Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and how are they different than a Registered Dietitian?
A: A Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) is a highly qualified nutritional professional with an advanced degree (graduate or doctorate) from a fully accredited university in nutrition. Additionally, individuals must complete 1,000+ hours of a supervised clinical internship, pass a rigorous national board exam administered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists, as well as complete 75 continuing professional education credits per five-year cycle. The CNS certification is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, and is the most widely recognized nutrition certification by federal and state governments. It is the only non-dietetics credential and examination widely named in state nutrition licensure laws and is listed by the US Government's Department of Labor as an advanced nutrition credential. CNS typically emphasis nutrition over diet, often offering a more holistic and functional approach to wellness. CNS can work in private practice, integrative clinical practices, corporate wellness, and as consultants.
A Registered Dietitian (RD) is a food and dietary professional with a 4-year bachelor's degree in a specialized dietetics program. Individuals must complete 1000-1200 hours in a dietetic internship through an accredited program, pass a competitive dietetics registration exam overseen by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as complete 75 continuing professional education credits per five-year cycle. Used since 1970, the RD designation is the most widely known and more heavily supported designation to date. In 2013, the option for registered dietitians to use the initials RDN was added to include the word “nutritionist,” which is believed to communicate a broader concept of wellness. Dietitians often work in health institutions as clinical dietitians, but can also work as community dietitians, consultants, or in private practice.
Note: Starting in 2024, RD/RDNs will be required to earn an advanced accredited nutritional degree (graduate or doctoral) in order to be legally licensed.
It is important to note that both CNS and RD specialists are equally qualified and can offer sustainable health solutions. Because the term 'nutritionist' is very loosely regulated, especially in specific states, it is important to do your research and ask for all credentials. Look for specialists that have been certified at the national level and have been required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical training. CNS and RD professionals will be the most the highly qualified in this area of healthcare.
Q: What is your approach?
A: Good Farma practices a food first, non-diet, no-numbers approach to health and wellness. Our mission is to heal all parts of life including body, mind, soul, and planet through basic, whole food nutrition and practical actions. Using a combination of traditional wisdom, nutrition counseling, and reliable science, we work to empower clients to reclaim their health. Moreover, we encourage clients to partner with nature and their bodies to find lasting health.
Q: Do you support specific diet protocols?
A: Although our approach refrains from placing labels and restrictions to nutritional healing, we do our best to work within many frameworks. We will do our best to find common ground, but may make some alterations to meet your specific needs. Some common frameworks we work with include paleo, vegan, vegetarian, ketogenic, gluten-free, and many more.
Q: Do you offer supplements?
A: Good Farma is a food first practice. Our primary goal is to change eating habits that reach sustainable health goals. We strive for optimal nutrient intake through food sources and well-being through balanced lifestyle practices. If we encounter unexpected roadblocks, only then will we consider supplementation. We recommend and offer only the absolute highest quality supplements that are both pure in quality and production practices.
Q: Do you offer any blood testing or suggest allergy testing?
A: Typically, we avoid running any tests at the beginning of our time together. If you have lab work from recent visits with your primary care provider, we are happy to analyze them as part of your initial assessment. Our first approach will be to make food and lifestyle changes. As our time together progresses, we will determine if additional information is needed in order to proceed successfully. Any decisions for additional laboratory work will be a team approach by Jessica (the nutritionist) and the client.
Q: Who do you normally work with?
A: We believe everyone deserves to be their best and healthiest self, and we are eager to help all those that are open to our services. We work with individuals as well as families of all genders, ages, and nationalities. Please note that as nutritionists in Colorado, we can legally work with clients that are above the age of two. Therefore, we will happily refer you to a local practitioner that specializes in younger children and infants.
Q: What is your confidentiality policy?
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We understand that life can be unpredictable. If you must cancel an already scheduled session, we ask that you try to give us as much notice as possible. If you need to cancel within 24 hours of your appointment time, we require you to reschedule within one week to avoid losing the benefits of your nutritional package, as well as all of the progress you have made. If you do not give at least 24 hours notice, you will be charged 50% of the session value, or will forfeit that pre-paid package session.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: Currently, we do not accept insurance. We offer competitive prices, as well as discounts on certain wellness packages. If your provider allows, we can provide a Superbill for submission. Please check with your provider.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We gladly accept credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover), personal checks, and cash. As noted above, we can offer Superbills for approved insurance providers, HSA, and FSA accounts. Please check with your provider.