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Nutrition Specialist

Plymouth Psych Group

Mental Health Clinic & Autism Specialist located in Plymouth, MN

Renowned clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge once said, “A well-nourished body and brain is better able to withstand ongoing stress and recover from illness.” Additionally, research suggests that proper nutrition can positively impact mental health, specifically in regards to mood disorders like anxiety and depression. At Plymouth Psych Group in Plymouth, Minnesota, the team of mental health professionals offers nutrition counseling to help patients feel their best. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Nutrition Q&A

What is nutrition?

Nutrition refers to the foods and beverages you consume and their effect on your energy levels, health, and risk of disease. It also focuses on good dietary choices, what happens if you have too much or too little of a particular nutrient, as well as food intolerances and allergies.

If you eat a healthy, balanced diet, your body has access to the vitamins and nutrients it needs to thrive. If you eat a poor diet, you’re more likely to experience serious health problems, including sleep disturbances, low energy levels, depression, heart disease, and diabetes.

Nutrition support provided by a medical professional can make meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking easier. Having someone to lean on can hold you accountable and make these tasks more approachable. 


Who can benefit from nutrition support?

The team at Plymouth Psych Group recommends nutrition support to patients of all ages, from teenagers to older adults. You might benefit if:

  • You have a chronic disease like diabetes, high cholesterol, or heart disease
  • You have an eating disorder
  • You’re living with autism
  • You’re struggling with weight gain or weight loss
  • You’re preparing to undergo bariatric surgery
  • You’re recovering from bariatric surgery
  • You have digestive health problems, like food sensitivities
  • You feel stuck or confused about nutrition recommendations

You might also benefit from nutrition support if you want to improve your lifestyle through healthy eating and regular exercise.


What happens during a nutrition support appointment?

Nutrition support at Plymouth Psych Group begins with an initial 60-minute assessment. During this appointment, your provider takes the time to learn more about your unique goals, health needs, and desired outcomes.

To gather this information, your provider reviews your medical history and your relationship with food, including current patterns in regards to grocery shopping, meal timing, food groups, exercise patterns, and dining out.

Your provider synthesizes this data and converts it into a series of concrete goals and action steps. You leave the office with a blueprint for improving your health and well-being.

Follow-up appointments last 30-60 minutes and focus on your individual needs. During nutrition support visits, you can ask questions, get new ideas, discuss challenges, and lean on your provider for support and motivation. Your provider also holds you accountable, ensuring you stick to your treatment regimen.

Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with the on-staff registered dietician. Food and digestion aren’t always easy to talk about. The dietician is approachable and non-judgmental, ensuring all patients feel respected, comfortable, and heard.

If you want to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, schedule a nutrition support appointment at Plymouth Psych Group. Call the office to speak with a friendly staff member, or book a consultation online today.


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