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As many of my clients have said, “seeing a dietitian is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.”
If you’re confused or overwhelmed with managing the nutrition aspect of CKD, a dietitian can assist you in figuring out what’s actually the best diet for you. No more Google searching, wondering if you’ve got it right or not. You don’t have to do it alone.
Why see a kidney dietitian? If you have heart problems, you go to a cardiologist. If you have problems with your teeth, you go to a dentist. It’s the same with nutrition! A kidney specialist will provide the best care to help you manage this complex disease.
I am a Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition (CSR), meaning I am Board Certified to provide nutrition care for people with kidney disease. For 5+ years I have worked with this population exclusively as well as passing a national board exam, so I know the unique challenges of kidney disease in and out.
There is unfortunately lots of outdated information out there, so you can be assured that by working with me you’ll be getting the most accurate and up-to-date information that will truly be a game changer for your kidney health. I’ve met too many people who were unfortunately led astray or following an overly restrictive diet after receiving information from someone who didn’t know the current nutrition science for optimal kidney health. I can promise you I will never lead you astray.
If you’ve never joined a nutrition program before, you may be feeling a little hesitant because you just aren’t exactly sure what it’s like! That’s okay.
During our time working together, I will get to know you in depth: from the very start, we’ll review your health concerns, medical history, and what your current diet looks like, as well as lifestyle factors like sleep, stress, and exercise. I believe in a holistic approach to health and nutrition that goes beyond just the food you eat, because habits like sleep & stress can often impact your food choices!
From there, we’ll begin to dig into what you’re currently struggling with, ensure you get the most accurate & up-to-date information, and address any topics or concepts you’re confused about. During Week 1, we’ll collaborate to form your nutrition plan & I’ll provide you with action steps to get started on right away.
I believe in small, sustainable changes, so we aren’t going to do anything drastic overnight. We’ll begin to incorporate these small changes and new habits into your current routine, tweak and refine and practice them over time, and the eventual goal is for these habits to become easy to execute with minimal effort so they simply feel like part of your day.
I am NOT going to simply hand you a meal plan or list of foods and call it a day. Part of this process is working together to determine the best foods & meals for YOU. My goal is for you to truly understand food & nutrition in relation to kidney health, so you’ll one day be totally confident doing this all on your own!
Joining this program does require an investment of your time and emotional energy. I provide the education, guidance, support, and accountability — and you will take the action steps we agree upon and implement them in your life. I’ll celebrate your wins with you, and if you ever find yourself struggling, I’m here to help coach you through those tough times as well!
I can help clients in any stage of kidney disease looking to get serious about better nutrition for healthier kidneys.
This includes CKD stages 1-5, ESRD (dialysis), or post-kidney transplant.
NOTE: If you are on dialysis (or starting dialysis soon) please keep in mind that each dialysis facility is required to have a dietitian on staff. You should first consult with your facility dietitian regarding diet modifications for end stage kidney disease. If you feel you could benefit from the support & resources this program offers, you can still be considered as an applicant for my program, but please know these services will not be covered/reimbursed by your insurance.
My nutrition program – The Kidney Vitality Method – is 100% virtual, so you can get the help your need in the comfort of your own home!
As a new client, you’ll join this program for a minimum commitment of 3 months. During this time we’ll communicate on a weekly basis, and these frequent touchpoints allow us to work together closely on implementing new habits, ability to troubleshoot challenges or barriers, and then (woohoo!) begin to see some results! Working on your nutrition is a process and results will not happen overnight, please don’t expect them to.
Once we get to 3 months there is an option to extend & continue working together. Most of my clients work with me for at least 6 months!
Single sessions or one-off appointments are not offered, as I have found that working together longterm is what actually gets my clients they amazing results they achieve! (see next question)
As a new client, you’ll need to go into this process expecting that it will take some time to feel comfortable with your new habits, and know that it will likely take some time to see significant changes in your lab results.
Many of my clients do report improved energy levels within the first few weeks, and most will soon report improved confidence in their food choices as well. My clients also typically experience improved lab results, such as a lower creatinine, improved GFR, better control of potassium and phosphorus, better blood pressure control, and improved blood sugar levels. Many of my clients have also made great process towards their weight goals – either weight loss or gain.
As my client, not only will you feel better physically and see better numbers – you will feel a sense a relief, mentally and emotionally, in knowing that you are capable of taking control of your health. If stress and anxiety about food is a burden for you – we’re going to change that.
I can never guarantee any particular results such as avoiding dialysis, but whatever your goal, I’ll ensure you’re set up with the very best nutrition plan specifically tailored to you, and I’ll support you every step of the way.
When you join The Kidney Vitality Method you’ll get access to a variety of resources to supplement your learning, including:
- A custom nutrition plan tailored to your needs & goals
- Weekly coaching calls for education & support (currently this takes place every Wednesday at 7pm CST; recording made available for those who cannot attend the live call)
- Resource library with 5+ hours of recorded content to help you understand topics like kidney physiology (how the kidneys work!), protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, hydration, gut health, exercise, sleep, and more
- Exclusive educational handouts, food lists, & other printable resources that are yours to keep forever!
- My Super Simple Meal Planner tool that makes it easier than ever to put together balanced, kidney-friendly meals
- Guidebooks for kidney-friendly Travel & Dining Out
- Access to a secure client portal where you can upload labs/documents & communicate with me via a secure chat messenger
- Option to receive custom weekly meal plans for the duration of the program, including recipes and grocery shopping lists
If you can find at least 15-20 minutes per day on average to devote to your nutrition goals, you will find success in this program.
This program has a LOT of content (a past client compared it to a college level course on kidney nutrition!) but we work on it in realistic, bite size pieces together over a period of 3 months. We’ll set small goals for you to focus on during our 1:1 time, and you will also spend time completing lessons in the learning portal, most of which take 10-20 minutes to finish.
The biggest time investment is the weekly live coaching call, which typically lasts 45-60 minutes. You can attend live or view it as a recording.
The Kidney Vitality Method is a hybrid nutrition coaching experience! This means that in addition to individualized guidance and a custom plan to support your personal goals, you’ll also be able to interact with other program participants on our weekly group coaching calls, plus, utilize our private Facebook community for daily support and accountability.
Prefer a more private experience? I also offer a fully 1:1 nutrition coaching program. If this is your preference, please indicate your interest in private 1:1 coaching on the application form below.
Although I emphasize a plant-based diet in my practice, I never “make” a client follow a specific diet. We will be working towards incorporating more plant foods into your diet, but if you prefer to include some meat, dairy, etc, we’ll find kidney-friendly ways to include those items. It is so important for you to understand that “the kidney diet” can, and should, be flexible and 100% tailored to you – it’s never cookie cutter. If it is your preference to work towards a fully plant-based diet, I’ll support you in that process as well. (I’ve been plant-based for 15 years so I consider myself an expert in this area!)
I accept FSA/HSA or self pay for your investment in this program.
If you have Medicare benefits you’re looking to use for nutrition services, please go here.
Investment in this program will vary depending on the level of support you need, but begins at $1200 for the entire 3-month program. I understand each person/household has their own budget they’re working with when it comes to an investment in health and nutrition, so I’m happy to offer flexible monthly payment plan options (for example, 5 monthly installments instead of 3). A paid in full discount is also available. We’ll discuss the best plan and options for you when we review your application.
We can typically schedule your program start date within 1-2 weeks! We’ll discuss the time frame that works best for you when I reach out to review your application.
Complete the New Client Application below. This will help me make sure we’re a good fit to work together. I’ll be in touch in 24-28 business hours; looking forward to speaking with you!
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