Dietitian vs. Nutritionist

The title Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) has a legal definition and is reserved for nutrition professionals who minimally meet all of these criteria: hold a Bachelor's degree; complete a 1200 hour post-graduate internship, pass a National Registration Examination and maintain at least 31 hours of continuing education each year. There is no standard definition for the title "Nutritionist" and it is unregulated. Therefore, anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist even without formal education or training. Utilizing the nutrition, healthcare and foodservice expertise of an RD is a proven strategy for maximizing health outcomes, minimizing cost overruns and assuring regulatory compliance.


What is Integrative and functional nutrition?

The Integrative and Functional Nutrition is based on a medical nutrition model that combines the very best of modern science, clinical wisdom and integrative therapies. Increasing consumer demand, advancing technology and the changing healthcare landscape are driving the demand for clinicians trained in integrative and functional nutrition (IFN).  A central theme of training is learning to identify “root causes” of disease in a methodical and systematic fashion rather than the mundane prescription of medical nutrition protocols based on a diagnosis. This requires a deep understanding of function, not just pathology; networks of physiology, not just “silo” organ systems and an organized, integrated nutrition assessment.  

The IFNCP (Integrative and Functional Nutrition Care Practitioner)  is a trained clinician able to critically assess a patient using a “whole systems” approach and personalize a holistic nutrition care plan to restore function and improve outcome.

What is Bioelectrical Impedance AnalysiS (BIA)?

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or BIA is considered one of the most reliable and accessible methods of screening body fat.

In conventional BIA, a person is weighed, then height, age, gender, and weight or other physical characteristics such as body type, physical activity level, ethnicity, etc. are entered in a computer. Simply explained, BIA measures the impedance or resistance to the signal as it travels through the water that is found in muscle and fat. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person’s body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it. The more fat, the more resistance to the current.

BIA is safe and it does not hurt. In fact, the signal used in body fat monitors cannot be felt at all either by an adult or child.


Why is Body Composition Important to My Health?

Research has shown that body composition is directly related to health. A normal balance of body fat is associated with good health and longevity.

Excess fat in relation to lean body mass can greatly increase your risks to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

BIA fosters early detection of an improper balance in your body composition, which allows for earlier intervention and prevention. BIA also provides a measurement of fluid and body mass that can be a critical assessment tool for your current state of health. BIA also serves to measure your progress as you work to improve your health. Improving your BIA measurement, or maintaining a healthy BIA measurement, can help keep your body functioning properly for healthy aging and reduced risk to illness.

With your BIA results, we can recommend a personalized dietary plan and track your overall progress towards your goals.


What Must I Do To Prepare for BIA testing?

  • Do not eat for 4 hours prior to testing.

  • Do not exercise for 12 hours prior to testing.

  • Do not consume alcohol for 24 hours prior to testing.

  • Come to the test well hydrated

  • Use restroom immediately prior to test

Note: People with pacemakers should not use Bioelectrical Impendence for body composition analysis.


Does Nourishing Life accept insurance?

At this time no, we do not accept health insurance.

My work is generally incompatible with the services that insurance will cover, so I don’t bill insurance companies. However, I am happy to provide you with a receipt so you can submit for reimbursement.

Payments are expected at the time of your visit. For your convenience, we do accept all major credit


Cancellation Policy: No-Show and Late Cancellation Fee

Please notify Nourishing Life as soon as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment–either by phone or email. If you do not attend your appointment or have not given 24 hour notice, you will be charged the full session fee.

Exceptions include dangerous weather or medical emergency.

No show and late cancellation fees are expected before the next appointment.



nutrition counseling

Proper nutrition is truly the key to living a fulfilling life. After all, feeling your best starts with what’s on your plate! 



Simple genetic test using saliva in order to create personalized nutrition recommendations based on your DNA.


Body Composition Analysis

Assess intra- and extra-cellular water, phase angle, fat percentage, muscle mass and overall health analysis.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
— Hippocrates