In the age of the internet where everything is searchable and information easily accessible (although not always reliable), why aren’t you seeing the results you want or feeling as healthy as you could? Because making changes is difficult and you likely don’t have a health professional in your back pocket who can help you out when you hit a barrier, plateau, or your body goes back to how it was before the “diet”.
Dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian nutritionists* (RDN) are the food and nutrition experts. Individuals who sport the RD/RDN in addition to passing a nationally accredited examination, have completed a bachelors from an accredited university (more for those with M.S.) that includes numerous biology, chemistry, and social science classes followed by a year of in the field training at recognized healthcare and educational institutions via a dietetic internship, making them the leaders in how food/nutrition affects our bodies – and how to optimize what we eat to provide the most for us.
But aside from being the food and nutrition experts, how could working with a dietitian benefit you?
- Dietitians are professional and evidence based. They won’t have you on the latest fad diet, but rather use years of research and your food preferences to craft a plan to personally tailor recommendations to YOU.
- You aren’t doing all the work alone – you will have a partner.
- If you have a chronic disease, a dietitian can help you manage it.
- They offer guidance navigating food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
- You have a trusted resource on call (you’ll actually have a health professional in your back pocket).
- Dietitians can identify and help you work through barriers.
- You gain emotional support (even if you think you didn’t need it).
*Every Registered Dietitian is a Nutritionist, but not every Nutritionist is a Registered Dietitian.