The Healing Alternative
Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition Counseling Services

Our nutrition counseling services are personalized sessions that are geared to fit into your lifestyle.  They are based on your specific nutrition needs and objectives.
We provide recommendations for improving your nutrition intake, as well as a plan for how to achieve your nutrition goals.  Sessions typically consist of an initial nutrition consultation followed by a follow-up appointment to complete the consult.  Additional follow-ups may be recommended depending on the patient’s objectives. 

How to identify a qualified  nutrition professional

Our Services
  • 7 Day Food Intake Analysis, which  includes:
    • 1-hour pre nutrition consult
    • 7-day intake analysis
    • 1-hour post nutrition consult
    • a computerized analysis of  >100 nutrients of your food and beverage intake for 1 week
    • a color graphic results report    sample report
    • customized implementation with recommendations for how to improve your nutrition intake
What is the benefit of having a food intake analysis?
The food intake analysis will identify possible vitamin or mineral deficiencies, excess fat  or calorie intake, saturated to unsaturated fat ratios, Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratios and more.  Your customized implementation plan will show you how to make real-life modifications to your eating patterns based on the nutrient imbalances identified by the analysis.

Results of the food intake analysis and the implementation plan are reviewed in the follow-up nutrition counseling session.
  • Recipe/Menu Analysis:  Have a nutritional analysis done on your recipes. 
  • Recipe Modification:  A makeover of your recipe to lower the fat, cholesterol or sugar content; to increase the fiber or nutrition content
  • Shopping list generation

Call for pricing of any of the above service


Specialty Areas         

  • Wellness Nutrition:  A preventative approach to maintaining nutritional health
  • Vegetarian / Vegan:  Covers supplying proper nutritional needs in food, with specifics on calcium, protein, iron, and vitamin B12
  • Cancer:  Cancer treatments often result in malnutrition due to its side effects. Better nutrition status enhances response to cancer therapy. Nutrition tips and support are provided
  • Cardiovascular Disease:  Lower cholesterol /LDL naturally without the side effects of statins.
    Learn how to prepare heart healthy meals without the stress
  • Hypertension:  Lower your sodium intake     
  • Gastrointestinal Disorder:  Learn to manage meal time without discomfort
  • Hypertension:  Lower your sodium intake
  • Weight Management: Prefer the private, one-on-one approach? Tamara is a Registered Dietitian and can provide the tools and support for lifelong weight control and eating behavior change without rigid diet rules or required weigh-ins
  • Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Chronic Disease:  Learn about foods to choose that will provide balanced nutrition to strengthen the body  and build the immune system
     

Nutrition services can be integrated with Acupuncture or Chinese Herbal Medicine.  
Ask about how combining these health alternatives will help your specific condition.

 
How to identify a qualified nutrition professional:

Registered Dietitians bring expertise to the table.   When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease, rely on qualified professionals in the field. 

Registered Dietitians draw on their experience to develop a personalized nutrition plan for individuals of all ages.  They are able to separate fact from fads and can translate nutritional science into information you can use.  A Registered Dietitian can put you on the path to lowering weight, eating healthfully, reducing the risk of chronic disease and enjoying an active life.  RDs have a combination of education and science based nutrition expertise you can trust.

Nutritionists are not all created equal.... 
Just as CPAs are accountants, all Dietitians are nutritionists.  The term nutritionist however has been assumed by all sorts of nutrition experts.  A nutritionist has no concrete definition.  Since the title of nutritionist is not regulated, these individuals can have widely varying levels of education.

Registered Dietitians know the science of nutrition and have credentials to go with the term.  They have a four year bachelors degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field of well-respected accredited colleges and universities, and many hold master degrees as well.  After or during their education, RDs must perform a supervised internship.  To become “registered” they must pass an extensive examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the national regulating professional body for Dietetics, and earn professional education credits throughout their careers to maintain registration.

When you need nutrition advice, look for the Registered Dietitian credential.  A Licensed Dietitian or Licensed Nutritionist in the state of Massachusetts also meets the high standards necessary to practice nutrition in this state.  This is another way to ensure the practitioner you are working with is qualified.  Don’t be confused by the variety of credentials that people display, ( for example, an “MSHN” is not eligible for Licensure in Massachusetts or Registration).  If you are not sure, ask, or call the Massachusetts Board of Registration  of Dietitians and Nutritionists for a qualified nutrition professional in your area.