Proud to be a Registered Dietitian

As Registered Dietitians, we are often asked a couple questions.

1) “What is a Registered Dietitian?”  

2) “What is the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?”

As RDs, we are not only proud of all of the hard work we put in to get our education and training, but also proud to be kept up to date on the latest in Scientific Research.  This gives us the ability to weed out “fads” and “trends” from sound evidence based information.  Here is a video from the 2012 Food Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) about our organization- The Academy of Nutritition and Dietetics (formerly called The American Dietetic Association)

I recently ran into a friend that said, “I would never see a Registered Dietitian.”

I replied, “Friend,I’m a Registered Dietitian.”

This friend then went on to tell me how she preferred a more integrative Western medicine and holistic approach to healthcare and how RDs work for food big companies and support the dairy industry.   Yes, some Registered Dietitians work for the food industry and are even making changes in the quality of the food in this country.  Other RDs work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, holistic wellness centers, culinary arts, public health and more.

I then told her that I believe in Western as well as Eastern medicine AND RDs have the education to look at the data and research behind the medicine as well as the practical experience.  This experience can help people integrate healthy changes into their life in a realistic way.  Each client that comes into our office has different needs.  We develop personalized plans for each person’s individual needs.

Jen and I both love real food that tastes good.  While we always encourage people to try new foods, we also know that not every food is for everyone.  If you don’t like Kale, we won’t make you eat it!

 

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