Many claim to be a nutritionist. But only a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) meets rigorous academic requirements with clinical training, holding a degree from an accredited university. Our RDNs stay informed of guidelines set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide our patients with expert nutrition counseling.
The primary purpose of the first appointment is to assess your nutritional status and lifestyle habits. Before we meet, we will provide you with several forms to fill out. These forms will help us better understand your nutrition, exercise, and diet habits.
We will go over your current and past medical history, current medications and supplements, weight history, exercise history, food likes and dislikes, possible food allergies/ sensitivities, meal and snacking patterns, meal content and what you wish to accomplish by working with us.
We will review your daily food records and food frequency list to estimate your caloric intake and assess the macro and micro nutrient balance of your diet.
Not every body is the same. Not everyone’s nutritional and diet needs are the same. Our first nutrition appointment is to determine what your expectations are as a client and how we, as registered dietitians and NYC certified nutritionists can help you meet those needs.
Every client’s needs and goals are different. How many nutrition or health consultation appointments you need depends on the reason for your visit, the complexity of your symptoms or medical diagnosis, the level of nutrition and exercise knowledge you possess, and how well you apply the new knowledge learned. As your personal dietitian and certified nutritionist, it’s our job to work with you to determine how many appointments you need. For instance someone wishing to lose weight will need more appointments than someone coming to discuss supplement use. Some clients go through processes that need constant adjusting and professional support.
We believe nutrition education and understanding our bodies’ individual needs is the key to a healthy life. Working with a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist will give you the tools to:
Certified nutritionists and registered dietitians work with everyone. Education is a key part of all nutrition appointments, so that clients can become autonomous and comfortable in their food choices — whether they’re choosing a plant-based diet plan or going through postpartum and need extra energy. As nutritionists, our favorite clients are “regular people” who want to learn how to live a better, healthier life.
Choose a NYC certified nutritionist and/or registered dietitian that holds a certification from one of two boards: The Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (C.N.S.) and/or The Clinical Nutrition Certification Board (C.C.N.), both of which require a master’s degree in nutrition or a related degree with certified practical experience before sitting for the exams.
Here are some questions you might want to ask before deciding on nutritionist:
What is your educational background?
Are you certified by a nationally recognized organization?
Are you a member of any professional associations?
Are you certified in CPR and first aid?
Can you provide me with client references?
How do you work with clients with goal setting?
How do you chart progress?
Do you require a physician’s release form? Will you update my medical history?
How much do you charge per session? What are your billing and cancellation policies?
Our clients include men, women, and children of all ages. We work with people who have diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, eating disorders, pre-post natal, pre and post bariatric surgery, and all types of musculoskeletal problems. We also work with people who are looking to improve their energy levels, appearance, strength, and quality of life while preventing unnecessary aging.
We’re excited to be part of your journey to a healthier, more vital life.