1. Where are you located? I offer services via phone, email, and webcam for your convenience.
2. What is a registered dietitian nutritionist? A registered dietitian nutritionist is a licensed health professional with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and at least 900 hours of supervised practice in rotation areas including: community nutrition, clinical nutrition, and foodservice management. To become registered, candidates have to sit and pass a national level exam and in most states become licensed. RDNs are the health professionals best equipped to deliver medical nutrition therapy, diet counseling, and advice on anything related to diet, food, nutrition, and eating.
3. What is the difference between a nutritionist and dietitian? A “nutritionist” is an unregulated and undefined term, used loosely by a variety of people. While some nutritionists are highly educated and knowledgeable, others are self-taught or have not completed an accredited educational program. A certified nutritionist, or CN, however, does go through formal training and eductation. While dietitians are often thought to only work in hospitals and institutions, dietitians work in research, integrative medicine, and with professional athletes in addition to filling more traditional roles. Always look for the designation of RD or CN after someone’s name.
4. With free websites, diet plans, and tons of nutrition books, why should I invest in The Plate Shaper? Have you found a plan or book that considers how unique you are, based on accurate science, and is practical? Probably not. The Plate Shaper takes a different approach: One size, and one diet, doesn’t fit all.
5. What should I expect during nutrition coaching sessions? During the first session, a full assessment will include your health needs, lifestyle, goals, current eating habits, preferences, challenges, sleep, stress levels,and exercise. We’ll formulate a “road map” including a structured meal plan, food log analysis, supplement recommendations, and behavioral strategies.
6. Is this really worth it? It depends on if you value the quality of your life and believe you are living an optimal life. The Plate Shaper is committed to delivering nutrition counseling based on the latest scientific research and giving you the tools necessary to achieve your health, nutrition, and wellness goals. If you commit to yourself, The Plate Shaper will commit to helping you achieve and surpass your goals.
7. Do you take insurance? Sorry, not for telephone and webcam sessions.
8. I have a health concern I don’t see listed. Contact Erin to discuss whether she can meet your needs or get a referral to someone who can best serve your specific concerns.
9. What can I expect from weight loss programs? Depending on your activity level, how much weight you have to lose, and other factors, you can expect to lose 1-3 pounds per week. At this rate you are more likely to keep it off for good and you’llnever feel like you’re on a diet!