Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Certified Nutrition Specialist?
A Certified Nutrition Specialist is a highly qualified nutrition professional who has earned an advanced degree in nutrition from a fully accredited university. The CNS must also complete 1000 hours of a supervised internship and must pass a rigorous board exam administered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists.
What is the difference between a CNS and an RD?
Many people use these terms interchangeably, however, this is inaccurate. A dietitian is a registered license only to be used by those who completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree in dietetics and went through the credentialing process through the American Dietetic Association. A CNS requires a minimum of a Master's degree and is credentialed through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists. There is a handy comparison chart located HERE and a break down of other nutrition credentials located HERE.
Are you going to put me on a diet?
Absolutely not. I focus on working with you on making changes that last forever. There are very few reasons for someone to actually need to be on a diet. If you have a diagnosed allergy or chronic medical condition requiring you to avoid certain foods, I can help you implement that into your life. If you are looking to lose weight and want guidance on what foods to cut out in order to achieve results, I encourage you to rethink this strategy. Restricting foods simply for weight loss is setting yourself up for failure, especially if you are breastfeeding. I can help you address your eating behaviors and work with you on developing a balanced mindset around fueling your body for life. The goal for most healthy people should not be to restrict foods, it should be to incorporate the right foods so your body thrives.
What should I expect when working with you?
I've been told that I'm a delightful combination of sass and care. I completely understand that there are many different personality types out there. Over the past decade, I've worked with all types of people and I can adapt to whatever you need. Need a drill sergeant to hold you accountable? You got it. Need more hand-holding and encouragement? I'm your gal. Need someone to just flat out tell you like it is? This is my specialty (done in a kind, non-judgemental way of course). During the initial consultation session, we will get to know each other and we will determine how I can best support you. I invest a great deal of time, energy, and care into each of my clients so I want to make sure I know exactly how I can support you. You deserve someone who will listen and understand your concerns so you can start feeling better and live your best life.
Can anyone call themselves a nutritionist?
Unfortunately, many underqualified people use this term to describe what they do. There is a lot of lobbying going on right now to protect the title "Nutritionist". Some states require a license earned through the state in order to use this credential. Other states do not require a license for nutrition services. The best way to assess the qualifications of a nutrition professional is to ask them about their education and training. I caution anyone looking into the services of a nutrition professional to do their research on the qualifications of that person and the license requirements within your state. It is out of the scope of practice for most personal trainers to give nutrition advice. If you are considering the services of someone calling themselves a "nutritionist", I strongly recommend you do your research first.
Are you just going to throw a bunch of expensive supplements at me?
Absolutely NOT! Although I am not against the use of supplements when needed, I strive to provide whole food options first. In some cases, there may be depletions or absorption issues at play. In these situations, we will discuss options for you to decide if supplementing would benefit you in order to get you to a healthy level, but this is always your choice. I do not sell supplements but I do have recommendations on reputable brands that I trust that I would be happy to discuss with you. If you are going to supplement, I wouldn't want you to waste your money and risk your health on poor quality supplements.
Do you take insurance?
At this time I do not accept insurance plans.