*All names have been changed for strict confidentiality purposes.
“Working with Michelle was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had to be on an extremely restrictive elimination diet for my IBS and she was very supportive and understanding the whole way through. She helped me make meal plans, never pushed me to eat foods I don’t like or won’t eat and was always proactive about following up with me and checking in to see how I was doing. Something I also appreciated was her willingness to call restaurants to find out what ingredients were in certain foods so I would know if I could eat them. Seems like a small gesture but when you haven’t eaten put in 3 months because you have to prepare every single meal, it feels like the most amazing gift someone can give you. When my frustrations about being on the diet got the best of me, Michelle handled it very professionally and she continued to support my work towards feeling better! I have recommended her to so many friends and family members because her approach is about realistic strategies to achieve your goals and that’s what will set you up for success!”
Stephanie, Individual with chronic bloating and IBS came to see Michelle because "nothing worked."
"My husband and I were clients together with Michelle Routhenstein and came to her with one similar issue, a food rut (entrenched in eating the same things from day to day and week to week with no excitement or interest) but with different goals (mine, to gain weight and his, to lose weight). With those competing goals, Michelle helped us figure out how to plan and cook single meals to solve these issues and provide ideas and strategies to make meals more interesting, enjoyable and healthy. Not an easy task, considering how “picky”, in particular, I was.
Michelle was able to help us analyze our eating habits through daily journals, give us feedback on what our deficiencies were, and provide meal ideas and ways to prepare them more healthfully. Michelle also helped us to make better choices, given our goals, at our favorite restaurants by examining their menus.
The journaling exercise was a very eye-opening experience, and having an expert in Michelle to which we were accountable, was particularly helpful as we were much more aware of where we were and where we wanted to go.
Through Michelle’s expertise, we were able to find fun and healthful meals, snacks and habits which enabled us to reach our goals and continue to stay out of the rut.
Interestingly, even a year or two following our sessions, we still hear Michelle’s words of wisdom whispering in our ears in a daily basis.
We highly recommend Michelle Routhenstein as a nutrition counselor and healthy lifestyle consultant.
Claire, Individual with Multiple Sclerosis looking to gain strength and weight via nutrition and lifestyle management
“Michelle Routhenstein changed my life. This is not hyperbole. I don’t mean figuratively — I mean literally!!
At a time when I really needed to improve certain living and eating habits, and was wracked with stress, Michelle calmly and compassionately gave me all the time in the world to explain lifestyle and diet adjustments that would redirect me toward good health - both metabolically and emotionally.
Modification and moderation became the words of the day; the pounds came off; the aging athlete joints felt fresh again; blood sugar levels lowered and moderated; blood pressure decreased. Her methods work!
As importantly, Michelle helped me accomplish this by both clearly communicating the science behind her recommended nutritional and lifestyle revisions and by instilling confidence in me — that if I followed her lead, I would in fact see results. It took work, I’m not going to kid you. But it was so worth it.
Michelle also takes a real, lasting interest in her clients; even after our formal program was over, Michelle has stayed in touch and continues to follow up, coordinating both with my doctor and with me. (I even emailed several times from a recent vacation to seek her imprimatur to indulge in a bit of “beer and brats” — which clearly were not on her favorite list of “to do” foods. She scolded me and told me I didn’t need to check with “mom” before having a beer).
Over the past six months I have reached a new level of fitness, feel years younger and healthier, and look better. I owe so much of this to Ms. Routhenstein
If for any reason you feel the desire to better understand nutrition and wellness and are willing to put in the effort, like me, Michelle can change your life for the better. No doubt about it.
Thank you Michelle!”
Arnold, Partner at NY law firm, Individual with newly diagnosed Prediabetes