What Is Nutritional Counseling?
Nutritional counseling is designed to help clients learn one of the most significant requirements for good health – a balanced diet. This is always tailored to each individual’s specific needs and based on laboratory values. Regardless of your goals, whether it is to lose weight, race in a triathlon, or manage a chronic illness, your eating habits will be the difference between failure and success.
Conditions That Can Benefit From Clinical Nutrition
At NSI Stem Cell, we believe that a proper diet can benefit every facet of your health. Here is a partial list of conditions that can benefit from clinical nutrition.*
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
Nutrition counseling might be a good choice if:
|You prefer a more tailored plan and want to be working with a nutritionist one-on-one|
|You suffer from an autoimmune condition that is aggravated by diet and food triggers|
|You have a health condition that is chronic and you need help managing symptoms|
|You’ve tried other diet and lifestyle plans and are not getting the results you want|
|You struggle with bad bouts of depression and/or anxiety on a regular basis|
|You have joint and muscle pain or suffer from bone pain and other skeletal issues|
|You find that you are often feeling exhausted or unmotivated throughout the day|
|You want to drop pounds, burn fat, improve energy levels, and boost mental sharpness|
|You want to sleep better at night and have a better outlook throughout the day|
|You struggle with digestive issues and stomach problems|
|You want to help other family members also live a healthier lifestyle|
What to Expect From Nutritional Counseling:
- Dietary Habit Assessment
Nutrition counseling often starts off with a look at your eating habits. Things like how often you eat each day, what your typical meals look like, portion sizes, and other key points are focused on. This information is used as a baseline and will help the nutritionist identify key problems and areas to attack right off the bat.
- Body Weight Check
Body weight, along with your general body mass index, will be measured and used in the planning of your dietary plan. They may also look at your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. These assessments provide the practitioner with key insight into your overall health and how your eating habits are affecting your life.
- Identifying the Changes Needed
Sometimes the individual already knows basically what they are doing wrong and other times they may be completely clueless as to why their attempt at healthier living is falling short. The nutrition counselor and client will work together to develop a plan that addresses the key areas that are causing problems for the individual.
- Identify the Barriers
Once it is known what changes need to be made it is important to identify and then overcome the barriers that make change so hard. Some common barriers that people face when it comes to changing their eating habits are: inconvenience, social events, time constraints, food preferences, lack of cooking skill, or cost of healthier ingredients.
- Setting Goals
The nutrition counselor will work on behavior-oriented goals with the client on a regular basis. Goals should be attainable and not too extreme, they should focus on the desired behaviors, and the day to day tips and tricks needed to be successful- not just end results like calories consumed or pounds dropped.
- Getting Proper Support
Patients working with a nutritional counselor are encouraged to keep their family members involved and many will encourage you to bring them with you to counseling sessions. Having them understand what you are going through and having them focused on the same goals will make success easier for all of you!
- Maintaining the Changes
The biggest challenge for most nutrition clients is not making the initial changes that they need to make in their diet and eating habits, but rather comes in maintaining them long term. Self-monitoring, positive reinforcements, realistic expectations, good support system, and continued follow-up with the specialist can all make long term success more likely.