Q: Who is functional nutrition counseling for?
I find I’m able to deliver the best results if the following applies to you, regardless of your current health status:
You’re ready for change
You understand the value that comes with truly investing in your health
You’re looking to improve your health naturally
You're willing to make changes to your diet and lifestyle to achieve your goals
You’re able to prepare some of your own meals
You’ve got an open mind and positive attitude
Q: Who isn't functional nutrition counseling for?
Frankly, my services aren’t a good fit for people who are:
Looking for a quick fix
Wanting a pill or supplement to resolve all their symptoms
Not open to trying new things
Unwilling to invest time and effort into improving their health
Q: Hey, I live in New York City too! Can we have our sessions in-person instead of online?
Sure! Many of my clients with busy schedules love the ease and convenience of online sessions, but for my fellow New Yorkers who prefer to connect face to face, I also offer in-person sessions.
Q: Will I still be able to eat delicious food?
Absolutely! Healthy food shouldn't taste like cardboard—if it does, you're probably doing it wrong and we should talk. My approach isn't about deprivation; instead, I'm all about adding delicious, wholesome foods to your diet that will nourish and sustain you.
Q: Do you take insurance?
I’m unable to accept insurance. Functional nutrition is not yet a part of our mainstream healthcare system and for that reason, I know it can seem like a large out-of-pocket expense, but I've seen firsthand time and time again that it's an investment that truly pays off. Consider how valuable feeling your best is, and how costly poor health can be over a lifetime.
Q: Do you offer lab testing?
Yes, I work with a variety of cutting edge labs to make comprehensive functional testing available to my clients when appropriate, including GI testing, food sensitivity testing, blood chemistry, hormone and other testing. I’m happy to chat more with you about your testing options on a free Discovery Call.
Q: Do you provide meal plans?
No. I consider them a separate service from nutrition counseling. Creating custom meal plans by hand is really time-consuming, which means it's a service that can get pricey fast. That said, if you're interested in meal plans, just let me know! I have lots of great resources for you, including my favorite online meal planning service, Real Plans, which is easy-to-use, reasonably priced, and totally customizable.
Q: Will I need to count calories?
Almost certainly not! That’s because counting calories tends to emphasize the quantity of food you’re eating, and I believe it’s far more useful to focus on the quality and nutrient density of your food instead. There may be some instances where we find it helpful to track your food intake, but as a general rule, I discourage calorie counting.
Q: Will I need to take supplements?
That’s up to you. I often suggest specific practitioner-grade, high quality supplements in order to help my clients get the best results possible, especially in cases where we’ve identified areas of deficiency. However, I believe it’s best to get your nutrients from whole food as much as possible. In general, our primary focus will be dietary and lifestyle changes, and any supplements will remain just that—supplemental.
Keep in mind that many supplements are meant to be used therapeutically for short periods only, and often it isn’t necessary to take a supplement forever. Any supplement recommendations are made with the sole intention of helping you optimize your health. I don’t require that you purchase supplements through me, although I offer it as an option to clients for convenience, quality assurance, and cost effectiveness.