Food is medicine and the produce aisle in your neighborhood grocery store should be considered, in part, your natural pharmacy. Eating well is a main component of achieving overall health and well being and a nutritional counselor is the perfect health professional to help you achieve just that. So, what should you expect from nutrition counseling services? Here’s a look at a few key components of this type of therapy.
Intro to nutritional counseling
If you’ve already identified a provider that you want to work with for your nutrition counseling, you can expect to make an initial consultation appointment. At this appointment, you and the counselor will have a long conversation about your overall health, any specific problems that you have, and will determine your goals for healthy eating. This will be a lengthy and comprehensive appointment armind your nutrition counselor will have all the information she needs to develop a throughout plan that will be of the most benefit.
After our initial appointment, your nutritionist will create a personalized eating plan that will reflect your food preferences and help you to achieve your goals. This plan will include food lists for things that you should avoid too since many foods are known to complicate specific health conditions. It’s then up to you to take this plan and implement it into your daily life.
The first step for implementation is to do an inventory of your kitchen. Remove all foods that you have that are on the off limits list. Identify all foods that you have that will be part of your new diet plan. Then, sit down and make a menu for the week ahead and a shopping list considering the plan in place. Eat a light, colorful, and healthy lunch, then head to the grocery store to stock up.
Sticking to the plan and follow up nutrition counseling
Typically, when you’re working with a nutrition counselor, you will follow up with them at regular intervals—perhaps every two weeks. These appointments will be used to track your progress toward the goals that you discussed in your initial meeting. You will also have an opportunity to discuss any problems or pitfalls that you might be experiencing with your nutrition counseling.