Welcome to Amy’s Nutrition Rx

Personalized Nutrition and Medication Reviews

What is Amy’s Nutrition Rx?

What can we accomplish together?

Amy’s Nutrition Rx is a health and wellness consulting business for adults and seniors that provides a balanced nutrition approach from the perspective of a pharmacist. As an (RD2B) and a pharmacist, I have experience managing health conditions with both food and medications.

When we meet, we will discuss a personalized plan for nutrition that considers your health conditions, medications, activity levels, and individual preferences. This plan will provide you with nourishment that fuels your body with essential nutrients and helps you feel your best.

My Approach

One of my favorite quotes is by the tennis legend Arthur Ashe, “Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can.” When taking on new challenges or making new goals, it helps to start small and be realistic. We will work together to make achievable goals broken down into steps. I use a “lifestyle” approach instead of a quick fix to achieve lasting results. You will also learn to identify and overcome obstacles and barriers that may hinder you from reaching your health goals.

Healthy Aging Focus

Are you 65 or older or caring for a loved one who is? I love helping seniors stay “young at heart” with optimal nutrition for healthy aging. Nutrition plays a major role in successful aging, and healthy eating can prevent or treat many chronic conditions that affect older adults. Nutrition programs should not be a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and I will work with you to develop a customized plan that accounts for your unique needs based on age, activity level, health conditions, medications, and cultural or personal preferences.

Nutrition Consulting
Personalized Meal Planning
Medication Reviews
Vitamins and Supplements

Having Trouble Finding an Optimal Nutrition Plan for your Health Conditions that Also Addresses Concerns about Medications?

I can help!

As a registered dietitian (RD2B) and a pharmacist, I understand that an optimal treatment plan for many health conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disease, osteoporosis and more, includes both individualized nutrition planning and medication management. In addition to building a personalized nutrition plan, I can make recommendations regarding timing of medications with food, avoiding food-medication interactions, identifying medications that may be influencing food intake and more. Schedule a free consultation with me to find out more about how this dual approach can help you reach your health goals.

Success is Steady Progress Towards One’s Personal Goals

- Jim Rohn

“Nature is So Smart it Puts the Medicine in the Foods”

- Ralph Smart

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn How it Works!

What is the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian?

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, every registered dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a registered dietitian. Many states do not regulate the term nutritionist, and anyone can use this term including those who are self-taught and do not have a degree in nutrition. A registered dietitian on the other hand, is considered a food and nutrition expert who has met certain academic criteria to earn their credential. A registered dietitian can refer to themselves as an RD (registered dietitian) or an RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist). Check out this article: What is a registered dietitian nutritionist?

When is it appropriate to take vitamins and supplements?

It is usually better for adults and seniors to obtain vitamins and minerals from food rather than from supplements. However, sometimes there is a need for supplements when adequate amounts cannot be consumed in the diet or there is a significant deficiency. It is important to discuss vitamins and supplements when speaking with your health care provider about your medications.

What are some specific types of foods that are associated with healthy aging?

Eating enough protein helps older adults prevent the loss of lean body mass. Foods that are high in protein include meat, chicken, and eggs (which are commonly consumed), and beans, lentils, peas, fish, low-fat dairy products, and soy-based foods (which are less commonly consumed but contain important vitamins that support healthy aging). Foods that contain Vitamin B12 such as fortified breakfast cereals, beef, tuna, and dairy products are important because many older adults have a decreased ability to absorb this nutrient. Foods that are associated with maintaining healthy brain function include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, berries, fish, beans, and wine. Portion control and adequate fluids are also important.

Why is it necessary to consider both food and medications when developing a plan for your health condition?

Many chronic health conditions are managed with both food and medications. Additionally, many medications can affect appetite, and nutrition status can also affect how medications work in the body. It is necessary to consider food-drug interactions and the timing of food and medications when developing a health plan.

Why is optimal nutrition for seniors different from other age groups?

As we get older, we often experience changes in body composition and metabolism that can affect nutrition status. Older adults also tend to have more chronic medical conditions and take more medications that influence nutrition requirements. Therefore, it is important to account for the unique needs of older adults when developing a nutrition plan for this age group.

What do medication reviews involve?

 A medication review can identify drug-drug interactions, therapeutic drug duplicates, possible drug side effects, and missing recommended medications for certain health conditions. Additionally, medication reviews can find medications that are considered inappropriate for one’s age or health condition. This information can be shared with your physician or other health care providers as part of a comprehensive team approach to health care.

Let’s Get in Touch!

Feel free to send me an email or call me to set up a consultation.

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(703) 634-3058