Who has time to stay savvy about latest nutrition research these days? Besides, a nutritional breakthrough or wonder food makes headlines every Monday only to be disproved by Tuesday, right? Even though you may be seconds away from tossing in the kitchen towel and just eating your favorite comfort foods because you’re so frustrated and confused, don’t yet.
Nutrition trends come and go, but I’m here to provide you with evidence-based, sustainable ways to improve your health. Each month, I’ll focus on a nutritional hot topic, sift through tons of research, separate fact from fiction, and provide realistic solutions to help you improve your life.
We all have our favorite places to go for nutrition information. And personally, I love that I can access and receive a variety of information in totally different ways. When needing a quick reminder on foods that boost mood, why not just Google, “foods that boost mood” (why complicate things!?) For inspiring recipes, you can peruse Vega’s Recipe Center or 101 Cookbooks. Or, if you just want to read about hot topics floating around the media, an RSS feed can send the latest from HuffPost, NPR and The New Yorker. However, how do you know when to trade in your go-to bloggers, articles and websites for customized advice and guidance from a registered dietitian (RD) or registered holistic nutritionist (RHN)?
1. You don’t feel “right” (chronic tiredness, relentless bloating, achy joints, etc.) despite following general, nutrition-related tips.
RDs and RHNs, especially LEAP-certified RDs, have the ability to help improve your quality of life by providing individualized nutrition recommendations based on your unique body chemistry and eating habits. See ya later, one-size-fits all approach! Dietitians and nutritionists are invited to attend really cool private seminars, workshops and conferences where they continuously learn about the latest cutting-edge research on ways to improve health and wellness through diet manipulation.
2. You need customized recommendations and hands-on support.
RDs and RHNs don’t just give generic advice; they offer unique solutions just for you! They take into account your fave foods, your kids’ busy sports schedule, and your confidence in the kitchen and use that information to create fool-proof recommendations that will get you to your goal! They also can easily modify the course based on ever-changing circumstances, so you don’t need to worry that once it’s down on paper, the deal’s been sealed. We can always make adjustments. RDs and RHNs collaborate with their clients to determine the best and most practical way to improve health by creating sustainable healthy habits. It’s a joint effort!
3. You have a chronic medical condition and need medical nutrition therapy (MNT).
If you have a chronic medical condition or diagnosis, like diabetes, heart disease or cancer, RDs offer customized MNT to help manage and relieve symptoms. By understanding the body, RDs and RHNs can offer dietary modifications that can address the root cause of your condition, rather than just the symptoms.
4. You want unbiased, science-based nutrition information to use when making decisions about your health.
During their extensive academic coursework and hands-on internship, RDs and RHNs are provided with critical tools to examine and identify unbiased, well-executed, science-based nutrition information. They can also access and reference large databases of literature that is not easily accessible to the public. By seeking the expertise of an RD or an RHN, you are making your health and wellness a priority. And congrats!
Remember, you deserve to feel your best. When you’re feeling energetic, healthy and confident, all those around you can feel it too. So, make one promise to yourself today: “I promise to make my health a priority, and I’ll do what it takes to make that happen.”