Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Q: What is the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?
A: The common saying is, “all dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians”. In other words, a registered dietitian needs to have earned a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, complete courses within the didactic program in dietetics (DPD), match and complete a specified amount of hours through an accredited internship, pass a national examination and maintain continuing education credits. It will also be mandatory within a few years for dietitians to have a Master’s degree in a related field. While some dietitians may refer to themselves as 'nutritionists', nutritionists who have not undergone the above education and practice cannot refer to themselves as 'registered dietitians'. Registered dietitians are the nutrition experts.
Q: Who do you work with?
A: My specialties include sports nutrition and digestive health.
I work with athletes (including high school, college and professional levels) and active individuals to fuel their training needs. I also work with athletes who battle digestive issues in order to help them to manage their symptoms and meet their performance goals.
Additionally, I work with individuals who suffer from various GI conditions, such as those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Gastroparesis, Celiac Disease, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and those with food sensitivities. Whenever I provide guidance regarding foods to temporarily avoid in order to improve symptoms, I always ensure that you understand which foods should be well tolerated, so that you are not left wondering what else is left to eat! I also provide additional resources as needed (for example, shopping guides or recipes) in order to help ease your transition into the nutrition protocol.
Overall, I work with many people to improve their relationship with food, whether the focus is on symptom management and navigating a nutrition protocol in the least restrictive way possible, sports nutrition and improving performance or improving health-related behaviors.
Q: Where are you located?
A: I offer both office visits and telehealth appointments.
I have offices located in Norwalk, CT. and Hamden, CT. My Norwalk office is located at 83 East Avenue (suite 313). I am at the Norwalk office on Mondays. I also offer personal training services at this office at the gym located in suite 311. My Hamden office is located at 2200 Whitney Avenue (suite 330). I am at the Hamden office on Wednesdays.
I also offer virtual nutrition counseling. These video or phone appointments can be made through my secure telehealth software. I am available for telehealth appointments Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings by appointment.
Q: Can I book everything directly on your website?
A: While it is possible to book all nutrition appointments directly on this website, it is important to first contact me for a complimentary, brief phone consultation, during which we can discuss your goals, you can learn more about my approach and I can answer any questions about the process you may have. Once we complete the phone consultation, you can then purchase a service or package and book your appointment directly on this website. Please contact me to schedule personal training sessions.
Q: Does Alyssa Lavy Nutrition & Wellness LLC accept insurance?
A: No, Alyssa Lavy Nutrition & Wellness LLC does not accept any insurance plans.