Nutrition Counseling

How It Works

Nutrition Counseling at Thrive Ahead Co. focuses on promoting health and wellness without emphasizing weight loss or restrictive eating patterns. Instead of equating thinness with health, we recognize that health is multifaceted and that individuals of all sizes deserve compassionate and respectful care. We practice within a Health At Every Size approach and anti-diet lens. Nutrition counseling within this framework emphasizes intuitive eating, which involves listening to the body’s hunger and fullness cues and cultivating a healthy relationship with food. It encourages clients to reject dieting mentality and instead focus on nourishing their bodies with a variety of foods that bring joy and satisfaction.

Additionally, HAES-aligned nutrition counseling addresses the social determinants of health, such as access to nutritious food, food insecurity, and socioeconomic factors, recognizing that these play a significant role in shaping health outcomes. Overall, we prioritize health-promoting behaviors, body acceptance, and self-care, promoting sustainable well-being for individuals of all sizes.

What Makes Us Different

Kiley Gregory is Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, a higher-level certification recognized by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, in collaboration with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kiley has built her experience as a Registered Dietitian and has shown over 2,000 hours of direct practice experience and successful completion of examination in the oncology field, making her eligible for this board certification. A board certification means that Kiley has the advanced knowledge and training in the practice of oncology nutrition. Kiley is 1 of 36 Certified Specialists in Oncology Nutrition in the state of Illinois.

Benefits & Outcomes

Working with a nutrition counselor aligned can yield numerous benefits and outcomes:

improved Relationship
with Food

Clients learn to listen to their body’s hunger and fullness cues, leading to a more intuitive approach to eating and a healthier relationship with food.

Body Acceptance

By rejecting diet culture and embracing HAES principles, individuals can develop greater body acceptance and appreciation, leading to improved self-esteem and mental well-being.

Healthier Eating Patterns

Rather than focusing on restrictive diets or food rules, clients are encouraged to adopt balanced and nourishing eating patterns that prioritize both physical and emotional well-being.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety

Letting go of the constant pressure to diet or achieve a certain body size can alleviate stress and anxiety related to food and body image, promoting overall mental health.

Improved Physical Health

By focusing on nourishing the body with a variety of foods and honoring hunger and fullness cues, clients may experience improvements in physical health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar control.

Long-term Sustainability

emphasizes sustainable lifestyle changes rather than quick fixes or temporary diets, leading to long-term improvements in health and well-being.

Increased Energy and Vitality

 Adopting a balanced and intuitive approach to eating can lead to increased energy levels, improved digestion, and overall feelings of vitality and well-being.

Community and Support

Clients may benefit from a supportive community of like-minded individuals who are also on a journey toward body acceptance and improved health, providing a sense of belonging and solidarity.

Your Support System

Kiley Gregory RDN, CSO, LDN

(she/her)

Kiley Gregory is a registered dietitian nutritionist. Kiley serves clients from all over the city, surrounding suburbs and offers in-person and online appointments. Using a non-diet & health at every size approach, Kiley’s expertise lies in disordered eating patterns, chronic disease management & prevention, & oncology nutrition. Kiley is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, individuals that have survived cancers or are in active treatment, athletes, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Her most recent achievement is becoming a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.

Insurance

Our nutrition counseling services accept:
Aetna
Sana Health
BCBS PPO
BCBS Blue Choice
United/Optum

FAQ’s

What is nutrition counseling?

Nutrition counseling is a collaborative process between you and our qualified registered dietitian nutritionist to assess your dietary habits, nutritional needs, and health goals. Through personalized guidance and support, we aim to empower you to make sustainable dietary changes that support your overall health and wellness.

What should I expect when I visit Thrive Ahead Co.?

When you visit Thrive Ahead Co. for nutrition counseling, you can expect to receive personalized and compassionate care from our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and team. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your dietary habits, health concerns, and wellness goals. Our RDN will work with you to develop a customized nutrition plan tailored to your individual needs and preferences. You’ll receive practical guidance, education, and support to help you make sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle, empowering you to thrive and achieve your health goals. We understand that nutrition is not a one size fits all, that’s why our nutritional counseling will be tailored specific to your needs and concerns. Plus, we pride ourselves on our health at every size approach.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Scheduling an appointment at Thrive Ahead Co. is easy! Click here to schedule your consultation, find an appointment time that works for your schedule. Any other questions/concerns please email – hello@thriveahead.co.

How long is an appointment?

A nutrition counseling appointment at Thrive Ahead Co. typically lasts between 45 to 60 minutes. This allows enough time for our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) to conduct a thorough assessment of your dietary habits, lifestyle factors, health concerns, and goals. During the appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your nutritional needs and receive personalized guidance, education, and support to help you make positive changes to your diet and lifestyle. If you have any questions or concerns about the duration of your appointment, please feel free to contact our office, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

How do I prepare for my appointment?

We want to make the most of your nutrition counseling appointment. We strongly recommend taking some time to reflect on your current dietary habits, health goals, and any specific questions or concerns you may have. You may find it helpful to keep a food diary for a few days prior to your appointment to track your eating patterns and identify areas for improvement. Additionally, if you have any recent lab results or medical reports related to your health, please bring them with you to your appointment.

How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?

 If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact our office as soon as possible to notify us of the change. We understand that life happens and we’re happy to accommodate your scheduling needs whenever possible. Please note that we kindly request at least 48 hours’ notice for appointment cancellations or rescheduling to allow us to offer the appointment time to another client. An appointment cancellation with less than 48 hours’ notice is subject to a cancellation fee as it would take time from another client appointment.

Who can I contact with questions/concerns?

Our friendly staff are here to assist you and address any questions or concerns you may have. You can reach us by emailing us at hello@thriveahead.co and we’ll respond to your inquiry promptly.

What type of insurance do you accept for nutrition counseling?

 Our nutrition counseling services accept Aetna, Sana Health, BCBS PPO, BCBS Blue Choice and United/Optum.

Who is the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) at Thrive Ahead Co.?

 Using a non-diet & health at every size approach, Kiley Gregory’s expertise lies in disordered eating patterns, chronic disease management & prevention, & oncology nutrition. Kiley is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, individuals that have survived cancers or are in active treatment, athletes, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Her most recent achievement is becoming a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition.

Resources

Harvard T.H. Chan - School of Public Health

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

American Institute for Cancer Reason

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

BodyKindness

Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN

More than a body by Lindsay and Lexie Kite, PhD

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Offering clients guidance with nutrition, positive lifestyle changes, and navigating new health diagnoses. Our specialties include: oncology nutrition, disordered eating, fitness/performance nutrition and chronic disease prevention & management.