with decisions around food. It may also mean thinking of food in black and white terms such as good/bad or healthy/unhealthy. Working on our relationship to food involves a willingness to investigate our values, attitudes, and beliefs about food, and what it means in our lives. It is often more about HOW we feed ourselves than specifically WHAT we eat.

What types of topics will we discuss in our appointments?

All sorts! Nutrition counseling can cover everything from what you think about food to the actual food you eat day to day. Topics might include: how food makes you feel, how you care for yourself (body and mind), your health history, body image, digestive concerns, energy levels, mood, sleep, and physical activity. 

Will you give me a meal plan?

The short answer is no…not in a prescriptive “eat this, not that” sense. When people think of dietitians, they may think of a health professional who will tell them what to eat and how to make it happen. It’s not like that. We’ll discuss planning, meal prep, and systems that work for you in your current season. A plan is about flexibility and autonomy, not rules that lead to guilt. 

How long and how frequent are the appointments?

The first appointment is 60 minutes, and then follow up appointments are 45 minutes.

Appointments might be once per week, every other week or once per month. It depends on the level of support you want and need. This is an ongoing discussion so that the amount of support is appropriate. 

What if I want to lose weight?

We live in a society that emphasizes body size, health, and appearance, so it makes sense that many people are focused on weight loss. There is nothing wrong with the desire to lose weight.  While nutrition appointments are not weight loss specific, we welcome the opportunity to discuss thoughts and feelings about weight all throughout the process. 

Do you take insurance?

Yes. We can process claims for BCBS and Aetna. We are out of network with all other carriers and can provide you a superbill for possible reimbursement. 

How long will we work together?

It depends! Our work could be short (1-3 months) or long term (6+ months) and varies based on your needs.

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