What does a functional integrative clinical nutritionist do?
An integrative clinical nutritionist works with you as a partner and a guide on your health journey. As a functional and integrative nutritionist, I will assess your needs based on an intake form that you fill out, the initial consultation, lab analysis, nutritional-focused physical exam, food journals, and more. Most importantly, I will work with you where YOU are.
Typically, the nutritionist will collaborate with your other healthcare practitioners. This is the integrative bit and I'm happy to do this.
How is your approach different?
My approach to nutrition is through a functional lens. Functional nutrition focuses on the body as a whole where all systems are connected. The work we do will uncover the root-causes of whatever ails you. We won't just look to cover symptoms up. As a result, we'll look at your diet as well as other parts of your life, such as sleep and stress, to determine if there are any nutritional imbalances. We'll work together to create personalized plans that will address those imbalances and will help restore your and your child's health and wellness.
All personalized plans are evidence-based and focused on you. They won't be overwhelming and impossible to achieve. I believe that baby steps are the best path to success.
Who needs to see an integrative clinical nutritionist?
Mostly, anyone who wants to. Specifically, clients usually seek a nutritionist after a recent diagnosis or after several tries at trying to gain more energy, more clarity, better sleep, clearer skin, more regular digestion, (and more) without success. Diagnoses can range from physical to mental ones, anything from IBS to depression, cancer to infertility, and anything in between.
I currently support women and children with their gut and mental health. I also have experience working with clients who are living with and recovering from cancer.
How long will I need to see a nutritionist?
This depends entirely on you and the severity of your health concerns. The relationship between the nutritionist and the client is paramount to the success of your nutrition therapy (Endevelt & Gesser-Edelsburg, 2014). The days of handing the client a packet of things to do/not do, and sending them on their way are behind us. That was standardized treatment. The evidence now shows us that time, trust, and a true partnership with your nutritionist are critical in establishing individualized treatment plans and following through with them. I want to help you get where you want to go.
What happens in follow-up sessions?
The follow-up sessions are where the real work and real results are achieved. This is where you learn about yourself and what's working and what isn't. It's where you start to see patterns and habits and energy begin to shift. This happens because we revise and tweak your protocol to fit your life and the speed at which you can go.
What can I expect from sessions with you?
You can expect a comfortable environment, free of judgment, where you can begin to navigate your way back to health. You can expect to be listened to and to play a pivotal role in the development of your unique and individualized treatment plan. You can expect an approach with you, front and center so that you can finally succeed on your path to health, happiness, and pain-free wellness.
Endevelt, R., & Gesser-Edelsburg, A. (2014). A qualitative study of adherence to nutritional treatment: perspectives of patients and dietitians. Patient preference and adherence, 8, 147–154.