Below is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions our clients ask. If you don't find your answer here, please feel free to contact us
How do I know if nutrition counseling is right for me?
- Do you feel frustrated about making the same food, weight, or health goals over and over?
- Do you feel that you know what you “should” be doing in terms of your diet, but just are “doing it?”
- Does the idea of changing your eating or lifestyle habits feel overwhelming and stressful?
- Have you been diagnosed with a disease that could be improved or managed through diet (i.e. Celiac disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease) but aren’t sure where to start?
- Are you tired of the food battle and need some support in making the changes that would lead to a healthier more satisfying life?
- Do you need some help with menu planning, culinary basics, and organization to simplify healthy eating at home?
If you answered yes to any of these questions a personalized nutrition counseling approach may be a good fit. Start feeling better about your health, today.
How many times will I need to meet with you?
This is highly individual and depends on your needs. If you are struggling with an eating disorder we will start by meeting weekly. If you have a basic medical condition which requires nutrition counseling, we will likely need to meet one to two times.
What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist?
Registered Dietitians(RD) have completed academic and experience requirements established by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, ADA's credentialing agency, including a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and an accredited pre-professional experience program. RDs must successfully complete a rigorous professional level exam and must maintain ongoing continuing education to maintain their credential.
Nutritionist is not a licensed or credentialed term, so technically anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. By law, they cannot provide medical nutrition therapy and may or may not have sufficient training or expertise in the field of nutrition.
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy
Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health care services. MNT provides specific nutrition counseling appropriate for a variety of health conditions. MNT can increase consumer's health and well-being, and increase productivity and satisfaction levels through decreased doctor visits, hospitalizations and reduced prescription drug use.
Will you weigh me?
If you have an eating disorder this will only be done if medically necessary. For other clients, whether or not we weigh you can be discussed together at the first session.
Can we do our counseling sessions over the phone?
We provide phone counseling for clients unable to reach our office in Harvard Square. It is appropriate for some, but not all situations. If you are in the midst of an eating disorder, in-person counseling is the best method.