When you learn your child has been diagnosed with slow weight gain or a food allergy, it is natural to wonder, how should our family’s eating change? I love helping families learn which foods are safe and delicious and teaching them to cook with their new palette of ingredients. We find meals and snacks that work for your family’s taste buds, schedules, and budget.
When a child or parent needs to make changes to their diet, it almost always affects the rest of the family. I provide the support, knowledge, and encouragement families need for improving their diet and lifestyle.
Initially, I meet with an individual member of a family for a 90-minute Health Intake Session. I aim to motivate this person to educate and enroll other family members to improve their diet and lifestyle. Our initial meeting is followed by three 60-minute follow-up sessions in which other family members may be included.
I always recommend that the family commit to a certain number of family meals per week, and I provide tips and support to make that happen. Other recommendations may include sharing shopping and cooking responsibilities, keeping certain food and beverage items out of the house, and starting mealtime traditions.
VW Nutrition Fertility, Pregnancy & Postpartum Program
- 1.5-hour Health Intake Session with one family member
- Three 1-hour follow-up sessions. These vary and are focused on areas particular to the family’s health and commitments.
- On-going support through phone calls and emails, as needed
- A variety of tools including recipes, shopping, and cooking tips
All clients use a Food and Activity Journal for at least three days prior to the first meeting to make connections between foods they eat and how they affect their energy, moods, sleep, and digestion.
For the first consultation, I meet most clients in their home. This gives me a window into how they stock their pantry and where they cook and eat. They provide me with a completed Health Intake Questionnaire and Food and Activity Journal. As I learn more about the client, we clarify their intention of how to accomplish better health through good nutrition.
The initial session is followed by three follow-up sessions. These sessions last 60 minutes. At these sessions we review past commitments and create new ones. We discuss successes and obstacles and I provide well-researched information specific to helping that client reach their goals. Topics and handouts at these sessions might include:
- Breakfast recommendations
- Snack recommendations
- How to stock your pantry
- Freezing tips
- How to eat out at restaurants
The total cost of the VW Nutrition Wellness Program is $450.
For clients who desire on-going support beyond these packages, each 60-minute session costs $85.
Additional consultations I often recommend for families include Meal Planning, a Grocery Tour, a Cooking Basics class, and a Cooking for Allergies and Sensitivities class. The VW Nutrition hourly rate is $85 and all of these are 1-3 hours in length. To learn more, contact me or explore the details under the Services tab.
Meal Planning for Busy People – Great for couples!
I highly recommend this session for clients who aren’t in the habit of preparing meals for themselves or for their families.
We map out several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners based primarily on what you already know how to cook. I make recommendations on how to improve the nutrition, taste and ease of preparation. I also provide additional recipes. You leave with a list of go-to meals. Clients must complete a worksheet prior to meeting. I provide an electronic template of meals- for easy changes and rotation -following the meeting. This session lasts 90-minutes in-person and costs $255.
Removing Obstacles and Keeping on Track – Phone Consultations!
I offer on-going support, accountability, and the information you need to achieve your goals over the phone. We check-in three times to discuss what’s working and what’s not. This program can be renewed as needed and is preceded by the VW Nutrition Wellness Program. These three sessions lasts up to thirty minutes each and the total cost is $125.