Frequently Asked Questions
When do you have appointments available?
Appointments are available evenings and Saturdays only.
Do you accept pediatric patients?
Due to a potential conflict of interest, Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants is unable to accept pediatric patients at this time. We would be happy to help you find another dietitian that specializes in this area of nutrition.
What is the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian? Why should I see a dietitian?
A dietitian is the registered, medical professional for nutrition information. A dietitian must have at minimum a bachelor’s degree with coursework approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Dietitians must also complete an accredited and supervised practice program that includes over 900 hours of training. The culmination is a board certified exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Only at this point can a person call themselves a registered dietitian. To maintain the RD credential, dietitians must complete a minimum of 75 professional continuing education credits. The term “nutritionist” is not a legally regulated name in most states unless there is a licensure requirement. By choosing to see a dietitian, you are making the statement you want trusted nutrition advice from an accredited professional.
I feel I have a good understanding of what I am supposed to be eating. How can Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants’ services be of use?
Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants is designed to help achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many people have a good understanding of nutrition and this helps create the base for our meeting. Think of your dietitian like a personal trainer or a health coach. We will discuss your goals and concerns and help you devise a plan to work through them. I will be your personal coach to help you every step of the way to achieve your personal goals.
What is Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)?
MNT is defined as the use of specific nutrition services to treat an illness, injury, or condition and involves completing a nutrition assessment with nutrition therapy and counseling. MNT is used to help manage and treat specific medical conditions such as diabetes. MNT is provided by registered dietitians, the health care professionals with the most nutrition specific training.
What diseases do you treat with MNT?
Medical nutrition therapy is used to help manage and treat several disease conditions through diet and lifestyle changes. MNT is based on evidence based recommendations through trusted research. Rachael’s areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:
o Promote blood sugar management through instruction on diet modification and weight loss to prevent progression to Type 2 Diabetes.
o Evaluate blood sugar levels and complete personalized meal plans to ensure proper blood sugar ranges throughout the day.
o Understand your A1c levels and the effect diet plays on diabetes related side effects.
o Understand your current weight and its effect on your health and medical conditions
o Promote weight gain or loss as needed through understanding of portion control, reading labels and coping with behavioral eating.
Hypertention (High blood pressure):
o Understand the cause and effect relationship between high blood pressure, weight and sodium (salt) intake.
Dyslipidemia (Elevated triglycerides or cholesterol):
o Understand how changing your diet can improve your blood lipid levels.
o Understand your lipid profile and what altered levels mean to you and your health.
Metabolic Syndrome (a combination of the above medical conditions):
o Understand your pre-pregnancy weight and associated weight gain recommendations.
o Evaluate your current eating habits and assess ways to improve them.
o Manage common pregnancy problems such as nausea and food cravings.
o Assist with post-natal weight loss.
General and Preventative Nutrition
o Optimize your nutritional status to prevent disease and weight gain.
Do you provide specific meal plans or menus?
Meal plans and menus are often used as examples of what to eat by some dietitian services. Meal plans or menus are what I refer to as cookie cutter advice. Meal plans & menus are temporary tools. They encourage mass production of nutrition advice rather than individualized eating plans. Although, they may be helpful resources, it is Twin Cities Nutrition Consultant’s position to provide a thorough education about your personal food choices and how they impact our health and medical conditions. Based on this education, we work together to help you understand what foods are better choices and how they can be worked into your diet. We strive to provide you with nutrition knowledge that will last you a lifetime.
Do you take insurance as form of payment?
Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants does not accept insurance as a form of payment. At the end of your appointment, we will provide you with documentation of our visit. You will be responsible to submit your claim to your insurance and will receive any reimbursement directly from that organization. You will need proof of a physician’s diagnosis in order for Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants to provide these documents. We can provide you with a referral form for your doctor to complete.
Will insurance cover my visit to Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants?
Coverage is variable between each type of insurance. I encourage you to call your specific provider to determine coverage. Some portion of services for diabetes and chronic kidney disease are routinely covered by all providers, with a physician’s diagnosis. Services for other diagnosis such as high blood pressure or obesity may be partially covered by private insurance. With all diagnoses, insurance typically does not cover 100% of the fee, thus you will be responsible for some or all of the costs depending on your insurance. Please note that health savings accounts typically will cover nutrition services provided by a dietitian. Contact your specific health savings provider to check covered services.
Why should I pay for services not covered by my insurance?
It is up to you to make the decision to make lifestyle changes. If you are looking at this website, you may be interested in making a change to improve the quality of your life and nutrition health. Look at the money you spend now as an investment in your future and your quality of life.
Why should I choose Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants?
Twin Cities Nutrition Consultants focuses on providing you with a program that is tailored to your needs. I work hard to provide you with a sound education on your specific nutrition problem or question. We work together to create goals that are realistic and achievable and will assist you in accomplishing your long term objective; whether this is losing weight, reducing your hemoglobin A1C levels or coping with emotional eating.