What is functional nutrition and integrative health?
Functional nutrition is an evidence-based, dietary and lifestyle approach customized for each person’s unique lifestyle, genetic makeup, environment, and health concerns. Lifestyle habits such as sleep, exercise, social interaction, support structure, and stress play a role in our health. Genetics may predispose us to a certain ability or inability to metabolize certain nutrients given certain conditions. Our environment, consisting of cleaning products, self-care products, consumer products, food storage, job type, location in which we live, etc. play a role in our health. Additionally, medications may deplete certain nutrients causing an imbalance elsewhere in the body. Functional nutrition and integrative health take into account all these moving parts to look at the whole person to help balance and support the person, seeking out the root cause of an imbalance. A recommendation may include dietary and/or lifestyle changes while meeting the person where they are starting from, recognizing that no one diet and approach is appropriate for everyone.
What credentials are required to practice nutrition?
In Maryland, you must be licensed to practice nutrition and meet certain requirements.
What if I have certain dietary restrictions, beliefs, etc.?
There is no one nutrition plan for every person. I will honor and work with you around these and will design an individual program that works to respect your specific needs.
What if I fall off the wagon between appointments?
Don’t worry, you did not fail. It takes time for new habits and changes to take place. Rome wasn’t built in a day and our current dietary and lifestyle habits that are ingrained in us may take time to relearn. Trust me, I have been there too! We can figure out how to overcome obstacles or change course. Still show up because showing up is progress!
Do you take insurance?
No, I currently do not take insurance. However, I can accept HSA/FSA cards but it is up to you to determine if nutrition services are covered under your plan. I can also provide a Superbill for you to submit to your insurance company. Please contact your insurance company prior to scheduling to determine if preventative nutrition care is included in your plan. Payment in full is due at the time of service.
Do I need to have my bloodwork done prior to my visit?
It is not necessary but it can be helpful. Don’t let it stop you from taking this first step!