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What to expect from a first appointment...
What to expect from a follow-up visit...

The first nutrition consultation visit includes a thorough nutrition-related clinical and behavioral assessment. You will be required to complete a "Nutrition History" form with the dietitian. This assessment will allow the dietitian to complete a thorough and accurate "Nutrition Assessment" form that will be forwarded to the physicians of your choice.


It is imperative that you contribute your ideas, concerns and goals during all sessions. The dietitian will always take these comments into consideration when individualizing a realistic food plan for you.

Concepts discussed during this visit will only be presented as an introduction of the subsequent visits. Debra has no problem with repeating the information you may not understand or have a problem remembering as many times as needed.


What Should You Bring to the First Visit?


1. From the primary care physician:


  • A nutrition referral reading “Nutrition Consultation and Treatment”

  • The last progress note

  • A copy of your most recent (and any other nutrition-related) labs


2. A list of all current medications, including dosages.


3. Any vitamin/mineral/supplement containers for the dietitian to     check labels.


4. A one-subject notebook, a pocket folder and a pen/pencil.


The follow-up nutrition consultation to the initial visit will include the continued instruction of a healthy food plan. You will receive a food plan tailored to your own individual nutritional and weight

management goals. You will learn the versatility of a very realistic healthy way of eating. The food plan will be modified, if you desire or as necessary, throughout your entire span of visits.


Subsequent visits will include a variety of topics, depending upon your individualized desires and goals. These may include, but may not be limited to:


  • Supermarket Strategies     

  • Reading Food Labels        

  • Exercise

  • Holiday Eating

  • Dining Out/Take-Out

  • Emotional Eating

  • Mindful Eating

  • Centeredness

  • Lifestyle Balance

  • Mind/Body Connection

  • Recipes/Recipe Modification

  • Healthy Snacking

  • Sweetners

  • Habits of Healthy Eaters

  • Weight Graphing

  • Lab-Work Improvement/Comparisons

  • Community Resources

  • Recovering from Disordered Eating

  • Food Tallying

  • Weight Plateauing

  • Hormonal Balance

  • Diabetes Management

  • Cardiovascular Management

  • Improving Digestion

  • Avoiding Food/ Identifying Food Complications

  • Drug Interactions

  • Allergies/Intolerances

Debra A. Vincent, MA, RDN, CDOE, CVDOE

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