Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions about Family Food
What will I talk about with the dietitian?

At your first visit, the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) will learn from you what you would like to focus on in the nutrition counseling sessions. The RDN will learn about the experiences you’ve had with health and nutrition in the past as well as your vision for your future. You can work together to set nutrition goals and create strategies, ask any questions you may have, or if you are completely unsure, your RDN will guide you through the session.

What is the difference between a dietitian and nutritionist?

Registered Dietitians Nutritionists are the nutrition experts. The term “nutritionist” is used loosely compared with Registered Dietitians Nutritionists who are required to have a degree in nutrition and complete a nutrition residency program providing them with years of nutrition experience and expertise.

How long is the nutrition counseling session?
We recommend one hour for the first appointment. If you do not have quite that much time, just let your Registered Dietitian Nutritionist know at the start of your appointment.
Where will I meet my Dietitian?
Family Food makes scheduling an appointment easy – we come directly to you! Your Family Food Registered Dietitian can meet you at any location that is convenient for you: home, office, coffee shop, library, etc.
How many sessions will I have with my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
Insurance plans can vary on their coverage of nutrition counseling. Check with your Dietitian at the start of your visit for more information on how many visits will be covered.
Can I bring another person with me to the appointment?
Yes! You are more than welcome to bring a spouse or other family member to the nutrition counseling appointment with you so they can receive the nutrition information as well. However, we limit this to family members and those under the same household. If you have a friend interested in their own appointment, we would be happy to meet with them as well in a separate visit.
Why do people meet with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
  • You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. A Family Food Registered Dietitian serves as an integral part of your health care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
  • You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. A Family Food Registered Dietitian will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs
  • You have digestive problems. A Family Food Registered Dietitian will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation.
  • You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A Family Food Registered Dietitian can help make sure you get nutrients like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, lowering your newborn’s risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.
  • You have a food sensitivity or allergy. A Family Food Registered Dietitian will help you identify which ingredients and foods you should avoid and which foods are still safe for you to eat and enjoy.
  • You are concerned about your child or teenagers’ eating and health. A Family Food Registered Dietitian can advise you on getting your child to eat healthfully.
  • You need to gain or lose weight. A Family Food Registered Dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss while allowing you to still eat all your favorite foods.
  • You’re caring for an aging parent. A Family Food Registered Dietitian can help with food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds for aging parents.
  • You want to eat smarter. A Family Food Registered Dietitian can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive; and learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.
  • You want to improve your performance in sports. A Family Food Registered Dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.
  • You want to engage in corporate wellness. Family Food also promotes corporate wellness because we our dedicated to improving individual health and wellness in the workplace. For more information about Philadelphia corporate wellness, visit Corporate Wellness Nutrition by Family Food, LLC.



I had a great 1st visit with the nutritionist. I went to get tips on changing by diet, but got much more. I was able to set a physical activity and nutrition goal. The nutritionist was knowledgeable and helpful.

I am so grateful for the stellar support and advice provided by Meghan, the dietitian I'm working with. She is both knowledgeable and kind, and it's a deeply productive journey. Thank you."



Consulting with a Family Food nutritionist is turning out to be helpful in my effort to live healthy. The consultations are a way of having a sense of accountability and I get helpful feedback on my dietary decisions.



Great nutrition experts who inspire you! I am happy with the nutrition specialists at Family Food. They make me excited about nutrition, answer all my questions, and provide excellent recommendations! Thank you!!



Very professional experience. I felt she listened to my needs and adjusted to personalize my nutrition needs.



My initial appointment was helpful - helped me consider new ways of addressing some problem areas for me and helped set attainable, concrete goals.



Insightful and Informative. She was very attentive and helpful. She gave excellent tips on what to do and eat to meet my goal weight.



I feel confident about the changes we made to my goals and look forward to implementing them into my everyday routine. The health adviser was very helpful and didn't make me feel shameful for not meeting all my previous goals.



I highly recommend Family Food. The nutritionist, Erika is helpful and provides great information and positive feedback.



I had an excellent experience with the representative from Family Food. She really read into what I was telling her and offered excellent advice that I am already able to implement after one visit. She also helped to make the best use of the hour long session. Very good time management!



I met with a dietician for the first time and I had an idea of what to expect but I find this to be an invaluable resource because I have already received great ideas of things to use for meal planning and I also received more information of how to read nutrition labels. I am looking forward to my next appointment.



I really enjoyed my first session with Christine. She provided me with a lot of solid information on issues I was not aware of and positive reinforcement for behaviors I have already engaged in. I outlined specific goals I would like to work on with her guidance and she gave me some initial steps to start. I found what she had to say respectful of the space I am in and cognizant of obstacles to making lifestyle and lifelong changes.



I walked in without any specific questions/concerns, and my counseling was well-guided and ended up helping me see specific small changes that I can make to keep me on-track with my nutrition goals. Solutions fit my lifestyle and were not cookie-cutter, which is fantastic. I was able to start making improvements immediately. Thank you!



I am finding the sessions helpful and a good way to talk through improving habits and making better food choices.



I am very happy this program exists. It has been very helpful and informative. My deitition is very nice and intelligent I am happy to have her help and support.



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