Your Nutrition Questions Answered
What is a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians (RD)* or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN)* are individuals who have
completed the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent;
met current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
completed a supervised practice program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
successfully completed the Registration Examination for Dietitians
What does a nutrition session include?
When we begin working with a new client our goal is to learn their medical history, past and current diet and exercise habits and self-care activities. Using this information we formulate a plan of education and action to help with recovery and achievement of goals. Most of our work is based on a clients values and needs as we feel this leads to long-lasting behavior change.
How many sessions will I need to accomplish my goals?
The number of times we meet will completely depend on why we are meeting. We will talk about your personal goals for growth and change, how ready and motivated you are, what support you have in your life along with your health history and a variety of other factors. The frequency and duration of our work together varies and we will assess how you are doing at each visit. Ultimately, it is up to you as to how long you need to work on your goals. We are always happy to provide recommendations for the frequency of appointments, but we want you to determine if our time together is effective and meeting your needs and expectations.
How long do nutrition sessions last and how frequently do we meet?
Initial consultations are ~90 minutes and follow-up visits depend on your plan for behavior change. Every plan is individualized. My hope is to be able to identify key areas to begin our work together by the end of the initial session and create a vision for moving forward
Follow-up sessions typically occur on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, although we have clients that see us more and less frequently depending on their individual needs. Each session may last 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on your needs. We will revisit your goals at each session and work on continued strategies for recovery and lifestyle change.
What if I want to lose weight and don't know that I'm ready for a "non-diet" approach?
You can still work us as we meet everyone where they are in their wellness journey! Many of our clients feel this way when they reach out to us. Most want to stop thinking about food all the time and are tired of the constant manipulation of macronutrients and calorie counting. Often they feel stuck, isolated and frustrated. Sadly, diet culture ignores our history with food, body movement or how our bodies are uniquely different. That being said, these thoughts and concerns are okay! Our ultimate goal is to support you as you work to fuel your body what it needs and sort through your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about your body and relationship with food.
What forms of payment does Radiant Nutrition take?
Currently, we are able to take credit card, Venmo, check, and cash. We do offer a sliding scale and payment plans for advanced session purchases. We are also a provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and Cigna. If you have another type of insurance, we would be happy to provide you with a Superbill for reimbursement.