Understanding your patients and their unique perspectives, experiences, and feelings about their current eating is essential. As you plan with your patient, be sure to discuss common challenges patients face when initiating a healthy eating plan. Consider how this will function will also affect the people they do the eating with, incorporating the general guidelines (i.e. decrease sugary drinks, portion size, and meal time routines…) to help guide this part of the discussion.
A resource list of healthy eating plans and their effectiveness can be found here. This resource is designed for providers to help understand the science associated with various dietary strategies.