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General Questions

Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Most nutrition services do not require a doctor’s referral. In the small case that it does, we will work with you and your doctor’s office to get one.
How will I know if my insurance covers my treatment?
Call or email us and in as little as 30 seconds we will verify your insurance prior to your appointment.
Can I use my HSA, FSA, or self-pay?
Yes, you can use your HSA, FSA, and we also offer payment plans and discounts for packaged services.
Can you tailor a plan to work within special diet restrictions?
Yes, we work with you to develop a nutrition plan that works within your needs, lifestyle, and health goals.
What are your office hours?
We are open from 6 a.m to 8 p.m Monday through Friday.
Can I see the same provider every appointment?
Yes, you will always meet with the same nutritionist.
Where are you located?
Our nutrition clinic is located in the Chicago Loop at 160 N. Wacker Drive, Unit 201.
Do you offer virtual appointments?
Yes! For your convenience, we offer virtual appointments for nutrition counselling across the United States. Check out the regions we serve here

Nutrition Questions

Do I need a prescription or referral to see a Health Loft nutritionist?

Most of the time, a referral is not necessary to see a nutritionist. In the small chance that one is required, we will work with your doctor’s office. You can always call us to verify your insurance to make sure you’re covered!

How will I know if I have insurance coverage?

Call us to book an appointment and we can verify coverage over the phone in as little as than 30 seconds.

Can I use my HSA, FSA, or a self-payment plan?

Yes, you can use your savings dollars to pay for your nutrition services.

Do you check blood work?

Yes, our nutritionists will review any lab work that you have, and provide you with feedback and answers to begin making positive changes.

If I have a specific diet I want to follow, will you help me do that?

Yes. Our nutritionists are highly trained and familiar with all types of diets and can help you develop a plan and prepare meals that fit within your preferred diet. Examples include keto, vegan, vegetarian, FODMAP and many more! 

What do nutrition counseling sessions look like?
We want to get to know you! Our first job is to listen to your story and your concerns, asking questions to determine the main areas to focus on. We work step-by-step to help you set health goals and stick to them. Each visit, we’ll evaluate your progress, discuss sticking points, and make a new plan to keep you moving in the right direction. Appointments are always 55-60 minutes in length.
How can a registered dietitian or nutritionist help me?
A dietitian is a great resource to help you meet any food or nutrition related health goals you may have, whether that is losing weight or trying to improve your diet for other health-related reasons. They can provide education and support to help you make healthy food choices and work towards positive, sustainable lifestyle changes.
When should you consult a registered dietitian?
There are many potential reasons to consult a dietitian! Dietitians are trained to help people with a wide array of health and nutrition related concerns including weight loss and weight management, eating disorders, sports performance nutrition, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart health. Basically, if you have any concerns about diet and nutrition, it is a good time to consult a dietitian! 
What to expect during my first consultation with a registered dietitian/nutritionist?
During your initial consultation, your dietitian will ask a lot of questions and gather a lot of information. This is so that your dietitian can get to know you, your story, and learn what your long term nutritional goals are. From there, you will work together to create a plan to help you achieve your goals in a healthy and sustainable manner.
How often should I visit a registered dietitian/nutritionist?
Recommended frequency of visits will depend on an individual’s needs and nutritional goals. Oftentimes, clients will begin with weekly or biweekly visits in order to establish the best plan of care and stay on track with their goals. 
What are the qualifications of a registered dietitian?

Registered Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who must meet a set of rigorous professional and academic standards in order to hold their title. These standards include: 

  • Earning a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and/or dietetics
  • Completing 1200 hours of supervised practice 
  • Passing a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Completing continuing education requirements in order to maintain credentialing 

 

What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?

The terms “dietitian” and “nutritionist” are often used interchangeably, however the two credentials are not actually equal. A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is a food and nutrition expert who must obtain a relevant bachelor’s degree, complete a supervised practice program, and pass a national examination in order to earn their credentials. A nutritionist, on the other hand, is not required to meet these same requirements in order to use the title. In fact, in many states “Nutritionist” is an unregulated term meaning that anybody, regardless of educational background, can call themselves a nutritionist. This is why it is important to find a Registered Dietitian when seeking nutritional care.

What eating disorders do you treat?

Our dietitians are experienced in treating both patients with formally diagnosed eating disorders and those with disordered eating habits. Eating disorders we treat include: Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa, Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), Binge eating disorder, Orthorexia, Night eating syndrome, Pica, and Eating Disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)

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