Individual Nutrition Counseling
Life is for living, not restricting.
Carolyn Milles, RDN, LD happily serves individuals in their journeys to nourish, move, create balance and be well as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Portland, ME.
Rather than dieting and restricting, it’s important to consider our relationship with food.
Practicing mindful and intuitive eating helps us realize all the ways food nourishes our bodies.
Carolyn's individualized approach helps clients make meaningful lifestyle changes on their journey toward optimal wellbeing.
Medical nutrition therapy is provided with an empathetic and encouraging spirit.
Wherever you are in your journey, I'll meet you there.
Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling Services
include, but are not limited to:
Cardiovascular Health • Hypertension/Hyperlipidemia
Chronic Dieting • Food/Exercise Anxiety
Digestive Disorders (Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, GERD, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Gastroparesis) • Digestive Discomfort (diarrhea, constipation, bloating)
Low FODMAP (listed on Kate Scarlata's FODMAP Dietitians Near You resource)
What to Expect
Counseling sessions focus on working together to come up with strategies for change that are achievable and comfortable for you.
We will look at diagnostic lab values and medications.
Carolyn will work with your care team and report progress if desired.
There is no standard client, so there is no standard session! All sessions are individualized to your unique needs and goals.
What’s the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian?
“Nutritionist” is an unregulated term - that said, it can be used by anyone who chooses to identify as one. Registered dietitians must have at least a bachelor’s degree (including required dietetics curricula), as well as 1200 hours of supervised practice, known as the “dietetic internship.” Prospective RDs must then pass the registration exam. The training and practice of RDs relies on current, evidence-based research.
How long are the counseling sessions?
The initial consultation is scheduled for 75 minutes, while follow-up sessions are 50-60 minutes.
What is intuitive eating?
Intuitive eating is an approach to nutrition and wellness that focuses on mindfulness, listening to the body and creating a healthy relationship with food. Unlike traditional "diets" and "weight loss plans," the focus of intuitive eating is NOT on the scale or calorie intake. Success is instead measured by increased energy, improved mood, and becoming more in-tune with the body.
Why is this approach important?
Much research has shown that traditional dieting and calorie restriction does not lead to positive long-term outcomes. In fact, some studies have shown that dieting actually leads to increased weight gain! This is because continued restriction almost always leads to deprivation, followed by "binging". This cycle of dieting, relapse, and guilt can go on for years with little success. Alternatively, this approach focuses on eating as a relaxing, nourishing experience in which the body is fed to its contentment. The intuitive eater learns to listen to the body and, in turn, regains health.