What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically meet with my clients in the comfort of their own homes for the first meeting. I establish a baseline with you which include your Body Mass Index (BMI), weight, and blood pressure measurements. Beforehand, we will talk on the phone to see where you are at with your nutrition and nutrition goals so that when we meet together, I will already have an initial nutrition care plan to give you based on your specific wants and needs. We go over your questions and plans together, and create a goal process for follow up on the phone in the next 3 days.
For pantry tidying sessions, I will come to your home, empty your pantry of its contents by food group, and clean the inside of your pantry. Once the contents are empty, we will go over what you own, which ingredients to avoid, and discard all expired items. Then, of course, I place all the items back in your pantry neatly and organized for your daily convenience!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I hold a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition from Kansas State University.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service?
I work with you at a rate of $65 per hour for food and health coaching. For home visits which include pantry tidying, I work at a rate of $185 for the 2 hour session.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I started studying human nutrition because I became fascinated by how our bodies react to the foods we eat. I wanted to know everything I could about preventative health as well as food and nutrition in the medical care process. Food and nutrition facts continue to amaze me in how we can cook and prepare our meals to maximize wellness and health benefits.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with all types of customers ranging from people wanting to get into better shape, to clients with health complications such as diabetes, and people who are ready to move onto the next step in their health and wellness plans.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I absolutely love organizing pantries for my clients. There is nothing more rewarding than the instant satisfaction of having your pantry in complete order with only the best foods for your and your family's health.
What advice would you give a customer looking to find a nutritionist?
I would like for you to look at a person's credentials above all else when looking for a nutrition specialist with a nutrition and food science background. Either hire someone with an advanced degree in Nutrition or someone who is a Registered Dietitian (RD) to help with your food and nutrition concerns. There are a lot of personal trainers who do not have certification in nutrition who like to push fad diets such as keto diets, fasting diets, etc. These individuals do not have licenses or degrees in nutrition, and it's very common the diets they suggest are dangerous to your health. Be aware of people who say they have licenses or whom are certified by popular health gurus through accredited online programs.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Who are you working with?
Do they have legitimate certification or a higher education in this field?
Do they have experience with what you are specifically looking for?
What are you looking to accomplish with food and nutrition, and how can this person help you achieve your goals?
Where are you going to meet this person? In public, in your home, or remotely?
How are you planning to meet your goals with health and nutrition?
Are you unsure about change, ready to change, or resistant to change?
How much work are you willing to do to achieve you goals, and what do you feel the consequences will be if these goals continue to be pushed back a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years?
Why are you meeting with someone to help you with your food and health goals?
Have at minimum 5 questions for your nutrition care professional so that you aren't bombarded or overwhelmed by the meeting.