Frequently Asked Questions
Why is nutrition important for mental health?
Depression and Anxiety: Healthier diets are consistently related to overall wellness, including lower levels of depression and anxiety while diets rich in added sugar, salt, and fats are associated with increased depression and anxiety.
ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is associated with low levels of certain nutrients, disordered appetite, and other nutrition challenges. Making key changes in your or your child’s diet has been shown to reduce symptoms including inattention and hyperactivity.
PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder involves inflammation, oxidative stress, brain chemical irregularities, and a poor gut microbiome. The very latest research suggests that a healthy diet can help to decrease the mental and physical symptoms of PTSD.
Why is nutrition important for addiction recovery?
Drug addiction and alcoholism are associated with increased risk of severe malnutrition, caused by both reduced intake of food and the damage to the oral, gastrointestinal, and metabolic systems from the substance itself. Malnutrition compromises the immune system, energy levels, mood, and cognition.
Disordered and dysfunctional eating patterns are not uncommon after recovery from substance use disorders. Making healthful eating choices early on can help avoid these patterns and decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life. Moreover, even small changes towards a healthier eating pattern can improve mood and emotional regulation, which help to support a successful sobriety.
How do I make my first appointment?
First, select your package and make your payment. Next, you will be prompted to select an available date and time for your first appointment. (See below for hours of operation). Finally, you will be walked through your electronic on-boarding paperwork.
I am taken to a site called Healthie when I purchase the package. What is that?
Healthie is a HIPAA compliant, easy to use web and mobile app that securely stores and processes your on-boarding forms, nutrition plans, appointments, telehealth sessions, and billing. You will be prompted to create a free account when you purchase a package. You may use either the web version or mobile app, depending on your preference.
Which package is right for me?
Not sure which option is best for you? Let's talk! Book your free 15-minute phone consultation.
What if I would like more than three sessions?
No problem! 30 minute follow-up sessions for $50 are available.
What are your cancellation policies?
We respectfully ask that you honor our 24-hour cancellation policy – any sessions cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged in full. That said, we know life happens. When you know you will not be able to make your appointment, just call or message us and we will gladly reschedule you at no additional cost.
All package sales are final and must be used with 180 days of purchase.
Where are you located?
SHN is located in Silver Spring, MD and serves clients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
Do you offer telehealth?
Yes! We will meet over secure video from the comfort of your own home. SHN uses HIPAA compliant software and teleconferencing systems for your privacy.
Do you take insurance?
SHN is not currently in-network with any insurance companies, however, we will provide the necessary paperwork to submit for reimbursement. Please call your insurance company prior to your first appointment to determine eligibility and reimbursement.
Individual Nutrition Counseling Hours:
Mondays: 4 pm to 8 pm
Wednesdays: 4 pm to 8 pm
Fridays: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 2 pm