With so much information out there today about nutrition, it can be overwhelming and difficult to know what is best for you. But it doesn’t have to be. If you meet with a registered dietitian, he/she will work with you to develop an individualized and realistic plan to help you reach your health and wellness goals. Then, once the plan is made, the dietitian will help guide and motivate you through the whole process – meal planning, grocery shopping, mindful eating – all to create long lasting behavior change.
Here are five common reasons why you should schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian today!
1. You’re looking for help with managing diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic diseases.
A registered dietitian can help take all of the information you have been given and put them into more practical terms. More often than not, when people are given a diagnosis, they are unsure of how to manage it on day to day basis. A registered dietitian can help you understand your condition and how the foods you choose might affect it while also working with you to create an eating plan to help better manage it.
2. You have digestive problems.
Health starts in the gut! In addition to your doctor, having a registered dietitian to help you dial in your diet can help with making choices that don’t worsen your symptoms, allowing you to live a more comfortable and happy lifestyle.
3. You need to gain or lose weight.
Whether you are trying to lose or gain for health related reasons, you’re a weight class athlete, or you have personal goals related to your weight, a registered dietitian will design a personalized eating plan to help you get there in the most efficient and healthiest way possible. You’ll be able to avoid the Yo-Yo effect that most fad diets have, continue enjoying your favorite foods, all while making body composition changes you are looking for.
4. You, or your teenager, has issues with food and eating healthy.
It is an unfortunate truth that our relationship with food is not always a positive one. As one member of the treatment team, registered dietitians can provide valuable counseling to individuals with eating disorders to help re-frame the way they look at food and their body.
5. You want to improve your performance in sports.
A registered dietitian can help you set goals and achieve results! Every time you eat, you have the opportunity to provide your mind and body with the fuel that it needs to thrive. The correct balance of energy – carbohydrates, protein, and fats – can keep your body running like a high-performance vehicle.
If you’re interested in learning more about nutrition or setting up a session today, reach out to Eddie Fitzgerald, RD, LDN at Eddie.ChainEffect@gmail.com.
By Eddie Fitzgerald, RD, LDN, Performance Dietitian