Dr. Emmy Lu Trammell, PhD, RDN, LD offices at the Playroom Lubbock where she offers Nutrition Therapy related to disordered eating or eating disorders.
What can first time clients expect when getting started with your services?
Many are scared to meet with the dietitian because they may think the dietitian is going to make them eat certain foods, force them to gain/lose weight, judge them if they don't eat “perfectly,” or make the individual “break up” with their ED (Eating Disorder). In reality, these are not true at all!
What are overall goals for Nutrition Therapy?
We begin with a discussion and assessment of THE CLIENT'S current relationship with food, exercise, and self. Together, we then plan/implement changes to create lasting healthy relationships in these areas. By learning all the wonderful things that our bodies do to help us feed ourselves, the client can begin to rely more on internal cues rather than external cues (diets/weight loss supplements/fitness trackers/calorie trackers/good or bad food mentality/etc.) to help us lead healthy lives! We all have amazing bodies that were miraculously created with internal regulators and cues that we often lose touch with due to the world we live in or experiences we have had. That regulator doesn’t go away, we just have to find it again and that’s what I can help with!
What does a typical session look like?
After the initial appointment, where I get an idea of what the client’s needs are and where I can be helpful, the subsequent appointments typically go as such:
-Check in regarding goals from the week before. The client goals can be challenging, but they are realistic and are created WITH the client to set them up for success. These goals may involve some of the following, but not limited to—a mindfulness activity, incorporation of a new food orfood group, implementing a new healthy activity or modifying some negative patterns they may have with food/exercise behaviors, etc. Goals focus on ADDING healthy and helpful behaviors rather than taking away things from a person’s life.
-Process why or why not the goals were/weren’t accomplished. Answer any questions the client may have related to wellness, nutrition, eating behaviors, resources (and the list goes on and on).
-Troubleshoot how to accomplish the goals next time, or change the goals to meet the client where they are at emotionally/mentally/physically for that day.
-Wrap up with encouragement and motivation for implementing change for the week, while also providing affirmation that they are brave and strong for going on this journey to help themselves in this area of their life.
What can clients expect from you?
What to expect from me in particular—judgment and shame free zone where the client can feel SAFE in discussing an area of their life that they may have NEVER been able to talk about comfortably before. I am someone who truly cares about their health (physically, mentally, and emotionally) and understands the gripes that food and exercise behaviors can have on someone!
Read more about Emmy Lu here. She is currently accepting new clients.