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• Personalized nutrition assessments & eating plans
• Nutrition counseling for disordered eating or food issues
• "Food Coaching" for athletes
• Life cycle & family nutrition guidelines, including help with breastfeeding
• Healthy Weight Management
• Preventing & improving chronic disease risk/symptoms
• Group nutrition educations and presentations
Other types of consultation can be provided upon request.
Appointments may be scheduled by phone or e-mail, and some Saturday appointments are available. The dietitian will work with you to make an appointment that fits your schedule best. First-time appointments are billed as an Initial Session and last approximately one hour. Follow-up Sessions last about 30 minutes. It is recommended that every client schedule at least one Follow-up Session, usually within one to two weeks after the Initial Session.
Counseling sessions are held at East Cobb Center for Therapy, 3855 Shallowford Road, Suite 420, Marietta, GA 30062.
Personalized Nutrition Assessments & Eating Plans
The dietitian conducts a one-hour Initial Session which includes obtaining a personal history, conducting a full nutrition assessment, and developing an individualized eating plan. The nutrition assessment includes measuring height and weight and may include other measurements as appropriate and agreed by the client. An eating plan is developed with consideration for the client's goals, medical conditions, allergies/intolerances, preferences, and schedule. Thirty-minute Follow-Up Sessions are conducted to monitor progress toward goals. At Follow-Up Sessions, the dietitian will provide ongoing assessments and recommendations for the client. The complexity of the client's case and the time needed to accomplish set goals will determine the course of nutrition counseling.
Nutrition Counseling for Disordered Eating and/or Food Issues
A personalized nutrition assessment is conducted and an eating plan is developed (see above). Julie Brake, MS, RD, LD, specializes in prevention and treatment of disordered eating and other food issues. Counseling is provided for both male and female clients of all ages who struggle with all types of disordered eating. The dietitian collaborates with counselors, therapists, and medical doctors to provide appropriate treatment and support for the client. Parents/Guardians are involved in all stages of the process for young clients. Positive Nutrition also offers groups to support those struggling with eating attitudes and behaviors.
Food Coaching for Athletes
A personalized nutrition assessment is conducted and an eating plan is developed (see above). Julie Brake, MS, RD, LD specializes in sports nutrition as a part of athletic training. Nutrition counseling for performance in all types of sports is provided. For some clients, additional body measurements may be taken for the purposes of specific assessment and goal-setting. A Follow-Up Session is conducted within two weeks to monitor the athlete's progress. The dietitian prefers to meet with athletes for food coaching once every three to six months for follow-up on eating habits and to monitor changes to activity and eating in the off-season.
Life Cycle & Family Nutrition Guidelines
The dietitian can provide advice on various stages of the life cycle (infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, geriatric nutrition) during individual counseling sessions. Family Nutrition Sessions are also offered as a way to address eating for the entire family. In these sessions, an overall assessment of eating attitudes and behaviors is provided. Advice and recommendations are given to combine the needs of all members of the family.
Healthy Weight Management
The dietitian provides expert nutrition advice and support for achievement and management of a healthy weight. This is accomplished using the nutrition assessment and eating plan, with follow-up sessions to monitor weight progress and provide further recommendations as needed during the process. Positive Nutrition practices philosophies of innate eating and size acceptance. If you have questions about this, please discuss philosophies with the dietitian.
Preventing & Improving Chronic Disease Risk/Symptoms
Appropriate counseling is provided from the Registered Dietitian to prevent and treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, some digestive diseases, and some cases involving diabetes. Julie Brake, MS, RD, LD does not specialize in nutrition counseling for rare diseases or Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Counseling for basic medical conditions, "prediabetes," Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes is provided.
Group Nutrition Educations & Presentations
Julie Brake, MS, RDN, LD, has extensive experience with nutrition education for groups of various sizes and all ages. Presentations are provided on topics as requested. Examples of topics include (but are not limited to): Basics of Nutrition, Intuitive/Mindful Eating, Healthy Eating for Kids, Family Nutrition, and Eating On the Go. Positive Nutrition may arrange for a series of presentations in a class setting to discuss nutrition in further detail and address issues specific to the group attending. Presentations are usually closed with a Q&A session with the dietitian.