FAQs


Q: Am I going to be given a list of things I can never have again?

I had a client who told me he wanted to continue to eat his sweets, he frequented fast food restaurants.  His doctor had sent him to me, which was ‘the only reason’ he booked an appointment.  He took an active role in his plan and we were able to include some sweets, fast food restaurants, and he improved his blood values.

Q: Do I have to cook my food separate from my family?

I have a client who enjoys cooking for her family but can’t find the time for meal preparation.  We looked at the limitations of her nutrition prescription and the food preferences of her family.  I was able to outline a menu plan and grocery list that used the same foods for family meals and offered options, without adding additional entrees.

Q: I take vitamin and herbal supplementation.  Can I continue?  Are they safe?

Medications for seniors

I counseled a woman who insisted she needed to include most of her herbal supplements with her nutrition plan.  She was working to alleviate allergy symptoms which included a strong sensitivity to ragweed.   As it turns out, on most evenings she would have Chamomile tea; known to cause the same response in the body as ragweed.  For every product that proves its efficacy there will likely be another that fails to deliver and/or may be harmful.  I discern between the two.

 

Q: I don’t want to reveal amounts and types of foods I generally eat.

Relax.  You are likely your own worst judge!  From where I sit, the more information you provide the more choices you’ll have along the way.

Q: I’ve just been diagnosed with a medical condition; will a change in diet help me?

A client had been recently diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome – the name of a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems such as stroke and diabetes.  After translating the science terms into language he better understood, he was able to accept his diagnosis faster, implement changes and improve his health.  Even a modest change in diet and a reduction of 10% of your body , if overweight,  can make a difference.

Q: I’m on a lot of different medications; do any of them dangerously interact with each other?

Virtually all medications have side effects which range from posing a nuisance to causing harm.  Sometimes changing whether the medication is taken with or without food, which types of foods and the order in which you take them can make all the difference.

Q: What are your credentials?

Alisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University.  She completed her dietetic internship at The University of Cincinnati Hospital and has been registered as a dietitian from 1992.  After beginning her career in teaching hospitals and medical centers she sought prevention as a primary focus and obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from The University of Michigan in 1997.  From there she has expanded her nutrition education audience to include a variety of community settings.


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