You have the answers.
We’ll help you unlock them.

At Nourished + Strong, we do things a bit differently than other nutritionists you may have encountered.

We don’t want to tell you what to eat—we want you to get in tune with what your body says.

We don’t want you to depend on us—we want you to learn and then flourish on your own.

We don’t want to fix just one piece of the puzzle—we want you to improve your holistic health.
We don’t want to prescribe packaged services—we want to meet your needs with options.

Imagine for a moment that your health and recovery are like (re)learning how to swim. As your coach, we are here every step of the way– providing personalized guidance, exploring what may need to be unlearned before we can advance our skills, holding space to make mistakes and having fun while doing it.

At times, the work we do may feel challenging or even impossible– as trauma informed providers, we won’t force you to the high dive before you are ready. We only go as fast as our slowest parts can handle, so some of our goals may look like wading in the shallow end. Everything you learn will be helping you reconnect with and understand your body on a deeper level.

Our individualized approach extends to our services, which include virtual or in-person counseling sessions, advanced testing options, grocery store tours, group seminars and more.

Who

Feeling confident + empowered with eating choices is possible. We’ll show you how.

It takes work and commitment to unpack years of baggage around food, body image and self-confidence, but these rewards are waiting for you…

  • You can ditch diet rules and learn to tune into your body’s needs without self-judgment
  • You can become empowered with personalized insights into your metabolism, nutritional needs and more
  • You can be present during dinner conversations with an old friend, rather than worried about what “good” options are on the menu
  • You can feel valuable and worthy because of who you are, not what you eat or how you look
  • You can meet performance goals by deepening your trust of your body’s instincts
  • You can release yourself from seeing food as “good” or “bad”
  • You can take back control and realize once and for all, your body is not the problem

Let's start with a
Free Discovery Call

Commitment can be scary—especially when it’s a commitment to improving
your life. That’s why the first step to working with Nourished + Strong
is a free, on-obligation call to discuss your goals and how we can help.

Process

What to expect when working individually with a Nourished + Strong Dietitian…

Step 1

Get to know us during a free, 15-minute discovery call

Step 2

Begin to explore your background and outline action steps during an initial assessment

Step 3

Build skills, evaluate progress and work toward goals during follow-up visits

Step 4

Incorporate add-on services, such as metabolism testing, for personalized insights

Step 5

Develop confidence with a grocery store tour or “Date with Your Dietitian”

Step 6

Thrive independently with continued access to clients-only tools and resources

Accepted Insurance

Nourished + Strong is an in-network provider with BCBS and Cigna. Please note, we do not accept Blue Home or Blue Local; we do accept Blue Value if you reside outside of Mecklenburg County. If you would like a complimentary benefits check before your first session to see if nutrition counseling is covered by your plan, please indicate while booking

Services

Each client journey is truly unique. To help you reach your goals, here are some of the options we may suggest. When you’re ready to learn more, simply click the link to book a discovery call.

Initial Assessment

In this 90 minute initial consult, we will begin getting to know each other as we review your health and nutrition habits over the timeline of your life. We will identify your long term goals and begin to develop a game plan to accomplish them. In addition to information gathering, we strive to make these sessions educational, so you will leave with 1-2 action items to focus on until your next session or service.

Follow Up Session

These 60 minute follow ups are an opportunity for us to continue the process of unlearning, relearning, and growing towards your goals. Like all of our interactions, they are a mix of education and support. In the initial assessment we will discuss how our work together will unfold, including a follow up frequency that makes sense for you. We find most clients prefer to meet weekly at first, transitioning to every two weeks or monthly as we progress together.

Dietitian on Demand

Dietitian on Demand is our monthly membership program that grants unlimited access to messaging with your Dietitian between sessions and personalized journal feedback. For just $100 billed monthly, you have your personal Dietitian at your finger tips. We find that clients enrolled in Dietitian on Demand are able to keep their confidence high, reinforce knowledge and easier navigate challenges.

Metabolism Testing

This 10-minute breathing test is the gold standard for assessing your resting metabolic rate, or how many calories your body burns at rest. In this 60 minute session, we will learn about your metabolic health as it relates to your holistic health and performance. *If your insurance policy is accepted and covers nutrition counseling, your test may be just $50. Select pay later when booking. An initial assessment must be booked before advanced testing can take place.

FAQs

Approach

We believe that you are the best expert in YOU. Essentially the opposite of a one-size-fits-all meal plan, our goal is to help you reconnect with your body so that you can make empowered choices for yourself. (Now and throughout the rest of your life!) 

 

Dieting (and diet culture) profits from having you adhere to a set of external rules. In some ways, they actually like when you "fail" because it keeps you coming back. Taking a non-diet approach is more about giving you the skills to make internally driven choices without all of the outside noise. In our time together, we may chose to integrate parts of intuitive eating, but you'll also gain a deeper understanding and respect for the science of nutrition, how your body works, mental health, exercise, and more!

 

Does this take work? Yes, because we are talking about unlearning years if not decades worth of diet muck. In fact, non-diet work can initially feel more uncomfortable than if we were just to tell you what, when and how to eat. But this is about taking the long view with your health, wellness and happiness—and it’s 100% worth it.

