Nutrition Counseling Questions

How do I get started?
How do I know which package is right for me?

I’ll help you decide! Email me to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation.

Do you accept insurance?

No, I don’t accept insurance. However, I can give you a receipt to submit to insurance for reimbursement. Contact your insurance company to find out if they reimburse for out-of-network medical nutrition therapy.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, notify me at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment or one session will be deducted from your nutrition package.

What are the advantages of virtual counseling?

There are LOTS of benefits to counseling remotely. Here are three of the big ones: 1) Traveling to an appointment can be scary for someone with gastrointestinal issues, but virtual counseling allows you to work with me from the privacy of your home (and near a bathroom) 2) I can connect with you even if you don’t live in or near NYC. 3) Better quality of life for you.

Can you test for food sensitivities?

Yes, I use the Mediator Release Test (MRT) to identify food and food chemical sensitivities.

Food and food-chemical sensitivities are highly complex non-allergic inflammatory reactions. They can be very difficult to pinpoint without testing. The MRT is more advanced than other food sensitivity tests.

Here’s a list of the foods, additives, and chemicals tested.

Upon receiving your results, we work closely together to create your personalized anti-inflammatory Lifestyle, Eating and Performance program (LEAP) to help you accomplish your specific health goals. 

This program is a big commitment and isn’t the right choice for everyone. I’ll help you decide if you’re a good candidate for the MRT and LEAP protocol before you commit. 

IBD Specific Questions

I’ve heard that what you eat with IBD doesn’t matter. Is that true?

No, not true! We don’t know whether food causes, prevents or treats IBD, but we know that what you eat plays an important role in managing your disease. I use food and nutrition to help you feel your best, to improve your gut health, to help your medications work better, to correct or prevent nutrient deficiencies, and to better control your symptoms. 

Is there one diet for people with IBD?

No, there is no one diet for everyone with IBD, just like there is no one medication for everyone with IBD. I work closely with you to develop a personalized nutrition plan that takes into account your past medical history, food preferences, food triggers, disease activity, etc.

How does my disease activity impact what I can eat?

What you can eat during a flare can differ from what you can tolerate when you’re in remission. For example, many people need to avoid fibrous foods during flares, but not when they’re healthy. Part of my job is to show you how to change your diet based on your disease activity while ensuring that you’re eating a healthy diet at every stage.