Diets are a dime a dozen. An online search will reveal a specialized diet for just about any health goal you can imagine. Meal plans and food lists reign on the internet, with recipes to boot. So why would anyone need to see a nutritionist? It’s all right there at your fingertips.
If having a diet plan was all anyone needed to succeed, then we would likely not have an obesity epidemic running rampant throughout our nation. Worse, this epidemic is spilling over into our children’s lives, reducing their chances of living a long and healthy life.
Overhauling your diet is not easy – if it was, everyone would be doing it! A nutritionist can fall right into step with you, meeting you right where you are, offering real and targeted approaches to help you achieve what you desire. Social situations, home life, and work schedules are challenges we all share in the health world, and nutritionists can help you navigate each one of them.
Educated and licensed nutritionists, also known as registered dietitians (RDs), have rigorous training in behavioral changes, how to overcome barriers and identify motivation levels. An RD can assess readiness to change, and determine the best and most appropriate nutrition goals for any individual. We possess skills that allow us to work right alongside clients to unleash their full health potential.
A registered dietitian nutritionist can help individuals of all ages, with any disease, identify core challenges and setbacks in their diet. Nutrition gaps and areas of improvement can be identified and small interventions can quickly add to your health status. Many medications may require dietary changes to ensure they work appropriately. We can help with that too.
When you see a registered dietitian nutritionist, make sure you request a guided shopping tour, and a full diet analysis to uncover any nutrient deficiencies. You can learn the nutrients of concern for your age group or life cycle, and the things you are already doing right for your health, and methods to improve your health throughout your lifetime.
Prevention of chronic disease and avoiding major health problems is near and dear to every dietitian’s heart. From helping individuals with cancer learn how to eat to strengthen their cells, to empowering a person struggling with weight loss to master their health -- dietitians can make a huge difference in the lives of people who choose to work with them. Best of all, sometimes your health insurance company will even pay for your visit!
Find a registered dietitian nutritionist near you, and schedule a session. You won’t regret it. Visit http://www.eatright.org/find-an-expert to find a trusted partner in your wellness journey. Or book online with me today - and we can have a live web visit with telehealth. It would be my joy to meet with you!