There are so many nutrition/health and wellness counseling options available. Why should I pick you?

I am 100% here for you! I understand there are a lot of choices and I appreciate you visiting my website. There are several reasons why you should work with me.

This is what I have to bring to the table. (If you haven’t done Strength Finders yet, it is amazing!) I am:

  • Deliberative - I honor my commitments. I am a practical thinker, have good judgement, and take time and care in making decisions.

  • Harmonious - I understand that there are several different viewpoints for a given situation. I am able to find common ground to work with others who may not think the same way that I do.

  • Responsible - I am committed to honesty and loyalty. I am dependable.

  • Empathetic - When you speak, I really “hear” you and understand your situation, feelings, and struggles.

  • Restorative - I am good at fixing problems by figuring out what’s wrong and how best to resolve it.

Secondly, I am a Registered Dietitian. What does that mean to you? And what’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a nutritionist or health coach?

A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is someone who is an expert in the field of food and nutrition. To become a Dietitian you must receive a bachelor’s degree from an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved program, complete an accredited approved internship, pass the Commission on Dietetic’s Registration exam, and maintain professional continuing education requirements.

Nutritionists, health coaches, and wellness coaches may or may not have any formal training. There are no regulations or certifications around the word “nutritionist.” In addition, health and wellness coaches are not overseen by a regulatory body so their scope of practice is not defined and they do not have any licensing requirements.

It’s important that you find someone that you can work well together with and that will support you and your goals.

What methods of payment do you accept? Do you accept insurance?

I accept credit cards as well as cash and checks (if consults are completed in person). Credit cards are processed through Square. Clients may choose to utilize their Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to cover the costs of the program (with a doctor’s referral).

 Payment plans are available for an additional fee.

Unfortunately, I am unable to accept insurance at this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I am able to provide a SuperBill to submit to your insurance for possible reimbursement upon request as long as I have received a doctor’s referral.

Where are you located?

I work out of my home in White Lake, MI. All sessions are completed virtually (by phone unless prior arrangements have been made) so I am able to provide services throughout the continental USA.

What are your hours?

My office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am-4pm EST and any other days/times are by appointment only.

What is the best way to contact you?

The best way to contact me is to e-mail me using my Contact Form. If you e-mail me outside of office hours I will do my best to reply to you with 24-48 hours.

What is the difference between a food allergy, food sensitivity and food intolerance?

Food allergies and food sensitivies are both immune mediated reactions to a food consumed that the body perceives as an "invader". However, the way the immune system reacts to the "invader" is different. 

  • Allergy: In a food allergy, the body attacks the "invader" using the immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody and mast cell activation. Reactions from a food allergy occur quickly (within seconds to an hour) and the reaction can be severe and life threatening.

  • Sensitivity: Food sensitivies are a non-IgE mediated immune response involving a wide range of cells and mechanisms. Symptoms are delayed taking 45 minutes to 3 days or more and are dose dependent meaning you may only experience symptoms if you eat a large amount of the food. The MRT tests only for food sensitivities, not food allergies.

  • Intolerance: Food intolerances do not involve the immune system. They occur when the body fails to properly digest a food and it begins to ferment in the gut. The most common food intolerance is lactose intolerance. In lactose intolerance, the body lacks the lactase enzyme to break down lactose, the primary sugar found in milk.

 

Who can benefit from food sensitivity testing?

The following is a small list of the most common conditions that can improve with MRT and LEAP. This list continues to grow constantly as more research about food sensitivities is being completed. Furthermore, anyone looking for an anti-inflammatory diet to avoid potential health problems in the future or athletes hoping to further improve their performance and recovery can also benefit.

Image from Oxford Biomedical Technologies, Inc.

Image from Oxford Biomedical Technologies, Inc.

What's the difference between MRT and other food sensitivity tests?

There are several food sensitivity tests that are available. The most common are ELISA IgG, ALCAT AND MRT.

  • IgG ELISA: IgG is a memory antibody meaning that a high level shows exposure to a food. In essence, it is an expensive food diet diary. Furthermore, scientific research states that IgG is not indicative of food sensitives.

  • ALCAT: The ALCAT test was invented and patented by Dr. Mark Pasula, who later invented and patented the MRT. It measures changes in white blood cell size after exposure to an antigen. It is an out-dated, less reliable test compared to the MRT.

  • MRT: All immune based adverse reactions result in the release of chemical mediators. The Mediator Release Test measures changes in the ratio of liquid to solids after whole blood exposure to an antigen. The ratio indicates if the immune system has released chemical mediators such as histamine. The test results show what foods have caused an immune reaction and what the degree of reactivity is (reactive, moderate or insignificant). According to independent studies, the MRT is the most accurate and comprehensive blood test available for food and food-chemical reactions.

 

What foods are tested?

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What can I expect from the LEAP diet protocol?

Once the MRT results are received, Phase 1 of the LEAP ImmunoCalm Diet Program starts. The purpose of Phase 1 is to limit the diet to only the safest possible foods (usually limited to 20-30 foods) and give the immune system a chance to "calm down." This is the most strict phase of the diet, but is also where clients see the greatest improvement in their symptoms (most see a 50-80% improvement). This phase only lasts 7-14 days. The later phases involve slowly adding in foods to identify any additional food sensitives and prevent any new food sensitivities from developing.