What is a Registered Dietitian?
A registered dietitian (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree, a 1200 hour supervised internship, and passed a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). An RD must maintain their registration with continuing professional education.
What is Health At Every Size (HAES) ® ?
Health at Every Size® principles help us advance social justice, create an inclusive and respectful community, and support people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves. It includes the following components:
Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.
Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional and other needs.
EATING FOR WELL-BEING
Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure, rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.
Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias. Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.
Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement, to the degree that they choose.
While it's not a perfect model, and has very valid critiques, the principles are a way to recognize that health does not have one particular standard and all deserve compassionate care. You can learn more about HAES® through ASDAH.
What would our work look like?
If you're a client looking for 1:1 nutrition counseling, our work can vary because I like to individualize our work to meet your needs and where you are at!
But generally, the first session is always an intake session where I may ask you questions about your relationship with food, movement, and body, look over labs, and establish contact with any other providers (i.e., therapists, doctors, etc.) in your team. From there, we might challenge food rules or fears together, work on body image and unpack relationships to food and body in relation to gender, sexuality, and race. We may build flexible meal plans, work on hunger and fullness cues, and work through movement. Nutrition counseling isn't a one-sided lecture (that would be quite boring!) but an active conversation between the both of us. Where we go in this work will be decided in collaboration.
I want to lose weight. Will you work with me on this?
I will certainly work with you, but I actually don't work to help people intentionally lose weight! I practice from a HAES® and weight-inclusive lens, meaning I believe you can improve health outcomes and your relationship to food, body, and movement without focusing on weight loss. In our work, your body might change or stay the same. Working towards intentional weight loss is not ethical or moral to me (especially with what the research shows us about weight loss and long term outcomes.) I absolutely understand the desire to lose weight because what our culture/families/other health professionals have told us and hold space for that, and I work to meet you where you're at if you're open to this approach.
Do you take insurance?
At this time, I do not participate in insurance panels, but if you have out of network coverage for nutrition counseling, I can send you an invoice so that you can seek reimbursement. If you're unsure about your coverage, I recommend calling your insurance company and asking if they cover the CPT codes 97802 and 97803 for out of network nutrition services.
How much are sessions?
I currently see clients through LK Nutrition and you can find their rates here. Our 15 minute phone consultation is always free. When available, I also offer sliding scale spots, especially for those who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+.
Please note that I'm only meeting with clients virtually (Zoom, Facetime, Skype, or over the phone) at this time and likely for the future.
What forms of payment do you take?
I accept Chase QuickPay, Zelle, and Cash App. I also accept all major credit cards, Health and Flexible Savings Account cards.
How much are consultations or speaking to a group?
My general consultation fee is $125 per hour. Please contact me for more information about speaking events, workshops, or other group events. I tailor my work to your audience needs, interests, and accommodations. I also can adjust offerings depending on budget, especially prioritizing BIPOC, queer, fat, and people with other marginalized identities.