Nutritional Counseling Pillars
Nutrition Counseling Benefits
“The strongest predictors of dietary change and maintenance were attending intervention sessions and self-monitoring dietary intake.” These findings are referenced from the Women’s Health Initiative Dietary Modification Trial; one of the largest randomized, controlled trials to date testing the effects of dietary changes on disease outcomes over three years time. This, coupled with Frank Sacks’s study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “attendance was strongly associated with weight loss.” Surprisingly, the diet the subjects were assigned (i.e. low fat or high protein), wasn’t as meaningful as just showing up. Many other trials echo the benefits of counseling, and the below programs mirror these research-based principles.
Initial Nutrition Counseling
One 90-Minute SessionBeginning at this initial counseling session, you will work towards increasing your awareness of your problematic eating behaviors; some of which are so ingrained and automatic, you may not have a sense of how they came about. This initial session begins with a thorough history and eating patterns assessment and sets the stage for reshaping your relationship with food and eating and improving your health.
Bariatric nutrition evaluations available to provide to your surgeon.
Tailored Plans To Help You Gain Control
I offer these programs to help ensure you have everything you need on your health journey. These programs begin after our initial nutrition counseling session and are designed to support the time in between our sessions. **
The Beginner Breakthrough Program
Minimum 2-Month CommitmentThis program is for the individual who needs help reducing their tendency to eat automatically and wants to get to the bottom of their overeating habit. This program is also for bariatric patients wanting to get a handle on their eating before OR after weight loss surgery.
Easy-to-use platform to journal with monitoring, support and perspective from me throughout the week
Three remote follow-up sessions per month (50-60 min)
Personalized check-in prompts helping you stay focused between sessions
Remote support (M-F) when you direct message me
Insurance-based Cost: $47/month
"The Works" Program
Minimum 2-Month CommitmentThis program is for the individual who benefits from a high-level of accountability and is ready to disrupt their overeating habits in their tracks. This program is also ideal for bariatric patients wanting to get a handle on their eating before OR after weight loss surgery.
Easy-to-use platform to journal; monitoring, support and perspective from me throughout the week
Four remote follow-up sessions per month (50-60 min)
Personalized check-in prompts helping you feel supported and accountable
PLUS: Daily access to me! Just reach out and we'll set up a time to connect when you're feeling stuck and need help navigating next steps.
Insurance-based Cost: $94/month
**All bariatric patients should participate in ongoing support and self-monitoring to adjust to the necessary lifestyle changes BOTH before and after weight loss surgery. This counseling and support is important to navigate what to eat and combat any maladaptive eating behaviors, weight regain or nutritional deficiencies.
Strategies to Build Upon Your Success
These programs are designed to maintain the support and accountability you have established and are critical to sustaining healthier habits that last!
The Maintaining Momentum Program
Minimum 3-Month CommitmentThis program is for the individual who wants to maintain or build upon the mindful eating habits they have begun to establish. Developing your meal planning habit begins here with access to the innovative meal planning software and app, EatLove.
Two remote follow-up sessions per month (50-60 min)
Easy-to-use platform to continue to journal with monitoring, support and perspective from me during our sessions
Remote support and feedback when you direct message me
Goal reminders keeping you engaged and accountable
Access to EatLove, the innovative meal planning software
Insurance-Based Cost: $29/month
Meal Planning Subscription Service
EatLove Meal Planning SoftwareImagine spending less time thinking about food, knowing exactly what to eat, what to buy and how to make it. The EatLove meal planning software and app helps to minimize the stress and complexity of planning your weekly meals and snacks.
Access to EatLove, an innovative meal planning software
Weekly meal + snack inspiration tailored to your nutrition goals complete with step-by-step recipe instructions and grocery lists
Ability to "swap" suggested meals + snacks within your nutrition parameters
Local restaurant suggested "smart choices" for those times you don't want to cook
Daily log feature to develop nutrition awareness
Weekly nutrition and behavior-change education
Included in the Maintaining Momentum Program
About EatLove Meal Planning Platform
Body Composition Testing
Body composition testing is on hold due to COVID-19.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The journey begins with first improving how you relate to food and eating. This process involves becoming more mindful how certain situations, thoughts, people, emotions and foods affect you. Our sessions include reviewing these details in an inquisitive, non-judgmental manner. The counseling sessions cannot only help with the accountability you want and need, but also provide important insight and perspective. This may include pointing out your black-and-white-thinking or critical self-judging stance. Or what about how you may have underestimated or ignored your hunger, or how you needed to plan better? Receiving this feedback and support during times when managing eating is especially difficult, is of utmost importance.
Our follow-up sessions begin with a reflection and assessment of your struggles and wins and concludes with at least one realistic behavioral/food-related goal which is both challenging a feasible for you to work towards during the week. There is no one size fits all to how these sessions unfold. All sessions and communications take place in Healthie, a secure tele-health platform (as a result of COVID-19).
Yes, you can use your insurance if the following applies:
- If I am in-network with your insurance. I am in-network with Anthem, United Healthcare, Blue Shield of California and Medicare.
- If your plan actually covers nutrition counseling (service codes 97802 and 97803) for your specific health condition (i.e. diabetes, overweight/obesity, hypertension, binge-eating disorder, high cholesterol, bariatric surgery, etc). Some plans cover preventative nutrition counseling benefits where a medical diagnosis is not needed. To verify your benefits and obtain your physician’s referral download this form. Ask Your Insurance Template + Referral Form 2021
Let’s find a time to chat briefly to make sure any remaining questions about working together get answered and we are fit. Here is a link to schedule a Discovery Call.
Our work together involves you working towards finding foods that you enjoy and that satisfy you. I find patients learn as they go what foods and combination of foods works best.
We will begin with the most important meal/snack times that may be impacting your tendency to overeat. This may include snacks and/or breakfast. In our sessions we brainstorm multiple examples of what to eat, with the goal of consuming more plant foods and balanced meals and snacks.
I also like to approach “what to eat” with consideration of what you currently eat and making suggested “edits” to these meals and snacks. I typically don’t provide a detailed meal plan initially, as I feel this is contrary to our work together. Using the EatLove digital platform and app is a great way to develop more skill at meal planning and cooking. See EatLove video above with the Meal Planning Support Program available to you.
Typically, new patients benefit from weekly sessions, as with “The Works Support Program.” This amount of support is helpful when learning how to eat amounts and food choices you can live with. As you develop more confidence with your new eating patterns, sessions may decrease to every other week, as in the “Beginner Breakthrough Program” or the “Maintaining Momentum Program.”
Please ask me about my prompt pay discount rates if you aren’t using your insurance. Payment must be received at the time of service to obtain this discount. Otherwise, all rates of programs are listed above – for both insurance clients and cash pay clients.