Last week, I had met with a nutritionist about my weight loss goals – from the comfort of my favorite chair in the living room. She went over my daily eating habits with me, gave suggestions, and answered all my questions, and it all happened over the internet thanks to American Well.
Take a look at how the process works:
American WellÂ has doctors and other health professionals available 24/7.
I was able to find a nutritionist after dinner last Thursday. There were several doctors available at the same time (but I wanted specifically to speak with a nutritionist).
When you first sign up for an account and log in, you can see all the providers who are currently available:
After I selected Margaret Apura, I clicked to connect. She wasn’t available right at that time, so I had to wait a few minutes.
The waiting room isÂ simple and easy. I signed up to receive a text message when Margaret was available, and just a few minutes later, I got the text and returned to my computer where Margaret was waiting.
Our call began by making sure the technology was working correctly, then Margaret went over my medical history current medications, and foods eaten throughout the day.
While she told me some things I already knew, like I need to increase my servings of fruits and vegetables, I did learn a few things from our appointment.
I don’t snack during the day, and Margaret suggested that’s a mistake. She said she’d like to see me eat at least 2 or even 3 snacks per day, decreasing the size of my main meals to stay under my calorie goal. I’m sure I’d heard that it’s better to eat more frequent meals throughout the day before, but I never put it together with myself losing weight before.
I asked Margaret about the food pairings and combinations I’ve heard of before, and she said not to worry about all those things. She suggested that each meal or snack should contain some source of protein, but otherwise, it is not necessary to worry about what kinds of foods go together best.
After our session, Margaret followed up with a complete log of our conversation, nearly a word for word transcript of the session. It is nice to be able to refer back to that as days go by and I forget things she said.
This visit summary is delivered in PDF form, so I can print it out for my records if I so choose. (I don’t, because I don’t want more paper sitting around cluttering up the place, but I could if I wanted to. Or if I wanted to take it to my primary care doctor to be added to my medical file.)
Margaret extended our session by 5 minutes because she wasn’t finished talking with me, and we ended up exiting the call with about 30 seconds to go.
All in all, though, I wouldn’t hesitate to use AmWell again, especially if I need to follow up with Margaret about nutritional info, if I get stalled in my weight loss, or if I had a minor illness that needed treatment. It sure beats driving to the urgent care center (or worse, the ER) or waiting for an hour at the doctor’s office.
About American Well
American WellÂ is the nationâ€™s largest telehealth company, connecting users with their choice of doctor for immediate, live online visits â€” day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Some general conditions our doctors encounter include: minor illnesses and injuries, general health and wellness concerns, prescription refills, and chronic condition management.Â Â We employ primary care and specialist physicians, as well as behavioral therapists and nutritionists, to meet all our patientsâ€™ needs. American Well doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy Â â€“ and all from the comfort of your home.
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You can get one free visit (just like I got) using the code MOMSQUAD. Try it out on your computer or mobile device.
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