So…why a Dietitian?

For my first blog post, I want to tackle the issue…why a Dietitian?

A Registered Dietitian has built up the knowledge through education and practical experience to be able to sift through all the false nutrition information out there, and explain it in a way that makes sense. They can work in a number of settings: offering diet counseling to patients after a diagnosis of diabetes or heart disease, or developing public health nutrition programs, just to name a few.

Why did I want to tell you this? Well, I want you to be informed. Not everyone out there giving nutrition information can be trusted. Some of these people called themselves “Nutritionists”. This term didn’t hold a lot of meaning…until recently. The title “Nutritionist” now joins other titles reserved for regulated members of the College of Dietitians of Alberta, including Registered Dietitian. The College of Dietitians of Alberta is the professional regulatory body that regulates the dietetic and nutrition profession in Alberta.

Be wary of those offering nutrition advice that do not have the appropriate qualifications. Take a look at what advice they are giving. Are they telling you to omit one or more food groups? Are they peddling the newest fad diet? Ask yourself if they have anything to gain from providing you info. Are they trying to sell you a program or product? Are they trying to sell you (specialized) food or supplements? These should be red flags that the person you are dealing with may not be a nutrition professional. If you would like to find a Registered Dietitian near you, go to www.collegeofdietitians.ab.ca.

Nutrition is a huge topic. There are so many different blogs I can write. I have a lot of ideas for future posts, however, I am interested in hearing if you have something you would like to know more about. If you have a nutrition topic you would like me to post about, write me an email at [email protected]. This blog is not meant to provide medical advice. If you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, please see your physician or local Registered Dietitian for individual counseling. If you would like to find out more about general nutrition topics, stay tuned!