Nutritional Therapy FAQs

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What is nutritional therapy?

Nutritional therapy is a form of holistic nutrition and lifestyle counseling that helps individuals to achieve optimal wellness from a foundational perspective.  The goal of nutritional therapy is to address the underlying nutritional root causes of poor health and disease and correct nutritional weaknesses and deficiencies in order to bring balance back to the body.  Nutritional therapy recognizes 6 overarching foundations of health as it relates specifically to nutrition:

  • Diet
  • Digestion
  • Blood Sugar Balance
  • Mineral Balance
  • Fatty Acid Balance
  • Hydration

Weaknesses or imbalances in these foundations contribute to many of the degenerative, chronic health problems that plaque our society today.  Because the food that you consume fuels energy production and serves as the building blocks of all of your cells, a real food, nutrient-dense diet is the overarching foundation of nutritional therapy.

Who can benefit from nutritional therapy with Katy?

Nutritional therapy can be helpful for many different people, including those who want to learn how to manage a chronic illness, cope with food allergies or intolerances, lose weight, or eat healthier.  In particular, Katy’s specialty areas include autoimmune disease, food intolerances/allergies, digestive disorders, and migraines/chronic headaches.  Many of Katy’s clients are dealing with concerns that include:

  • Crohn’s Disease/Ulcerative Colitis/Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Celiac Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis/Psoriatic Arthritis/Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis/Grave’s Disease/Hypothyroidism
  • Acne/Eczema/Skin Conditions
  • Type I and Type II Diabetes
  • Hormonal Health
  • Weight Gain/Weight Loss

Because of her education and experience, Katy tends to work with clients that have more complex or challenging health concerns than other nutritional therapists may be equipped to address.  Katy carefully screens each potential client during the complimentary consultation and may refer you to another practitioner if you should require it.

You should work with Katy if:

  • You are willing to make a lasting investment in your health and wellness.
  • You are committed to putting in the time and effort required to make major dietary and lifestyle changes.
  • You understand what your health concerns/challenges are, but need some direction on how to address the dietary and lifestyle root causes behind those issues.
  • You want to partner with an experienced certified nutritional therapist and holistic health practitioner that is 100% committed to your success!

You should NOT work with Katy if: 

  • You are not willing to spend time, effort, or money to achieve your health goals.
  • You do not believe that nutrition and lifestyle affect health and wellness.
  • You refuse give up a certain food, even when it is clear (or there is a significant possibility) that the food is making you ill.
  • You require diagnosis or medical treatment of an illness or condition.

What makes partnering with Katy different from working with other nutritionists, health coaches, or holistic health practitioners?

Katy has a unique background that blends experience and education as a registered nurse, certified nutritional therapist, herbalist, and health and fitness specialist.  She bases her nutrition and lifestyle recommendations upon a critical examination of health and science research, while maintaining a holistic perspective that a real food, nutrient-dense diet and an overall healthy lifestyle is critical to overall health.  Katy uses a client-centered approach that places you in charge of your own care.   She takes the time to truly listen to her clients and seeks to understand the challenges that they are facing.  Drawing upon her years of experience as a registered nurse, Katy is a strong patient advocate that can guide you in making educated decisions about your health care choices and help you to learn about how your body functions.  She is qualified to work as an important member of your health care team in helping you to prioritize your health goals, change your diet and lifestyle, and achieve your optimal level of health and wellness.

What can you expect during your first nutritional therapy appointment?

All nutritional therapy services begin with a free consultation that takes place by phone or Skype.  During this consultation,  Katy will learn a bit about you, your health concerns, and what goals you hope to accomplish by undertaking a nutritional therapy program.  The goal of this consultation is to make sure that working together will be a good fit.  Katy is selective with the clients that she works with, and if necessary, she may refer you to a different practitioner.  To schedule your complimentary consultation, click here.

After the complimentary consultation, if you decide to partner with Katy on your health journey, you will be able to choose the specific nutritional therapy service that best meets your needs.  When you schedule for your first appointment, you will be prompted to fill out a health history form, food and symptom journal, nutritional assessment questionnaire, and disclaimer/informed consent.  All information must be received by Katy at least 48-hours prior to your first nutritional therapy appointment.

During the first appointment, Katy will evaluate your health history, current diet, medication and supplement regimen, stress level, exercise program, and other lifestyle factors that may be impacting your health.  Using the nutritional assessment questionnaire, Katy will identify specific areas of nutritional weaknesses and imbalances that may be contributing to your health concerns.  At the end of the assessment, Katy will answer questions and concerns that you may have and present you with immediate recommendations for getting started on your health and wellness journey.  Within 24 hours after the initial assessment, Katy will email you detailed personalized nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, as well as any supplement recommendations to support the body during the healing process.

What can you expect during follow-up nutritional therapy appointments?

During follow-up appointments, Katy will review any changes in your health and symptoms.  She will also answer any questions or concerns that may have come up since the previous appointment.  Katy requires most clients to keep food and symptom journals while working together and she will evaluate these at each appointment.  If changes are required to your nutrition or lifestyle program, Katy will discuss the changes in detail and provide the support and resources necessary to implement them.  Limited email support is provided to clients in-between appointments, although questions that require an in-depth response (greater than 5 minutes of time) are asked to be held until the next appointment.

How much does nutritional therapy cost?

You can view Katy’s nutritional therapy program options and rates here.  Typically, nutritional therapy is not covered by health insurance.  However, if you have a health savings account, Katy can provide you with the documentation necessary for consideration of reimbursement.  It is important to keep in mind that nutritional therapy is a very cost-effective  investment for your long-term health.  Choosing to invest in your health now to discover the nutritional root causes of your health concerns can potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future.

Will I be required to take supplements and herbs?

Katy believes that significant health improvements can be accomplished by making real food nutrition and lifestyle changes alone.  While high quality, individualized supplementation can be useful in supporting the body in conjunction with dietary and lifestyle changes, Katy believes that supplementation should be time-limited (e.g. there are very few supplements that need to be taken long-term) and targeted (taken to correct a specific deficiency or imbalance).  There are many healing supplements and herbs, but they are sometimes used inappropriately as band-aide solutions, much like the use of pharmaceutical medications in conventional health care.  It is always the client’s decision to take a supplement or herb or follow any part of the individualized treatment plan and Katy encourages open and honest communication at all times.  Her role with supplementation is to help you prioritize which supplements may be most helpful to support your body throughout the healing process.

Does Katy offer laboratory testing?

In addition to one-on-one nutrition and lifestyle support, Katy offers a variety of functional laboratory testing, including GI stool testing, MRT (mediated release testing) food sensitivity testing, hormonal saliva testing, and blood testing for numerous health indicators.  This testing is always optional, but it can be helpful in particularly challenging cases in which a healing diet is not giving you the results that you want.  Traditional health insurance may not always cover some types of laboratory testing and clients are responsible for knowing their health insurance benefits.  While Katy does not bill insurance companies, she can help to provide you with documentation to submit to insurance companies and/or health savings accounts for consideration of reimbursement (as well as with general nutritional therapy services).  The cost of laboratory testing is in addition to the rates for nutritional therapy services.

*Please note that Katy does not diagnose or treat disease.  She supports the body’s own healing abilities and helps to guide the correction of nutritional deficiencies through the power of real food, natural movement, and other ancestral health techniques.*