The conflicting messages about nutrition and wellness can make it incredibly difficult to know how to make healthy choices that promote wellness. But learning about proper nutrition can make all the difference in helping you improve fatigue, mood, and medical conditions, such as high blood pressure. Licensed nutrition professionals work to partner with clients to provide in-depth nutrition plans to help you make positive changes in your health and well-being that make a difference in your life.
What is nutrition counseling?
Nutrition counseling is an integral part of a comprehensive wellness plan at Evia Medical Center. It’s important to know that nutrition is different than “dieting.” Nutrition counseling is a therapeutic approach to help clients live an overall healthier lifestyle. People of all ages can benefit from nutrition counseling.
At Evia Medical Center, nutrition counseling involves assessing various health needs in regard to diet and exercise. Our nutrition counselors help patients set and reach achievable health goals. So whether you’re looking to lose weight or get better control of your diabetes, our counselors can help you get there.
Here’s the rundown on how nutrition counseling can benefit you.
Benefit #1 – Better management of chronic conditions
Various conditions can benefit from nutrition counseling, including Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. The foods you eat have an impact on your wellness, so learning how to choose nourishing foods can help you gain better control, and in some cases, can reverse these conditions completely.
Benefit #2 - Weight loss
Nutrition counseling is beneficial for clients who have tried without success to lose weight on their own. With the guidance of a nutrition counselor, you’ll have a clear idea of how your body responds to the foods you eat and how to create a meal plan that promotes wellness and weight loss.
A nutrition counselor carefully evaluates your eating habits to develop a plan that helps you make positive, lasting changes and accomplish steady weight loss. Clients who choose to incorporate nutrition counseling lose more weight and tend to keep it off long-term, compared to those who don’t see a nutrition counselor.
Benefit #3 – Healthy habits that last
Clients who partner with a nutrition counselor are more likely to gain tools and learn habits that last for the long haul. Once you learn about proper nutrition and how to apply it to your daily wellness plan, you’ll have the knowledge to make better choices.
While drastic dietary changes can lead to short-term success, they’re unlikely to lead to lasting change. But nutrition counselors offer their expert advice for sensible, positive changes that make a real difference in your life and your health.
Benefit #4 – Improved overall wellness
Nutrition counselors focus on you as a whole person. The goals is deeper than shedding pounds. The aim of good nutrition is to improve your overall health and wellness. With the help of a nutrition counselor, you can use nutrition to increase energy, improve sleep quality, strengthen your immune system, boost mood, increase concentration, and reduce symptoms of disease.
Benefit #5 – Better fitness
What you eat impacts many aspects of health, including fitness. Your nutrition counselor can help you set up a nutritious meal plan to increase muscle mass, build stamina, improve your strength, and boost your overall fitness. By knowing exactly what your body needs to reach your fitness goals, you can skip the frustrating trial and error of trying different dietary components and supplements. Nutrition counselors can also recommend specific fitness programs to help meet your goals.
What to expect during your first appointment
When you attend your first nutrition counseling session at Evia Medical Center, your counselor will ask about your goals and objectives. Perhaps you want to reduce your salt intake or manage your weight. The counselor reviews your medical history and takes note of any medications and supplements that you’re taking.
You can also expect the counselor to delve into your lifestyle to get a sense of how much stress is in your life, the quality and quantity of your sleep, your energy levels, and physical activity.
Be prepared to discuss your dietary habits, identify any trouble spots like late-night snacking, and your cooking preferences. Your counselor will use this information to tailor a nutrition plan that’s right for you.
A nutrition counselor is your ally and can help you achieve your wellness goals. For comprehensive nutrition counseling, call our office in Smithtown, New York, and speak with our knowledgeable staff, or click the button to book online today.