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Nutritional Counseling Specialist

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine -  - Family Medicine

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

You’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” While that’s not entirely accurate, it’s critical to consume the nutrients your body needs. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers customized nutritional counseling from a registered dietitian to help you optimize your health and your weight. Call the office in Orland Park, Illinois, or schedule a consultation online today.

Nutritional Counseling Q & A

What is nutritional counseling?

Nutritional counseling is personalized advice and support to help you choose and consume the foods your body needs to thrive. At Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, registered dietitian Brigita Kurtinyte dedicates her time to understand your unique nutritional needs. 

The service includes physical assessments and lab tests to identify your needs as well as customized advice and meal plans to address them. Brigita helps you set realistic goals and provides the resources, support, and accountability you need to successfully lose weight.

Why is nutrition important?

Nutrition is a critical part of weight loss, but the food you eat also affects your health. Good nutrition can help you:

  • Lower your risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your cholesterol levels
  • Enhance your immune system
  • Improve your energy levels

Eating a balanced diet with all the nutrients your body needs can also help you recover from illness and injury. A nutritious diet is critical to your overall health and well-being. 

How can nutrition counseling help me?

Many patients don’t know how nutrition affects their body function and health. Additionally, the standard American diet includes too much convenience food with too much sugar, salt, preservatives, and unhealthy types of fat. 

Nutritional counseling helps you learn what your body needs and the best foods to deliver those nutrients. You also learn about portion control and how to choose and prepare nutrient-dense foods that are delicious, while also including an occasional treat. 

What is the ideal diet?

Everyone has unique needs and tastes, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all meal plan that works for everyone. That’s why Brigita works with you to devise a nutrition plan for your unique health and lifestyle needs.

Some general tips for eating well include consuming generous amounts of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. These foods provide plenty of nutrients and fiber, and you have many options to try. Getting the right amount of lean protein is important, too. Dietary fat intake is also essential for optimal wellness. Avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and oily fish provide healthy fats with other nutritional benefits.

If you’re interested in nutritional counseling for weight loss or better health, call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine today or make an appointment online.