FAQ / Commonly Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Nutritionist?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (LDN) is a food and nutrition expert who must obtain a relevant bachelor’s degree, complete a supervised practice program, and pass a national examination in order to earn their credentials. They also must meet strict continuing education requirements. A nutritionist, on the other hand, is not required to meet these same requirements in order to use the title. In fact, in many states, “Nutritionist” is an unregulated term meaning that anybody, regardless of educational background, can call themselves a nutritionist.
Why see a RD?
The most common reason people see a RD is for weight management, but there are many more reasons to seek out nutrition counseling which includes services such as: medical nutrition therapy, meal planning, metabolic testing, pre/postnatal nutrition, family nutrition and sports nutrition. A RD can also help with preventative nutrition guidance if you have a family history of diabetes or heart disease. Included in all of these services is education. What nutrition lifestyle is right for me? How do you switch to a vegetarian diet? What is macro and micro nutrition? Helping you to understand how nutrition can improve your all around health is our #1 goal!
What happens at an initial consultation?
Plan for a 60-minute initial consultation that is either in person or via telehealth. From there, our RD will break it down into 4 parts: Review, Consult, Action Plan, and Services Assessment. We will start by reviewing your pre-consultation documents to complete a comprehensive health assessment.. From there, we want to get to know you the best we can. Our RD will ask you detailed questions about your medical history, family history, typical dietary intake, weight history, and overall wellness goals. Once we have what we need, we can create an initial action plan with a few tips to get you started. Lastly, we will provide you with a detailed outline of our services, and customize them to fit your goals. Upon completion of your initial consultation, you and your RDN will have clear and concise steps for reaching your wellness goals tailored to fit your needs. It’s that simple!
How often will I need to see my RD?
Our approach is customized towards the individual, so the recommended frequency of visits will depend on an individual’s needs and nutritional goals. Oftentimes, clients will begin with weekly or biweekly visits in order to establish the best plan of care and stay on track with their goals.
Do you offer telehealth?
Yes, we do offer telehealth appointments. We use a platform called Healthie, a HIPAA compliant software program for video appointments.
I don’t live in NC or GA, can I see you via telehealth?
We have RDs licensed in NC, GA, and SC. The majority of states do require a RD to have a license in that state to see a client physically located there via telehealth. However, things are always changing and the best way to know is to reach out via our contact form and let us check on your state.
Do you take my insurance?
We are providers with BCBS, Aetna, Cigna, Friday, Medicare, and Medicaid. Please click below for more information about insurance.
How much are appointments if I don’t have insurance coverage?
Our 1 hour initial consultation is $99. After that, follow up sessions can be purchased individually or we have several programs to fit your individual needs.
Are there additional costs?
Some of our services such as metabolic tests, meal plans, and integrative testing are not billed through insurance and may be an additional cost to you.
Can I use a FSA/HSA?
Yes, you can use a FSA/HSA for most of our services.
Does my child/teen need to attend?
To file insurance, yes, we are required to meet face-to-face (in person or via telehealth) with the patient.
Do I need to attend appointments with my child/teen?
You will need to attend the initial consultation with your child/teen and after that, when appropriate, you child/teen may be able to meet with the RD on their own.
What should I eat for pre and post workout?
You should have a pre-workout snack 1-2 hours before exercise if you will be working out for more than 1 hour. It should consist of mostly carbohydrates with some protein and fat. You should have a post-workout snack within 30 minutes afterward containing some carbohydrates with some protein and fat. Some examples are a PB&J sandwich, trail mix, cheese and wheat crackers, greek yogurt and fruit.
How can I improve my metabolism?
Eat a nutrient dense diet with a variety of foods from different food groups (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins) in order to prevent muscle loss. Be sure to get enough sleep! It is recommended that adults get at least 7 hours a day, but experts suggest getting more like 8-9 hours daily is more optimal. Lastly, prevent physical inactivity for a prolonged amount of time. Adding some brief activity breaks throughout a daily sitting routine is metabolically beneficial compared to not having breaks.
Are artificially sweetened products safe to take when trying to cut calories?
Artificial sweeteners are 200–600 times sweeter than sugar. But unlike sugar, they don’t satisfy the appetite with calories, causing some people to compensate by eating more later in the day. There is also some research that indicates these artificial sweeteners actually increase your sugar cravings, leading you to eat more sweets/high-calorie foods. This can lead to weight gain and altered taste buds to sweet foods (what used to be sweet is now not sweet enough).
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How do I control my sugar and/or salt cravings?
Cravings are usually a sign from our body that we are missing some kind of nutrient. We might crave ice cream but might just need calcium from yogurt. Regardless of why we crave certain foods, it is best to not fight them. Another way to calm cravings all together is to eat high protein. Most people’s diets are extremely low in protein. Protein can keep us satiated and full for an extremely long time. Sleep is another major tool to reduce the number of cravings we have. When we are low in energy, we are more likely to overeat. Our willpower will be weaker when we are more tired, which allows us to fall victim to every craving we face.
Are carbs bad for me?
Carbohydrates are an important part of maintaining a healthy diet and are one of the main sources of energy we need to function not only properly, but also optimally. They are found in grains such as wheat, rice, oats, and barley; fruits; vegetables; dairy products; legumes; nuts; and seeds. Eating a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of developing diabetes, and give you more energy throughout the day. If we don’t provide our body with enough carbohydrates through food, our bodies are forced to make glucose in order to meet the needs of all cells. Making sugar (glucose) can result in muscle loss.
Is intermittent fasting right for me?
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that limits food consumption to certain hours of the day. Some research suggests that it may have benefits beyond weight loss, like improved brain and heart health. However, with all diets, it is important to consult with a medical professional especially if you have: diabetes, problems with blood sugar regulation, low blood pressure, a history of eating disorders; or take medications, are underweight, are a woman who is trying to conceive, a woman with a history of amenorrhea, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How much water should I drink each day?
A golden standard is to drink at least half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water (8 ounces = 1 cup). So if you weigh 200 pounds, a good water goal to strive for each day would be to consume at least 100 ounces of water.