Karen provides personalized nutrition counseling for adults and children. She specializes in weight management, menopausal and hormonal barriers to weight maintenance, GI disorders, and family nutrition.
Through a counseling partnership, she works to uncover the nutrition-related causes of health imbalances and identify the lifestyle changes required to achieve individual goals. Each client receives a personalized plan and ongoing support based on medical history, laboratory testing, nutritional deficiencies, and food and lifestyle preferences.
As founder of the Blog, truefoodfeed.com, Karen provides evidence-based nutrition practice information and real-world advice on topics that include:
Not sure what to eat or how to cook healthy meals for your friends and family? Karen will work with your to prepare a personalized meal plan with recipes and cooking instruction. As part of ongoing support, she also offers suggestions for food shopping and strategies for dining out, events, and "trigger" times.
If you are seeking evidence-based nutrition advice from a professional trained to treat clinical conditions as well as nutrition plans, your best bet is to seek a Registered Dietitian (RD) otherwise known as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
To become a RD or RDN, a person must have a bachelor’s degree and more recently a master's degree from an accredited university or college in the U.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics; complete 1,200 hours of supervised practice through an accredited practice program; pass the national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration; and complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration and state licensure (e.g. Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist - LDN).
RD's often have additional training, and like other medical professionals, specialize in areas such as diabetes, clinical nutrition support, or gastrointestinal disorders. Only RD's can accept insurance for Medical Nutrition Therapy for conditions such as type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, celiac disease, and obesity.
Conversely, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Yes, anyone. Coursework and training can vary from hours to days. Some states do not even require certification to become a nutritionist, so it is possible for anyone (with little or no training) in those states to offer nutrition advice.
When it come to your health, don't settle for a trainer at the gym, an online health coach, or an unlicensed nutritionist. Consult with a licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist trained to consider your overall medical profile while guiding your nutrition, lifestyle, and weight management.
Karen Kruza, MPH, RDN, LDN