Nutritional counseling, sometimes called dietary counseling, is a form of therapy that helps an individual develop and maintain healthy eating habits. In general, the goal of nutrition counseling is to increase one’s health and wellbeing, which usually involves making adjustments to your diet. Nutrition counseling is beneficial for clients who have tried without success to lose weight on their own. With the guidance of a nutrition counselor, you’ll have a clear idea of how your body responds to the foods you eat and how to create a meal plan that promotes wellness and weight loss.
By teaching basic nutrition, meal planning, grocery shopping, food journaling and mindful eating, we give you the tools to be successful for the long haul. Diet products, fitness and nutrition books, and health services have become a billion-dollar industry, so there are obviously many people looking for help with weight control. When you begin working with us, we start with a thorough assessment of your overall health, weight history, social history, medical history, lifestyle, nutrient requirements and current relationship with food. Next, we work with you to identify and systematically “unlearn” any diet mindsets that might be hindering your ability to foster a healthy relationship with food. At the same time, we teach you a behavioral approach to weight loss that emphasizes WHY and HOW you eat, not just WHAT you eat. Many people prefer to have a set of rules to follow when dieting.
By reconnecting you to your body’s natural signals of hunger, fullness, and satisfaction, our approach empowers you to eat what you love, lose weight, and easily relax into the healthy diet that’s right for your body. Because one's appetite, eating habits, and preferences vary widely among individuals, before you decide on a diet plan, ask yourself if the plan sounds realistic to you.
Finally, consider that once you've lost the weight, you may regain the weight if you return to your previous eating habits, so any weight-loss plan should be something you can live with for a long time.