WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR INITIAL VISIT
Plan for your first visit to be at least 60 minutes, sometimes more depending on the topic and any questions you may have during the visit. Before an initial visit, a height and weight are measured and then a weight at each visit. This measurement is used as a tool to gauge progress and assess your risk for chronic disease. At this initial appointment, you can expect us to review:
- Lab values and referral form
- Anthropometric data
- Current health conditions
- Food diary, if applicable
- Medications and supplements
We will then work together to set some realistic goals. The RDN will make recommendations to assist you in reaching these goals by developing for you a personalized nutrition care plan based on your specific needs and lifestyle. A successful plan requires goal setting and accountability. Follow-up appointments are strongly encouraged. All visits and information shared during visits are held in strict confidence and follow HIPAA guidelines with respect to confidentiality. An authorization is obtained before any visits to give me permission to contact any providers part of your healthcare team as well as friends or family members with which you may wish for me to share information. Oftentimes I hear that patients are nervous to see a dietitian because they assume I’m going to tell them what they can’t have; my approach couldn’t be more the opposite—we talk about what foods to aim for, how to include more of them in your diet, how to fit foods you already consume and enjoy into your plan, and we do this in a gradual process. If I was to hand you a meal plan that was entirely different from your current one, the chances are that the plan will not be one you will stick with long-term. I am very intent on setting short-term, reachable goals you can achieve and master before moving onto the next; this leads to better, long-lasting outcomes.