What are the benefits of nutrition counseling? Of course, it depends on your concerns. There many possible benefits, from blood sugar control to learning new cooking techniques. Perhaps most important– gain confidence with the way you fill your plate! Keep reading for more details.
Five Benefits of Nutrition Counseling
5. Feeling better
What does this mean?
Nutrition counseling means you enter into a relationship with a dietitian who works to understand your life. Understanding your life means I can then work with you to find ways to motivate you. I support you while you make changes in your thoughts and behaviors that help you feel better.
Nutrition counseling means you are gaining a supporter. I can see the progress you make and support the development of your confidence. How? Reinforcement, certainly, but also breaking down changes into reasonable, achievable goals. Making your goals reasonable makes them achievable. Making them achievable means you do it– and success breeds confidence.
Nutrition counseling can include education for you. Need some knowledge? I’ll provide it. Let’s get you the basic info needed for success.
Nutrition counseling may include skill development for you. Sure, there’s theory and goals, but they don’t mean much if you don’t know how to make it happen. This might be food skills, like a cooking technique or planning strategy. Maybe it’s a self-management behavior that helps you manage stress. Learning the “how” is as important as the “what.”
Nutrition counseling means personalized attention to you. Population-based guidelines are useless if you, as an individual, feel terrible when you follow them. I help you evaluate when and where there might be issues. Why? Because you are an individual human beings with your own genetics, history, life, and preferences. Let’s make food and eating work for you– so you feel better.
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Examples of Health Benefits
- Greater blood glucose control. Nutrition education is more effective than many single oral anti-diabetic medications at lowering A1c levels in diabetes. (Don’t stop your meds– add nutrition therapy for a better outcome.)
- Improved blood lipid profiles. This means the HDL, LDL, triglyceride, and total cholesterol values may improve with nutrition counseling.
- Control of irritable bowel syndrome. Diet is now recognized a major factor for many patients. Working with a Registered Dietitian is recommended for the best effect. Trials of dietary protocols require experienced dietitian involvement. (See: JAMA. 2015, 313;9: 949-958 for a review of diagnosis and treatment.) Learn more about my services for digestive disorders.
It’s less common for people to measure how you feel when they are collecting health outcomes data. Coming soon: a post about how clients feel after nutrition counseling.
Every single time we eat, we make choices. Feel confident with the way you fill your plate. Get started today.