Common Questions & Answers
Please read prior to completing the new client application.
How do you handle meal planning?
- We are not dietitians that develop meal plans, hand them to clients and then send them off to follow them.
- Our meal plans are developed through a collaborative process and the type of plan/planning we do will depend on your individual needs and why you’re seeing us.
- Some people do need a lot of structure and we have ways of providing that. Others don’t need plans at all! We pay close attention to ensure that any level of planning we’re doing is supportive and we’ll check in with you often.
- As we set the plan into motion, and are supporting you with it in our follow up visits, this often gives us great insight into next steps, any barriers you might be facing, etc…
- Meal plans are not given with the expectation of “compliance.” In fact we don’t use that word in this practice. We understand many factors impact planning, using a plan, your experience with food, etc… They’re “living documents” that will shift and change as we work together and we will never shame you or be “mad” at you for not using a plan.
- There is also a difference between meal plans and meal planning. We work on the meal planning and prep process with all clients – meaning the basics of keeping a grocery list, selecting basic recipes, grocery shopping, making basic plans for what will be made that week, etc…
What is a nutrition follow up session like?
- Sessions are highly individualized but some examples of what to expect might be…
- Exploring thoughts and judgments around food, amounts of food, food experiences and working on challenging or reframing them.
- Exploring how mood may be impacting intake – for example how anxiety may impact your appetite or how you experience food OR vice versa – how foods may be eliciting anxiety. When you’re ready, we have different ways to help you understand and reduce your anxiety around food.
- Exploring appetite awareness and what your experience is in your thoughts or emotions when you notice hunger or fullness. This is different than eating in response to hunger and fullness which is definitely something we work on with many clients but often we have to do lots of other exploratory work before that.
- Supporting you with things like forming a grocery list, planning meals for the week, fitting food prep into your day.
- We may also ask if you’d like to keep a food journal (unless that’s not supportive for you, which is common). This is to learn about your experiences with food more than writing down every detail of your intake. You may notice us asking you to check in with what is happening in your thoughts, emotions and physical body (when safe) to explore your full food experience. While we don’t provide therapy, we will ask about emotions to give us information and context.
- Some approaches you may have heard of that we use are mindfulness and intuitive eating. Of course, these are tailored to your needs and we use many other techniques and modalities too.
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