FAQs

What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy is a science-based, holistic approach to wellness that respects the bio-individuality of each person, evaluating underlying nutritional needs and imbalances that lead to dysfunction in the body. By using evaluative tools and asking deeper questions, we address the root cause, rather than just the symptoms. We use whole food nutrition (and supplements, if needed) to address the foundations of health, correct any imbalances and assist your body's natural healing process to help you achieve optimal, long-term health. Please note: NTPs are not trained to diagnose or treat disease, illness or injury.

Nutritional therapy is not a one size fits all approach like many dieting and weight loss programs. Instead it is tailored to your bio-individual needs and created with your health history, lifestyle, goals, and age in mind. You will be provided resources that are best for you as an individual, to create sustainable lifelong change. 

Nutritional therapy starts with deep analysis of your:

Our bodies were designed with the beautiful ability to heal themselves. My goal is to give your body the tools and fuel it needs to do just that.

What is the Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (NAQ)?

The NAQ is a detailed questionnaire assessing over 300 signs and symptoms to identify potential nutritional deficiencies, imbalances in the body, and which organs or systems need the most attention from a nutritional perspective. The patterns that emerge from the questionnaire can help give important insight.

What does the process look like?

The first step is for you to complete the NAQ through my client portal on Practice Better. I will send you a few simple recommendations based on your results to get you started before our meeting

I offer this free of charge to give you a "snapshot" of your body's systems and where there are areas of stress. (See the image in the section above.) This can be so eye opening, as well as motivating. 

Next you will purchase a package or a New Client Session

You will be sent a 4 Day food and mood journal and a short intake form through Practice Better. These must be completed at least 72 hours before your session. You will log everything you eat and drink, supplements and medications, movement/exercise, moods, digestive symptoms and BMs. This is incredibly helpful in identifying patterns, forming a "whole person understanding" of you, and increasing awareness of your habits. 

During our first session I will learn about you and your goals, and ask many clarifying questions raised by your NAQ results, intake form, and food & mood journal. This will likely be a far more in depth health analysis than you've experienced with other medical professionals. I can also connect you to lab or genetic testing, if desired or we decide together that it is necessary. 

We will assess your diet and lifestyle choices that are going well, and where we could make improvements. The goal is get a holistic view of your past and present health so we can create a bioindividual action plan. We will discuss and agree upon your next steps together and I will do any additional research to get clarity about your case. You will receive your written protocol within 3 business days. (nutrition, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations)

We will use follow-up appointments to assess your progress and make any necessary protocol updates or adjustments. 

During nutritional therapy, you should expect to be diligent and invested in the process for at least 6 months. This is not a quick fix. Some people start feeling better right away, but please realize it likely took years for your body to develop the issues you are experiencing. It will take patience and determination to help your body heal. Just know the rewards are incredible and your wellness is worth it! I typically see clients every 3-4 weeks.

**Between appointments: While you are my client you have access to me via email or the client portal on Practice Better. You will receive a response within 3 business days. Business hours are Monday - Friday,  11am - 5pm Pacific Time. I am also happy to point you in the direction of helpful resources for recipes, meal planning, etc. Phone calls and personalized daily meal plans are not included.

What is your philosophy? 

I really get to know you and listen to your story. How else will we get to the root of your health problems and find a long term solution?

I love simplicity, but we don’t do quick fixes here. Quick fixes = delayed recovery, side effects, and buying twice (three times, four times, etc.)

Some people tell me that they’re too far gone for nutrition to help them. That genetics are a curse, and they are destined to get x, y, z. But really, genetics and patterns can teach us how to take care of ourselves. 

If your dad, sister, cousin, grandpa had known about the needs of their specific body, would that have affected their overall health? Would they have made different choices? Avoided disease or discomfort?

This is what we can do with nutritional therapy. With knowledge comes options and the ability to change your health naturally and sustainably. My goal is for you to not need me long term. 

I always focus on food first, and if we need to, I bring in personalized, affordable, and high quality supplements.

I will teach you how to reconnect with and understand your body's needs. You’ll learn how to make informed choices about food, sleep health, energy and exercise, hormonal and sexual health, environmental toxins, and get a handle on any diagnosis you're managing. 

Odds are, nutrition will make a difference. 

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No one is perfect. Improving your health doesn't mean that you never have indulgent foods ever again. There are times when "near-perfect" nutrition is needed, i.e.: an elimination diet to heal your gut, or a therapeutic diet for a specific condition. However, if we have determined what foods and routines work for you, it's okay to use the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you are following the guidelines that you know make you feel best. 20% of the time, you let yourself enjoy pizza or a sugary cocktail. I didn't study nutrition so I could police people's food. I am here to teach you what you didn't learn in school, so you can make informed decisions. When you know how to keep yourself healthy, life simplifies.

Appointments 

What do I bring to my appointment?

You are welcome to bring paper and a pen to take notes, or you can take notes digitally. I will provide an after visit summary so you will not miss anything if you decide not to take notes yourself.

Do I need to come in for my appointment?

All appointments are virtual using video and take place through the Practice Better client portal. You will receive a link to join the meeting and reminders via text and email according to your preferences. 

Do you accept insurance?

Nutritional therapy is not currently covered by insurance.