You hear it from everyone: your doctor, your friends and family, and the talking heads on TV, that you should eat right if you want to live a long and healthy life. But with so many differing opinions on what it means to “eat right,” it’s easy to feel confused and overwhelmed.
This is where a registered dietician (RDN) can come in. These professionals work with people to develop a healthy and realistic eating plan that offers long-term benefits. Because let’s be honest – fad diets aren’t healthy and they don’t even really work. You can’t stick to a fad diet.
Here are 5 reasons to see a registered dietician:
1. You Have a Chronic Disease Such as Hypertension or Diabetes
It’s important to understand how the foods you eat affect your health outcomes. A registered dietician can develop a meal plan that will help you manage your condition.
2. You Have Had or are Planning to Have Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery helps people lose weight because it creates a much smaller stomach that can only handle very small amounts of food. This makes it tricky to ensure you get all of the nutrients you need. An RDN can create an eating plan that packs the most nutrients into the smallest punch.
3. You Often Experience Digestive Issues
Chances are the foods you are eating are not agreeing with you. You need expert guidance from an RDN to make better food choices that don’t upset your condition.
4. You Need to Gain or Lose Weight
There is science behind gaining and losing weight. To do either in a healthy manner requires guidance from a trained RDN.
5. An Aging Parent
When you are caring for an aging parent, it can be difficult to ensure they are getting proper nutrition and proper hydration. You also have to deal with food and drug interactions. An RDN can create a special diet for your aging parent to ensure their health and safety.
For all of these reasons, and more, it’s a great idea to work closely with a registered dietician. If you are interested in having someone help you create an optimal meal plan for you or a loved one, please reach out to me.