Nutrition Counseling in Albuquerque, New Mexico
What is Nutrition Counseling?
Nutrition counseling (education and coaching) will help you make wholesome food and lifestyle choices to achieve and maintain your best health for life. Our goal is to promote health and help you feel better by using evidence-based nutrition practices. We patiently listen and take the time to understand where you are right now in terms of your lifestyle and diet. If you’ve been struggling to achieve a healthy weight despite depriving yourself of your favorite foods or finding it difficult to control your blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, Click here to call us or dial 505-404-8154 for a conversation on how we’ll work with you to create personalized nutrition goals. We offer one-on-one as well as group nutrition education and guidance.
Who Can Benefit from a Nutrition Counseling?
Most everyone can benefit from nutritional counseling, for a variety of reasons – whether you need a total diet overhaul, are looking to manage a medical condition, want to better your food choices, or simply get inspiration for new, healthy recipes. Our individualized sessions are different. We concentrate on changing unhealthy behaviors and building long-term success rather than a quick fix. We understand that our community faces certain challenges and thus we work with each individual and family to make healthy changes permanent. The following are just a few of the topics that can benefit specifically from nutrition counseling:
- General Nutrition/Healthy Living
- Weight Management
- High cholesterol
- Food Allergies
- Heart Disease /High Blood Pressure
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Lung Disease
- Type 1 and Type2 Diabetes
- Liver Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease/ Dialysis
- Prenatal / Pregnancy
- Diabetes and Pre-diabetic conditions
- Child Nutrition
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease
- Frequent diarrhea and/or constipation
What to Expect During Your First Nutrition Counseling Appointment
We’ll ask about your goals, objectives, and reasons for wanting to see a nutritionist. After reviewing your medical history, including any medications and supplements you’re currently taking, we’ll delve into your lifestyle to get a sense of your stress levels, sleep patterns, energy levels, exercise, and gastrointestinal function. Writing down a food diary of two to three days’ worth of meals and snacks you eat 24 hours prior to the appointment will be helpful. With that insight we can begin to discuss your food preferences and cooking habits, and spot trouble areas, like skipping breakfast or late-night snacking. You will gain insight on controlling portions and only eating healthy snacks between meals while keeping up with your busy lifestyle. From this point we’ll develop an initial course of action to help you start eating healthier. Click here to call us or dial 505-404-8154 for a more comprehensive conversation on what a first meeting will be like.
Nutrition Counseling Frequently Asked Questions
Must I Stop Eating the Food I Love?
No, not at all and we’ll develop a partnership. We will work flexibly and incrementally by starting with changes that will have the most impact to adopt the tactics that make the most sense, while being mindful of your lifestyle. The goal is to come up with a plan that places you back in the driver’s seat and on the road to better health.
How Many Nutrition Counseling appointments will I need?
If you’re agreeable to learning and incorporating a few simple changes into your food choices and lifestyle, it’s not unusual for that to be enough to set you on your way on the right course. For others the accountability of setting up monthly consultations is appealing, at least until they feel in control of — and comfortable with — their new habits.
How much will Nutrition Counseling Cost?
Nutrition counseling sessions cost $_____. Increasingly insurance companies are including and covering for nutrition counseling so it’s worth calling your health insurance provider to learn if nutrition counseling is a benefit on your plan. Nutrition counseling is actually a cost-effective investment in your long-term health, mindful it may lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, or get your weight to a healthy level, it can potentially save you thousands of dollars in medications and other care going forward.
Can I bring my Spouse, Family Member or Significant Other to my Nutrition Counseling appointment?
We welcome spouses, family members, or significant others to attend consultations, if the person receiving medical nutrition counseling agrees upon it. A significant other, spouse, or family member, offers a great support system, which can be helpful in your efforts to succeed. Our goal is to maximize our time together to achieve the best understanding and success; therefore, we limit whom you can bring to your appointment to one other person.
Can we do our Nutrition Counseling sessions over the Phone?
Phone appointments are possible for nutrition counseling however, note insurance companies may not cover phone sessions. Call us to discuss this further.
Is Nutrition Counseling Tax Deductible?
In 2002, the IRS ruled that obesity is a disease and thus some of the costs of treatment for obesity qualifies as a tax-deductible medical expense. As a result, individuals may pay for them with pre-tax dollars from medical flexible spending accounts and Health Care Spending Accounts. Having said this, be advised that we are not qualified to give financial, tax, or accounting advice. Please contact your tax advisor to discuss any questions you may have about deducting the costs of your nutrition counseling.
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Calls, questions and appointments are welcomed. We’re in Corrales, 8 minutes North of Albuquerque toward Rio Rancho