Nutrition counselling is a detailed and individualized discussion with a dietitian, where you and your dietitian will work together as a team to plan strategies that are designed to help you reach your health goals.
Areas of expertise in nutrition recommendations includes:
- General Healthy Eating
- Diabetes and related conditions
- Heart health, high blood pressure, and cholesterol management
- Weight management and weight loss
- Diseases Prevention and Anti-inflammatory Diet
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome and low FODMAPs Diet
- Supplements, Spices/Herbs, Functional food/medicine
- Halal Nutrition
- Cancer nutrition support
- Pregnancy Nutrition: pre- and post-conception
- Lactation Nutrition care
- Infant Nutrition, including premature infants
- Toddlers/Preschooler and Picky eaters
- Children and Teenagers’ Nutrition
- Women’s Health: PCOS, Fertility, Gestational Diabetes, Menopause
- Osteoporosis and Bone health
- Kidney disease management
- Management of Nutrition related diseases
- Allergies and intolerances
- Drug and Nutrient Interactions
- Tube-feeding and alternative feedings
- and much more
How to Prepare for your Visit
The general approach for nutrition counselling starts at the time of your first call with the dietitian. You will be asked your name, email address, details of why you want counselling and preferred method of communication. To prepare for the visit, you may be asked to keep a record of the foods and beverages you have consumed in the past few days (preferably 2 weekdays and a weekend). Download a Printable Food Diary to complete and bring to your appointment. If you have laboratory test results relevant to nutritional diagnosis, you may bring it with you or have your physician forward it to us.
What to Expect
There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and since every one is different, the strategies within each counselling session will be different, and adjusted to meet your personal needs. There will be no diets or short-term strategies prescribed, because wellness is a life long journey.
The assessment is divided into two days for 90 minutes total.You will be asked to fill some paper-work including signing a consent form. The first consultation will include a detailed review of your personal, social, medical and weight history. This session may also include taking some measurements and a detailed assessment of eating habits. After the assessment, you will be called back after a week to go over all your possible nutrition plans and prescription options. The dietitian and you will work together as a team to plan strategies that are designed to help you reach your health goals.
You must complete a nutrition assessment to sign-up for additional meetings or services, including nutrition check-ups. Depending on your nutrition medical condition and your goals, you can come back for a check-up as often as you need – to evaluate your progress or discuss other health issues, challenges and strategies. Each check-up can be up to 45 minutes long, or small check-ups up to 20 minutes each. You can also select the number of visits from the outlined packages. Each meeting can cover new areas of needs or any topics you like to discuss. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Portion Control
- Menu planning
- Overcoming barriers
- Disease prevention
- Reading labels
- Understanding “hyped” marketing claims (which could be combined with shopping tour)
- Calorie counting, Carbohydrate counting
- Anti-inflammatory lifestyle
- Vitamin, Mineral and other supplement needs evaluation
- Recipe makeovers and replacements
- Cooking tips and planning
- Eating Out guide
- Family Nutrition and table-time support
- Being empowered in making informed nutrition choices
- Relapse planning and maintenance of healthy diet and weight
Fees for One-on-One or Group Counselling
Fees are subject to change, see a comprehensive list of our current fees for each service.
Know Your Rights
Registered Dietitians are highly-trained experts in nutrition for healthy living and the treatment of nutrition-related diseases. As a client, you should participate in the decision-making about your care. You have the final say when it comes to accepting recommendations – that means you consent to any nutrition care treatment based on understanding why you need it, the benefits and potential risks and the consequences of turning the treatment down.
Remember, when giving your consent:
- You should feel informed, involved and respected.
- You should not feel pressured into any decision about your nutrition care. The law says you have the right to say yes or no, or even to change your mind after giving consent.
- You and your family should ask questions and take the time to understand before accepting or refusing any nutrition care treatment plan.
- The obligation is on your dietitian, not on you, to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.
- Your dietitian is also responsible for taking reasonable steps to overcome obstacles in your understanding the information, such as, language, disabilities or cultural differences.
- Refusing specific recommendations from your dietitian should not affect the rest of your nutrition care. Your dietitian will collaborate with you to find reasonable options and explain the risks linked to refusing any or all options.
- Be clear about payments. Discuss the payment options with your dietitian. If insurance is paying, be sure to discuss what information you want to keep confidential and what to disclose to the insurance company.