why should I see a registered dietitian instead of...(a health coach, a chiropractor, a personal trainer, Instagram, the internet, my best friend, my mom)?
There is a LOT of information about nutrition out there--and I'm not saying your friends and family aren't great, BUT it can be super challenging to make sense of all of the things you read and hear about nutrition. This is one of the best reasons to see a professional, and while anyone is able to call himself a Nutritionist or Wellness Coach, a Registered Dietitian requires specific and comprehensive training. To become an RD, a Bachelor's or Master's degree in nutrition is required, along with a residency of at least 1200 hours of supervised clinical practice, and a licensing exam. What this means for you is that you can be confident that the guidance you are receiving is evidence-based and extensively researched, and that you're working with a credentialed professional. This is important stuff to consider when it comes to your health!
will you make me go on a diet?
I'm a bit of an unconventional dietitian (if you're thinking about the traditional "food police" image). I honestly don't even like that the title of is DIET-itian. I don't believe in restrictive dieting, calorie-counting, or imposing limitations around food. I aim to remove any guilt or shame around eating, and to help you create a sustainable way of feeding yourself that works in the long-term, and will actually help you feel your best, both physically AND mentally. I might introduce principles of intuitive eating if and when appropriate, but you generally won't find me asking you to get rid of things that our diet-happy society has labeled "bad", such as pizza and ice cream. That may sound strange, coming from a nutrition professional, but I honestly believe food is about much more than just the nutrients it is made up of. We can go more in-depth with this in our sessions if you have questions, but that's my basic framework for not recommending strict diets.
I already know things about nutrition, why should I work with a dietitian?
I'm aware that there's a good chance you already know quite a lot about nutrition. After all, our world is rife with nutrition info from a variety of (mostly unreliable) sources. This makes it incredibly difficult not to feel overwhelmed or to know how to use that information. More importantly, knowledge does not always translate to action, and when it comes to things like lifestyle, daily habits, and your relationship with food, things get complex. Knowledge is likely not the largest barrier to you living your best life, and the support and accountability you get from working with a professional can be one of the most helpful ways to achieve your goal, nutrition-related or otherwise.
where are you located?
I see clients in the Mill City Athletic Club, which is located in the space above Mill City Running, a local running shop in Northeast Minneapolis. It's a community gathering spot for runners and non-runners alike, and a place where I am able to sit down with you in a laid-back & welcoming environment where I hope you'll feel comfortable regardless of who you are or where you're from.
I'm not accepting insurance at this time, but am happy to create a "superbill" that you can submit to your insurance for potential coverage. I can also accept payment via HSA accounts/debit cards.
do you accept my insurance?
Cost for sessions can vary, depending on the type of appointment (details are listed here). I also offer additional services, such as speaking and consulting--and you can use my contact form to get in touch with me about pricing for those!
how much do your sessions cost?