Nutrition Coaching 2018-01-02T10:19:08+00:00

Individual Weight Loss Sessions in Our Charlotte Office

Registered Dietitians, much like medical doctors, often specialize in certain areas of nutrition.  At Lifexcel we have a diverse staff with years of experience ready to serve you. 

Weight Loss

We LOVE to help clients who are ready to lose weight for the last time.  One thing we know is that even though weight loss clients have the same goal, using a cookie cutter approach to weight loss does not work! Your journey starts with an assessment with a registered dietitian where we will get to know you.

  • Has any weight loss approach worked/not worked in the past?
  • What will be different this time?
  • Are you a stress eater?
  • Triggered by your work environment?
  • Think you just need accountability and a meal plan?
  • What is your commitment level?
  • How much are you willing to change?

Identifying the root cause of why you are overweight enables us to customize your treatment plan.  We will then recommend

Individual sessions with a dietitian and/or mental health counselor  OR 6 week intensive weight loss program

Some tenants of our programs:

We believe you must make a lifestyle change for permanent weight loss and maintenance.

We do not have any supplements, meal replacers, fat burners, etc. to sell you.

As nutrition professionals we only recommend evidence-based treatments and we recognize no area of medicine is more rapidly changing than nutrition.  We are committed to keeping up with research and our recommendations reflect this commitment.

COST:   Most clients want to start by seeing if they have medical insurance that will cover the cost of sessions.  If you provide us your insurance information we are happy to check and see what your insurance will cover.

If you do not have insurance coverage the cost of the programs vary.  We are happy to give you more details upon request.  If cost is a concern, you may also consider our online 6 week intensive program.

Diabetes and Other Medical Conditions

In a recent corporate wellness presentation I asked the participants to shout out any disease that is affected by what you eat and drink.  The answers kept flowing – high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, obesity, sleep apnea, ADHD and on and on.  If you have been diagnosed with a disease or illness such as these it’s time to educate yourself about the impact of your diet on your disease process.  Taking a pill is not the answer in and of itself.  You can meet with one on one with one of our dietitians to gain the knowledge you need to care for yourself or your loved one.  We currently treat adults for:

  • Diabetes

  • Pre-diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol or Triglycerides

  • Fatty Liver

  • Kidney Stones

  • Migraines

  • PCOS

  • Heartburn

  • Celiac Disease

  • Irritable Bowel Disease

  • Thyroid Disease

  • Lactose Intolerance

  • Gluten Intolerance

  • Renal Failure

  • More!

If you don’t see your condition in the list just ask if we can help.

COST:  Most clients want to start by seeing if they have medical insurance that will cover the cost of individual sessions.  If you provide us your insurance information we are happy to check and see what your coverage is for nutrition counseling.

If you do not have insurance coverage, the cost of the initial appointment is $125 for a 90 minute session.  Follow up visits are $90 and last an hour.

Anorexia and Bulimia

Anorexia and Bulimia are serious eating disorders that require a combination of behavioral health and nutrition therapy. At Lifexcel we are able to treat individuals that need weekly visits to a dietitian and a therapist. If you require residential or intensive outpatient treatment we are happy to refer you to a place that can meet your needs.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge Eating is characterized by eating a significant amount of food (more than what is considered normal) in a short period of time. The person feels powerless to stop and feels out of control around food. Oftentimes they eat alone because they are embarrassed for others to see them. They eat until they are physically uncomfortable. What quickly follows are extreme feelings of guilt and remorse. This disorder can cause extreme distress that makes everyday life difficult. Treatment for binge eating disorder involves both behavioral health and nutrition therapy. At Lifexcel we have skilled therapists and dietitians that can lead you down the road to recovery.

Compulsive Overeating

Sometimes people use compulsive overeating and binge eating interchangeably. Although similar, compulsive overeaters may or may not go on a food binge.  A compulsive eater may graze on food constantly throughout the day never actually sitting down to a huge meal.

Compulsive overeaters may:
  • Feel out of control around food

  • Eat one way in public and another way in private

  • Sneak food

  • Want to stop eating but feeling powerless to do so

  • Be triggered to eat by an emotion

  • Be very body conscious

  • Devote a great deal of time thinking about food, eating and their body

  • Experience feelings of guilt, shame, disgust, remorse, and embarrassment

If this sounds like you we understand how hard it is to seek help.  These are often people who have lost and regained the same 30 pounds countless times.  They buy into the lie that they just need more willpower.  Each time they embark on a new diet they tell themselves this time will be different yet it never is.  You need a holistic approach if you are a compulsive eater.  At Lifexcel you will have a team that includes a dietitian and a mental health counselor because either one alone is not enough. Surrounding yourself with compassionate, skilled professionals is the only way to ensure success.

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Food Addiction

The term “food addiction” is relatively new in the medical community. There is still debate as to whether or not a person can truly be addicted to a food. At Lifexcel Carolina we believe the research supports food addiction as a real diagnosis. Nobody is addicted to broccoli but addiction to hyperpalatable foods (sugar, salt and fat) are more common than we think. Our registered dietitians can lead you through a 3-4 week detox of your trigger foods. Food is meant to sustain life. When food rules over you it’s time for a change. Call us today to start your life change.

Pediatric Nutrition

Parents – one of the best gifts you can give your child is to teach them healthy eating habits. At Lifexcel we recognize that today’s society does not make it easy. We live in a world of fast food and supersized portions. Our children learn to celebrate every event with food and spend hours every day playing on their computers. Lifexcel registered dietitian, Jennifer Smith sees children ages 5 and up and she can help with picky eaters, underweight children, overweight children, anorexia and bulimia.

Jennifer makes learning about nutrition fun and interactive! You and your child will learn:

  • Appropriate Portion Sizes

  • How to identify physical hunger from other types of hunger

  • Basic nutrition principles such as calories, carbohydrates, and vitamins

  • How to make healthy snack choices

  • The effects of eating too much or eating too little

  • AND MUCH MORE!

If your child has a specific medical condition not mentioned here we may be able to help or refer you to someone who can.  Give us a call today to discuss.

NUTRITION COACHING – Virtual Sessions

We understand how busy life can be.  It’s not always possible to meet your dietitian face to face.  Or you may not live near Charlotte but still want our services.   For these reasons we now offer virtual sessions over a HIPPA secure platform.  You will need a computer with a camera and a quiet space for the session.  Any session that is available in house is also available virtually.  See list above for conditions and diseases we treat.

COST: Many people want us to bill their medical insurance for sessions with a dietitian.  Check with your insurance company to see if they allow virtual sessions.  If not, you can still take advantage of the virtual sessions but will have to be a self-pay client.  Self-pay rates are $125 for the initial appointment which is 90 minutes.  $90 for follow up sessions which are an hour.   30 minute sessions are $45.  You can use your health savings account cards for these sessions.

DISCLAIMER: Some states have laws regarding the virtual practice of nutrition.  If you live outside the state of North Carolina ask us about laws that pertain to your state.