Nutrition Counseling

Good nutrition is one of the main elements of good health. What you eat and drink affects every part of your body and life. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t pay attention to what they eat and what their body needs. At Choices you have the opportunity for special Nutrition Counseling sessions, geared to your individual medical conditions or concerns, as well as for good pre-natal care and nutrition for general health.

Lilly Franco, Nutrition Counseling at Choices Women's Medical Center

Lily Franco, Nutrition Counseling at Choices Women’s Medical Center

Meet Our Nutritionist

Lily Franco is a dietitian based in New York City. Since graduating with a bachelor of science in Health and Human Nutrition from Brooklyn College she has worked towards becoming a skilled and supportive counselor. As a dietitian she has cared for clients in need of nutrition intervention for high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnancy, severe allergies, weight loss, low birth weight infants and more. Strategies she employs are just as varied as the problems they are meant to address; cooking classes, supermarket trips and interactive software to keep clients engaged.

Regardless of the reason you may need her services you can expect evidence based care tailored to your lifestyle. Lily believes in a holistic approach to nutrition counseling; she nurtures the whole person by listening to, encouraging and empowering every single client.

Specialties

Weight loss is hard but you don’t have to do it alone. Meeting with a Nutritionist can help you understand what your ideal body weight is and how to safely get there. A nutritionist will offer you constant support and encouragement to help you reach your goals.

Mother’s milk is the perfect food, full of every vitamin and mineral your baby needs plus antibodies for immune support, it’s no wonder making milk is such hard work! Many new moms are confused about what to eat and how they can know if their babies are getting enough milk. Make an appointment with our nutritionist who specializes in lactation counseling to get the support you deserve.

Knowing what to eat to lower your cholesterol can be very confusing, knowing exactly what “healthy” means is hard. Are eggs good or bad? What is the difference between healthy fat and bad fat? A nutritionist will help you understand the difference and help you lower your cholesterol naturally.

Kids need a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables to help them learn and grow. Getting them to eat a healthy diet is one of the hardest things parents have to do. Meeting with a nutritionist will arm you with kid friendly recipes, help you understand toddler eating behaviors and let you know what might be missing in your child’s diet.

Whether you are a pre-diabetic and are hoping to get your diet on track, or just want to understand how food affects your blood sugar seeing a nutritionist is the right move. Diabetics who pay close attention to their diet and keep a healthy weight feel the best.

Many Americans suffer from constipation and indigestion. Digestive problems are often uncomfortable or even painful. Research shows us that the right combination of prebiotics and probiotics can make a huge difference in how we feel and digest our food. Meeting with a nutritionist can help you get your digestion running smoothly.

It’s no secret that healthy eating during pregnancy makes a big difference in the health of mother and baby but what about before pregnancy? Eating well before you conceive gives you a head start by getting your body ready to grow a baby. Having a healthy weight and all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs can even make it easier to conceive.

Eating for two is a lot harder than it sounds. Friends and family often have conflicting ideas about what you should and shouldn’t eat during pregnancy. Seeing a nutritionist will give you the facts and help you to get all of the nutrients to keep you strong and the baby on board growing well.

Gaining weight is just as hard as losing weight, many people struggle to put on muscle and fat. Sometimes a poor appetite and irregular mealtimes make it impossible to want to eat. Seeing a nutritionist can help you figure out what you can do to get to your goal weight in a healthy way.