Nope—but we will teach you about the basics of human physiology and nutrition so you can make informed decisions. Married with your newfound mindfulness and non-judgmental check-ins with your body, and you’ll learn to fuel yourself with confidence.

 

Are you thinking "but meal plans have really worked for me in the past, if I'm just told what to do, I can do it"? I beg the question: if you're here on our website, has it really worked for you?

 

The skills you will learn from us transcend just what to eat. If knowing we won't tell you WHAT to eat makes you feel a little panicky –don't worry– we've heard that before. Remember, diet culture has profited from keeping you externally focused– so much so that people often have a hard time knowing what they even really like anymore. We'll not only help you rediscover what you like, but teach you how to fuel your body to feel your best– whatever that means to you.

First, know that you are not alone– the majority of our clients find themselves here because of body dissatisfaction or a health concern that they believe will improve with weight loss. They also stay long enough to read this because they know, deep down, that what they have been doing –dieting in the pursuit of weight loss– has not been working.

 

As HAES aligned weight-neutral Dietitians, weight is not a metric of success that we use. We will help you explore why weight loss feels important, what beliefs you hold about about your weight/body and where those beliefs came from.

 

In our work together, your weight may increase, decrease, or stay the same– you will also learn that your worth is so much more than your weight. Body image and self confidence is learned, and unfortunately, much of the learning is filtered through generations of a weight-centric fat-phobic diet culture. Some of the most powerful transformation you can expect takes place when we really sort through these beliefs to reach a more meaningful revelation about how your self-talk is dictating what you eat and how you treat yourself.

The short answer: meaningful change in just about every aspect of life. By focusing on our five pillars of wellness, we will address mindfulness, stress management, self-care, athletic performance, sleep quality, digestion, mental focus, energy and, yes, nutrition. 

 

Because our approach is so personalized, you come to us with your hopes and needs and we’ll go from there.

First, you can improve your health completely independent of your weight.

 

Weight is not an accurate reflection of a person's health. Health comes in a variety of shapes and sizes– and this is supported by science. Intentional weight loss often leads to weight cycling, which can be more harmful to overall bio-health markers. Simply put, a "prescription" for weight loss to treat a health condition could actually be worse for your health in the long run.

 

So why was I told to lose weight? Weight bias is extremely common in the healthcare system with known adverse effects. This is the very reason someone in a smaller body with a health complaint may get further testing; whereas an overweight individual with the same complaint will be told to lose weight without further investigation. In instances where our clients were instructed to lose weight, we help them dive deeper into all contributing factors, and help them to advocate for proper assessment and treatment independent of weight.

General

Individual nutrition counseling is for you if...

  • You are newly diagnosed or currently engaging in eating disorder behaviors
  • You are looking for individualized nutrition treatment for a medical condition
  • You prefer to receive support in a one-on-one dynamic
  • You hope to utilize insurance benefits for counseling costs
  • You are ready for a longer commitment (at least 6 months)

Group coaching is for you if...

  • You are interested in improving health and wellbeing without a diet
  • You are on or interested in an anti-diet intuitive eating journey
  • You would like a lower cost opportunity to work with an expert Registered Dietitian
  • You would like to learn and grow alongside 5-10 likeminded individuals
  • You have a history of an eating disorder and are in recovery
  • You are ready to commit to a 6-week intensive group
  • You would like to be added to the 1:1 wait list but start receiving support sooner

The minimum amount of time we spend with a client is typically 6 months. On average, clients stay at least a year (sometimes multiple!) but the key word in that phrase is “average.” We aren’t about locking people in and we aren’t about quick fixes either. If a lengthy commitment feels daunting to you, pause and think about how you didn't get here overnight, it's a process, and one that is best when not rushed. We’re about exploring what is best for you to set you up for success. (If resuming sessions at a later time is part of that journey, we’ll be there for you then, too.)

We are an in-network provider for BCBS and Cigna. We bill under Medical or Preventative Wellness, commonly using diagnosis Z71.3 and procedure codes 97802/97803. Most plans provide coverage without copays or coinsurance, but we recommend checking coverage prior to your first session. Upon request, we will do a benefits check to double check. Advanced services/tests and group coaching are not billable to insurance and will be an out-of-pocket expense. We are always transparent about costs up-front, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

You still have a few options. 

  1. We can provide a superbill for reimbursement.
  2. You can pay for your sessions/services with HSA/FSA dollars or cash/check/major credit cards.
  3. Talk with us about payment plans and sliding scales.

I know, metabolism testing through an anti-diet lens is a cool service– but we're particular about who and when we test. To accurately interpret your results, we need a full clinical picture of your health and history. We find it most helpful to gather this history in our comprehensive initial assessment and follow up sessions, and this ensures you get the most from your investment.

Getting to know you first also gives us a chance to determine testing appropriateness. These tools can be incredibly valuable when used appropriately, but there are cases where we may say "no" or "not yet". Clients are often curious when they feel like they don't understand their bodies, but we will not use testing just to prove there is something “wrong” with your body that needs “to be fixed".

Group and 1:1 virtual counseling, micronutrient and hormone testing is available to most US Residents but may not be covered by your insurance.

Metabolism testing is only available in person. Check with us to learn more.

Have You Already Had an Initial Assessment?

It’s required to have done an initial assessment before further testing can be done!