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Nutrition Counseling

Registered dietitian/nutritionists at UC San Diego Health collaborate with doctors, therapists, and other healthcare providers to develop customized nutrition to help people meet their health goals.

Nutrition Counseling Appointments

We provide one-on-one and group counseling for patients who have been referred by their physicians.

Most people will see their dietitian for one to three visits, depending on their individual needs. Your first appointment will typically include: 

  • An initial assessment of your history and background
  • Dietary guidance and meal planning assistance
  • Referrals to other services (such as therapy) to support your dietary goals

Follow-up visits may include a review of dietary goals and any necessary adjustments.

Medical Nutrition Services

In many cases, insurance will cover medical nutrition services for conditions such as:

  • Gastrointestinal conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes management
  • Disordered eating
  • Dysphasia (swallowing problems)
  • Food allergies and gluten sensitivity
  • Heart health, including congestive heart failure (CHF)
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol, high triglycerides, and hyperlipidemia
  • Plant based, vegetarian or vegan nutrition
  • Sports performance
  • Tube feeding, both enteral (gastrointestinal) and parenteral (intravenous)
  • Weight loss due to malnutrition
  • Weight gain and weight maintenance
  • Women's health, including prenatal diet and PCOS
  • Wound healing

Services Provided for Hospital Patients

  • Medical nutrition therapy and education for adult patients, as needed
  • Specific modified diets for a patient's condition and preferences, including food aversions and avoidances
  • Specialized nutrition (such as intravenous or alimentary nutrition) for patients who cannot consume food by mouth
  • Meal monitoring to ensure proper nutrition for a patient's age and condition
  • Meal supplementation when needed


Clinic Locations

La Jolla Hillcrest Encinitas

Related Resources

Healthy Eating Resources