Whole Lifecycle Nutrition FAQs

Women and Family Health and Wellness Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a virtual or in-person nutrition practice?

Currently, we are virtual only. All counseling sessions take place via a HIPAA compliant electronic virtual platform. Our clients are loving this! No traffic, no parking, no stress. Just log in and experience nutrition counseling tailored for you and your family. Jammies are always welcome!

Please note, we see clients in the following states: CA, CO, CT, GA, FL, IN, MA, MD, TX, VA, VT

What is your process for taking on new clients?

Clients can book a free 20-minute discovery call to discuss their unique nutritional needs and determine if Whole Lifecycle Nutrition is the best fit. Ready to change your life? Book your discovery session here.

Please note, we see clients in the following states: CA, CO, CT, GA, FL, IN, MA, MD, TX, VA, VT

How long are nutrition sessions?

The initial assessment is generally 60-75 minutes, with follow up sessions taking about 45 minutes. We can customize a schedule that fits into your life. Need a 30 minute follow up? How about an hour? This is about your life-changing journey, and we are here to guide and support, which can mean meeting your needs with customized session windows.

How often do we meet?

This is highly variable and depends on the level of support you need, or the reason for the referral. Some clients are seen weekly, some monthly. Often, clients choose to have quarterly follow ups once goals are achieved for accountability. Again, this is your journey, and we can meet you where you are.

What payment options are available?

We accept credit and debit cards, HSA, and health insurance.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. Currently we accept Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Mass General Brigham, United Healthcare, and Tufts Commercial plans. Before booking your session, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company to find out if nutrition counseling sessions are covered, if a referral or doctor’s order is needed, the number of sessions covered, and if a copay is required. It is recommended that the name and reference number of the person you speak with is recorded for your records. We can provide a referral form to your primary care physician if necessary. Any claims not covered by your insurance company will be your responsibility. A credit card is kept on file for copays and in the event a claim is rejected. You can learn more about our health insurance options for nutrition counseling here.

What is medical nutrition therapy?

Often times a medical condition is caused by or made worse by a poor diet. Medical Nutrition Therapy treats a medical condition through supervised, individualized nutrition prescriptions and counseling sessions performed by a Registered Dietitian. At Whole Lifecycle Nutrition, we take a holistic approach to Medical Nutrition Therapy, meaning we look at each person as whole and address the root cause of an illness, and not only the symptoms. We use whole food, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations to return you to optimal health and help you manage your condition.

What is a pediatric dietitian and how can they help?

A pediatric dietitian is a specialized dietitian who is trained to promote optimal nutritional health in infants, children, and adolescents. We focus on the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic nutrition related health conditions, as well as the well-being of the children in our care. Some of the conditions treated by pediatric dietitians include eating disorders, food allergies; obesity, weight management, and related complications; growth failure, malnutrition, picky eating and feeding concerns including sensory issues and disinterest in food; and metabolic errors in metabolism such as phenylketonuria or galactosemia.

What is the difference between a health coach, a nutritionist, and a dietitian?

This can get pretty confusing! The titles “Registered Dietitian” and “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist” are interchangeable. In most states, “Dietitian” is a protected title, meaning that anyone can call themselves a health coach or nutritionist, whether they have any formal education in nutrition or not. For example, you could call yourself a “holistic natural nutritionist” with zero nutrition education. Beware of imposters. With that being said, there are plenty of programs out there offering certificates or certifications for health coaches and nutritionists. A dietitian must have at least a Bachelor of Science and complete 1200 internship hours covering clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and foodservice under a program accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. A health coach works to guide people in making decisions towards a healthier lifestyle. They are not required to have training in human metabolism, food, or medical diets. A nutritionist may (or may not) have more in-depth knowledge of nutrition than a health coach. This depends on education and experience. Always check the background including education, experience, and credentials of any professional you are interested in working with. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have the formal training to prevent and treat medical conditions through nutrition counseling. Only a dietitian can work in a clinical setting and take health insurance. Only a dietitian should write meal plans and prescribe therapeutic diets. You can be assured that a dietitian has the educational background in human metabolism, food, and nutrition to help you reach your goals. Ready to see if dietitian nutrition counseling is right for you? Book your free discovery call here.

Is health insurance available for your nutrition services?

Visit our Health Insurance page to learn more.

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