To better assess your client’s nutrition, you need to help them give you all the information you need.
But they may think you can read their minds.
You may have all the questions prepared to ask but then they say something and it throws you off on a tangent. Never to return again to find out whether they take their coffee with CBD or butter or both.
And current assessment tools are not better.
Labs, biometrics, genetic tests all give you some of the information about her.
But you need to know what goes in and on her most often.
You need it to be easy to better assess your client’s nutrition.
And now it is.
Why better nutrition assessment tools?
Developed by practitioners for practitioners, better nutrition assessment tools help you get the information you need, efficiently. Imagine walking into a patient meeting knowing what you need to know about their digestion, magnesium and sodium intakes, as well as knowing they read the information you provided on CBD or plant-based diet.
It feels awesome.
I know because for the last 5 years I’ve required my patients to submit their better nutrition assessment forms 72 hours before every initial session. My sessions take on average 15 minutes less time – which I now use for their questions – and my compliance has dramatically improved.
Don’t just take my word for it. Check out what your colleagues are saying about using the tools:
WOW but how do the tools actually work?
Today, there are so many ways to take in nutrients. The sum of those nutrients as well as the forms, timing, and balance will impact whether they contribute to your client’s better health.
Our tools ask the questions in a simple, direct, no judgement, no specific diet promotion manner.
- Do you eat these foods? How much? How often?
- And do you drink this? Or this?
- Which of these supplements do you take?
- Do you do this most days?
- Have you been diagnosed with this? Do you take this medication?
What happens when practitioners don’t assess a client’s total nutrition?
Conclusions General health checks did not reduce morbidity or mortality, neither overall nor for cardiovascular or cancer causes, although they increased the number of new diagnoses. Important harmful outcomes were often not studied or reported.– General health checks in adults for reducing morbidity and mortality from disease: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7191
And likewise, research helps confirm what we know in practice. Current nutrition assessment tools are not better for developing total nutrition recommendations for an individual’s health.
Existing tools like BMI don’t accurately predict health status nor risk. While current practice standard of using BMI (body mass index) as a marker of current and future health risk, the findings don’t validate the beneficial link between BMI and several other health markers, including blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Findings:
– Nearly half of individuals who are considered overweight by way of BMI were actually metabolically healthy, as were 19 million people with a BMI associated with obesity.“Tomiyama AJ, Hunger JM, Nguyen-Cuu J, Wells C. Misclassification of cardiometabolic health when using body mass index categories in NHANES 2005–2012. International Journal of Obesity. 2016.
– 30% individuals in the normal or healthy BMI range were metabolically unhealthy.
“BMI as a proxy for health has led to nearly 75 million U.S. adults being misclassified as metabolically unhealthy or healthy
So what should be included in your nutritional assessment?
“…Assessment of nutritional status requires a multidimensional approach, which includes different clinical indices and various nutritional parameters.”Comparison of two nutritional assessment methods in gastroenterology patients. World Journal of Gastroenterology. Branka F Filipović, Milan Gajić, World J Gastroenterol. 2010 Apr 28; 16(16): 1999–2004
Existing nutrition assessments fall into two categories: poor and ok.
To better assess your client’s nutrition you need to use tools that assess all of the boxes shown below. It is now easy to do this with better nutrition tools developed by practitioners for practitioners and their patients.
Here’s an example of a better nutrition assessment tool
It comes complete with practitioner recommendations to help guide you through the implications of their answers.
Ready to better assess your client’s nutrition to develop better recommendations and get better outcomes?! AWESOME. We are here to help.