With so many different nutrition opinions in the media, some even offering contradictory messages, it can be confusing and even controversial to know how to eat to nourish your body. Working one-on-one with a registered dietitian on personal nutrition goals can help you sort out fact from fiction and understand exactly what your body needs to be healthy and well-nourished. Everyone’s goals and needs are different. Whether it’s adding more variety to your diet, fueling your body for activity and athletic performance, using diet to manage chronic disease, or just having more energy, working with a dietitian helps you identify your personal goals and steps to get there. At Susan Weltner-Brunton, Ph.D. & Associates, our registered dietitian, Nadiya Timperman will help you develop goals and plans that are simple, manageable, and, most importantly, sustainable.
Nadiya Timperman, MS, MPH, is a registered and licensed dietitian. She is committed to helping you succeed in your nutrition goals. She believes in setting clear, realistic, achievable goals in a shame-free, confidential, and supportive treatment.
Nutrition counseling is an individualized process of helping each client progress toward personal nutrition goals. It includes education, guidance, encouragement, and accountability, all in the context of a therapeutic relationship with a knowledgeable expert. The process begins with an assessment of overall health, eating behavior, and current diet. You may be asked to provide access to your medical record and/or psychological records to help ensure the safety and success of your nutrition plan. The assessment also includes the client’s insight and readiness to change. Parents and other family members are involved in a developmentally appropriate way.
You will be asked to keep a food log including times of meals and snacks and approximate portion sizes of foods and beverages, usually for several days prior to, or immediately following, your first appointment with the dietitian. This helps the dietitian to guide you in recognizing patterns and identifying realistic goals for change.
Goals are tailored to each person’s unique needs, developmental level, and readiness for change. You will be actively involved in designing your own plan for success. The number and frequency of appointments vary with your needs, preferences, and goals. Appointments are typically 60 minutes long. The path to change is not direct or easy and changing habits requires time and persistence. Open discussion of setbacks can lead to greater insight, identification of supports, and sometimes, reconstruction of the treatment plan. Please share any questions or concerns you have at each session.