One of the questions I get is – what does a nutritionist do? I can’t speak for the entire industry but here is what I do with my clients. First thing that we do is we sit down for about an hour long intake. And I listen. I listen what their symptoms are, what their family health history is, what their goals are, what they are looking for. I’m also listening to what is their lifestyle like.
I think one of the problems with the health and wellness industry is that we are all looking for a “one size fits all” approach. And that simply does not work.
Even if we were supposed to eat in exactly the same way, everyone is different. Some people like to cook, some people hate cooking. Some people spend a lot of money on food and some are on a tight budget. Some people are picky eaters and some will eat anything you put in front of them. So it’s very important for me to understand not only what my clients’ symptoms are, what their goals are but also what they are willing to do and what their lifestyle is going to entail.
The next thing I do is I teach them. I’m a very firm believer that if you don’t understand why you are doing something, you are not going to stick with it. Anyone can follow someone else’s guidelines for a short time. But if you don’t understand why, you are going to fall of the wagon very quickly. So what I like to do is teach my clients what happens in their body when they eat in a certain way. How this is going to help them achieve their goals and feel better. That way even when we stop working together, they understand why they are doing it.
After that I demonstrate – I give them a meal plan. It’s a guide to what we were just talking about and how to implement it into your everyday life.
And finally – I support. I try to make this transition easier. Change is hard for everyone. So I support my clients in between the appointments either via phone or email. It’s a chance for them to tell me how they are coping and I can decide whether we need to readjust something.
If this sounds like something that would appeal to you, I can offer a free 15 minute consultation over the phone to discuss if there is anything I can help you with.