5 Ways a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Can Help You
A registered dietitian nutritionist, or RDN, can help you navigate through the often murky waters of nutrition information, provide easy to follow advice, and further educate you and your family about nutrition and a healthy diet. Here are 5 things you might know about a registered dietitian nutritionist.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Meets Very High Standards
All RDNs must hold bachelor’s degrees, and in addition, must fulfill a specially designed, accredited nutrition curriculum, complete an extensive supervised program of practice, and pass a rigorous registration exam. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics establishes the standards for education and registration. Roughly half of all RDNs and RNs also hold graduate degrees.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Gives Personalized Advice
It is easy to find nutrition advice, however, finding advice that actually works for you can be challenging. Let a professional do the work for you, and help you sort through the myriad of advice and information that is available. A RDN will be able to help you formulate an eating plan unique to your dietary needs and your lifestyle.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Helps Manage Chronic Disease
If you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer, nutrition can play an important part in keeping you healthy, but it can be difficult to know what to eat. Registered dietitian nutritionists can review your lab results with you and provide education about your condition and the nutrients that affect it. They can also help create an eating plan that helps you better mange your condition.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Can Help With Allergies.
If you suffer from food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances, it can be difficult to navigate grocery store. You may feel overwhelmed by the foods you cannot eat, and may even be deficient in nutrients if you are sticking to the same, boring foods. An RN or RDN can help you decipher food levels, teach you creative food substitutions and enrich your diet with new foods and recipes.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Can Help With Weight Loss
Fad diets that promise quick weight loss are appealing, but they rarely work for long. An RDN can help you create a safe, effective weight loss plan that is realistic and includes foods you like. Deprivation rarely leads to success, but tools like meal planning, grocery shopping, food journaling and mindful eating can help you achieve long term healthy weight loss.
If you like to learn more about what a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can do for you, KareBoost Health offers a full range of nutrition services with a pediatric RDN who can help both nutrition problems for children and adults and for the whole family.
Andrea Berez, MS, RD, CSP
Pediatric Registered Dietitian