What to Expect in a Nutrition Consultation
Food and Nutrition play an important role in optimizing your health and chronic disease prevention. Functional Medicine Physicians are seeing patients every day that suffer from increased inflammation, metabolic disturbance, elevated autoimmune activity, lack of energy or fatigue and often struggle with altered body composition as a result. Many of these issues are related to diet and nutrition. Food Is Medicine!
Every appointment at Vida is tailored to your specific nutritional needs. So, what can you expect from a nutrition consultation?
Initial Nutrition Consultations last a full 60 minutes because there is a lot to information to cover! First, we discuss what made you schedule the appointment in the first place.
Some common complaints include:
- Weight management
- Sports performance
- Digestive issues
- Fatigue / poor sleep
- Hormone imbalance
- Joint Pain
- Glucose management
- Recent laboratory results
After we’ve identified your priorities, we’ll discuss your sleep, physical activity, and stress level, which often reveals other areas we can improve with nutrition.
Next, we discuss your current dietary pattern and liquid intake. What do you like about your diet? Is there anything you dislike about your diet? We also identify your priorities when it comes to your diet, such as convenience, family-style dining, restaurant dining, intolerances or preferences.
Once we have a complete picture of your current dietary environment, the nutritionist will develop a customized plan with actionable steps for you to take over the next few weeks. These might include:
- Increasing intake of certain foods
- Prioritizing specific nutrients
- Additional laboratory tests that may be useful
- Symptom tracking
- Meal plan discussion (if a specific IFM plan is used)
- Meal timing
- Recipe discussion and sharing
Just like working with a personal trainer, one appointment won’t immediately provide the results you’re after. We typically schedule a follow-up appointment 2-4 weeks from your initial consultation to discuss how the plan is working for you and make any adjustments or additions as necessary.
DOES INSURANCE COVER NUTRITION CONSULTATIONS?
At Vida we accept all major insurances for Nutrition consultations. If you live in the greater Seattle area or in Washington State, Vida Integrated Health offers Telemedicine Nutritional Consultations or in-clinic visits at our Vida Kirkland location.
The first step for your Nutrition consultation is to complete our complimentary insurance verification to determine what coverage you have and how many nutritional visits you have available to you per year.
Complete your complimentary insurance verification at thinkvida.com/contact.
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