Blog By: Kavitha Iyer.
Now a days, everyone could benefit from working with a dietitian, even if it’s just to learn a few new healthy habits or unlearn nutrition myths. Registered dietitians can help you with everything from raising good eaters with a healthy relationship with food to the nutritional treatment of a medical condition to eating disorder treatment to learning healthy and tasty cooking techniques.
What’s holding you back from reaching out to a dietitian? Could it be one of these five common misconceptions?
Dietitians are the food police
Quite the contrary! As dietitians, they understand all foods fit. While certainly, some foods are more nutritious than others, they also believe if you truly love a food, there’s no sense in cutting it out. Dietitians know that loving the food you eat will, in fact, make you healthier! Instead, dietitians will work with you on changing habits to help add in more nutritious food versus removing food you love.
Dietitians will judge you for what food you eat
While a dietitian will evaluate your eating habits, they certainly won’t judge you as a person for it. If so, it’s time to find a new dietitian! Dietitians are trained to look at many different factors to evaluate your nutrition and health status. Plus, they know it’s the big picture that counts, not what you eat on any single day. So don’t hide your chocolate candy when you see dietitians coming around the corner – share a piece with them.
Dietitians dole out eat plans
Truth – dietitians loathe meal plans. Clients frequently ask for dietitians to create a meal plan to solve this problem or that. But they know that it’s building healthy habits that counts, not following a rigid plan. Plus, no one ever follows a meal plan for long! While a meal plan can be a helpful starting base for someone with specific nutrition needs due to a medical condition, for the most part, dietitians will work with clients on making small but impactful diet and behavior changes.
Dietitians are know-it-alls
A good dietitian knows what they know, and they know what they don’t know. Just as doctors have specialty areas, so do dietitians. While all RDs are qualified to give general wellness, most dietitians specialize. You’ll find dietitians working in areas including gut health, cardiovascular disease, geriatrics, eating disorder treatment, integrative nutrition and more. It’s a good idea to research a dietitian before working with them to make sure you’re a good fit.
Dietitians only eat salad
Ask most dietitians what inspired them to get into the field and they’ll tell you it’s because they love food, not because they hate it! While dietitians generally have overall balanced diets, they also enjoy foods people might label as “unhealthy.” That’s because they know it’s not individual food choices that make or break health, but rather overall eating habits. That’s why you’ll see some dietitians happily indulge in a gooey chocolaty brownie or cheesy pizza!
Have you every worked with a dietitian? Share your thoughts and questions with us in the comments section.
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