Experienced & Registered Dietitian in Tampa, FL
My name is Barb M. Mahlmeister RDN, IFMCP, and as a registered dietitian in Tampa, FL, I can help you achieve optimum wellness. When you choose Natural Choice Nutrition, you'll receive the focused and comprehensive attention you deserve. Schedule a consultation for personalized nutritional services today to improve your overall wellbeing.
Nutritional & Genetic Counseling
As a certified nutrition specialist, I have years of experience in nutritional counseling. Working closely with you, I can help with many health issues you are experiencing, no matter what your age. My services include genetic, immune, and hormone counseling, as well as educational seminars about a variety of health topics. I can help clients anywhere in the United States as I do most of my work online.
Genetic counseling is particularly valuable for individuals that want to mitigate potential risk factors as they plan their health management strategy. As your counselor, I collect your and your family's health history in order to identify any areas you may need to consider. In some cases, you may want to get a genetic test to gather more specific information.
If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, genetic counseling can give you insight into any potential difficulties you may encounter with conception or during and after you deliver your child. Additionally, we can discuss any hereditary conditions that your child may be prone to based on your family's health history. The more you know, the better you can prepare for a healthier life ahead with your child.
What's more, genetic counseling can give you a better idea about whether cardiovascular or psychiatric disorders, cancers, and other conditions may need to factor into your health management routines. My goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to maintain optimal health. If you'd like more information, or if you are ready to get started with my nutritional or genetic counseling services, please feel free to reach out to me to schedule an appointment.
Boost Your Immune System
Your body's immune system is its first line of defense against illnesses and diseases. However, it cannot properly function unless you take care of it. I am committed to helping clients lead healthy lives by providing immune counseling. You can improve the effectiveness of your immune system by following some simple rules.
First and foremost, a well-rounded diet is crucial in building a healthy immune system. I recommend eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible while avoiding processed foods. Supplements can also provide nutritional benefits, but I recommend discussing them with your doctor before you begin taking them. If you drink alcohol, do it in moderation, and avoid smoking altogether. Additionally, I recommend you manage stress with simple changes such as exercise, sleep, and relaxation techniques.
Relief with Hormones
I also offer hormone counseling for women dealing with the effects of menopause. I provide you with information about how to treat hormone deficiencies and manage the effects of menopause with healthy nutrition and habits, and — if necessary — the use of estrogen and other replacement hormones. A variety of internal and external options are available, and I will explain how each works to offer relief for clients.
Women turn to me for hormone counseling when they suspect they might be starting menopause or experiencing symptoms that they need assistance understanding and managing. Some physical symptoms might include hot flashes, exhaustion, and weight gain. Physiological and emotional symptoms can include mood swings, forgetfulness, and lack of concentration. All of these combined can make it frustrating to get through the day and sometimes the night. Hormone counseling is a healthy and viable option that can help relieve some of these concerns and put you on a more comfortable path. We can discuss the challenges you’re facing, and I’ll work with you one-on-one to assist in making the transition through this period in your life a little easier to manage.
Menopause is a process every woman’s body must experience. Since there’s no avoiding it, we must work together to find ways to navigate your changing physical and emotional needs. I can provide the information you need to feel more in control of what’s happening to you, and we can discuss altering your health plan as your needs change. Menopause is a fluid process, and symptoms can come and go, so talk to me about hormone counseling when you feel like you need a little extra health and nutrition support.
With my help, you can find the reprieve you desire. Natural Choice Nutrition is your resource for hormone counseling and other related services. Together, you and I will determine the source of your issues and come up with a viable treatment that fits your specific needs. I will carefully analyze your situation and get you the therapy that you require.
Dedicated to Your Health & Wellbeing
I am dedicated to seeing every patient achieve the ideal healthy lifestyle. Your wellbeing is my top priority, so you can expect me to go above and beyond to keep you on track. Through the help of my hormone counseling services, you can surely overcome the most challenging health hurdles in your life. You can count on me to do everything in my power to help you in any way possible.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about my services. I’m happy to provide you with more detailed information, ensuring your confidence in my abilities. At Natural Choice Nutrition, you can find the guidance you need to experience the relief you have been longing for. Take advantage of my counseling, and you can transform yourself and start living a healthier life.
Putting My Life Experience to Work for You
Many of the best medical practitioners are those who have experienced health problems themselves. That's certainly the case with me. In the early 1990s, while working for a major airline, I attended seminars about functional medicine. Little did I know this interest would become a career. I use my training as a certified nutrition specialist to help people. I offer immune counseling, hormone counseling, and genetic consulting services in Tampa, FL.
Following a trip to Africa, I became very ill and visited many specialists in order to find a cure. However, not only were they unable to diagnose me, they couldn't treat me even after several antibiotics. Eventually, I was diagnosed as having a parasite. Unfortunately, the antibiotics did little to help, and they were very hard on my system, and no one could resolve the issues. I researched the condition and treated myself for candida, a fungal infection. Today, that experience serves me well as a gastrointestinal nutritionist. During consultations with my clients, I always dig deep into their health issues to determine the right solution for their specific cases.
After this experience, I went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition. Then, I furthered my studies through the Institute of Functional Medicine and was in the inaugural class of 2013.
Education & Training
I received my credentials as a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist (RDN) in 2002 and continued to add to this knowledge base and skills over the years. My educational and training upgrades are vast and include:
• 2020 Environmental Health Symposium: Toxic exposure, infectious disease & autoimmunity
• 2020 SIBO/Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth Certified
• 2019 IFM International Symposium: Stress, Pain, & Addiction: Transformative Treatments & Innovative Solutions
• 2018 IFM International Symposium: Solving the Puzzle of Autoimmunity; The Interplay of Gut, Genes, and Environment
• 2017 The End of Alzheimer's, Dr. Bredesen's Protocol - Certified Practitioner
• 2017 IFM International Symposium: The Dynamic Brain
• 2016 IFM International Symposium: Modifiable Lifestyle Factors
• 2015 IFM International Symposium: Genetics
• 2014 IFM International Symposium: Nutrition
• 2013 The Institute for Functional Medicine, Certified Practitioner
• 2012 IFM - Cardio-Metabolic
• 2011 IFM - Hormone
• 2010 IFM - Immune
• 2010 IFM - Gastrointestinal
• 2010 IFM - Functional Nutrition
• 2009 IFM - Detoxification
• 2007 AFMCP (Applied Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice)
• • 2002 Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist - RDN