Does the idea of meeting with a dietitian scare you? Maybe the thought of talking openly with anyone (let alone someone who studied nutrition for 5+ years) about your relationship with food is intimidating. Oftentimes, people assume that we'll make them swear off all the foods they love or start counting calories. Let's be honest - who wouldn't want to avoid that?
Here's some insight into how we actually approach our first visit with a client:
We're Not Going To Judge You
It's common to assume that dietitians eat "perfectly", snacking on plenty of greens and micromanaging every calorie that enters their body. While we can't speak for all dietitians, please know that we eat all foods, and therefore won't be shocked by whatever your diet consists of. Health is about way more than calories or weight - it's about taking care of your body physically but also about how your habits impact your mental and emotional health, and we value all of these aspects of health. We see clients in all body types, life stages, nutrition needs, struggles, and victories. While we understand each client is unique, if you're ashamed about a certain eating habit, we've seen it before and we're not judging you. We want to meet you wherever you're at and help you live a healthier life, and we know that guilt-tripping and shaming is not productive for anyone.
We'll Ask A Lot Of Questions
We believe that you are the expert of your body. We also believe that you are the person who can give us the most valuable information to help you. So, at your first visit, we'll try to gather all the information we need to develop some realistic goals alongwith you. Rather than cranking out metabolic calculations and slapping down a pre-made meal plan as soon as you walk through the door, we're going to want to hear all about your life. Depending on your goals, we'll ask you about your relationship with food growing up, what a typical day looks like for you in terms of eating and exercise, what your stress and sleep levels are like, and what symptoms you've been experiencing. Then, through hearing about your life, we can help you work to incorporate our nutrition knowledge into your specific situation.
We'll Get a Game Plan In Place Together
At their first visit, many clients come to us unsure of where to start. After we've listened and understood what your goals are as well as what your barriers are, we'll work with you to establish a realistic plan. In general, we do our best to focus on exactly what you want to work on. If you want to work on meal planning, we'll help you develop skills to make that happen. If you want to figure out what is triggering your GI issues, we'll walk you through a plan for identifying your triggers. While we won't help you do something we know isn't research-based or is unethical, we will prioritize whatever it is that you want to work on. After all, you're the one who knows your body best.
Ready to elevate your nutrition and well-being? Whether you're in Manhattan, Kansas, or elsewhere in the State, Rethink Nutrition is ready for you! Choose insurance-based in-person or virtual sessions with our expert dietitians, trained in areas like functional nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, intuitive eating, and weight concerns. Schedule with our dietitian team to start your journey to better health today!
"My experience working with Sydney at Rethink Nutrition was wonderful! She helped me see that consistency and balance are an important part in being healthy, and she taught me how to work towards food freedom. It was easy to be honest about challenges, and I was always met with patience and new solutions to try. There were so many days I wanted to give up on recovery, but her encouragement and advice helped me keep going. If you're struggling but hesitant to see a dietitian, I would suggest Rethink because you deserve the care and support to get better. Sydney is truly amazing at what she does. She's my hero!"
"I rarely leave reviews for anything online, but I have to say that Anna Binder and the team at Rethink Nutrition genuinely changed my life. After suffering from IBS and acid reflux for years, it only took a few months with Anna's treatment for me to be almost completely symptom free. I have so much more knowledge and control over my health now than I ever thought possible - not to mention that I can eat without hardly any restrictions or concerns anymore. Could not recommend enough!"
"In just over a week of working with Anna, I feel great! I no longer feel the need to lay down during the day, my face is clearing up, and I'm no longer feeling bloated by foods that I eat. If I'm feeling this good already, I'm excited to see how much better it gets in the coming weeks."
* Results can very. Testimonials are the result of clients committed to changing their health.