Changing Weighs utilizes a highly individualized approach
to nutrition therapy. We base our recommendations to you on
a number of factors including, your past weight loss/dieting
history, medical history, lifestyle and genetics. We listen
to you, help you prioritize your goals and help you find ways
to meet those goals.
Changing Weighs nutrition programs enhance your understanding
and awareness of the impact of nutrition on health. At one
time or another, we have all questioned what or how much to
eat. This is not surprising since we are all bombarded daily
with discussions about nutrition and so many "answers"
designed to help us improve our eating habits and our health.
No matter how long you've been eating improperly, it is never
too late to change and benefit from the change.
What Can I Expect When I See a Registered Dietitian
During your first appointment, you will discuss your typical
eating pattern and your lifestyle. Relax, we have counseled
literally thousands of clients. We are ready to help you,
no matter how overwhelmed, overworked, or overstressed you
We will discuss your current situation and past medical history
in depth. We will get an idea about what you have done in
the past to help you understand what has led to your current
situation. We will advise you on the relationship between
your current eating/exercise patterns and your health.
We will reassure you that we know how difficult it is to
improve eating habits and that our most successful clients
have changed their eating habits gradually over a long period
of time. We help our clients prioritize the eating habits
need to be changed first and, naturally, we will seek input
from you. We do not believe that one-visit nutrition counseling
is effective for most people. We know that anyone can follow
a strict diet for a short period of time. But we also know
that strict dieting generally does not work in the long-run.
It often leads to bingeing, which for some people leads to
guilt, depression and further bingeing.
We care much more about what you are eating six months from
now or two years from now.
Will I Have to Follow a Strict Diet?
We don't expect you to follow a strict diet unless it is
medically necessary. Instead our goal is to help you adjust
to healthier eating and exercise habits throughout all kinds
of situations including, eating out, travel, family meals,
holidays, stressful times, etc.
We are not the "diet police." Instead, we believe
that a wide variety of foods is included in a healthy diet
and that there is even room for "junk" food and
"comfort" food in moderation. Labeling food as good/bad
often sets one up for failure.
You will work with your nutritionist to set up individualized
goals and to develop a strategic plan or an eating plan consistent
with your needs. You will be encouraged to keep a food and
activity log to help promote awareness and help the nutritionist
fine tune an effective intervention. We encourage you to email
your food diaries to your nutritionist on a daily or weekly
What Happens Next
During the second, and subsequent appointments, you and your
dietitian will meet to discuss which things worked well for
you and which things presented roadblocks for you. This starts
the fine-tuning phase which helps assure you of a successful
outcome. What works for one client may not work for you. So,
luckily we have lots of collective experience and we will
brainstorm a variety of ways to help you make healthy food
choices. We are successful only when you are successful. We
believe in a team approach.
Will My Insurance Cover These Consultations
Our services are covered by many major health insurance providers.
However, each contract varies depending upon the agreement
with your employer. It is your responsibility to contact your
insurance company to determine if nutrition services are covered.
If you do not have these benefits, talk you your employer's
benefits department to get medical nutrition therapy covered
as a benefit.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided
here is to help make informed decisions about your health. It
is not a substitute for the advice or treatment given by your
doctor or dietitian. Please consult with a registered dietitian
or your doctor if you have any questions about the information
on this website.