FAQ

Why “Root to Leaf”?

We believe that your “health profile” doesn’t just start the day you were born, but the day your mother was born, and beyond! Did you know that how your grandparents ate could actually have affected your weight and nutritional status at birth? That’s why we believe in addressing your health at every stage of your life, from root to leaf, to help you, and future generations, become the best version of yourselves.


Who is a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian...

  • Has a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and/or a Master’s degree in nutrition
  • Completed at least 1200 hours of supervised dietetic practice
  • Passed the exam from the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR)
  • Has been officially awarded the credentials of RD (Registered Dietitian) or RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) by the CDR


Is Root to Leaf’s owner a dietitian?

She sure is!


But my neighbor says he’s a nutritionist and can help me lose weight for free. Why can’t I just go to him instead?

You can… but you won’t have the guarantee that he has received the proper training to provide quality, evidence-based nutrition counseling. Anybody, even Bob next door, can call themselves a nutritionist - it is not a legally protected profession. Only an individual who has met the above criteria can legally call themselves a registered dietitian, and that gives you the guarantee that they have received the proper education and professional experience to provide you the best quality care possible.


Why is nutrition important during pregnancy?

Because you are growing another person inside of you! Just like we, as adults, need various nutrients and adequate hydration to maintain our health, the same goes for our little babies. And guess where baby is going to get all that nutrition from? Spoiler alert… it’s you! So when you are pregnant, you not only need to be meeting your OWN nutritional needs, but those of that tiny person inside of you as well. Baby is always going to get what they need, which can sometimes be at the expense of the mother’s health if she is not properly nourished and hydrated.


And breastfeeding, too?

Yes! Many women say that breastfeeding is “the best weight loss plan.” While this isn’t always the case, because everyone’s body works differently, breastfeeding does still take a lot of work. 500 calories a day worth of work, to be exact! To ensure that you are making enough milk for that tiny human you spent so much time creating, adequate nutrition and hydration is key.


What is baby led weaning?

I’m so glad you asked - that’s our specialty! With baby led weaning (BLW), you skip purees and go straight to offering baby what YOU eat. Click here to learn more about the basics of BLW!


Can’t I just feed my baby purees instead? My family has been doing that for generations.

Sure! If you decide to feed your babies purees (or “baby food”), this is known as “traditional weaning” instead of baby led weaning. There are so many benefits to BLW, but we like to say Fed is Best - so whether you decide to take the traditional or baby led route of infant feeding, Root to Leaf is here to help you every step of the way.


You can do my appointment in person OR online? How does that work?

I understand that not all of my clients live in the Northern Colorado area, and I want to make sure I reach as many of you as I can! We can do your appointment however is most convenient to you. Even if you live locally, I am still happy to "meet" with you virtually. This can be via e-mail, phone call, or HIPAA-compliant live chat or live video. No extra charge no matter how you wish to do your appointment.


Do you accept health insurance?

While we do not directly bill insurance companies, we are more than happy to provide you with a Superbill (an itemized form that shows what services you received from us) so that you may file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Payment to Root to Leaf is still due at time of service, and you are responsible for inquiring about your plan benefits.


This is all really interesting! I’d love to learn more. How can I get in contact with you?

Check out our contact info page, and shoot us a message using the contact form. You can also see more detailed descriptions of the services we offer here. We can’t wait to hear from you!