Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CEDRD -                        Live Life Diet-Free!
Nutrition consultations
At my office in Boise’s North end, I work with individuals who have many different goals. Some of the more common reasons people seek my help are:
  • Recover from eating disorders such as anorexiabulimia or binge eating disorder.
  • To get off the dieting roller coaster and learn to eat healthfully and manage weight without dieting.
  • Make lifestyle changes to prevent pre-diabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes.
  • Decrease insulin resistance, cholesterol, triglycerides or blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Manage weight and decrease insulin resistance in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Learn how to eat healthfully on a vegetarian diet.
  • To help prevent or manage childhood eating and weight problems.
  • Improve general health, energy and wellness through healthy eating.
I strongly recommend that you plan on a minimum of 2-3 visits to gain the most benefit from our sessions. One-time nutrition appointments do not tend to be helpful for making long-term changes. For those who have been long-term dieters and are working toward recovery from chronic dieting and an unhealthy relationship with food, a 6-12 month commitment is recommended.
Eating disorders
Eating disorder recovery is a long process, usually taking years.
When working with someone with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, I work with a treatment team.  The team approach has been shown to be the most beneficial in terms of recovery.   In addition to a dietitian, the team will include, at minimum, a therapist and physician experienced in eating disorders treatment - I can assist you in finding appropriate professionals if needed.
I work with all ages over 5 years. Generally, if the client is  under the age of 12, I meet with only the parent(s) for the initial assessment, and we discuss what would be best in terms of including the child in future sessions.
What to expect
I use an individualized approach - I don’t have a one-size-fits-all “program”. At the initial assessment, I gather extensive information so that I can best help you. Things I will ask about include your personal goals, medical and family history, weight and dieting history, medications and nutrition supplement use, current eating habits, attitude about food, exercise and activity habits, food likes and dislikes, and body image. This allows me to provide education tailored to your needs and help set goals specifically for you. I do not do any blood, hair or saliva testing (yes, people actually ask me about this!). I do not administer shots or pills, and I do not, and never will sell any nutritional supplements or special food products. If I recommend a specific brand name food or supplement, it’s because I believe in it, not because I’m making a profit from it.
Your individualized plan may include:
  • Education about your specific health concern or disease.
  • Guidelines for nutrients such as protein, sodium, fiber, saturated fat, etc.
  • A structured meal plan.
  • Grocery shopping tips.
  • Recipes.
  • Tools for dealing with problematic eating behaviors.
  • Guidance on becoming an intuitive/mindful eater and making peace with food.
  • Nutrition supplement recommendations.
  • Food label reading guidance.
  • Tips for making healthy choices in restaurants.
  • In office food "challenges".
  • Restaurant or grocery outings.
  • Other information as requested.
Payment is required at the time of the appointment.  I do not take insurance, but will be glad to provide an insurance billing form that you can turn in for possible reimbursement.  I recommend you check with your insurance company to find out if your plan includes benefits for medical nutrition therapy.  I accept cash, checks, and all major credit / debit cards, including medical savings and flexible spending account cards.
My fees are as follows:
Initial consultation (90 minutes):  $165
Follow up consultations:  Full (50 minutes) $110
                                    Half (25 minutes) $60
1414 W. Franklin St., Boise, ID  83702 
Phone (208) 342-2228  Fax (208) 343-0889
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