Nutritional Counseling in Vancouver, BC
Diet and Nutrition Counseling
Diet and nutrition counseling provides individuals with a deeper knowledge of nutrition and how it can affect their health. Through one-on-one counseling with Dr. Nagra, patients can receive a thorough assessment of their current health with individualized advice on how to improve it. Whether patients are looking to combat specific illnesses or need nutrition counseling for families (children, adults, seniors, pregnancies, etc.), Dr. Nagra can help patients construct diets that are nutritionally adequate and health-promoting.
Using an evidence-based approach, Dr. Nagra focuses on the benefits proper nutrition can bring to his patients’ lives. As a naturopathic doctor, he provides physical evaluations, blood testing, educational materials, support, and follow-up appointments to make and maintain healthful dietary changes.
Individual Nutrition Counseling
When living with diabetes, patients can benefit from seeking diet and nutritional counseling from a naturopathic doctor like Dr. Nagra. A variety of dietary patterns and specific foods can help control blood glucose levels and assist with management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Nutrition counseling helps individuals develop healthy eating habits that not only manage blood glucose levels, but also reduces the risk of people with diabetes from developing coronary heart disease. Individual nutrition counseling focuses on increasing one’s intake of health promoting foods such as legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and certain oils, nuts, and seeds. Adopting a healthy, balanced diet can feel overwhelming; however, with the right guidance from a naturopathic doctor, people with diabetes can achieve better health through developing a diabetes-friendly way of eating.
For Weight Loss
Some individuals seek diet and nutrition counseling with the goal of losing weight. While weight loss can be a difficult and highly personal topic to discuss, Dr. Nagra prioritizes his patient’s comfort, health, and personal goals above all else. After reviewing his patient’s current lifestyle and diet practices, Dr. Nagra will tailor the next steps based on the individual’s preferences and habits. This approach not only encourages healthy eating habits but can also significantly reduce a patient’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. By applying his extensive, evidence-based knowledge, Dr. Nagra helps his patients discover a way of eating that’s nutrient dense, exciting, and customized to the individual.
When people focus on adopting a healthy diet, they can experience a lot more than just weight loss. While weight loss can occur, disease prevention is another benefit of healthier eating habits. When providing dietary advise, Dr. Nagra takes a patient’s lifestyle, habits, religious practices, dietary preferences, socioeconomic status, and opinions into account. This approach can help incite long-lasting and enjoyable dietary shifts.
In-Home Nutrition Counseling
For patients seeking nutrition counseling from the comfort of their homes, Dr. Nagra offers virtual appointments. This helps patients reach their health goals without spending time running to and from appointments. For new parents, busy professionals, or individuals who struggle with mobility, in home nutrition counseling offers one-on-one professional advisement through the safety of a screen.
What is the Importance of Nutrition Counseling?
Nutrition counseling helps patients learn important information regarding nutrition and how it can impact their health while providing actionable steps to ensure their nutritional needs are met. Patients can reach their health goals, whether that be to gain or lose weight, improve athletic performance and recovery, manage symptoms of illness or disease, or prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Nagra and Nutrition Counseling
Dr. Matthew Nagra was inspired to become a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) after improving his own health concerns including asthma and weight management. After transitioning to a nutritionally rich, plant-based diet, he noticed significant improvements in his health and centered his career around helping others do the same. His passion for nutrition counseling adds to his simple and sustainable approach to help individuals take control of their health.
Before becoming a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the Boucher Institute in 2018, Dr. Nagra received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Victoria. In addition to this, Dr. Nagra continuously pursues other areas of focus, including his passion for plant-based nutrition.
Providing an evidence-based approach, Dr. Nagra received his Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition Studies. As a naturopathic doctor, he strives to improve his patient’s health from the inside out, offering personalized diet and nutrition counseling that can combat illnesses, decrease the risks of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and improve an individual’s health and fitness overall.
Does Insurance Cover Nutrition Counseling?
Some extended health care insurance providers cover naturopathic services, including nutrition counseling conducted by a naturopathic doctor; however, this depends on your insurance plan. Prior to making an appointment, please speak with your insurance provider to confirm the extended health care coverage available to you.
What Can I Expect From Nutritional Counseling?
During your first nutritional counseling appointment, Dr. Nagra will ask about your health history, diet, lifestyle (exercise, sleep, etc.), and goals. Not only will this provide a clear assessment of your current habits, but it will also uncover potential areas of improvement. From there, Dr. Nagra will provide personalized guidance, resources, and physical evaluation to improve your health through lifestyle modifications. Depending on your needs and goals, follow-up appointments are recommended to track progress and continuously assess your health.
Does My Diet Need to Be Perfect to Make Nutritional Counselling Worthwhile?
There’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Rather, nutritional counseling will help you develop healthy eating habits that you can integrate into your current lifestyle. While the idea of change may be intimidating, the benefit of individual nutrition counseling is that it’s tailored to you. So, if you’re having difficulty balancing your old way of eating with Dr. Nagra’s suggestions, together you can discuss what is and isn’t working, then reassess the next steps to make this new approach more manageable for you. Depending on your goals and Dr. Nagra’s advisement, you can focus on making minor adjustments overtime or larger changes right away.
What Positive Changes Will I Notice After Nutritional Counseling?
The changes you will notice will depend on several factors, including your current health, your goals, and the type of nutritional adjustments you choose. However, some positive affects you may experience from nutrition counselling are weight loss, improvements in chronic disease risk factors, improved fitness, and more.
How Long Does Nutritional Counselling Last?
The goal of nutritional counseling is to create changes you can maintain for life. With proper guidance from Dr. Nagra, you will adopt lifestyle changes to improve your overall health and well-being through nutritional adjustments. While you can continue to book follow-up appointments, this is dependent on your needs. For example, if you undergo a major lifestyle change such as pregnancy or want to target athletic endeavours, you can book an appointment for a reassessment of your nutritional needs.
What Kind of Support Do I Receive Outside of My Nutritional Counseling?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Nagra will perform a physical examination with a thorough assessment of your lifestyle, diet, and health. He will provide educational resources, personalized nutritional guidance, and continuous support through follow-up appointments to track your progress and recommend further modifications.
Do You Offer Online Nutritional Counseling?
Yes, Dr. Nagra currently offers virtual nutritional counselling appointments. To view a full list of telehealth naturopathic services through our online booking tool, please click here.
How Much Does Nutrition Counseling Cost?
The cost of nutrition counseling depends on the type of appointment you book as initial consultations and follow-up sessions vary in time, depth, and price. Additionally, a portion of your nutrition counseling appointment may be covered by your insurance provider. Before booking an appointment, please reach out to your insurance provider and view the full list of prices on our online booking tool here.
- Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate: eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies 2019
- Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine: Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine 2018
- Bachelor of Science, Microbiology: University of Victoria 2014
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