What you can expect from the Joyful Apricot Nutrition Experience
Most people have never seen a Registered Dietitian before, so it’s ok to be uncertain about what a visit like this will involve. To be ready, just jot down some of the foods and beverages you’ve consumed in the past 2-3 days. And make sure you clearly define your goals and what you want to accomplish in your life with regards to your health. Bring a copy of your labwork if you have it! Also bring any supplements you regularly take, and jot down any prescribed medications.
Insurance and Billing
Like many healthcare operations, payment for services is due when services are rendered. The good news is that your insurance may apply the cost of nutrition visits toward your deductible, and in some cases, cover part of these visits as preventative or wellness care. Your insurance company will reimburse you for expenses that are covered by your healthcare plan.
Once your physician refers you to a registered dietitian, you will be provided with forms to submit to your insurance which contain the appropriate ICD-10 codes. If you don’t have a physician-referral, that’s ok too, you can still submit your visits to your insurance company, and they will likely be applied toward your deductible.
But don’t get bogged down in those details, we’ll handle it for you. All you will have to do is provide your insurance information, and render payment at the time of service. It doesn’t get easier than that!
What about Supplements?
There are certain supplements that work to provide energy to your body, and others that are not worth your hard-earned dollars. Bring your favorite supplements with you to your appointment, and we can go through and see which ones are probably helpful, and which ones are not worth their weight in salt.
So how am I going to burn fat?
There are two ways the body chooses to burn fat. First, you can burn fat when you get your heart rate up a bit, but not too high. The second is when you avoid triggering insulin – a hormone – to be released in your bloodstream. Insulin’s primary job in the body is to deliver and store nutrients. Insulin turns on all of the growth hormones that encourage fat cells swell and grow larger, which in turn leads to weight gain. You’ll learn more about that topic, and how to eat to ensure you don’t trigger fat storage when you are trying to slim down. (P.S. This does not mean a low-carb diet, in case you were worried about that!)
Will I lose weight?
A better question to ask is: “Will I lose fat and inches?” There are three things you can lose to see your weight drop when you step on the scale. The first is muscle loss, which is a negative thing to lose, because muscle your best and greatest source of metabolic ‘burn’. Even just at rest, if you have more muscle tissue, you will burn more calories, even when just sitting or sleeping. The two other ways to lose body weight include fat tissue loss – which is what most of us desire – and water weight loss. So instead of just trying to lose ‘weight’, the obvious priority is to lose fat tissue. It’s a good idea to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the process of burning fat.
What if I can’t cook?
Many of my clients don’t have the time to prepare foods at home, and most of my recommendations will include easy items that take very little time and effort to shop for and prepare. Grocery stores today offer so many delicious items that can be a part of any healthy diet plan. Don’t sweat the small stuff, what you’re going to eat doesn’t have to consume your day!
Are you just going to tell me to eat more vegetables?
I get this question more often than just about any other. My goal is to incorporate foods you enjoy into your daily meal plan. If there are vegetables that you already like, then yes, I will likely suggest that you eat them more often. It is my firm belief that if you are eating foods that you do not enjoy, then you are not going to continue any lifestyle change for very long. We will sit down together and create a plan specifically for your tastes and preferences. If you don’t like Brussel sprouts, fear not. They do not have to be included in your meal plan. That's the beauty of working one on one with a registered dietitian!
What you'll walk away with
During our initial visit, we will identify areas in which you are already excelling, and key areas to work on. It’s never a good idea to completely overhaul all of your eating and lifestyle habits at once, too much change at the same time usually doesn't last very long.
I’ll help you identify which changes will make the most impact on your health, and which behaviors are holding you back from reaching your goals. You won’t be ‘going on a diet’ while working with me. You’ll simply be making small modifications to your day that will make a huge impact on your vitality.
Don’t worry, you’ll get lists of foods to choose and foods to lose, we’ll talk about how to handle restaurants and fit your eating patterns around your job, your busy life, and foods that you prefer! Jot down any questions you have and I will be happy to answer those tricky nutrition questions!