Frequently Asked Questions
Why work with Pro Lifestyle Nutrition?
Besides our passion for helping people improve their health and reach their weight goals, we take the time to listen, understand, and get to know who we're working with. We enjoy listening to a person's story - where they are in their journey, their experiences, what they've tried in the past, what has worked or what hasn't, and what they hope to reach, accomplish, or maintain. Everyone is unique which is why we believe nutrition and weight loss plans should also be unique. Working together will allow you to receive recommendations and a plan customized to meet your lifestyle needs, goals, and food preferences.
Our personalized approach to nutrition also involves helping you to find freedom with food, develop/practice healthy & mindful eating behaviors, and discover ways to make fast, healthy, delicious, meals and snacks so you can enjoy the pleasures of eating, feel satisfied, and become healthier - all at the same time!
What is the cost of nutrition counseling?
Many insurance plans cover the full cost of nutrition counseling! Plans accepted include Independence Blue Cross Personal Choice, Keystone Health Plan East, Amerihealth, Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, and Highmark Blue Cross. Out of pocket options are also available. Please contact Rachel for more information and to find out if you have coverage.
What are nutrition counseling sessions like?
Improving health & reaching weight goals may take focusing on certain lifestyle and eating behaviors. Meeting for nutrition counseling sessions will help identify what changes or tweaks can be made to help you move closer to your desired results. One of my goals is to make improving your health or weight status simple & enjoyable by offering realistic, flexible food & lifestyle solutions.
Initial consultations typically involve meeting for 45-75 minutes. This session is dedicated to getting to know you better and what you hope to gain from nutrition counseling. Sometimes people are not quite sure what they want to achieve but meet to check-in and learn if they can do anything to improve their current eating/lifestyle behaviors. Throughout this session an in-depth health assessment is taken which asks questions about medical history, current health status, eating behaviors, challenges/barriers, and other lifestyle habits - both past and present. By understanding your individual lifestyle needs/goals/concerns I am able to tailor recommendations to you. By the end of the initial consultation we have a plan in place for the time between the first and the next session which may include a couple lifestyle goals, keeping a food record, and/or customizing a meal plan program for you.
Follow-up meetings are typically 30-60 minutes depending on individual needs. Progress, challenges, and/or questions are addressed. Your concerns and questions are the priority and help to guide what we discuss throughout our time together. Additional topics, ideas, and/or recommendations may also be discussed to help with further progress or new/current challenges. A lifestyle approach to wellness, instead of a short-term diet, is a constant practice. Follow-up sessions can help you to stay accountable, focused, and motivated. Lifestyle goals to maintain or work on are encouraged during each follow-up session since they allow you to focus on and adjust to specific behaviors that are necessary for long-term results and improved health.
What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a nutritionist?
The term "nutritionist" is not regulated which means any person, despite their educational background or experiences may use this term. In order to become a dietitian and maintain the credential, the following must be fulfilled:
- Has completed a bachelor's degree and has met current minimum academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics) as approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Has completed a dietetic internship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which provides about 1200 hours of supervised practice in various settings such as clinical, food service, and community nutrition.
- Has taken & passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
- Completes at least 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years and maintains Professional Development Portfolio re-certification requirements.