Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect at our appointments? 
I use a client centered therapeutic approach to nutrition counseling.
This means our initial appointments will involve establishing a treatment relationship.
You can expect lots of questions about why you are seeking out care, what goals you hope to achieve and how ready you are to explore new ideas or make changes that feel right for you. Sometimes this involves take home activities, or learning about specific tools and activities in session.
I will also provide you with evidence based nutrition education specific to your health conditions and concerns. 
How many sessions will I need?
This varies from person to person and what your specific concerns are. Some people may need only a few sessions while others with long standing or chronic conditions may need more care. We will work together on a frequency plan that fits for you. 
Do you take my health insurance?
I am not currently contracted with health insurance providers. This means I will take payment up front for our visits and can provide you with a bill which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. Coverage for medical nutrition therapy varies so I recommend you contact your insurance company to see if your plan has these benefits. 
I really need to lose weight, can you put me on a diet to help me lose weight?
I hear you! Your concern about your weight is valid and real. I want to listen to your story and partner with you on how we can achieve your true goals by focusing on behaviors that support good nutrition and your health. As a Dietitian who practices weight neutral care I do not provide diets or counseling for the specific intention of weight loss. More and more studies show that intentional weight loss can only be maintained in the short term and most people re-gain their weight within 2-5 years, some people ending up at an even higher weight than their starting weight. Diets for intentional weight loss can be linked to harmful health outcomes like disordered eating patterns and yo-yo dieting which can have negative impacts on your physical and emotional health. See more here
So what conditions do you provide counseling for?
Gut Health

Celiac Disease, Cirrhosis, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Diarrhea, Dumping Syndrome, Fatty Liver Disease, Food Allergies and Intolerances, Gastroparesis, GERD, Gallstones/Gallbladder Disease, Gas/bloating, Panccreatitis, SIBO and more. 

Diabetes

Diabetes Education and Self Management Training for Type 1 and Type 2, Carbohydrate Counting, Using insulin to carb ratios and blood sugar sliding scales, Carbohydrate counting, how to use insulin pens and other injectible diabetes products, how to use blood sugar meters and more.  

Eating Disorders

Anorexia, Bulimia, ARFID (extreme picky eating), Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and other specified feeding or eating disorders (OSFED)

What's the difference between a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Nutritionist?
Probably the easiest way to explain this is to say a Registered Dietitian is always a Nutritionist, but a Nutritionist may not always be a Registered Dietitian.
 
RDs 
1. Minimum of bachelors degree from an accredited university with coursework in nutrition and dietetics designed by the national credentialing agency, ACEND. 
2. Minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice.
Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE)-additional 1000 hours of diabetes experience and 2 years  practice experience.
Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) (in progress)- additional 2500 hours in eating disorder specific care along with additional course work.
3. Passage of national board exams 
4. Continuing education hours to maintain registration and certifications. 
There are no legal standards or specific requirements for the title Nutritionist
 
 Conveniently located  in the offices of 
Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio
Sonia Rodriguez
MS,RD,LD,CDE
Tel: 210-368-6528

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