Nutritional Consultations Questions and Answers
A nutritional consultation will help keep your health in check. Contact our team today at Vive Weight Loss Centers to learn about our nutritional services that we offer patients. For more information, call us or request an appointment. We are conveniently located at 166 Madeira Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134.
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The goal of a nutritional consultation with your healthcare provider is to gain an understanding of your current nutritional habits, in terms of your lifestyle and diet, and work closely with you to achieve your nutritional and healthcare goals.
Your first nutritional consultation can generally be conducted either in person or remotely, as the first consultation is primarily a discussion to allow your care provider the opportunity to gain a full understanding of your current nutritional situation, and how they may be able to help you achieve your goals. Your nutritional consultant will inquire about your goals and objectives, and why you are in need of change, in addition to your medical history, and any medications you may be on, or have taken in the past. They may also ask about your current life situation, stress levels, sleep patterns, and exercise or physical activities you take part in. It is also very helpful to prepare for your first consultation by recording everything you’ve eaten in the 24-hour period prior to your appointment, or even better is to keep a food diary of several days’ worth of meals and snacks. With this information your nutritional consultant can start to discuss your cooking habits, dietary preferences, and identify areas needing improvement, like skipping breakfast or eating late in the evening.
The answers to the questions you ask your dietician or nutritional advisor can be life changing and provide life-long benefits, so asking the right questions is very important. It is a good idea to write questions down a few days prior to your first consultation, reflecting on any challenges you may be having that are getting in the way of reaching your goals, like personal discipline, social pressure, or limited resources. Your questions should also center around your goals, in addition to the challenges. Having your questions defined in advance of your consultation will help ensure that you get all of your concerns and questions answered, as well as saves time, given that your consultation is limited. Asking the right questions also helps to improve the results you get. With more insight on your needs and concerns, the more personalized your nutrition plan will be.
For example, if your goal is to eat less processed foods and more whole foods, you might ask: what is the difference between whole and processed food? Or, is the protein powder I use considered a whole food? Some other general questions might be:
-What supplements are good for me?
-My social life makes sticking to a meal plan challenging. What can I do?
-Are the ingredients I use in my cooking good for me?
-Should I track my calorie intake daily?
-Are the foods I eat causing regular heartburn and indigestion
To make the most out of the questions you ask your nutritional consultant, first identify your goals and the challenges you face in reaching them, then form your questions around them. Your nutritional consultant will take it from there.
Having a discussion about your diet with a nutritional advisor, or dietician is something literally everyone can benefit from. Diet and nutritional habits play a very important role in our overall health and wellbeing, and the benefits of speaking with a nutritional consultant can be especially beneficial to those with the following conditions:
-High blood pressure
-Diabetes or pre-diabetic symptoms
-Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
-Overweight or obese
At Vive Weight Loss Centers, our team of highly trained, and professional nutritional consultants are available to provide you with the guidance, and support you need to reach your nutritional and healthcare goals. For more information, call us or request an appointment. We are conveniently located at 166 Madeira Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134. We serve clients from Coral Gables FL, Miami FL, Pinecrest FL, South Miami FL, Coconut Grove FL, and Brickell FL.