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Functional Nutrition

Functional Nutrition is a personal approach to diet.

It utilizes food as medicine to restore balance, replenish nutrient deficiencies, repair the gut, and address internal dysfunction. It optimizes your health based on your individual genetics, lab results, lifestyle, and current practices. There are no cookie-cutter options, because each person is unique. 

Nutrition is not a 'yes or no' to a food or beverage.


It is a spectrum of possibilities based on personalization, quality, accessibility, and context. 

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Beyond Your Plate.

Good nutrition is fundamental for root cause medicine, but there is more to whole-body health than what you eat. Thus, the functional medicine model relies on doctor, nutritionist, and lifestyle support such as stress mitigation, exercise direction, and sleep optimization. These factors play a role in your health and your nutrition. For example, your sleep and stress levels affect how food is digested and absorbed in the body! We may recommend nutritional supplements to help your body cope with added stress. 


Importantly, we pay attention to your unique position to craft a nutrition plan that is realistic for your lifestyle and goals, while also reducing symptoms and restoring balance to the body. You are unique. You have your own genetic composition, health history, and habits. Your nutrition plan should be unique to your individual body too! 

What to Expect when you meet with a Nutritionist...

A nutrient dense, whole food based diet rich in fruits, vegetables and minimal processed foods is a great foundation. However, some patients require specific therapeutic interventions eliminating or including certain foods to treat the underlying cause of their health issues. 


After a period of elimination, we may look to increase specific foods or supplements to further restore and heal the gut. This includes anti-inflammatory foods, gut-targeted compounds like glutamine or prebiotics, alongside targeted supplements to replete nutrient deficiencies and support biochemical function. 

When you meet with Kate, you'll discuss your current food preferences, eating habits, goals, and challenges. After the first visit, expect a comprehensive personalized plan tailored to your needs. Initial nutrition plans may include eating templates, meal plans, recipes, product recommendations, and various worksheets. 

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Nutrition is not a belief system. There is no "one" way. 

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Nutrition Plans Include:

  • Shopping Lists + Meal Plans

  • Recipes (+ Access to Full Recipe Database)

  • Daily Eating Template / Structure

  • Checklists, Trackers, and Worksheets

  • Personalized recommendations for success

How to Get Started

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Initial Nutrition Consultation

Extensive "nutrition history" and diet inventory followed by discussion of goals, expectations, and challenges of daily diet.

Kate will provide recommended initial dietary strategy and resources for implementation. Includes extensive follow-up email and PDF program.

60 mins -[$150]

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Nutrition Visit

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Interested in Functional Lab Work to complement Nutrition Therapy?

A Functional Medicine New Patient Appointment is more appropriate. You'll meet with both Kate and Dr. Rasmussen to discuss current challenges. We'll provide information on recommended lab testing to include bloodwork, stool testing, nutrient assays, hormone testing, and more. 

Re-evaluation of progress, goals, and challenges. This is a time to ask questions, get support, and make changes based on dietary experience. Suitable for any current nutrition patient who needs a "reset" and may follow an initial appointment by 2-4 weeks.


 45 mins- [$105]

My goal is to educate you on the best possible eating strategy FOR YOU. That means everything from what you eat to how you eat. I'd love to help build your understanding of what "healthy" means to you.

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Kate Daugherty, MS, CNS, Functional Nutritionist




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