To make a nutrition session a success, there are some steps that you can take beforehand. It is always best to take nutrition advice from a Registered Dietitian who has adequate training in nutrition and, more specifically knowledge in POTS and Dysautonomia Symptoms.
Bringing the following prior to your initial appointment can help immensely:
- Complete lab work (Including CBC, CMP, B12, Vitamin D and Ferritin)
- A food/symptom diary. This should include intake over a week along with symptoms that may occur. List all food and drinks consumed and be as specific as you can. Include time and portion size in the log.
- A list of supplements that you are currently taking. This should also include the amounts of each supplement and the brand.
- A list of allergies/intolerance along with test results if allergy/intolerance testing has been completed.
- A list of your questions for the dietitian.
- List of nutrition recommendations you have received from other practitioners.
- List of prior diet/nutrition approaches that have been met with or without success.
- List of medications or other prescriptions.
- An open mind.
- Prior to your appointment, think about what your personal feelings or goals are for your eating and nutritional habits.