At Tillamook County Community Health Centers, we have medical nutrition therapy and nutrition education available to all clients.
What can I expect from nutrition education?
You will be invited to share your curiosities about food and nutrition and what your personal reason for making the appointment was. In our clinics, we approach health and wellness from a non-diet perspective. You will be provided with nutrition information as well as you will be invited to approach your body and your health with curiosity and love. Your nutritional care plan will be supportive of your medical needs as well as your individual goals. Approaching food and body in this way may assist you in more deeply connecting with your body and its needs while enjoying satisfying and nourishing foods.
Will I have to follow a strict eating plan?
Although the word “diet” is included in the title of registered dietitian, the word doesn’t need to mean what may first come to mind. The primary definition of “diet” in the dictionary is “the kinds of food that a person, animal or community habitually eats.” In this way, the word refers to what one chooses to eat, not the “I’m going on a diet” restrictive-type eating plan that we so often hear about. Working with your health care team, can help you to develop a long-term lifestyle that allows you to feel the way you want to feel. This is a process that may take some time, though it is also very rewarding!
What aspects of health can support from nutritional education?
While anyone with a curiosity about nutrition and health may benefit from engaging in nutritional education, some common concerns that can be addressed are:
- Prevent or manage diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Blood sugar concerns (including prediabetes and diabetes)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Heartburn/GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder)
- Hormonal concerns and/or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
- Food sensitivities or allergies
- Digestive discomfort (such as irritable bowel syndrome/irritable bowel disease)
- Fatigue/loss of appetite
- Unplanned weight loss
- General nutrition education and support
- And many more!
Resources for Families/Kids:
Food Hero from OSU Extension Service: Recipes and fun!
Eating Competence for Eaters and Feeders: Ellyn Satter Institute
WIC – Women, Infants & Children
Resources for Adults:
Weight Neutral 4 Diabetes Care Consumer blog
Busting Myths on Weight and Health: Dr. Linda Bacon
Be Nourished Body Trust Framework
Resources for Existing Clients:
Keeping a Food Journal (instructions)