You Can Feel Better
Personalized nutrition counseling can help Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients get relief from common symptoms
As an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Dietitian, I can help you…
- Learn if you’re getting the nutrition you need
- Manage GI symptoms
- Make lifestyle changes
- Increase your quality of life and decrease some EDS symptoms
Registered Dietitian and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Nutrition Expert
Now, as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I help fellow Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder (HSD) patients with nutrition because everyone deserves to feel better.
Coming January 2024...
The EDS Nutrition Group Program
Come join in on the fun! Learn “Everything you need to know about EDS and nutrition” in weekly interactive sessions with fellow EDS patients.
I help people...
- Get relief from symptoms like chronic stomachaches, irritable bowel syndrome-like symptoms, acid reflux, bloating, and nausea
- Build a nutritionally adequate diet that supports an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome diagnosis
- Feel confident about what they CAN eat
- Find ways to optimize their diet to decrease chronic pain and fatigue
What can I do for you?
- I can help you sort fact from fiction when it comes to special diets and supplements
- I can provide strategies to make food preparation more accessible and manageable
- I can provide accountability and approachable goals to help you meet your unique health goals
I work with people who...
- Have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, hypermobility spectrum disorder, and/or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome
- Are confused about what they should eat and what supplements they need
- Have followed restrictive diets in hopes of feeling better, but end up with more problems
- Struggle to eat enough nutritious foods because of poor appetite, fatigue, or GI symptoms
Just as every patient is different, every practitioner is as well! Here are a few areas that provide insight into how I approach patient care.
Piecing Together the Evidence
While there continues to be a lack of scientific research when it comes to nutrition’s role in directly managing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, I rely on existing research to inform my approach to helping clients manage symptoms associated with the disease. Luckily, research on chronic inflammation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, gastrointestinal motility issues, etc. is available and provides adequate insight into nutrition strategies that can benefit people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I sincerely hope that more research is published in the coming years to continue to inform my treatment approach.
Giving You the Best of Both Worlds
As expected, I have thorough training in nutrition science. However, as many of us know, food is so much more than fuel for our bodies. Food is interwoven into our cultural traditions, daily habits, taste preferences, emotions, and social connections. As such, I am grateful to have training in several frameworks like the Non-Diet Approach and Intuitive Eating. This allows me to utilize a variety of strategies and perspectives with clients and promote healthful relationships with food.
Habits As the Key to Success
While many of us easily understand why a dietary change is important, we often struggle with how to implement and maintain this change. Because this is such a crucial component to making progress and feeling better, I embrace habit change strategies and tailored goal setting with each of my clients. I believe that it is my job to give you all of the tools you need to succeed under my care and learn how to maintain this progress for years to come!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately I currently do not have the option to bill insurance.
Do you work with patients that do not have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?
Occasionally I do see patients who do not have EDS or related health conditions. Feel free to send me a message so we can see if we are a good fit.
What's the difference between a nutritionist or nutrition coach and a Registered Dietitian?
Registered Dietitians are credentialed health professionals who have completed extensive coursework in standardized classes, have competently completed 1200 hours of supervised practice, and have passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians. There is no standardized education or verification of competency for nutrition coaches or nutritionists. Registered Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals who can provide Medical Nutrition Therapy – the practice of helping people manage diseases through diet modification.
Do you prescribe a certain diet that I have to follow?
I do not encourage my patients to follow any specific diet. No foods are off-limits, unless you are allergic to them or they make you feel awful. Instead, we look at your diet together and identify foods that might help you feel better and add these to your meals and snacks. I am well versed in plant-based diets and am happy to help patients maintain this dietary pattern while working with me if that is a preference.
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