Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST NUTRITION CONSULTATION?
The first consultation serves as the foundation for building healthy habits that will last a lifetime. This session will allow Jess to get to know you on all levels including your past experiences with diets, relationship to food, activity levels, food likes & dislikes, challenges you have come across, and much more. The more Jess understands about you, the easier it will be for her to make specific recommendations tailored to your personal nutrition, performance and lifestyle goals.
HOW MANY FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS WILL I NEED?
It’s all up to you! If you are looking for general information, you may only need one appointment. If you are looking to make major lifestyle changes or create a sample menu plan, you may need to work with Jess for 2-3 sessions to come up with a plan that you are happy with. After that, you can decide how often and how much time you think you need to spend with the Dietitian for follow-ups.
IS CUSTOM MENU PLANNING AVAILABLE?
Yes! During any appointment, Jess would be happy to teach you the basics of menu planning including calorie requirements, macro-nutrient needs, food timing, and how to fit everyday foods into a nutrition plan that’s right for you. To make it easier, she’ll provide you with some tools such as a Customized Menu Planning Template and our very own Philosophy Food Choices Booklet. The goal is to teach you everything you need to about menu planning so that you feel confident enough to do it on your own.
WHY WORK WITH A REGISTERED DIETITIAN?
Qualified Health Professionals. Dietitians are the only health professionals qualified to provide nutrition counselling to clients in Canada.
Regulated Health Profession. Dietitians are a regulated health professional in all provinces in Canada and can be identified by the initials RD after their name. This title is protected by law under provincial legislation so that only qualified practitioners who have met these specific education requirements can use the title Dietitian, Registered Dietitian or Registered Nutritionist. For more information on the regulation of the dietetic profession, please visit: The College of Dietitians of Alberta.
Comprehensive Training. Dietitians have a degree in foods and nutrition from an accredited university program and undergo comprehensive and rigorous training, both on the job and in universities. Just like all regulated health professionals, dietitians are committed and required to stay on top of emerging research, skills, and techniques. They adhere to the following set of Principles of Professional Practice.
Individualized Counselling. Dietitians are trained to offer the most current, evidence-based and reliable nutrition advice tailored to their clients’ health goals, preferences, and lifestyles.
Extended Health Benefits. Did you know that dietitian visits are tax deductible and are often covered by extended health plans? Extended health and benefit plans that support nutrition counselling will only accept services rendered by registered dietitians.