Testimonials

 
 

Elizabeth Carneiro 2018

What was your main wellness concern before working with Samina?

“I was concerned that as I reached my fifties my nutritional needs has changed.”

What did you find as a result of working with Samina to achieve your best health?

“Samina patiently taught me about nutritional recipes that were delicious but also gave me energy.  She is always optimistic and kind and hopes that her clients will treat themselves this way.  I now take the time to cook more.  I do not buy frozen lunches or granola bars but rather plan ahead more so I eat better.  I usually eat leftovers and more of my meals are home-made.  After working with Samina, I feel like I am more supportive of my efforts to be healthy and it has become more of a priority.”

What was the best thing about Samina's nutrition counseling services?

“She knows so much about nutrition and how to balance the types of food that your body needs.  She is very supportive and fun to work with.  I loved meeting on the computer rather than having to meet in person because it saved me so much time.”

What would you say to someone looking to work with a registered dietitian? Would you recommend Wholesome Start's nutrition services? If so, why?

“Yes, it is very effective and worth the cost.  It will save you money in the long run because you will have excellent habits.”


dani A. 2018

What was your main wellness concern before working with Samina?

“My desire was/is to live a successful intuitive eater.”

What did you find as a result of working with Samina to achieve your best health?

“I have learned how to really gauge my hunger and fullness levels. I hope to have positive results in April when I get my vitamin D levels re-checked hopefully with the help of adding cod liver oil supplements to my diet.”

What was the best thing about Samina's nutrition counseling services?

“Samina has given me a lot of valuable information as well as validation and normalization to my feelings. She has also shared recipes with me and has challenged me anyways that causes me discomfort and in the end helped me grow.”

What would you say to someone looking to work with a registered dietitian? Would you recommend Wholesome Start's nutrition services? If so, why?

“Absolutely! I would tell them that Samina has an abundance of useful information. She is also very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She’s been such a pleasure to work with.”


R. S. May 2018

What was your main wellness concern before working with Samina?

“My main wellness concern was to learn how to eat without triggering reflux symptoms and also learn more about a plant based diet.”

What did you find as a result of working with Samina to achieve your best health?

“Samina gave me multiple recipes and ideas to start and continue my plant based diet.  She also helped me to recognize which foods/drinks might trigger my reflux. By keeping a journal of the foods/drinks I ate, I was able to keep track of exactly what I ate during the day.  Because I was having reflux often, I was hesitant to try new foods which was a big issue since I decided to change my diet to plant based food.  I was able to try new foods after meeting with Samina and developing a rapport with her.  After meeting with her, I was confident about her knowledge and used the tools and advice that she gave me. I feel confident and happy about eating again.  I also have not had any reflux symptoms during the month I met with Samina and I have continued on that path.”

What was the best thing about Samina's nutrition counseling services?

“One of the best things was learning that there were many plant based food options for me to try.  I also enjoyed learning more about the types of foods that I should eat in order to be healthy.  I was appreciative that Samina took the time to really listen to what I wanted out of our sessions and provided feedback on those issues.”

What would you say to someone looking to work with a registered dietitian? Would you recommend Wholesome Start's nutrition services? If so, why?

“If someone was interested in working with a registered dietitian, I would tell them to do their research and make sure that the person has the proper credentials.  I would also recommend working with someone who concentrates on eating real whole foods.  Also for all around wellness, I would recommend someone that not only works with you on your eating habits but also your sleep patterns, exercise schedule and stress levels.:”

Are you planning to sign up for your next nutrition counseling session? Please explain why you will or will not move forward with Wholesome Start's nutrition counseling services.

“I do plan on signing up for more sessions near the end of the year.  I feel at that time around the holidays, I need more focus on my eating and maybe new recipes for holiday eating with a plant based lifestyle.”


Kelly W. September-October 2017

What was your main wellness concern before working with Samina? 

"To change how I feel about food and view my lifestyle. I have always struggled with my relation with food and craving unhealthy things and needed guidance on how to get back on the right track. I didn't want to do a traditional diet but rather something that I needed."

