Stacy Warringer still remembers a fad diet she tried when she was about 14 years old, which involved eating boiled chicken and broccoli for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She stopped after one day.
Now, Warringer, a registered dietician, is owner of Cassara Consulting, a practice that specializes in medical nutrition therapy. She said she does not like the word “diet,” because she feels it refers to something temporary. Instead, she believes in creating goals for lifestyle changes that are tailored to each person.
“It’s not so much telling people what they can and can’t have. There’s no bad food. It’s just making better choices more often,” Warringer said.
Warringer has worked in the field of nutrition for 15 years. She graduated from Rutgers University, where she studied dietetics. About 10 years ago, she completed the requirements to become a dietician, which included an internship and exam at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Warringer worked in a variety of settings like nursing homes, hospitals and dialysis centers, before deciding to open her own practice.
Cassara Consulting celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. The practice has two dieticians: Warringer and Kristen Schneider. Warringer said she hopes there will be future growth for the practice, which has always been based in Hamilton.
Cassara Consulting opened its doors at a location at Five Points, before moving to its current address, 1345 Kuser Road, where it has been for a little more than two years.
Dieticians at the practice work with anyone from children to senior citizens, Warringer said. The clients have a variety of medical concerns, including weight loss, diabetes, heart disease and celiac disease, she said.
Warringer believes one thing that sets her practice apart is that the treatment plan for each client is based on that person’s individual needs, and suggestions made to clients are based on scientific and medical facts. She said the first visit with a client will typically last an hour and a half, because she feels it is important to know about a person’s lifestyle and behaviors in order to help them.
Warringer also reviews information such as the client’s medical situation, medications, bloodwork and food journal before making suggestions. She said she works with clients to help them set reasonable goals based on their current situations.
Warringer said she aims to provide a strong support system for her clients. She says that even if clients can’t schedule regular visits, they can stop in for quick visits, or have conversations by phone. She also provides resources, such as educational materials and suggestions for local fitness centers.
Cassara Consulting also offers supermarket tours and corporate consulting. Corporations organize lunch and learn sessions or weight loss challenges. Another option is for employees to attend speaking engagements that focus on topics related to nutrition.
Supermarket tours can be conducted on an individual or group basis. Warringer said the tours move around the store, covering different topics and demonstrating concepts such as portion sizes.
Warringer encourages people to find out if their insurance companies will cover medical nutrition therapy. Depending on a variety of factors, it can be a covered benefit, she said.
Some people are hesitant to visit a dietician, Warrigner said. Some believe they can manage nutrition needs on their own, while others worry that the dietician will be judgmental.
“I don’t judge anybody,” Warringer said. “I’m just merely here to be a resource, to educate, to be a guide.”
Cassara Consultants is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (609) 585-8400 or go online to cassaraconsulting.com or Cassara Consulting’s page on Facebook.