Nutrition Therapy

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What if you could feel carefree around food WITHOUT having to worry about your weight all the time?

Here’s a secret…you can!!

Does this sound familiar?

  • You’re frustrated: You’ve tried every diet in the book…Whole30, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Keto, Intermittent fasting…you name it! But your weight won’t budge. Or you initially lose and then it all comes back and more. You feel like there’s GOT to be a different way to approach food besides dieting.

  • You’re confused: Why is it that it seems like some people can eat whatever they want without gaining a pound? You’ve wondered if something about your body is broken.

  • You’re feeling ashamed: Your doctor has told you to lose weight and at every appointment you dread stepping on that scale. You’ve considered skipping check-ups.

  • You’re just not feeling well: You’ve tried to eat as healthy as possible, maybe even cut out gluten or dairy…but your stomach just won’t cooperate. You’re not sure if it’s because you just ate too much or if you’re actually reacting to something. Should you do some kind of food testing???

  • And maybe…you’re feeling overwhelmed: You’ve been diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and it seems the only solution anyone will give you is to 1) lose weight (as if it’s that simple?!) and 2) take birth control. But there’s so much more information you’ve found on Google…what should you believe??

If you answered YES to any of the above, you’re in the right spot!

 

 

“Amy’s guidance has truly changed my life.”

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“I feel better than I have in years.”

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“Amy Lorraine Nutrition is fantastic.”

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If you want to finally feel carefree around food and create a life where you can enjoy the moment without counting calories or macros…

…then keep reading.

I want you to take a moment and imagine…

  • Feeling free to eat whatever you want whenever you want without it turning into a never-ending binge fest

  • Finally figuring out what way of eating feels best to your body so you don’t have to think about food all the time

  • Being so in tune with your body’s needs that you feel comfortable before and after eating

  • Enjoying a meal with friends and ACTUALLY enjoying the moment instead of being in your head about what to order based on what you already ate that day, what you might eat later, and whether or not you worked out…not to mention which foods you’re currently trying to avoid.

  • Finishing a delicious meal and thinking, “Wow, that was delicious” then moving on with your day instead of worrying about whether that food is going to show up on the scale.

  • Getting a handle on your PCOS without having to try to lose weight or cut out a bunch of foods.

What if I told you that you can have all of this by shifting out of the diet mentality and restoring your ability to eat intuitively?

Together let’s…

UNPACK what is holding you back from a peaceful relationship with food

 

TRANSFORM the way you approach food

 

TUNE IN to your body’s unique cues

 

STRATEGIZE which elements of nutrition are helpful for you

But who am I and why should you care?

 

Hi, I’m Amy!

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I have a significant background in nutrition science and education.

So when I tell you that you don’t need to stress about your weight or macros or added sugar or serving sizes as much as you think…that might sound crazy!

But listen…we live in a dieting culture. Everyone feels they should be “watching their weight” and if they make a choice that doesn’t line up with that, they feel guilty. This is completely messing up the way we relate to food. We have lost trust in our body’s beautifully intricate ability to speak to us and take care of us. 

It’s not your fault that you haven’t been able to keep the weight off. It’s not your fault that you feel disconnected from your body. Diet culture has given you the wrong answer! In fact, kudos to you for taking a stand for yourself and searching out a better solution than just trying another diet!

I believe that the better solution is intuitive eating. Realizing that diet culture was destroying my ability to enjoy life pushed me to investigate this different way of approaching food. 

Intuitive eating is a self-care eating framework that rejects the diet mentality. As I slowly stopped weighing myself and counting calories, I was scared…mostly of gaining weight! But what I started to learn was that our focus on weight has actually caused more harm than good by way of weight cycling, weight stigma, and disordered eating.

The pursuit of weight loss can wreak havoc on a person’s physical AND mental health!

I began to see that there is a different way of eating besides “watching what I ate” and “eating everything and anything.” The journey of eating intuitively taught me to speak compassionately to myself, to give myself space to explore what aspects of food and nutrition were truly important to me, and to RELAX around food so I could finally enjoy it without being stuck in the black hole of counting calories, justifying splurges, and planning compensatory workouts.

Learning about intuitive eating saved my relationship with food and I’ve seen it do the same for many clients.

And yes, you can still benefit from intuitive eating EVEN IF you’ve been told you need to lose weight. 

I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2016 after having struggled with the symptoms for years. If you have it, you know. The number one recommendation from healthcare providers is to lose weight or prevent weight gain. But it wasn’t until I adopted intuitive eating that I finally started to see restoration and balance. Two years after starting my intuitive eating journey and one year after discontinuing birth control, I experienced regular cycles for the first time and became pregnant. I believe that if I had continued restricting myself around food that I may not have been able to achieve this.

I would love to introduce you to intuitive eating and be your partner on your journey to a relationship with food you thought you could never have.

HOW IT WORKS

NON-DIET NUTRITION THERAPY

 

 I work with clients for a minimum of 3 months and provide a high level of support.  This gives us time to… 

UNPACK: Let’s discover the full picture together. We’ll look at your history with food, weight, and your body, discuss past and current health concerns, and talk about your current patterns, habits, and thought processes.

TRANSFORM: We’ll identify which pieces of your relationship with food you want to transform and what you’d prefer the full picture to look like. We’ll take active steps towards moving from a diet mentality to a non-diet mentality.

