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Working with a Dietitian

Updated: 6 days ago

By Erika Thiede, MS, RDN | West Coast Integrative Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Taking the first step towards improving your nutrition and overall health can feel daunting when you don’t know what to expect.

The reality is social media, Google, and an overwhelming presence of “health experts” has made nutrition much more confusing than it needs to be.

Your primary reason for working with a Dietitian might be to improve your overall health and address a specific health issue, but it can also include preparing for a sporting event, such as a marathon, or improving training results like gaining muscle mass and reducing fat.

Whatever your goal may be, nutrition education shouldn’t be complicated.

The initial steps of working with a Dietitian include a thorough review of past medical history, blood work, and current signs and symptoms (such as fatigue, bloat, rashes, GI issues, etc.). Other tests may include a fecal test, blood sugar monitoring, and a mineral hair analysis. Having a clear understanding of where your health currently stands is critical for your practitioner to develop a targeted approach. There is no one size fits all in nutrition.

Once your tests are complete, your Dietitian will work with you to review the results and ensure you understand the information provided. From there, your time together is curated to your needs. This may include diet recommendations, nutrition education, designing a supplement protocol to support nutrition intake, menu planning, grocery shopping, and even recipe curation.

Having a clear understanding of where your health currently stands is critical for your practitioner to develop a targeted approach. There is no one size fits all in nutrition.

Your time spent working with a Dietitian ultimately depends on your goals and needs but it is important to remember change doesn’t happen overnight. Most often, individuals work with a Dietitian for 3-4 months. Starting with weekly check-ins and tapering off to every other week or monthly.

As a Dietitian and Integrative and Functional Nutrition expert, my goal is to give you the education, personalization, and support to put you back in the driver’s seat to transform your own health.

Nutrition belongs at the center of your healthcare and working with a Dietitian who understands your individual needs can make all the difference in your journey.

To get started, please fill out this consultation form. I would be happy to connect with you to see how my services may be a good fit for your nutrition journey!


West Coast Integrative Mental Health, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Erika Thiede, MS, RDN is now accepting clients for virtual nutrition counseling. Erika’s counseling specialties include mental health and nutrition, specifically eating disorders/disordered eating, anxiety/depression regarding food, and intuitive eating.

Erika is passionate about helping adults and adolescents gain a greater understanding of nutrition with her individualized approach. Erika offers one-on-one consultations, customized meal planning, grocery shopping lists, and individualized supplement protocols. Erika is also a certified sports dietitian and is passionate about helping athletes reach their goals with high-level nutrition support. Erika is accepting new clients for virtual nutrition counseling in California, USA.

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