What makes The Guided Bite different?

The Guided Bite offers personalized nutrition counseling, with a twist: the dietitian comes to you. (Think modern day house calls!) Lives are hectic, so seeking nutritional guidance shouldn't add more stress to already busy lives. The Guided Bite serves the metropolitan Boston area, and sees clients (by appointment only) at 124 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446. Feel free to email for more information.

What kinds of topics are addressed in a one-on-one counseling session?
Nutrition topics may include (but are not limited to):
• Weight management, loss, or gain
• Pediatric nutrition
• Pre- and Postnatal nutrition
• General health and wellness
• Disease management and/or prevention
• Food allergies and intolerances

Note: Any of the topics listed above can be arranged into a presentation format for a larger audience.

How is a registered dietitian different from a nutritionist?
Anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist". But not all nutritionists are dietitians. Registered dietitian (also known as registered dietitian nutritionist, RDN) is a credential, and legally protected title, that can only be used by practitioners who are authorized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (I refer to myself as a RD, although the Academy is moving toward "RDN" as the acronym and title to replace RD.)

A RD is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential "RD/RDN." Individuals with the RD/RDN credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree (about half of RD/RDNs hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination. In addition, RD/RDNs are required to maintain 75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every five years for re-certification.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (for more information, www.eatright.org)

What happens during the initial visit?
At your initial visit, you will meet with me for a 75-minute consultation. During this visit, you will have the opportunity to share information about your lifestyle, diet, schedule, and goals. By the end of the visit, you will have a guided, yet collaborative, plan that will help to lead you toward your nutrition and health goals. We will also have the opportunity to discuss future follow-up sessions.

What happens during the follow-up sessions?
Follow-up sessions typically last 45 minutes and are a vital component of making effective, lasting alterations of your eating and lifestyle patterns. The dietitian's role is to hold the client accountable or previously established goals, and provide gentle guidance. In addition, e-mail correspondence is available throughout the week to help you continue toward your goals between visits. Just like initial sessions, follow-up visits can take place anywhere that fits into your schedule (e.g., home, office, grocery store, restaurant).

What kind of group counseling sessions do you offer?
In addition to family and couples nutrition counseling, The Guided Bite is pleased to offer nutrition parties for groups of four people or more. Tupperware parties are so yesterday! Consider getting your friends together for a nourishing night of fun and friends: it is a unique service offered by The Guided Bite.

Do you take insurance?
The Guided Bite is currently accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA and Harvard Pilgrim health insurance plans. Depending on your plan, you may need a referral from your primary care physician. The Guided Bite will collect a co-pay, as well as your insurance information at the time of your appointment. If you carry another insurance provider, nutrition visits may be covered under your plan, or covered under a health savings account (HSA). Please contact your insurance company to see if you are eligible for coverage. The Guided Bite can provide clients with a receipt of services that may be submitted for reimbursement of nutrition services, if you have that benefit as part of your plan.