Often times we make an appointment to go see our family Doctor when something seems to be awry. Which is exactly what you’re supposed to do. But what about when things seem fine? Or when they could just be better? When is a good time to check in with a nutritionist?
If you’ve never seen a nutritionist then we’ll be the first to tell you that it can be an enlightening and fun experience. But it can also be a challenging thing to change your lifestyle and habits.
Here are some things to know about when you’re seeing a nutritionist and what to expect.
The first thing a nutritionist is going to do is to ask about your personal history when it comes to health. Your weight, your diet, medical history, and health goals. If you’ve ever been to a personal trainer, it’s similar to your first meeting with them. They want to get to know you and what you’re looking to get out of the experience. They also want to know what is going to work for your lifestyle which may include eating plans, tests for allergies, or giving supplements a try. Their goal is your success and they know that there is no one-size-fits-all program for everyone.
Once you’ve figured out a plan for reaching your health goals, your nutritionist is going to lay out a way to keep in touch with you to keep you motivated and on track. That may include regular meetings, emails, or text messages. They know you’ve reached out because you’re in need of support and their job is to be that support.
However, sometimes people are looking for a one-off consultation which is completely fine too. In those cases, people are looking for ideas or suggestions to improve their current health habits which is completely normal as well. Just be clear about your expectations are from the beginning.
Having a nutritionist can be a personal and intimate experience, so don’t feel like you’re stuck with the first one you meet. Take some time to meet a few of them to find the right one for you. Many of us have our emotions deeply tied to our routines and eating habits which means finding the right person to support you is even more important.
Know that it can take time for your nutritionist and you to figure out what’s going to work best for you. If, for example, you’re having digestive issues then an elimination diet can take some time to figure out what’s causing them. It’s also going to take some time to figure out what works best for you and what you like.
And like anything, the more you put into it, the more you’re going to get out of it. A nutritionist isn’t going to give a magic pill or meal plan to get you where you want to go. It still takes persistence, commitment, and motivation to achieve your goals.
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