Dietician Questions and Answers
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What exactly does a dietician do?
A registered dietitian is specifically trained as a food and nutrition expert and they help promote the health and well being of everyone. What’s really fascinating with this profession is that dietitians actually translate medical, scientific and nutritional information into practical, individualized therapeutic diets and meal plans for people, and collaboration with caregivers, clients, health professionals and other stakeholders and is front and center in the dietetic practice. Registered dietitians work with healthcare professionals, like physicians, nurses, social workers and speech language pathologists to manage nutrition for health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases with a number of clients in a variety of settings. They also deliver information through informal and formal presentations, counselling and coaching that allows them to make informed decisions about nutritional services and food choices. Dietitians also help influence the development and promotion of consumer products, managing quality food service in healthcare institutions and influencing nutrition, food, and public health policy. Simply put, they look beyond the gimmicks and fads and help deliver life-changing, reliable advice that will help your personal needs, challenges, and objectives.
How can a dietician help me?
The list is endless when it comes to what a dietitian can do for you. They are the trusted source for food and nutrition counselling, and they are the ones who translate the science of nutrition into practical advice based on your needs. A dietician can help coach you and achieve your weight loss goals; help coach you through lifestyle and diet changes in order to help you achieve your healthy eating goals or work to manage disease; help you with reading labels, grocery store shopping and saving your money at the cash register; help you with meal ideas and snacks, cooking tips, and more; analyze and adapt your favorite recipes to meet your health and lifestyle needs; help you and your family achieve a healthy weight; work with physically active or professional athletes to meet sport nutrition needs; and treat and manage disease by aiding you with specific and personalized nutrition care plans.
When should I see a dietician?
Seeing a dietitian when you have symptoms affecting your health is important, and you should also see one even if you are just curious about trying a new diet or have questions about what foods you are consuming. The following offers tips on when to see a dietitian: you are healthy and curious; your relationship with food needs help; you have any kind of a digestive complaint; you want to boost your athletic performance; you are either never hungry or always hungry; you are experiencing fatigue even with a good night sleep; you are often injured or sick; you are experiencing hormonal issues (lack of sex drive or ability to perform, loss of menstruation, infertility issues, etc.); you are thinking about becoming pregnant or are pregnant; you need help with meal planning; you are dealing with actions or thoughts of disordered eating; you have abnormal bloodwork; you have been diagnosed with a chronic disease; and you have suspected food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances.
Is a dietician a doctor?
A registered dietitian is not a doctor, but instead follow the credentials of R.D. (registered dietician) or R.D.N. (registered dietician nutritionist). Dietitian is a protected title in Canada, just like physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.
If you want a healthier diet, want to lose weight, or want to take better control of your diet, then we welcome you to contact us or book an appointment through our website. Viva Health Centre is home to leading dietitians, and we will work with you to help you achieve your health goals. We are open five days a week – Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.