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Daniel Rodgers RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 910 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204
Katherine Leigh Lefler RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 910 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204
Marykay Grossman RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 3010 Southeast Bd, Spokane, WA 99223
Kirsten S. Anderson RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 400 5th Av, Spokane, WA 99202
Ms. Jari Lynne Serra RD
Specializes in Counseling, Nutrition
Address: 3424 Grand Bd, Spokane, WA 99203
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 910 5th Av, Spokane, WA 99204
Susan Marie Edgerly R.D., C.D.
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 800 5th Av, Spokane, WA
Mrs. Sabrina Patricia Saad RD, CD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 533 Hoffman Av, Spokane, WA 99207
Heather Diane Gabbert MS, LD, RD, CD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 601 Sherman St, Spokane, WA 99202
Laurie Ellen Payne RD, CDE
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 601 1st Av, Spokane, WA 99201
Jennifer L. Musa LD, RD, CD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 610 Sherman St, Spokane, WA 99202
Ms. Virginia Mb Schwartz R.D.
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 4815 Assembly St, Spokane, WA 99205
Linette R. Giesa R.D.
Specializes in Nutrition
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 101 8th Av, Spokane, WA
Ms. Kara Kristine Roberts CDTC, RDN, CDE
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 6120 Mayfair St, Spokane, WA 99208
Breanna K. Bergeron RD
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 212 Central Ave, Spokane, WA 99207
Abigail Klemme LD, RD, PA-C
Specializes in Nutrition
Address: 910 5th Av, Spokane, WA 99204

What is Nutrition Counseling?

Food is one of the most basic resources our bodies use for growth and energy, tied intricately to our well-being. Not only can what we eat affect our health, but certain conditions can affect how well our bodies process food. Nutrition is the study of this complex interaction, and when patients seek the advice of an expert to help them manage food in their life, it is called nutrition counseling.

At the most basic level, nutrition counseling can be simply a talk with a family physician. Doctors receive training in nutrition as part of their education, and they are generally qualified to make recommendations about diet for their patients. Some doctors take a professional interest in nutrition and become experts by taking extra classes or studying nutrition in their practice. In general, however, complex nutrition guidance will be referred to a nutrition specialist, generally a dietitian.

Registered dietitians are nutrition experts that have passed specific higher education, accreditation, and internship requirements. They may work in hospitals, nursing facilities, or private practices to provide nutrition therapy and advise patients about their health and diet. Like dietitians, nutritionists also work to counsel patients about food and health. Some nutritionists have degrees in nutrition or food science, but the title ‘nutritionist’ is not protected by law. In the United States, anyone is allowed to call themselves a nutritionist, regardless of their education level.

Nutrition counseling can be useful for anyone who is looking to get to a healthy weight, manage a chronic illness through diet, or simply lead a healthier lifestyle. Some examples of issues that benefit from nutrition counseling include:
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Food allergies
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Participation in competitive sports

During a nutrition counseling appointment, the provider -- doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian -- typically will look over your medical history and talk to you about your current diet, your goals, what kinds of food you like, and any problems that you are currently struggling with in your health or diet. Then the specialist will help you set food goals and create a customized plan to help you meet your nutritional needs. Nutrition specialists may also offer classes, workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more. Their role is not to lecture you about what you should be eating, but to offer education and resources to make eating healthy foods easier.
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