What’s Eating You? By Beverly Price, CEDRD, C-IAYT

Hello! You have made a commitment to psychotherapy and medication management. What are your thoughts about rounding out your treatment plan with comprehensive nutrition therapy?

In working with individuals who span generations, along with various nutrition concerns, nutrition therapy is pertinent whether you want to focus on your mental health or medical needs.

My career began with a significant emphasis on cardiovascular research and treatment. I had the honor of working with the Traditionalists generation in conveying vital information on reversing heart disease. You may have already evolved through the aging process, and nutrition counseling can give you that extra boost to fully enjoy your prime of life. Nutrition therapy is relevant on all fronts.

Next in line are the Baby Boomers who are now approaching their generative years and wish to turn back the clock. You may be informed by your physician that your blood sugar, blood pressure, and/or cholesterol is creeping up. You may also notice those extra pounds. For women in particular, hot flashes and other menopausal issues begin to emerge. Perhaps you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition. Although I do not emphasize “diets,” a lifestyle change is accentuated as “diets” rarely work long term. Diets available on Internet may not be safe nor evidence-based. They are not a substitute for “real deal”…a qualified professional to guide you. In the nutrition education process, you may find that it is not ‘what’ you are eating, but what you are ‘not’ eating that is attributing to your discomfort and slowing down your metabolism, along with your risk factors/chronic disease. I can help.

The Generation X cohort often ignore their own nutrition needs, as they are busy raising their Millennial children. Making time for nutrition education, may help you uncover matters that need your attention, while helping your children focus on rounded eating as well. Millennials are often way ahead of their parents in terms of eating wholesome, and in turn try to influence their parents.

Are you pre-occupied with quick ways to lose weight, along with body image? If so, you are modeling this behavior for your offspring, potentially contributing to a budding eating disorder. Although eating disorders biological with environmental influence, it is important to pay attention to warning signs:

  • Have you witnessed your child making her/himself sick because they feel uncomfortably full?
  • Does your child worry that they have lost control over how much they eat?
  • Has your child recently lost more than one stone (14 – 15 pounds) in a three-month period?
  • Do you hear your child express that they are “fat,” when they appear too thin?
  • Would you say that food dominates the everyday life of your child?

You personally may be experiencing these symptoms no matter how old you are. If so, help is available.

At RCBM, the nutrition therapy process begins with a food and behaviors assessment, health and treatment history, interface with treatment providers, along with meal and treatment planning. A thorough assessment paves the way for a successful nutrition counseling experience. Review of food intake and behaviors, implementation of meal plan, evaluation of laboratory work, and further information is provided at follow up appointments.

Don’t be afraid! The first step is to schedule an appointment. As a registered dietitian, I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you on your nutritional journey!