What did you find as a result of working with me to achieve your best health? 

"To love myself and to be happy with small victories. I learned how to snack and how to have a balanced plate at each meal as well as water intake."

What was the best thing about my counseling services?

"How willing you were to help out at any time of day! It eased my anxiety knowing that you were willing to answer those random questions through the day or at a restaurant.  I love how I feel each day now and not have to think, "how is this going to make my body look if I eat this or that." Or even "well I ate bad at lunch so I can't eat that for dinner." It's all about the balance."

What would you say to someone looking to work with a registered dietitian? Would you recommend my services? If so, why?  

"Yes, because it was easy to use with the app and that everybody's body is different and this helped me find what worked best for me."

Is there any additional information you'd like to share about my nutrition counseling? 

"Samina was amazing through my lifestyle journey! Not only did she help with my eating habits but with my relationship with food and how I view it! No doubt that I would recommend her to anyone because she does something different for each person! Very personal and is always willing to help!!! Thank you!"


A.K. JULY 2017

"I was initially concerned with how to best train for triathlons while balancing the other things I had going on in my life. I wanted to make sure I wasn't sacrificing healthy eating and meal prep for training, and I wanted to avoid gaining weight (which I usually do while I'm training). Samina really dug into my specific daily habits to give tailored advice to me, and she gave suggestions on tweaks to make to my routine to set me up for success. I am actually a dietitian myself, but it can be really hard to practice what you preach, and Samina has been an invaluable accountability buddy. She helps me set realistic goals, and reminds me of evidence-backed solutions. I've tried to go it alone before and coach myself, but sometimes I can give drift away from good portion control, a balance between macronutrients, and making sure I am preparing a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy.

Over the last 5 years, I have continuously improved my daily habits, both when I am training and when I'm not. I have cut back on eating out dramatically, and instead prioritize prepping meals ahead of time. Now I really enjoy the meals I do have out with friends and family. I also have slowly cut back on drinking sodas and processed sugar, and now I have them more as a treat than a daily routine. Samina makes it clear that there is a place for these foods in a healthy diet, but having them less often helps me get closer to my goals and makes me appreciate them more when I do decide I really want them. Samina is a real person. She understands that life is complicated, and that people are in different places when it comes to health and wellness. She would never recommend something that would be a complete 180 Degree change to someone's life. She focuses on small, sustainable changes that set her clients up for success, and guides her clients towards choosing their own goals over imposing unrealistic expectations on them.

Working with Samina has helped me to save a lot of money. When I started working with her, I was going to coffee shops sometimes twice a day. I've since cut back on my 3 cup a day habit and make almost all of my coffees at home! I've also enjoyed talking to someone I can trust, who doesn't judge me. Samina doesn't just focus on women's health either-- I've learned a lot from her on personal finance, disease prevention, and functional medicine. I would absolutely recommend Samina to anyone interested in working with an RD. She puts the work in to give 100% to her clients, she will customize plans for you that mirror your exact goals, and she is a great listener. You should hire her. That is all."


M. H. June 2017

"I really love the not one-size-fits-all approach. We are all different and we all respond to different tunings. The holistic and personal approach is excellent."


CLIENT MAY 2017

"I have controlled my A1C... dropped my blood pressure and lost weight. Thank you Samina for all your guidance. It is very much appreciated."


CLIENT APRIL 2017

"Samina has educated me on the scientific evidence of pre and post workout healthy nutrition which continues to further my knowledge to maximize my fitness goals."


CLIENT APRIL 2017

"I was a bit skeptical at first, but knew that I wanted to make healthy changes in my life. Samina provided insight on ways specific to ME! She constantly provided recipes, suggestions and motivational goals tailored to my current level of activity. It made me feel "special" and has positively motivated me to not give up. To date, I have increased my physical activity and eat healthier, make better choices in shopping and helped my husband to eat better and walk! I have lost weight 8lbs slowly, so I know long term this weight will stay off."