Nutritional Evaluation & Consultation
My normal program is a 1 hour nutritional evaluation and consultation, usually at your home. Or we can meet at a convenient coffee shop, or by Skype, Google video chat or phone.
Before the meeting, (if convenient for you), I will ask you to write down at least one day’s food intake– everything you ate, drank, nibbled on, etc. If you are able to write down two or three days diet history, that would be awesome. Usually I get a day before, plus breakfast of the day we talk, and that’s fine too. Please just eat normally, and remember to write down everything you drink too.
If you are too busy, I will just ask you to recall what you ate the day before, during our appointment. But if I can get that ahead of time, it gives me a chance to analyze it.
It would be very helpful if you could write down your medications that you take, and also any vitamins or supplements that you take. I would like to get those before the consultation, if possible. No worries though if you are busy. Here is the New Client Form
In the meeting, we will cover a lot of ground:
- How you are feeling today
- What is your goal for having a nutritional consultation, or what would you like help with?
- What do you know about diet or nutrition? Are you on any special diets?
- If you could change one thing, really improve one thing about your health, what would it be?
- Health problems you have– I really need to know everything that you can recall (You can arrange to have your medical provider fax me your records, if that would be easier- what is called in medical parlance, the problem list, and the medication list. Just let me know if you need help with this).
- Then we will look at your diet history, your dietary preferences, your goals, and make a plan for you.
This is my favorite part of being a nutritionist. It is an honor to be allowed to learn about my clients’ lives. Please remember that this discussion is confidential, non-judgemental, and is looking for ways to help you build your health. It’s at the pace you want it to be.
Sometimes, making one little change (like giving up sodas like Coke and Pepsi) can significantly improve your health (and lessen your risk for diabetes). Sometimes, we want to make a bigger change, if our health is compromised (for me that was my diagnoses of neuropathy and diabetes).
And remember the Food Rules!
Food is a Joy, No Guilt, Eat to Build Health
Mary Baechler, C.N.