Today it is more important than ever to understand the relationship between nutrition and good health. Major health care problems are increasingly the result of acute and chronic conditions related to poor nutrition. Learning how to eat healthy can improve medical problems, provide a sense of well-being, enhance physical activity efforts and promote weight maintenance. Proper diet and nutrition also play a major role in the prevention of many diseases and can help people to live longer and healthier lives.
Who Can Benefit from a Nutrition Consult?
Lots of people can benefit from working with a nutritionist, for many different reasons–whether you need a complete diet overhaul, are looking to manage a medical condition, want to fine-tune your food choices, or get inspiration for new, healthy recipes. It’s best to book a nutrition consultation after a check-up with your primary care provider to help inform whether you have any specific conditions that can be addressed with nutrition, such as elevated blood sugar or cholesterol, or blood pressure issues.
While some clients come in for a nutrition consultation to learn more about how their food choices affect their health, others end up at Kure at their doctor’s recommendation. The following are just a few of the conditions that can benefit specifically from dietary interventions:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease
- Obesity or overweight
What to Expect During Your First Appointment
Like most nutrition counselors, Nancy, our resident nutritionist, will ask about your goals, objectives, and reasons for wanting to see a nutritionist. She’ll review your medical history, including any medications and supplements you’re currently taking, and current blood work results, if available. Then she’ll delve into your lifestyle to get a sense of your stress levels, sleep patterns, energy levels, exercise, and gastrointestinal function. It will be helpful for you to write down everything you ate in the 24 hours prior to the appointment (or better yet, a detailed food diary of two to three days’ worth of meals and snacks). With that guidance, she can begin to discuss your dietary preferences and cooking habits, and identify trouble spots, like skipping breakfast or late-night snacking. From there, she’ll develop some initial pointers to help you start eating healthier organic foods.
How Many Appointments Will I Need?
Most patients come in for two to three sessions. If you’re ready to learn and incorporate some simple changes into your diet and lifestyle, that’s often enough to set you on the right course. But some people like the accountability of setting up monthly consults until they feel in control of — and comfortable with — their new habits. It’s not unusual for patients to schedule a refresher a year or two after the initial consult to review their goals or for help getting back on track.
How Much Will It Cost?
A nutrition counseling program, containing two sessions (Assessment & Follow-up) is $195. The first Assessment component is an hour consultation session, with a follow-up 45 minute session (the scheduled date must lie within a week of the first Assessment session). Kure nutritional counseling/Health Coach Service isn’t covered by health insurance, but it’s worth calling your insurance provider or employer to see whether HSA (Health Savings Account) card can be used. Nutrition counseling can be a very cost-effective investment in your long-term health. If better nutrition enables you to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, or get your weight in control, then it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in medications and other care down the road.
Will I Have to Stop Eating Everything I Love to Consume?
The answer is NO! A nutrition consult is a PARTNERSHIP. Nutritionists don’t just tell you what to do to improve your diet; her knowledge and experience can also help you set and achieve your health priorities and goals. She works flexibly, starting with changes that will have the most impact, and incorporating the tools and tactics that make the most sense for your lifestyle. The idea is to create a plan that puts you back in the driver’s seat and on the road to better health! You’ll learn, for instance, how to participate in menu planning, overseeing the preparation of food, and educating yourself, friends and family members about which types of food to eat and which foods to avoid.
Nancy Ferriello is a registered/certified dietitian nutritionist with a demonstrated ability to positively influence clients’ lifestyle change while maintaining a high level of outreach. For example, being fluent in Spanish and Italian as well as having extensive experience with both group and individual counseling, has allowed her to steadily increase her reach from a handful to thousands of clients. Her extensive project management and leadership experience of health and wellness practitioners has covered several industries and workplace structures: social service, corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, product development and brand management. In 2014, she was winner of the Whole Foods Market NE Feed Culinary Challenge Contest, a large regional event that represented 38 stores. She inspires others to practice “eating healthy without fuss” via her blog: nancyferriello.wordpress.com which you can subscribe to at no charge.