FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get started working with Tap Into Nutrition?


Set up a complimentary 20 minute discovery call This is our opportunity to get to know each other. You will be able to share with us your current relationship with food and your body, and your goals for working together. We will provide some insight on how we practice here at Tap Into Nutrition. If we both decide we are a good fit, we will move forward with some intake paperwork and scheduling our virtual initial nutrition assessment.




What is Intuitive Eating?


Intuitive eating is a non-diet, weight inclusive approach to nutrition that emphasizes listening to internal cues vs. external diet rules. Intuitive eating is all about honoring your health while also understanding that mental health is just as important as physical health and any food plan/diet that impacts your mental health is not making you any healthier. It's having a strong understanding of how to best nourish your body without a side of guilt or shame. Based on a book written by registered dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, Intutive Eating is based on 10 principles to help guide individuals find a healthy relationship with food. Intuitive eating is not a diet but rather a way of eating as there are no rules associated with it making it incredibly adaptable and individualized for each person.




What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?


To become a Registered Dietitian (RD), the requirements include a bachelor’s degree in dietetics followed by a 1200 hour accredited internship. Once those are completed, you can then sit for the national exam to become a registered dietitian. In fact, as of 2024, there is going to be a master’s degree requirement to become a registered dietitian. On top of that, to keep up the credential, RD's are required to do a certain number of continuing education hours. To become a nutritionist, there are virtually no requirements. No regulations around that title either. We can all walk out of this seminar if we want to and call ourselves nutritionists. I don’t say this to put down nutritionists, I think there are some fantastic ones out there but mostly to educate consumers that it’s important to make sure we’re getting nutrition information from qualified sources.




Does insurance cover nutrition counseling?


Due to licensure laws in the state of Michigan, we are unfortunately not in network with any insurance companies at this time. While we cannot bill insurance directly, we are more than happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company as many will reimburse for out of network dietitian services. Accessibility is important to us, therefore, we do offer a limited number of sliding scale spots for those who may benefit from a reduced fee. Please send us an email if cost is a barrier.




What does working together look like?


Step 1: Fill out the Intake Questionnaire Before we sit down for our initial assessment, we will send over our Initial Intake Questionnaire, utilizing our HIPAA compliant electronic medical record. This questionnaire may cover some of the things we discussed on the phone and will go a bit deeper, asking a variety of questions from your medical history to your experiences dieting and beyond. While we certainly ask about nutrition, we want to know about your medical history, sleep habits, fitness goals (if you have any), stress levels, etc. We want to treat the whole person! Step 2: Initial nutrition assessment and review of completed Questionnaire During our initial nutrition assessment, we will review your completed questionnaire together and allow for questions and clarification to learn more about YOU. The more we understand your history, the better we can support your journey to finding peace with food and your body. Step 3: Follow-up 1:1 sessions During follow-up sessions, we will work together to figure out what flexible nutrition looks like for you and come up with an individualized plan that is approachable and adaptable. We will discuss: Hunger/fullness cues, what a balanced plate looks like, how to remove the morality from our food choices, and so much more! Week to week we will continue to adapt and reflect to see what's working, what's not and what barriers might need to be discussed and broken down to become the healthiest version of you.