Often individuals assume that seeing a Nutritionist is going into an office and walking out with this magical meal plan that will mystically make them reach their goals, I suspect this perception comes from all the diet trends. However when clients walk into my office: I go over their medical history and we talk about their goals, then I follow up with a program to help them rebalance their health working towards their goal. Occasionally this program will include a meal plan or two. The meal plans are specific to the individuals needs and a lot of considerations goes into them, such as health status, goals, estimated energy requirements (EER) and much more dependant on the situation. In my Wellness Programs, I use meal plans as an optional educational tool, they are generic and I always stress the fact that the individual may need to consume more and to use it as a guide more than anything. Other than that, I am not a fan of generic meal plans which can be found everywhere and may be poorly constructed, they can lead to nutritional and health imbalances, as well as turn people off from using nutrition to help them reach their goals.
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Dana Clark, CNHP, CHC, CHN, CLE
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