Registered Dieticians and Registered Nutritionists

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How Registered Dieticians and Registered Nutritionists can help you​

Following are a few reasons why you might seek the advice of an experienced Nutritionist or Dietician

  • You want to lose, gain, or maintain weight.
  • You want to optimize and maintain your health in your older years.
  • You have digestive issues.
  • You may not cook very well and you realize the need to feed your family healthier foods.
  • You want to boost athlete performance.
  • You want to cultivate healthy microbiomes in your body.
  • You need to manage Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, or some other Chronic Diseases.
  • You may be unsure what you can eat because of Celiac Disease, Food Allergies, lactose intolerance, or another condition.
  • You are considering or have had Gastric Bypass Surgery.
  • You are caring for an aging parent and need to be as healthy as possible (for both of you!)
  • You want some practical lifestyle advice.
  • You’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or you’re a new mom.
  • You or a family member is experiencing Disordered Eating.
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You’ve likely heard something like this from many sources:

A healthy diet and proper Nutrition throughout your life supports normal or optimal growth, development, and ageing; helps maintain a healthy body weight; promotes a stronger immune system; provides you with the energy you need to live your life; and reduces the risk of chronic disease—all of which lead to overall health and well-being, from cradle to grave.

We believe this is absolutely true!

An adequate and balanced supply of fresh air; clean water; nutrients including proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals; and regular movement are the foundation upon which our best health is built.

Looking at your Nutritional intake as part of your overall health picture, is a significant piece of what is driving your optimal health.

Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN), a Registered Dietician (RD), or other credentialed Nutritionist can help you understand your particular health situation/issue and how the foods you choose might affect it. They also work with you to create an eating plan that has the nutrients needed to manage your situation/issue(s).

Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but, only a Registered Dietician (RD) or a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) has completed multiple layers of education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. All RDs or RDNs must:

  • Get a four-year degree which includes a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum.
  • Complete an extensive supervised program of practice at a health care facility, foodservice organization, or community agency.
  • Pass a rigorous registration exam.
  • Maintain continuing education credits throughout their career. 

Roughly half of all RDs and RDNs hold graduate degrees and many have certifications in specialized fields, such as sports, pediatric, renal, oncology, or gerontological nutrition. (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) 

Every day, you make choices about the food you eat (your Nutrition) and your lifestyle. You can make choices for yourself and your family that make a real difference to your ability to remain healthy and active now, and enjoy life to its fullest in the future. 

The food you eat can affect your health and your risk for certain diseases. To eat healthier food, you may need to change some of your daily habits. You also may need to change some things in your environment. Your environment includes everything around you, including your home, the place you work, and the places you ‘play.’

You don’t need to make huge changes to eat healthier. And you don’t have to change your habits all at the same time. It’s best to set small goals and change your habits a little bit at a time. Over time, small changes can make a big difference in your health.

  • Changing your eating habits and your environment can help you eat healthier foods.
  • A healthy diet is good for your overall health. It also can help you reach a healthy weight and stay there.
  • To improve your eating habits, it’s best to make small lifestyle changes that you can keep doing over time.

As you go through different stages in your life, you may sometimes have unique nutritional needs. Whether you have an active growing child, are a pregnant woman (or thinking about having a baby), or you are someone who wants to learn about healthy aging, It is important to 

  • Eat healthy and balanced foods – including plants and fermented foods.
  • Follow a heart-healthy food plan.
  • Get to and maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Be physically active every day. Find things that your enjoy doing and you are more likely to be able to sustain those activities over a longer period of time. Weight-bearing exercises are particularly beneficial for keeping your bones strong.
  • Get appropriate sleep.

Explore the Research

We believe you should have access to high-quality research to help you make informed health decisions. Below are four trusted databases you can use as tools to expand your healthcare knowledge.