My approach to nutrition counseling and meal planning is to educate my clients on understanding food as nutrients. I spent too many years counting calories and dieting, and that never worked. As a nutrition counselor and because I am a "why" and solution-based person, I did a lot of research to figure out what I was doing wrong. I was starving my body because I was only concentrating on fat-free foods and calories. My body was holding onto fat because I was not giving it the nutrients I needed to build muscle, burn body-fat, increase my energy levels and achieve the aesthetic body I always wanted. I became a nutrition counselor because I knew I had to share my knowledge and help people learn and meal plan because it changed my body and my life with such positive effects. This is not a diet. It is a way to enjoy your food without a ton of cooking but having the tools to know how to buy the right brands, products, and food.
"OMG Deb! I don’t know if I have any feedback except just to sing your praises!!! This has been such an AMAZING experience!!!! I called you my food and body-loving cheerleader over the past couple of weeks 🥰 I looked forward to your emails and texts! I always felt so supported and encouraged... Sending you daily food logs at first helped keep me accountable. I did know that if I messed up, it would totally be okay.. but I didn’t want to because I really wanted to make you proud 😄 but then after the first couple of days, and with your support and encouragement, I quickly realized that I need to do this to make myself proud! And boy, that just fueled me to keep going with it. I really appreciated you being okay with my long food log emails haha It meant so much to me to type out my thought processes and share them with someone who knew exactly what I was going through in this journey! So yeah, no feedback except for thanking you for being awesome and my cheerleader and helping me start this new chapter of my life!!!!!!!"
Katie, 25, St. Charles, IL
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The Nutrition Counseling:
We have a nutrition session that involves educating you on the correct way of eating for YOUR body. This is not a diet, it is learning about food as fuel and how to fuel YOUR body correctly during the day. Then we will create a meal plan that you will follow for 2 weeks, based on foods you like, that I approve and foods that fit into your lifestyle. The plan and the foods will get you to reach your health and fitness goals.
During the 2 weeks, I encourage you to email me every day with your meal plans, which I call food logs. This way I can be right with you each step making sure that you feel good and that you are staying on the right path. If you have any questions or concerns, I will be right there to answer your questions and help you with any snags!!! At this point, you will "get" how to eat correctly and will be able to incorporate a ton of new exciting healthy foods into your plan.
The fee is $150 per hour and the first session usually lasts 2 hours and the shopping can be between 1-2 hours. All the emails/texts/phone calls are included in the price for the 2 weeks. I offer an extension plan for clients who would like to continue doing daily meal planning/food logs with me past the 2 weeks. Certain clients are not ready to continue on their own, just yet, and need a week or two of more accountability and suggestions/advice/communication.
NUTRITION COUNSELING EXTRAS:
Hassle-free Get-Started Grocery Shopping
Let me shop for you!!!
At our first nutrition session, I will be writing you a grocery list for the foods you need to get started and where to buy them.
If you hate grocery shopping, feel anxiety about finding the food in the stores, don’t have time to go to the store, or just prefer that I do your shopping and bring the groceries to your door, this is for you!!!
We will set up a time when you will be home and I will show up with your groceries. This also allows you to start the new eating plan without having to wait to find the time to grocery shop.
Stages of Life Fitness and Nutrition Extension Plan
If you feel that the meal planning/food log emails with me are helping you to stay on track, keeping you accountable and that you would still like the feedback/suggestions and advice, you can start the extension plan.
Here is how it works:
1 week of food logs - $75
2 weeks of food logs - $140
3 weeks of food logs - $195
4 weeks of food logs - $240