I love a good question! This lets me know that you’re serious about investing in your transformation. These are the most common questions my clients ask me.  Please feel free to ask any other questions that are important to you as you decide which registered dietitian is the best fit for you.

  • What is brain fog?
    What is brain fog and how can it be treated? Brain fog is when you feel like your memory, concentration, and mental clarity are all impaired. It's a feeling of confusion that affects many people on a daily basis.  There are many different factors that play into what causes brain fog in an individual. These include gut health, age, nutrient intake (or lack thereof), medication usage (both prescription and over-the-counter), chronic illness diagnosis, sleep deprivation/disturbed sleep patterns/sleep apnea syndrome to name just a few.  Brain fog is a common symptom that often accompanies many common chronic health conditions including migraine headaches, depression or anxiety disorders, hypothyroidism (low thyroid), and type 2 diabetes. Book your discovery call!
  • What is inflammation?
    Inflammation in this context is your body’s response to injury or harm. There are two types to consider- acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is a good thing. Let’s say you sprain your ankle. It is obviously painful, but can also swell and turn black and blue. This is your body’s natural way to begin the healing process. Eventually with some ice and rest, your ankle returns to normal and you continue with regular activity.  Chronic inflammation on the other hand, is what I help address through nutrition and lifestyle change. Your body is on high alert for longer periods of time- months or sometimes years. Symptoms may be a bit more difficult to pinpoint, and can include fatigue, bloating, headaches, joint pain or skin rashes. Lab values such as high triglycerides, insulin levels or blood sugars, and hs-CRP can also be strong indicators. Chronic inflammation is the cause of many disease states including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This is why it is so important to address immediately. Using integrative and functional nutrition, we can find the root cause of your inflammation and extinguish the fire. You will feel better and thrive as you age, win win!
  • Can you help me with weight loss?
    You bet! But you may be surprised to learn that weight loss is so much more complicated than calories in and minutes on the elliptical. I’m guessing you’ve already tried that? What surprises many of my clients is when they learn how much weight loss is dependent on cultivating good gut health and reducing inflammation.  Extinguishing that inflammation fire lets your body get out of fight or flight mode and get back to  living. Better digestion, less inflammation, better mood and more energy. Not to mention weight loss.
  • What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES)?
    A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is a healthcare professional, such as a registered dietitian, who has met the robust requirements for certification as a diabetes educator.  The requirements to become a CDCES include licensure as a healthcare provider with at least two years of experience, 1,000 or more hours of direct diabetes care and passage of the rigorous board exam.  As a CDCES, I can help you to reach your health goals by developing skills and a lifestyle that is sustainable.  Together, we will improve your diabetes management skills and help you to reduce the risk of developing complications. 
  • What is integrative and functional nutrition?
    Just like there are different approaches to medicine from one physician to the next, there are different approaches to providing nutrition care by registered dietitians.  Integrative and functional nutrition means that it looks at many different factors that affect your health. It is based on the idea that there are many different systems in the body, and when one system isn't working well, it can make other systems not work well. Integrative and functional nutrition uses a holistic, multi-dimensional evidence-based practice for care. As an integrative and functional nutrition dietitian, my aim is to work with you to identify the root causes of your struggles so that I can devise a customized plan that is personalized to your goals, your lifestyle and your preferences. No cookie-cutter approaches here!
  • Registered Dietitian (RD) vs. Nutritionist?
    Are they one and the same? Not necessarily. A registered dietitian means the same thing in every state and most states, including Kansas and Missouri, have licensure.  Most states do not regulate the term nutritionist. Missouri does, Kansas does not.  No matter what, you want to be working with a credentialed expert who can help you to uncover root causes to your struggles and guide you through a plan that will empower you to achieve your wellness, nutrition and digestive health goals - that’s me!
  • What to expect when seeing a dietitian?
    That’s a great question! All registered dietitians have their own approach to nutrition counseling. As an integrative and functional Registered Dietitian (RD), health coach, and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), my approach is to be a detective so that we can uncover the root causes of why you’ve been struggling. This is a much more thorough approach than “eat less and exercise more.” I recommend booking a discovery call so that we can get to know one another; this will empower you to connect with the best-fit dietitian to help you to achieve your nutrition and lifestyle goals. Let's chat!
  • What is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)?
    A registered dietitian (that’s me) is your nutrition expert. I’ve completed my bachelor’s degree in nutrition as well as the required internship - this supervised practice is just like a nurse or doctor in training. You also get the benefit of more than a decade of professional experience.  A registered dietitian (RD) and a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) both refer to the same training path that I’ve completed.  In addition to being a dietitian, I am also a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) and Certified Integrative Health Coach.
  • Which package is most popular?
    The premium package is the most popular package because it gives my clients the most support with achieving their goals, whether it is to optimize gut health, gain energy, improve blood pressure or even having less anxiety or a better night’s sleep. Our food choices impact all aspects of our lives: let’s use nutrients to fuel your best, most healthy life!
  • Do you accept health insurance?
    At this time I do not do billing for health insurance, however, I can provide you with a superbill to provide to your insurance. If you’re interested in health insurance coverage, please speak with your insurance provider prior to booking.  I do accept Health Savings Account (HSA) cards as payment.
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