In the same way that you have a specialist to manage each of your health concerns, everyone should consider establishing an ongoing relationship with a food and nutrition expert, specifically a registered dietitian (RD), to help manage nutritional needs. Whether your goal is to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, or increase lean muscle mass, a registered dietitian will help you in setting realistic goals to achieve results.
The advantage to choosing a registered dietitian over a “nutritionist” is the experience rendered from formal education and training. A “nutritionist” could be anyone from a personal trainer to a health-food store employee with little or no qualifications for providing nutrition advice. You can be assured that an RD has passed the national examination by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
The best way to approach a dietitian for the first time is to be receptive to change. Implementing and enforcing new habits can be difficult. It is important to be open and forthcoming with information about your relationship with food, lifestyle behaviors, and future goals. Follow-up sessions can then be specially tailored to meet your specific nutrition and health needs.
An initial consultation is the integral element when committing to your health goals. Change, when approached step by step with intelligence, can be fun, especially with the guidance and support of a well-informed RD.
Sapna Lalla MS RD CDN is co-founder of Poshan Complementary Nutrition providing busy, urban individuals and families with practical advice, supported by a blend of eastern practices and western evidence-based research, to integrate and rejuvenate their minds and bodies. Poshan, which originates from the Sanskrit concept to nourish, offers nutrition counseling, cooking demonstrations and instruction, yoga, and pilates. Learn more about Poshan Complementary Nutrition at poshannutrition.com.
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