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Healthier Eating & Lifestyle…Virtually - By Gretchen Scalpi RD, CDE

Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, author and Certified Wellcoach®. Gretchen has worked with hundreds of clients in her own private nutrition practice since 2002, providing nutrition and wellness coaching in the areas of diabetes, weight management, food sensitivities, and general wellness. Gretchen provides lectures and workshops on a variety of nutrition topics to corporate and community groups.  She is the author of the "The Everything Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd ed.," and "The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Prediabetes".  If you would like to learn more about Gretchen, or read her newsletter or blog visit  http://www.nutritionxpert.com.

 

Happy New Year! January is here and many of us are thinking about 2014 as being the year to finally lose weight! Here’s a reality check for you…The days of “dieting” are over. We know that about 95% of people who follow diet plans fail and regain their weight. The key to success for weight loss or improved health is to learn how to create lifestyle changes that you can live with. It is all about learning to shift from doing the same old things that don’t work, to adopting new ways that get your lifestyle and eating habits back in balance.

We are very fortunate to live in a time where some of these tasks can actually be accomplished virtually. Being able to work virtually with a Registered Dietitian (RD) who has expertise in nutrition and wellness coaching is no exception.
Working face to face with an RD is a wonderful option, but there are constraints. Many people do not have a qualified professional in their area to work with. Others simply lack the time for routine office visits because of their busy schedule. This is exactly where working with a virtual dietitian comes in.

The benefits of working with a virtual dietitian are:
• You can have a healthy program tailored especially for you.
• Your sessions are still private and confidential.
• You get regular feedback and encouragement to keep you “accountable”.
• Your program is flexible and portable, allowing you to work at your own pace, wherever you are.
• You can have ongoing support for as long as you like or need.
Here is a way to access the services of a virtual RD no matter where you are located: use an online service where you can access regular coaching and guidance from an RD every week!

The virtual platform allows you to provide basic information about your current lifestyle and eating habits. This helps both you and the dietitian identify what your needs are, as well as what you would like to achieve as a result of using the service. Once individual needs are evaluated, the dietitian works with you weekly through a secure email system to review your eating and/or lifestyle plan. From there, you can track your weight, activity, and food intake. Tracking really helps to keep you accountable!
Weekly emails are designed to help you learn skills that promote weight loss and improve lifestyle. Learning specific behavior modification strategies can help you overcome obstacles that have gotten in the way of your success in the past. When you receive weekly coaching via email, you learn how to move ahead, instead of being stuck with your old behavior. The weekly email contact helps you stay on track and keeps you accountable for your plan!

It’s important to remember that online coaching is not an appropriate venue for dealing with specific medical issues. A Registered Dietitian can help you with that, however, this type of work requires coordination with your physician and meetings with the RD are face to face.

The virtual online option to work with an RD can go a long way toward helping you with lifestyle changes or weight loss. It may be just the thing fits well into your busy schedule, and, it’s a program that works! Maybe 2014 will be the year that you finally lose the weight!

 

Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, author and Certified Wellcoach®. Gretchen has worked with hundreds of clients in her own private nutrition practice since 2002, providing nutrition and wellness coaching in the areas of diabetes, weight management, food sensitivities, and general wellness. Gretchen provides lectures and workshops on a variety of nutrition topics to corporate and community groups.  She is the author of the "Pre-Diabetes: Your Second Chance at Health," and "The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Prediabetes".  If you would like to learn more about Gretchen, or read her newsletter visit  http://www.nutritionxpert.com.

 

This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com