FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS INTUITIVE EATING?
According to Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resche, the dietitians who created Intuitive Eating in 1995, IE is an evidenced-based, mind-body health approach, comprised of ten principles. It is a weight-neutral model with a validated assessment scale and over 100 studies to date supporting its use. The principles work by either cultivating or removing obstacles to body awareness - a process known as interoceptive awareness.
Intuitive Eating can benefit both those with an eating disorder and those with chronic illness. In both populations, physical and mental health can be improved. While eating intuitively is almost always the end goal, there are circumstances where Intuitive Eating may not be appropriate (yet), such as early in eating disorder treatment or when medications are interfering with someone's ability to produce normal signals that one can count on.
1. Tribole E. (2017). Intuitive Eating: Research Update. SCAN’s Pulse. 36(6):1-5.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A SESSION WITH YOU?
I absolutely love helping clients experience the happiness and empowerment that can be found through Intuitive Eating! It can truly be life-changing. Depending on the client, I utilize Motivational Interviewing (a research-based approach to eliciting behavior change), Family Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and/or experiential techniques to help you feel better and enjoy better health. We start with an in-depth initial assessment that gives me a picture of where you are and where you want to be. I want to make sure I get a really good picture of you and your needs, and give you some tools to start using right away. After the initial assessment, 55 minute sessions are spent 1) discussing the successes and struggles of the previous week and the homework assignment, 2) introducing a new technique/idea or diving deeper into last week's technique/idea (depending on patient's readiness to move forward), 3) giving it some practice, and 4) discussing any concerns or questions you have. Our sessions are always tailored to cover what you have shared is most important to you, and they are a safe space based on a fundamental respect and appreciation for you and your body.
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER MY APPOINTMENTS?
Some insurance plans cover my services at 100% with no cost to you since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Some policies cover as a preventive service, while some have medical nutrition therapy benefits. If you want to use your insurance to pay for your appointments, you must call the number on the back of your insurance card and use this script prior to your first appointment to see if my services are covered. If you need help wit this process, just let me know and I am happy to help! I require a credit card on file to book an appointment. If your insurance does not cover for any reason, the credit card will be charged for the appointment.
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT?
It depends! When you eat intuitively, you find your natural, genetically determined weight. If you are above it, you will lose weight. If you are below it, you will gain weight. But there are no guarantees. Every body is unique. I understand that your weight may feel very important to you right now. Whatever your weight ends up being, I will help you feel comfortable with it. You can also feel assured that with my help, regardless of your weight, you will be healthy.
WHAT IS YOUR RATE FOR SELF-PAY PATIENTS?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REGISTERED DIETITIAN AND A NUTRITIONIST?
Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of their level of qualification or training. A Registered Dietitian completes a four-year degree in an accredited Nutritional Science program (master's degree minimum required as of 2024), completes an extensive supervised practice program at a healthcare facility, foodservice organization, or community health agency, passes a rigorous registration examination, and maintains continuing professional education throughout their career.
Only service provided by a Registered Dietitian is reimbursable by insurance, and only Registered Dietitians may legally provide Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in hospitals and elsewhere.
You can trust that I am a master's-degreed Registered Dietitian with a background in biochemistry who will use evidence-based medicine to improve your health. I have received training from experts in the eating disorder field and am trained in Family-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Intuitive Eating, and Motivational Interviewing. I am dedicated to learning more skills and tools and staying on top of the latest research in my specialty areas to best help my patients achieve the relationship they desire with food and their body.
HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL I NEED?
Because Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) and nutrition counseling are so personal, each patient is different. Some people need one or two visits for education and awareness (such as those wanting some information on how to make a vegan diet nutritionally adequate), but many patients (such as those with disordered eating, eating disorders, and/or diabetes) require ongoing support to change negative beliefs and create lifelong healthy habits. Research shows that patients are more successful at maintaining healthy habits if they have access to regular maintenance visits with a Registered Dietitian. In these cases, a minimum of ten sessions is usually required. Most patients meet with me at the same time each week for as long as needed, and some decrease the frequency over time. We can figure out the right plan for you, and there are certainly no hard and fast rules.
For those with eating disorders, we re-evaluate at about 6 weeks, and if no improvement has been made I generally recommend a higher level of care.
2. Hall KD, Kahan S. Maintenance of Lost Weight and Long-Term Management of Obesity. Med Clin North Am. 2018;102(1):183-197.
CAN I DO IE IF I'M FACING FOOD INSECURITY OR DON'T HAVE EASY ACCESS TO FOOD?
Achieving one's best possible health is not entirely an individual choice, but is also impacted by structural factors. As such, I do my best to practice with cultural humility. We will work together to maximize what can be changed on the individual level, while acknowledging and challenging structural factors where possible.
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