By Caroline Mackey, RNCP, ROHP, CNP, PTS
Holistic Nutritionist & Fitness Trainer
Food is a fundamental part of our daily life. Many of us have great intentions when it comes to the food we eat, but often still struggle with the right choices to make and are confused by all the information and differing opinions on food. We think we can figure it out on our own, and yet challenges remain.
Investing in working with a nutritionist, especially since more and more insurance plans are covering working with one (see note about insurance at the end of the article), can help you institute long term sustainable plans and tools for healthy eating and living. These are some of the indications that working with a nutritionist could be right for you.
1. You have food intolerances and/or dietary restrictions and you’re struggling with what to eat
You feel isolated by your restrictions. It’s hard to go out, and you don’t know what to make at home. You feel stuck with limited choices and feel frustrated about trying to have a normal life while dealing with your intolerances.
I understand this one very well. Having Crohn’s Disease, there are foods including gluten and dairy that don’t agree with me at all. When I first took food groups out of my diet I was overwhelmed and confused. Taking those foods out of my diet made me feel a lot better, but I also felt constantly deprived and frustrated. It’s one of the main reasons I became a nutritionist; I wanted to share what I figured out along the way with others. When you work with a nutritionist, they can provide real solutions that give you variety and taste while working within your restrictions. Food and eating can be fun again.
“I have been feeling great, have more energy, have a more positive outlook on each day and am now lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight!” Gayle K (program participant)
2. You constantly feel bloated, or gassy, or have bathroom troubles and digestive distress.
Your gut health is the most important factor determining your overall wellbeing. It affects weight, mood, energy, sleep and so much more. A nutritionist works through your symptoms to uncover underlying causes of your distress, and builds a plan around food and lifestyle to get rid of your issues once and for all.
“For years I’ve struggled with digestion issues. Within a couple weeks after meeting with Caroline, for the first time ever, my digestion issues improved significantly. Today, due to the nutrition and supplement plan Caroline suggested, I have no issues. I feel ‘normal’ again! Caroline’s super friendly, personable approach made even the most uncomfortable questions easy to answer. Hands down, AMAZING to work with! ” Shanna J.
3. Your weight is on your mind, and is constantly a struggle. You can make some headway, but it’s hard to make it stick.
I understand the battle of weight intimately. Having lost 125 pounds, and continuing to work away slowly but surely at my own goals, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs along the way. It’s now my passion to help others through those same challenges, to give you tools to make healthy choices stick, to uncover the root of why you have weight issues, and help you lose weight and feel great long term.
“Caroline’s comment, ‘weight gain isn’t the disease, it’s the symptom’, really struck home with me. I was so frustrated. I was gaining weight regardless of what I did. I felt I had to exercise more, and eat less, but that wasn’t working and probably contributed to the problem. Working with Caroline and focusing on digestion, I’m finally seeing results.” Catherine W.
4. You have great intentions, but follow through is always a struggle.
Working with a nutritionist means you have a cheerleader in your corner, and someone you’re accountable to. The plans to follow are accessible and sustainable. From meal plans to recipes and ways to make good choices when on the go, a nutritionist has you covered. And when things aren’t working, changes to your plan can be made. We work together to figure out underlying causes of why making healthier choices consistently is a struggle. This includes helping you to overcome emotional eating, stress and sleep challenges.
“I’m SUPER picky and my digestion is super sensitive. Caroline worked within my pickiness and changed things as I needed. She was a great support while I did a cleanse to calm down my digestion, and she frequently altered plans as I needed to fit within my lifestyle and budget.” Kristan H.
5. You want to make healthier choices, but you’re bored and frustrated and feel like all you can eat is salad and chicken breast.
You’re perhaps not much of a cook and just don’t know how to eat healthy in ways that you can do on your own. A nutritionist is here to be your food magician – working with the foods and food flavors you love, you are shown ways to slowly make more things for yourself that are easy, fast and delicious.
“I have learned so many valuable tips & strategies when it comes to eating healthy, keeping fit & relaxation. I’ve lost weight, feel better, have more energy, am sleeping better and have my kids eating healthier!” Francine G (program participant)
I’m available for individual consultation and will also be running a 6 week Spring Refresh and Weight Management Program beginning March 7th. I would love to work with you and help you transform your relationship with food, your health and your life.
The following insurance companies recognize the services of an RNCP who are registered members of The International Organization of Nutritional Consultants
- Great West Life
- Johnson and Johnson
- Industrial Alliance
Other plans that allow members to use their allotted funds for complementary health services, often known as “Flex Plans” also cover the services of an RNCP. Many insurance companies will also cover the cost of nutritional consultations when your receipt is accompanied by a doctor’s referral.
Please check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage. If you do not have coverage, you can express your support for this service to your employer by requesting a letter from me and providing it to your HR department. In most cases adding the service of an RNCP to an existing policy is not a problem.