Nutrition therapy, also known as medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a specialized form of healthcare that involves the use of evidence-based nutrition interventions to prevent, manage, or treat various medical conditions.
The goal of nutrition therapy is to optimize an individual's health outcomes by addressing their specific nutritional needs and dietary habits. It takes into account factors such as an individual's medical history, current health status, lifestyle, and personal preferences to develop personalized nutrition plans.
Nutrition therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies or intolerances, eating disorders, obesity, and more. It may involve dietary modifications, meal planning, portion control, nutrient supplementation, behavior change strategies, and education on healthy eating habits.
The first step is a comprehensive assessment of the individual's medical history, current health status, dietary habits, lifestyle, and specific nutritional needs. This may involve reviewing medical records, conducting interviews, and gathering relevant information.
CREATE A PLAN
A personalized nutrition plan is created to meet the individual's unique needs and goals. This plan includes dietary recommendations, portion control guidelines, meal planning strategies, and possibly recommendations for nutrient supplementation if necessary.
MONITORING & EVALUATION
Regular monitoring and evaluation are essential to track progress and make necessary adjustments to the nutrition plan. This may involve reviewing food diaries, assessing lab results, and addressing any challenges or concerns that arise.
Based on the assessment, specific goals are established in collaboration with the individual. These goals may include managing a medical condition, achieving a healthy weight, improving nutrient intake, or addressing specific dietary concerns.
EDUCATION & COUNSELING
The individual receives education and counseling on various aspects of nutrition, including understanding their condition, interpreting food labels, making healthy food choices, meal preparation, portion control, and behavior change strategies.
Continued support and guidance from the Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist are provided throughout the nutrition therapy process. This includes addressing questions, providing motivation, and adapting the nutrition plan as needed.