Do you take insurance?
I do not take insurance currently, but I am working on this and will be soon. However, I do give a Super bill for insurance reimbursement. Many of my clients are reimbursed through their health plan or flexible spending allowance. Please call your health plan to find out what is covered. I remind my clients that fitting into your clothes (and not having to purchase new larger sizes!) will save my fees many times over.
What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
A. The real nutrition expert is a registered dietitian. RD is a professionally recognized title. You may not call yourself a Registered Dietitian without credentials. There are so many "nutrition advisors" out there, sometimes it's difficult to tell who is a qualified expert. A registered dietitian is recognized by medical professionals and insurance companies as the most valuable source of nutrition information. Registered dietitians provide reliable, up-to-date food and nutrition information. RD'S know the science behind nutrition and have the education and research to provide evidence based practice. Many times, authors or salespeople for dietary supplements , for example may call themselves "nutritionists." In reality, they may only be self-proclaimed experts. When you need trusted, accurate, timely, and practical nutrition advice, seek the advice of a registered dietitian.
Do you recommend a carb-free diet?
No. Each meal plan is well balanced, which means including good carbohydrates like vegetables, beans, fruit and whole grains and all their vitamins and antioxidants. An individualized meal plan incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats in proper proportions will allow you to achieve healthy and sustained weight loss without feeling deprived.
Is the visit confidential?
Yes. I will request permission to submit a report to your doctor, as health providers are usually happy to know that you are taking steps to improve your health.
What is Healthy Lifestyles of OKC's approach to weight loss?
I use a non-diet approach to weight loss with an emphasis on overall health and focusing on changing the philosophy of eating as opposed to what a person could and could not eat. Too often, people adopt the latest diet fad, which may work for a while, but then they hit weight-loss plateaus and ultimately end the diet in frustration. By putting more emphasis on your health and making lifestyle changes, experts have proven that you can raise your overall self-esteem, resulting in healthy eating, weight loss, and improved overall health. After evaluating your individual health goals, nutrition assessment, and calculating your energy and nutrient needs, I will devise a plan that is right for you.