Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will I have to stop eating my favorite foods?
No, absolutely not. Unless you have a medical issue or a food intolerance, I believe that a healthy, balanced diet can include a variety of foods. Even pizza!
2. Do I have to eat foods I don't like?
No. Once again, you are in charge of this journey. Any healthy food option will not help you if you won't eat them. Food is supposed to be enjoyed, not suffered through. I will, however, encourage you to explore new foods and even try foods that you have disliked for years. Something might surprise you!
3. Do you provide a meal plan?
No, I do not. I find meal plans can be restrictive and inflexible, and when life throws you a curveball, the meal plan is the first thing out of the window. I will work with you as you learn how to develop your own healthy, balanced sustainable diet that will help you reach your goals. (And by diet, I mean what you eat on a daily basis, not a restrictive eating plan.) And legally, registered dieticians are the only people who can provide meal plans to people.
4. How will we meet and how often?
It depends on the package you select. Nutrition Coaching members meet with me weekly by zoom and as needed through the portal messaging. Clients working on Food Intolerances will meet with me weekly for a month and as needed through the portal messaging. The Group Plan members do not meet with me but instead follow a coach-chosen plan of fundamental nutritional skills that will be the same for the entire group and highly beneficial to most people. All group plan clients have the ability to message me through the portal as well.
5. Do you work with clients following certain diets (keto, paleo, etc.)
6. Can you help me learn how to live with a food intolerance?
Absolutely! I have a lot of experience with food sensitivities and learning to live with them. I can teach you key words to look for in an ingredient list, how to cook without a certain food (or foods), how to order at a restaurant, and so much more. Living with a food intolerance is definitely manageable, and I can help you with some tips and tricks to make it so much easier. Check out my Food Intolerance package for more details, or message me here.
7. How fast will I see results?
Well, that depends on a variety of factors. We will have to look at your goals and your current habits, among other things. This is not a quick fix but a change in lifestyle by creating new habits.
8. Is your program based on macros?
For Nutrition Coaching clients, counting macros is definitely an option. You will receive your personalized macro and calorie guide when we begin our coaching journey together. Macros are macronutrients, the main nutritional components of our food: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. All three macronutrients are essential for optimum health. Your macronutrient needs differ depending on your body composition and your goals. We will determine what your individual macronutrient needs are, and we will discuss different ways to achieve a balanced diet to meet those needs. The calorie and macro guide is not included in the Group Plan, but members are welcome purchase the calorie and macro guide separately.
9. What are your philosophies on calorie intake, management, and restriction?
Like macro requirements, each person has a different calorie requirement, depending on body composition, goals, age, and fitness level. If you want to lose weight, you reduce the number of calories you consume. If you want to gain weight, you increase the number of calories you consume. Since the only way you can get an exact calorie measurement for any particular food is in a lab, I can help you by tracking exact calories or by portion size. I use a tried and true system for measuring portion size with your hand, and it's always with you no matter where you go. To lose weight, we will choose a smaller number of portions for each macro, which in turn will lower your caloric intake. It's easy, it's convenient, and it's portable.
Tracking calories or hand portions is not a sustainable practice, however, and can cause problems in the long term for some people. I prefer to work with my clients on adding in more lean proteins and veggies, choosing healthy carbs and fats, eating when hungry, stopping before they get too full, moving their body more, improving their sleep, and other often-overlooked healthy habits. If you practice these habits consistently, your overall health should improve and your energy level will go up.
10. How do you define healthy eating?
Instead of focusing on "healthy eating", I prefer to guide my clients to consistently choose healthier options than they did the day or week before. Nobody is going to choose the healthiest option every single time. Perfection isn't the goal - just consistency. And yes, it's okay to have ice cream every once in a while.
11. Can I just get my macros calculated?
Absolutely! I offer a personalized calorie and macro guide that comes with a one-time consultation to review the results. I also offer a follow-up consultation for those who have additional questions at any time.
12. What is the How To Meal Plan package?
Many people struggle with what to eat each day. I offer a 3-meeting program where I help you design a meal planning strategy that works for you and your family.
13. What is a Grocery Store Tour?
This package is for clients who live within a 30 mile radius of Bentonville, Arkansas. I meet with clients in their preferred grocery store to review nutrition labels, grocery store layouts, different food options, and various tips and tricks. This package is ideal for teens heading to college or getting their first apartment, people who recently told they have food intolerances, or people who have just want a refresher course in good nutritional shopping habits.