Q: Why should I see a Registered Dietitian instead of… (a health coach, a personal trainer, a chiropractor, the Internet, Instagram, my best friend, my mom)?
A: There is A LOT of information about nutrition out there. While many of these resources may have some useful info (and of course friends and family are well meaning and lovely!), it can be very challenging to make sense of all the information you read and hear about nutrition. This is one of the best reasons to see a professional; and while anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist or Wellness Coach, a Registered Dietitian requires rigorous, comprehensive, and specific training. To become an RD(N), a Bachelors or Masters in Nutrition is required, along with a residency of at least 1200 hours of clinical supervised practice, followed by a licensing exam. This licensure is maintained with continuing education hours on up-to-date research. What this means for you is that you can be confident that the guidance you are receiving is evidence-based and extensively researched, and that you’re working with a credentialed nutrition expert. This is important information to consider when it comes to your health!
Q: Will you make me go on a diet?
A: Diet is a loosely defined term. That being said, for the sake of this response, I will use Oxford Dictionary’s definition of ‘restricting oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.’*
I consider myself an anti-diet Dietitian, which means I do not believe in restrictive dieting, calorie counts, or imposing unnecessary limitations around food. I take this approach because our lives deserve a more unique approach than what fad diets offer, and, more importantly, research shows diets just don’t work in the big picture and can even be harmful for many (I’m happy to talk about this more with you!). I aim help you remove shame or guilt around eating, and to help you create a sustainable way of nourishing yourself that works in the long-term, one that will help you feel your best both physically AND mentally. I may introduce the principles of Intuitive Eating in our time working together, and you generally won’t find me asking you to get rid of things that our diet-happy society has labeled “bad,” such as pizza and ice cream, unless there is a specific need to do so. This may catch you off guard, coming from a nutrition professional, but I sincerely believe that food is nourishing in more ways than just the nutrients its composed of. We can explore this idea more in our sessions!
* Oxford Dictionaries. Language matters. VERB (diets, dieting, dieted). URL http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/deﬁnition/ american_english/diet (accessed February 23, 2020).