Trust a dietitian – it is dietitian’s week!
So why should YOU trust a dietitian?
Good question, why should YOU? To answer this question, I will begin to explain the difference between dietitian’s vs. nutritionists. I think most people think that the two terms can be used interchangeably.. That may be true – if you are a REGISTERED DIETITIAN who has qualified with a university degree in BOTH nutrition and dietetics.. BUT it is not the same for someone who calls themselves a nutritionist or nutrition therapist as they only have nutrition as a subject and not clinical or community based dietetics nor do they have research theory, food science or food service management as majors…
Here is an excellent info graphic that explains the difference (via Build up Dietitians)
Here is a link – click here – to another fantastic resource which helps explain the difference.. (via BDA)
About the scientific dietitian…
Ultimately it is up to you (making an informed choice), trusting a dietitian means you are trusting the nutrition experts. Dietitian’s are science based and we do our VERY BEST to base our public recommendations on what is best for the general public at large BUT we are so very capable of individualizing our care to each patient/ client we see. There is nothing that can replace one-on-one care. We are able to draw up therapeutic meal plans to suit disease conditions and provide guidelines to improve your lifestyle.
Looking for a dietitian…
Visit the ADSA website to visit a dietitian in your area. Before visiting any health professional make sure that your personalities will be compatible and if they are not – don’t loose hope… we are all so different and I think (my opinion) we all need to learn to appreciate that.
What type of treatment does a dietitian offer (via Dietitians Week 2015)
Dietitians interpret the science of nutrition to improve health and treat diseases and conditions by educating and giving practical advice to clients, patients, carers and colleagues. They advise and help to maintain nutritional status when individuals want to trial dietary interventions such as exclusion diets, nutritional supplementation or dietary interventions in areas such as autism for which evidence is still emerging. They use recognized methodologies to critically appraise the evidence base which includes all forms of evidence and research to inform their advice.
They cannot offer advice where there would be personal financial benefit.
So you see, trusting a dietitian – to assist you with your nutritional health is trusting the nutrition experts!
Keep calm and consult an RD 🙂
REMEMBER: Love food. Eat Smart. Love life.