|A physician's referral is highly recommended in order to access pertinent medical history and current lab values. We ask that if you do not have a referral from your physician, that you request one with of copy of your most current lab record.
A pre-assessment package is sent to all clients for completion and submission prior to the initial appointment. These forms allow for the completion of a computerized dietary analysis and the collection of information regarding food consumption patterns and lifestyle factors. Lifestyle factors are critical in evaluation and treatment planning for your specific diet and health goals.
The complete pre-assessment package must be received by Tateishi Nutrition at least one week before the scheduled initial appointment.
At the initial appointment, because the majority of the medical, lifestyle, and diet history is already assessed, you can receive specific recommendations and diet pattern instruction to assist with your specific condition and requirements.
Body Fat Measurement
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) is available for those who are interested. It is a method of body composition analysis for measuring body fat. It is based on the principle that, relative to water, lean tissue has a higher electrical conductivity and lower impedance than fatty tissue due to its electrolyte content. BIA has been found to be a reliable measurement of body composition when compared to BMI, skin-fold measurements or height and weight measurements. It involves passing a small electrical current through the body (you do not feel this) using a hand held instrument containing electrodes. The BIA method of measuring body fat has become very popular as it is safe, noninvasive and portable, with results being obtained very quickly.
For the most accurate results, you should be well hydrated, not have exercised in the previous 4 to 6 hours prior to the testing, and have avoided alcohol in the previous 24 hours. The fact that when an individual is dehydrated, a measurement of a higher percentage of body fat is obtained. Therefore intake of caffeine and diuretics can also have a dehydrating effect on the body, so avoidance of these items 2 hours before the testing is also advisable. One should be consuming 2 - 4 glasses of water approximately 2 hours prior to the testing and ideally emptying the bladder just before the testing.
The BIA measurement can be repeated at subsequent follow-up sessions to assist in determining whether weight lost or weight gained is muscle tissue or fat tissues. Therefore it is a very useful tool in assessing whether dietary goals are being met for many different conditions.
The BIA measurement is not performed on children under 12 years of age, pregnant women, individuals undergoing dialysis, individuals who have a cold or fever, individuals with significant fluid retention and those with osteoporosis or very low bone density. All of the above may have a higher or lower degree of water content and bone density than average. This may result in an inaccurate measurement of body fat percentage.
The initial appointment is approximately 1 1/2 hours. Typically 3/4 hour or 1 hour follow-ups are recommended, with the number and frequency determined by the complexity of your condition and your specific needs. Please contact the office for more information on fees.
Method of Payment
Payment is due at the time of the scheduled appointment, and can be made by:
- Credit Card & e-check by PayPal
Individuals should check with their private insurance companies to determine if coverage is available. For U.S. clients a Superbill will be issued to assist you in your claim.
24 hours notice is required or a charge will be levied.
Richmond, British Columbia
Remote consultations available for clients in Canada or the United States.