Medical Nutrition Therapy is the use of nutrition counseling to manage and prevent chronic conditions. Nutrition counseling assesses an individual's symptoms, habits, and knowledge base to create an individualized program that helps improve the client's lifestyle and health. While specific foods and recipe ideas are typically discussed, meal plans are not given, calories are not prescribed, and food does not have to be constantly measured - as these things are not a sustainable way of life.
Typically, the first session begins with a deep dive of symptoms, medical history, current habits, and goals/desired outcomes. From there, your registered dietitian helps establish goals that are realistic, individualized, as well as have the client's approval and motivation to complete. Through a series of meetings that include nutrition and metabolism education, analysis of progress, evaluation of symptoms, and food/product/recipe recommendations, clients find that they make small, regular changes that ultimately create a healthy lifestyle and feel better without the need to sacrifice their time or happiness.
There is more to life than just eating the right calories, or "eat less, move more." In fact, there are so many conditions that can be improved or prevented by small, maintainable changes to what someone is eating or when they are eating. Everyone can benefit from meeting with a dietitian and improving their nutrition and self-care.
However, very often we don't seek care until we have symptoms. Common symptoms that would suggest including a dietitian in your treatment plan or lifestyle include:
• drastic weight changes over a short time • stomach pain or cramping • chronic heartburn or indigestion • frequent headaches or migraines • brain fog • fatigue • constipation or diarrhea • hives, eczema, or psoriasis • trouble losing weight • insomnia • vitamin or nutrient deficiencies • experiencing medication side effects • gastrointestinal conditions such as Celiac, Crohn's, IBS, diverticulitis, etc. • food allergies or intolerances • picky eaters or disordered eating • prenatal care or gestational diabetes • conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, heart disease, etc.