Q. WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?
A. Nutritional Therapy gets at the root of your symptoms by using assessments and functional lab testing to identify underlying imbalances in your body chemistry. Nutritional Therapy helps you correct any imbalances by adjusting your diet, nutrient intake, and lifestyle. It focuses on the root causes of digestive disorders, food sensitivities, hormone imbalances, stress, and more by balancing the body and mind to create long-term health.
Q. WHAT LAB TESTS DO YOU OFFER?
A. We use a combination of stool/saliva/urine/blood tests depending on the specific situation. A Comprehensive Blood Panel is included in every program. We’re a big believer in the motto “Test Don’t Guess” as it will get you to where you want to be in the most efficient way possible. View the labs we offer here.
Q. WHAT DO THE FOLLOW-UP SESSIONS LOOK LIKE?
A. At the follow-up sessions, we will dig a bit deeper into your symptoms and monitor your progress. We will decide what's working and what’s not and make adjustments. We also educate, and work on your mindset around nutrition and life in general because the more you know about your body, and your thoughts, the more likely the changes you make will stick!
Q. HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO CONTINUE MY NUTRITIONAL THERAPY SESSIONS?
A. Everyone is different, so the time it takes to rebalance your body will be completely individual. Some people are ready to move on after 3-months. Others require 6-months+ to reach a point of health where they are comfortable to stop sessions.
Q. HOW DO I KNOW I’M MAKING PROGRESS?
A. We will have you fill out Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire and perform Functional Evaluations throughout our time together. There is also the option for additional lab work, including testing for food intolerances, cortisol and other hormone levels, nutritional sufficiency, parasites, gluten sensitivity, and intestinal permeability, a full comprehensive blood panel, micronutrients, myotoxins and environmental toxins.
Q. HOW OFTEN DO I NEED A FOLLOW-UP SESSION?
A. After the first follow-up session, most people come in every one to three weeks. We can adjust this schedule based on your individual needs and goals and the level of support and accountability you would like. After most of your symptoms have subsided, we can space the sessions out to every four to six weeks.
Q. WILL I HAVE TO TAKE SUPPLEMENTS?
A. We do recommend the use of supplements when necessary, usually for a limited time. Ideally, we will use real food as our source of nourishment, but sometimes the body needs a little extra help and supplementing with high quality, professional grade products is more productive. Our goal is to help you balance your body and teach you what you need to eat to thrive through a properly prepared, nutrient-dense diet so that you need to take as few supplements, for as short an amount of time as possible.
Q. HOW DO I PAY FOR SESSIONS?
A. Payment is due at the time the service is provided or upon booking. We accept cash, check, or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express).
Q. DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
A. Currently, we do not take Insurance. Depending on your HSA, you may be able to use funds if your doctor prescribes a visit with a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Many insurance companies do not cover out-of-network appointments for occupational therapy, nutrition, and disease prevention services (such as functional medicine). Nutritional Zest, LLC’s fees are comparable to those of other service providers in the therapy, nutrition, medical and healthcare industries.
Q. WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
A. We are currently offering virtual sessions only but will be opening the office again soon! Check in to see when the in-person options will be available again. You will always have the option to meet via Zoom or phone if preferred.
Q. DO YOU WORK WITH CLIENTS NOT IN AUSTIN?
A. We work with clients nationwide. We use Video Conferencing through my client portal and phone for distance sessions with clients who live outside Austin.
Q. DO YOU OFFER ANY GROUP CLASSES?
A. We offer my RESTART group detoxing and nutrition education class periodically throughout the year. You can read more about RESTART here.