Lou Ann Chvatal MS,RD,LDN has been a Registered/Licensed Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer for more than twenty five years. Attaining a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology allowed her to finally unite her two passions: nutrition and exercise.
Lou Ann has been in the eating disorder field since 1998 and has counseled clients individually, as well as in family therapy. Her primary approach to nutrition therapy for eating disorders is to guide patients toward realistic and nurturing food consumption while promoting body acceptance in the process. She is on the outpatient referral list as an Eating Disorder Dietitian specialist for Linden Oaks hospital and Alexian Brothers hospital. Her core philosophy embraces science to build a foundation for change along with practical, lifestyle-friendly options to achieve results. Using her skills as a health educator, fitness trainer, and nutritionist, she has successfully fostered the environment for change for numerous individuals.
She specializes in: Eating Disorders
Do any of these statements describe how you feel?
- I think my eating is out of control.
- I feel scared around food.
- I am scared that if I eat normally I will gain weight.
- I am afraid that I am fat but no one is telling me.
- I want to lose weight so people will like me more.
- I throw up sometimes after I eat.
- I skip meals a lot or throw my lunch away.
- I don't eat the foods I used to like because they're fattening.
- I will not miss a day of exercise.
- I am scared to miss a day of exercise.
- I have lost more than 5 pounds this month.
- I think about food so much that it is interfering with my life.
- I spend my day thinking about where, when, and what I will eat.
- Thinking about food is the best part of my day.
- I think I need help but I'm afraid to ask.
If you agree with any of these statements, there is someone to help you.
A dietitian can help you:
- Normalize eating patterns and reduce disordered eating behaviors.
- Cope with setbacks and return you to your path of recovery.
- Learn to distinguish feelings of hunger and fullness from emotions.
- Accept and care for your body.
- Learn to feed a child who's a picky eater or isn't growing well.
- Approach someone you care about when you suspect they have an eating disorder but are not ready to admit it.
A mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor) can help you with:
- Relationship or family problems.
- Depression, anxiety, and other emotional difficulties.
- Behaviors that are out of control, such as eating, violence, or substance abuse.
- Managing stress.
- Coping with a traumatic event.
An evaluation with a dietitian or therapist is just one appointment. If you don't feel comfortable with the first dietitian or therapist that you meet with, there are many others to choose from. DuPage Dietitians will be glad to refer you to other providers in the area that may be able to help meet your needs.