Nutrition Coaching & Counseling

Alexia’s goal is to give you a lifetime plan - a plan you can follow for life because it is balanced, flexible, and realistic. Alexia is not a “food cop” and she won’t tell you what to eat. Alexia will not give you yet another unrealistic or unhealthy structured meal plan or a long list of foods you should never eat. These plans are everywhere and they only work short-term.  They do not promote a healthy and balanced relationship with food.

You, as a unique individual with a unique situation, are the focus. Nutrition is not one-size-fits-all. Alexia will learn about you – your history, your challenges, your strengths – and help you find ways to translate all the confusing information about nutrition and food into specific and realistic goals that are tailored for your life, your situation, and your health. If you still really want that structured meal plan, then she will teach you how to make one that fits into your lifestyle and meets your nutritional needs.

Examples of Services/Topics

Alexia’s expertise is in cardiovascular health, which includes reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight, reducing risk of heart disease with food and nutrition, and managing conditions associated with heart disease. She also is knowledgeable about celiac disease and lactose intolerance and can help with elimination diets and managing food sensitivities or allergies.

As a registered and licensed dietitian, she can help with many other food and nutrition related goals. Services can be tailored to your individual needs.

  • Weight management
    • Weight loss (including post-bariatric surgeries)
    • Weight maintenance
    • Weight/muscle gain
  • Improving nutrition quality of your diet
    • Increasing fiber, reducing sodium and added sugars, etc.
    • Transitioning to plant-based (vegetarian/vegan) eating
    • Following the Mediterranean Diet, DASH diet, or other heart healthy eating plans
    • Focusing on “clean eating” and understanding what is in packaged foods
    • Menu and meal planning, making your recipes heart healthy
    • Dealing with difficult situations such as work/family eating pressures, dining out
    • Stretching your food dollar  to eat well on a budget
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy for chronic disease/condition management and risk reduction
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes and pre-diabetes
    • Food allergies and sensitivities

What to Expect

If you are ready to make changes but aren’t sure what to do, then Alexia can show you how to plan meals, revise your recipes, navigate the grocery store, and find your best eating plan for your health goals.

If you are struggling with making changes or are inconsistent with your plan, then Alexia can work with you to uncover your motivation and overcome your challenges.

Alexia’s focus is on building your skills to enable you to successfully manage your health through your food choices. You will also receive accurate nutrition information and Alexia’s guidance to help you set small, achievable goals that move you towards your bigger health goals.She uses behavioral based coaching which is focused on uncovering motivation, goal-setting, and overcoming challenges.

Alexia does not believe in food rules, rigid meal plans, cutting out food groups, good versus bad foods, or letting that “food cop” in our heads tell us we are “good” or “bad” people. She does believe in educating you about foods and their effects on our bodies, flexibility with meal plans, eating all foods in moderation (unless it’s trans fat or you have an allergy/sensitivity, of course), and learning to love yourself and your body while improving your health and enjoying your food.

Your first appointment will be a discussion about your health history and your lifestyle habits including strengths and challenges. It will also include a review of your food intake. We will set 2-4 small goals. Subsequent appointments will check in on progress towards goals as well as focus on overcoming recurring challenges, building your skills, exploring emotional and non-food reasons for eating, and preventing or managing relapses. You will set the pace and can focus on 1-2 small changes at a time or a complete overhaul of eating habits.

Take a look at what previous clients have said about Alexia’s nutrition coaching services.

Insurance

Most insurance plans do not cover nutrition services. Please check with your provider to see what, if anything, is covered. You can give them codes 97802 and 97803 for in-person sessions, 97804 for nutrition support groups, and 98968 for skype (phone) sessions. You will be provided with a “superbill” that you can submit to your insurer for possible reimbursement. For more information, please review the financial policies found with the Client Forms.

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