TUNE IN: You’ll experiment with activities to help you rediscover your body’s unique way of communicating with you. We’ll practice helping you tune in to your body while identifying and removing barriers that are making it difficult to achieve that.

STRATEGIZE: We’ll talk about what intuitive eating will look like for you in the long-term…how do you feel about different foods, how do you feel about movement, how do you feel about the pursuit of health? We’ll assess whether you feel ready to incorporate your values into the way you eat and what that looks like practically.

Amy’s 1:1 Nutrition Therapy Package

The Details 

 

75-minute Initial Consultation

Our first session gives us ample time to discuss your goals and explore your relationship with food and body image throughout your life, including your diet history, current eating behaviors, and any health issues you are managing.

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Two 45-minute Follow-up Sessions Each Month

We’ll meet every other week, on average. We can space out the sessions over the 3 months as you prefer, but usually we have 2 Follow-up Sessions in the first month after the Initial Consultation and then 2 Follow-up Sessions each of the subsequent months. At each session we’ll focus on 1-2 topics. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and bring up issues you would like to focus on. If you would like to continue working together after 3 months, you will have exclusive access to discounted monthly follow-up sessions.

Written Recommendation Summaries

After each session, I will send you notes from our discussion and a list of the goals and action steps we settled on for you to work on until the next session. This may include supplement recommendations as indicated.

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Food/Mood/Symptom and Hunger/Fullness Journals and Feedback

If it seems it would be helpful in your case, I may ask you to spend some time logging your food and symptoms and/or your hunger and fullness cues. I have a simple online template ready for you to use that I can view as well.

Comprehensive Medication and Supplement Review

I will review your current supplements and medications to ensure optimal timing and identify if there are any additional supplements you may benefit from. You receive a 25% discount off all supplements found in my online dispensary.

Lab Testing, If Needed

We will discuss if there are any lab tests that would provide helpful information as we work together. I can order a variety of tests including micronutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, etc.

Unlimited Messaging Support

As long as we are working together you’ll have access to HIPAA-compliant secure messaging through my portal for any questions or concerns that come up in between our sessions.

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Multimedia Tools, Worksheets, and Downloads

You will gain access to my Online Resource Library containing multiple handouts, worksheets, and links to valuable resources about intuitive eating, PCOS, and gut health. I will also send you various specific resources to help you implement what we discuss in sessions.

What to Expect:

Exploration of your history with food, weight, and your body

Experimentation with your attunement and response to body cues

Discussion of evidence-based nutrition therapy recommendations for health diagnoses and concerns you'd like to address

Treatment with dignity and respect

Psychological support and encouragement

What NOT to Expect:

Nutrition therapy for weight loss

Calorie limit recommendations

Using intuitive eating to pursue weight loss

Weigh-ins

Use of BMI as a health indicator

THIS IS FOR YOU IF…

 

– You want to live life without worrying about your weight every time you eat.

– You long to eat in a way that truly feels good WITHOUT having to follow a bunch of rules or cut out lots of foods (perhaps you’ve already tried this in the past with no success!).

– You love the idea of sorting through your relationship with food and your body so you can shift from a diet mentality to trusting yourself around food.

– You want to manage your PCOS without having to try to lose weight.

THIS IS NOT FOR YOU IF…

  • You’re looking for specific guidance with a medical condition other than PCOS or IBS. That’s just not my expertise! By all means I take clients who have other conditions, but if that is your primary reason for seeking nutrition therapy you might be better off finding a dietitian who specializes in that diagnosis.

  • You are not ok with not trying to lose weight…even as an experiment. It’s ok if you still feel the desire to lose weight! But it is extremely difficult to give intuitive eating a real try while actively trying to lose weight.

  • You want meal plans and recipes. I can absolutely tell you about some of my favorite blogs, ways of preparing foods, and personal favorite quick meal ideas…but unless you have certain digestive conditions or reactions to foods, I don’t prescribe specific ways of eating. *Exception: For the small percentage of clients that may actually need food testing based on their symptoms, I will help you with meal planning based on your results.

  • You’re not willing to spend some time on transformation. Working with me entails not just the time spent in sessions. You’ll be experimenting with body attunement activities, self-reflecting, and reading informational materials. Expect to spend at least 2-5 hours/month on this while you’re working with me.

  • You’d rather do this as much as possible on your own. Maybe you’re just not ready to invest time and money in this! And that’s ok! If your interest is piqued, you may want to check out my e-course about intuitive eating. It’s a great way to learn more and go through information at your own pace.

    SO WHAT’S NEXT?

     

    The first step is to fill out the form below. I have all potential clients start with this questionnaire so we can see if we are a good fit! Applicants will be contacted in the order received.

     

    And in case you scrolled to the bottom, please make sure you read this before completing the application:

    • I practice in accordance with the non-diet Health At Every Size (HAES) approach to nutrition therapy and base my counseling around the principles of intuitive eating
    • I do not provide weight-loss counseling. You can improve your health without restrictive dieting tools! In therapy my goal is to encourage and enable healthy behaviors…and weight is not a behavior. 
    • I rarely recommend highly specific eating plans and if I do it is in the context of certain medical conditions.

    Nutrition Therapy Application

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