HAES Registered Dietitians & Nutritionists
- Weight Loss
- Healthy Lifestyle
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Insurance accepted by our HAES nutritionists & registered dietitians
Many people come to us wondering if dietitian and nutritionist visits are covered by insurance. The good news is that 90% of Zaya patients pay $0 for one-on-one nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian through Zaya. Our registered dietitians may accept the following types of insurance:
- Aetna (See Aetna Nutritionists & Dietitians)
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (See Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Nutritionists & Dietitians)
- Centivo (See Centivo Nutritionists & Dietitians)
- Cigna (See Cigna Nutritionists & Dietitians)
- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (See Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Nutritionists & Dietitians)
- Oxford Freedom (See Oxford Freedom Nutritionists & Dietitians)
- United Healthcare (See United Healthcare Nutritionists & Dietitians)
How you can pay for visits with a Zaya Care dietitian
All registered dietitians in Zaya Care’s network accept insurance. 90% of Zaya patients pay $0 for one-on-one nutrition counseling with a board-certified expert registered dietitian.
Before your first session, we’ll check your insurance and communicate any costs with you ahead of your first appointment so there are no surprises.
You can either book an appointment online here or give us a call at (646) 443-6113 to get started.
Visit types offered by our network of nutritionists
The following visit types are available for patients of our HAES nutritionists include:
- Video Visit (Find online nutritionists & dietitians near you)
- Home Visit
- Office Visit
Languages spoken by our network of dietitians
Our nutritionists and dietitians may speak the following languages:
How to book an appointment with one of our registered dietitians
If you’re interested in working with a Zaya Care dietitian, you can follow these steps:
- Click this link to view our directory of registered dietitians & nutritionists who specialize in Health At Every Size practices.
- Filter the results by other things like visit type, distance, and language spoken.
- Browse through providers and find one that fits your needs.
- Schedule your appointment for a time that works for you by filling out your insurance, visit type, and desired date/time of your appointment.
- Click Continue Booking.
- Create a Zaya Care account to complete your booking.
Health At Every Size (HAES) principles
HAES is an approach to overweight and obesity that shifts the focus from weight—numbers on the scale, BMI, or appearance—to health and lifestyle. This approach acknowledges that weight loss from dieting and exercise is difficult or unachievable for many and can result in disordered eating and psychological distress. Often, the weight lost is regained over time and can even result in additional weight gain.
With the HAES approach, health risks and medical problems, such as high blood pressure, are still addressed with dietary changes, physical activity, stress management, and medications, if necessary, but without the explicit focus on “losing weight.”
One of the key principles of HAES is intuitive eating or eating in response to the body’s natural hunger and fullness cues. Rather than having a strict food plan with prescribed amounts and times to eat, this approach promotes a flexible program of eating based on hunger, satiation, nutritional needs, and pleasure.
Another important aspect of HAES is body acceptance—acknowledging that humans exist in a variety of shapes and sizes that should be valued equally. Our body shape or weight does not determine our health, attractiveness, or worth, and a person can achieve a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy lifestyle at any weight or size.
HAES promotes physical activity for health and wellness rather than body shape. Increasing movement helps manage stress, improve mood, and improve many functions in the body. This approach promotes physical activity as a means to improve quality of life rather than lose weight or change body shape.
How HAES dietitians & nutritionists can help you
A HAES dietitian can help you achieve better health and quality of life through evidence-based counseling that avoids a focus on the numbers on a chart or scale.
A HAES dietitian can help you:
- Develop a balanced and peaceful relationship with food
- Recognize hunger and fullness cues
- Manage a medical condition without a focus on weight loss
- Increase physical activity or movement for pleasure and health rather than changing your body shape or size
- Manage stress through nutrition and movement
- Improve quality of life and health at any weight or size
Who should see a HAES nutritionist or dietitian
Working with a dietitian can be beneficial for anyone wanting to improve their nutrition, health, or lifestyle. A HAES dietitian will help you achieve your goals without a focus on weight loss or body size. This approach may be beneficial for you if:
- Weight loss programs and calorie-counting have not worked for you
- You have been caught in the yo-yo cycle of dieting
- You don’t like feeling “obsessed” with what you eat or how much you exercise
- You want to develop a healthier relationship with food
- You want to learn to accept your body as it is
- You want to increase your enjoyment of physical activity and movement
- You want to learn to read your body’s hunger and fullness cues
- You want flexibility in your eating plan
- You want to enjoy food and movement more
- You want to manage a health condition without a focus on weight loss
What to expect when seeing a HAES nutritionist or dietitian
A HAES dietitian is a nutrition expert who approaches their work in a weight-neutral way. They may have the same credentials as a traditional registered dietitian, but they focus on health and lifestyle rather than weight or BMI.
A HAES dietitian will not:
- Promote any restrictive styles of eating like keto or intermittent fasting
- Ask you to avoid a certain food group like carbs
- Ask you to count calories or weigh and measure foods
- Track your weight on a scale or measure your body with a measuring tape
During your first appointment, your dietitian will ask questions to get a clear understanding of your health history, food preferences and habits, and current nutrition needs. They will suggest strategies to help you tune in to your body’s natural hunger and fullness cues. They will suggest physical activities you enjoy and increasing movement with a focus on feeling better, managing stress, and improving health rather than changing your body shape or size.
You and your dietitian will also discuss your long-term and short-term goals. By the end of your first appointment, you should have a clear plan of action for how you are going to achieve each goal.
Because developing life-long nutrition habits can take time, your dietitian will most likely schedule a follow-up appointment. The number of times you need to see your dietitian will depend on your situation, which your dietitian will discuss with you.
Nutrition resources from Zaya Care
- PCOS Diet: Meal Plan & Foods to Avoid
- GERD Diet: Foods to Eat & Avoid for Acid Reflux & Heartburn
- Crohn’s Disease Diet Plan
- Ulcerative Colitis Diet Plan
- Microscopic Colitis Diet (Lymphocytic & Collagenous)
- POTS Diet Plan
- AIP Diet
- GERD Diet: Best Foods for Acid Reflux & Heartburn
- Best Foods for Gut Health
- Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant
- Postpartum Diet: Best Foods to Eat After Giving Birth
- Foods That Balance Hormones
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