The LodeStone Center provides nutrition counseling as part of our wellness services. We have a registered dietitian who you can schedule appointments with either stand alone, or along with one of our mental health clinicians. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at (847) 802-4058.
How does a food allergy differ from an intolerance?
Currently, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although slightly more common in young children and in people who have family members with the same history, most food allergies develop early in life and many are outgrown. Food allergies occur when your body’s immune system reacts to a substance in a food, usually a protein, your body sees as threatening. This sets off a chain reaction within your body. Symptoms can occur within minutes and can be mild to severe, with the possibility of them being life-threatening. A food intolerance is not the same as a food allergy. Different food intolerances have different causes. An intolerance occurs when your body is unable to digest a certain component of a food, such as lactose, a sugar found in milk. Symptoms of intolerance may be unpleasant, including abdominal cramping or diarrhea, but they are not life-threatening.
How does nutrition counseling help with food allergies and intolerances?
People with food allergies and/or intolerances need to avoid foods that make them sick. However, searching through menu items and various cuisines, where many foods include a combination of ingredients, can be difficult.
Why nutritional counseling?
- A registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN, can help you understand which foods are safe to eat and how best to avoid items that may cause a reaction. When foods are cut from your diet, you may be short-changing yourself on important vitamins and minerals. An RDN can help ensure you get the nutrition you need for your health and lifestyle.
- Learn about ingredients in foods. Eggs, wheat, milk and other allergy-causing foods are often called by other names. To help avoid allergens, the Food and Drug Administration has mandated food companies specify on product labels if any of the eight major allergens (listed above) is contained in the food. If you do not have an allergy to one of the eight, your RDN can guide you on how to further read an ingredient label.
- Learn how to read labels carefully. Manufacturers can change ingredients of products without notice, so double-check ingredient labels every time you buy a food, even if it is a familiar one. Cosmetics and beauty products also may contain common allergens such as milk, egg, wheat, and tree nuts.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding nutrition counseling, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with us. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our professionals, contact us today.