I would like to get advice about my eating habits. Who should I talk to?

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are health professionals who are trained to provide counseling on nutrition and eating habits. An RDN can provide personalized dietary advice taking into consideration your health status, lifestyle, and food likes and dislikes.

I keep hearing about added sugars. Where can I find more information?

For information about added sugars, including examples of what ingredients to look out for on the food package, read What are added sugars?, from Choosemyplate.gov. For tips on reducing your intake of added sugars, check out Cut Down on Added Sugars, based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
In addition, on May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The final rule requires “Includes X g Added Sugars” to be included under “Total Sugars” to help consumers understand how much sugar has been added to the product. For more information, check out Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.

What is a 'healthy diet'?

A healthy eating pattern is one that provides enough of each essential nutrient from nutrient-dense foods, contains a variety of foods from all of the basic food groups, and focuses on balancing calories consumed with calories expended to help you achieve and sustain a healthy weight. This eating pattern limits intake of solid fats, sugar, salt (sodium) and alcohol.

How many servings from each food group do I need each day?

The number of servings you need each day from each food group depends on your calorie needs.

How much of a nutrient is too much?

The Food and Nutrition Board defines the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) as the highest level of daily nutrient intake that is likely to pose no risk of adverse health effects to almost all individuals in the general population. This level is different for each nutrient.

I've heard that people should cut back on how much trans fat they eat but I'm confused about what trans fats are and what foods have them.

Check out the following resource from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that discusses trans fats and how to identify which foods contain them:
Trans Fat Now Listed With Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label. Also available in Spanish.

I know there are different types of fiber in foods and that they have different effects on the body. Can you tell me about them? How much fiber should I eat?

Yes, the fiber in foods is generally broken down into two broad types – soluble (also called “viscous”) and insoluble. Both types have important health effects. According to the DRIs, the recommended intake for total fiber for adults up to 50 years of age is 25 grams per day for women and 38 grams for men. For those over 50, the recommended intake is 21 grams for women and 30 grams for men.

How is food digested?

Digestion begins in the mouth, when we chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine. Digestion involves the mixing of food, its movement through the digestive tract, and the breakdown of food into smaller molecules. The digestive process varies for different kinds of food.

Do you accept my health insurance for my appointments?

No. Sessions and/or Programs are self-pay. Program payment plans are provided as needed.

How much do you charge for your services?

My prices are in line with the market rate for dietitian services at $150 per hour. I have also created personalized nutrition programs for each of my clients depending on the care needed for their case. Prices will be discussed after our first session to determine what program is best for you. Getting Acquainted Sessions are available (link).

What is the difference between a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and a nutritionaist?

A RDN is a nationally recognized credential and a Nutritionist is not. It doesn’t necessarily mean one is better than the other. It just indicates different training backgrounds and possibly a different approach to your case. All RDNs are also Nutritionists, but not all Nutritionists are RDNs. In most states, including Florida, you are required to have a Master’s Degree in Dietetics with 1200 intern hours, and registration through the accrediting agency Commission on Dietetics.

What kind of labs can you or would you order?

While I cannot order all the labs that you physician can or does, however, I may order labs tests with specific companies including Oxford Biotechnology (MRT food sensitivity testing), Spectracell, Dunwoody, and Cyrex. There are many avenues we can explore together using these advanced testing panels. If you do not live near my office and our appointments are conducted virtually, test kits will be shipped directly to your home and I will help identify a convenient blood draw location.

What is your cancellation policy?

All clients should provide 48-hours- notice via phone or email if he/she needs to cancel or reschedule a planned appointment time, otherwise there is a $50 fee.

Should I cancel my follow up visit if I did not adhere to the program?

No, No and No. This is the reason why you should complete your follow up session. I’m here to support you and help you adhere. We will
discuss the challenges you faced and how you can better overcome them next time. This process is not easy and it takes time for a change to really stick. Be patient with yourself and know that I am here for support and encouragement.

Are there any specific populations that you do not work with?

I do not specialize in eating disorders or pediatrics; however I work with teens based on their specific needs and if I feel I can address their concerns, parent support is essential. If I am not the best person for the job I will do my best to make an appropriate referral. This can be determined with our Getting Acquainted Session (link). Don’t see the answer to your question? Reach out to me directly.