Frequently Asked Questions
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How does nutrition affect my fertility?
Both traditional wisdom and modern science have found a connection between what we eat and our fertility. Which totally makes sense when you really think about it.
All of your cells (including your eggs and the ones that make up your uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and brain) are made from the building blocks you provide it with from the foods you eat. The same is true for your hormones. So, at least to a degree, your reproductive system depends on your food choices to stay balanced and healthy.
For more details, head over to the blog to read posts about how different eating patterns, foods, and nutrients have been shown to enhance your fertility.
I don't want to lose weight, how can a nutritionist help me?
Congrats on being at a weight that you feel good at. That can be super hard in our never-quite-good-enough world.
Nutritionists do way more than help people lose weight. We help people make lifestyle changes so can live the life they want to have. So if you're planning to get pregnant, I can help you make sure your body is as healthy as possible and as fertile as possible so conception, pregnancy, and your future baby's health are all optimized. If you're looking for more energy, clarity, and focus I can also help with that.
Food and lifestyle choices affect so much more than weight. They affect how you feel, think, work, move. Everything!
How can I schedule an appointment with you?
Simply click here. You'll be taken to my nutrition coaching page where you can learn more about working with me one-on-one.
What are your qualifications to provide fertility and women's health nutrition counseling?
I live for this stuff! Sure, I have training, experience, and credentials in nutrition, aromatherapy, and women's health but beyond all that, I really love helping women feel better in their bodies and improve their fertility, simply and naturally.
I've worked as a WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) dietitian, a community nutritionist working with PCOS, diabetes, preconception, and prenatal patients, and an oncology dietitian.
Here's a snippet from my resume, you know, if you're into that kind of stuff...
- Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY - Master of Science in Nutrition and Public Health
- Howard University, Washington, DC - Bachelor of Science Nutritional Science with a Double Minor in Chemistry/Biology
- Commission on Dietetic Registration - Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist
- 2017 Women's Health DPG Emerging Professional Award Recipient
- Certificates of Training in Weight Management and Integrative and Functional Nutrition
- General Body Member, DPG memberships:
- Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (online message board monitor volunteer, former),
- Nutrition Entrepreneurs (general body member),
- Women’s Health (Continuing Education Article Reviewer, current)
- New York State Department of Education - Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist
- North Carolina Board of Dietetics/ Nutrition - Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist
- The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice, Inc. - Certified Lactation Counselor
- New York Institute of Aromatherapy - Certified Aromatherapist, Level 1
- The Herbal Academy
- Introductory Herbal Course: Completed
- Intermediate Herbal Course: In Progress
- Integrative Women's Health Institute
- Hormones 101
- Optimal Fertility
- Dr. Sears Wellness Institute - Pregnancy Health Coach Certification Course
- Holy Yoga Inc. - 225 Hour Yoga Teacher Training: In Progress
What's the difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian?
The short and sweet answer is all dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are dietitians. But that's far from complete. Both tend to love people, love science, and love food.
A registered dietitian must have a bachelors degree (though many have masters and doctoral degrees as well) from an accredited college or university. They must have completed a minimum number of courses nutrition, biology, chemistry, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and other classes to prepare them for a career in nutrition and dietetics. They then must complete a 1200 hour supervised internship and pass a registration exam.
A nutritionist who is not a registered dietitian may very well have done all of the above and more, something similar, or nothing at all. The only way to know for sure is to ask (or google them!)