Hi there! Thank you for joining me for the Introduction to Clinical Nutrition at the Sylvan School of Botanical Medicine. Here are a few of the resources mentioned in the class, as well as a few bonuses including some of my favorite recipes of late. Please stay in touch by attending one of the next four classes at Sylvan and/or joining me on Pinterest or Twitter. I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions and comments.


Here is a downloadable pdf of the Class 1 – Intro & Overview Handout.

Selected References

Resources & Good Reads

Suggested Questions for Intake Forms/Initial Visit

In addition to ascertaining what the client eats for b, l, d and snacks (+ beverages), when she eats these meals/snacks, standard questions re: digestion, and so forth – be sure to also ask:

  • How often do you prepare meals at home?
  • Approximately how many different fruits & vegetables do you eat per week?
  • On a scale of 1-10, how healthful and nourishing do you feel your diet is currently?
  • Which oil(s) or fat(s) do you use for cooking?
  • How many meals do you eat per day? Snacks?
  • How many hours of sleep do you get per night?
  • Do you wake to an alarm clock? How many days/week?
  • Do you feel rested upon waking?
  • Approximately how much fluid to you drink per day?
  • What junk/treat/snack foods do you eat?
  • Where do you purchase groceries?
  • Sensitive or allergic to any foods?
  • Do you follow or have you ever followed a restrictive or special diet?

Make sure you assess:

–          Are meals eaten regularly?

–          Protein spread throughout day?

–          Meals mostly home-cooked?

–          Quality of food eaten?

–          Stress levels/ambiance at meals, snacks?

–          Fasting time between dinner/snack and breakfast?

–          Signs/sx of gut flora imbalance?


Do you have any resources to suggest? Questions that you find work well either in a consult or on your intake forms? I’d love to hear about them!

A Few of My Favorite Things

In case you are in the market for a few new recipes, here are some of my latest late summer/early fall favorites:


“He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skills of the physician.” ~ Chinese proverb


“The Harvard Law states: Under controlled conditions of light, temperature, humidity, and nutrition, the organism will do as it damn well pleases.” – Larry Wall

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