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Nutrition Counseling Services

Proper nutrition practices for people with disease or illness | Central Oregon

Eating right can be challenging at times, especially if you ever find yourself adapting to life with a chronic illness, disease or other medical disorder. The registered dietitians at St. Charles provide personally tailored advice on how to overcome the potentially negative impact that illnesses or other medical challenges have on your ability to properly meet your body’s nutritional needs.

Nutrition counseling isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation — our dietitians take time to review and understand your health status, current diet and eating habits. Based on what they learn during early counseling stages, dietitians offer ways to effectively reach nutrition goals that those providing your medical care have identified as realistic and beneficial benchmarks. St. Charles dietitians review lab results and explain how nutrients affect your health, working with you to create an eating plan designed to help you effectively manage your condition.

St. Charles offers nutrition therapy know-how and practical solutions

As you face the prospect of how to make dietary changes to improve a disease or condition, dietitians provide many strategies that focus your efforts on reaching goals you’ve set to improve your health. They will also be there to help you maintain and monitor your progress.

For cancer patients, dietitians address weight loss due to treatment and making sure they eat enough food to meet nutritional needs that can enhance healing. In working with diabetics, the emphasis is on making sure to carefully plan the amount and type of foods to eat and timing meals/snacks to avoid high blood sugars. For people with heart disease, it’s a matter of improving nutrition so they eat enough of the right food to meet their needs. And COPD sufferers can have a difficult time preparing or eating meals due to shortness of breath.

St. Charles dietitians are experts in helping you or loved ones whose ongoing health problems have compromised the ability to get proper nutrition. We create eating plans and can suggest behavior changes and counseling methods for these and other diseases or disorders:

  • Food allergies
  • Celiac disease, diverticulitis, diverticulosis
  • Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcerative colitis
  • GERD and heartburn
  • Kidney and liver diseases
  • Pancreatitis
  • Weight management

A healthful diet can positively influence how well you will handle living day-to-day with a chronic disease or other illness. If you have questions on the nutrition counseling offered by St. Charles dietitians, or would like to schedule an appointment, call us soon at 541-706-7721.

A proper diet can help you better manage a life with chronic conditions and diseases. St. Charles Health System dietitians offer sound nutrition counseling that not only helps you meet your dietary needs through personalized and practical nutrition plans, but suggests ways to overcome barriers to meeting those goals.