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July 12, 2016

DIY or Not: Should I see a nutritionist, health coach or registered dietitian (RD)?

When it comes to our everyday life, many of us become caught up with the demands of family, friends, work and school. As a result, this pushes our health and dietary concerns to the side. To help combat such struggles, many individuals are seeking the guidance and assistance of a registered nutritionist, health coach or dietician. They help individuals navigate the ins and outs of nutritious eating and adopting a healthier lifestyle!

What is a nutritionist, health coach or RD?

Generally, these are trained experts in food and nutrition with specialized training in the nutritional management of a certain clinical condition. Such dietitians have met the national standards for education and training in their field. They can be found in an array of facilities, such as fitness centers, schools, hospitals and medical practices. In many cases, they can be an integral part of your healthcare team.

Who needs a nutritionist, health coach or RD?

For many individuals, it can be a personal decisions to receive guidance from a dietician. In some cases, a physician will refer patients to a dietitian when they believe their patient will benefit from one-on-one counseling and individualized diet plans.

What can you expect to accomplish with a nutritionist?

The first visit with the expert will most likely run for about twenty minutes to an hour. The first portion of the appointment you will discuss your lifestyle, eating habits and medical history. If weight is an issue, you’ll be queried about your weight history, weight loss programs you have strained, indulgent foods of choice, and weight ambitions.

The dietitian will first explain the basic dietary recommendations for you. Together, the both of you will come up with a way to apply the recommendations in your everyday life. Upon leaving, you should have set goals and an array of materials to help support what you discussed -- as well as a way to get in touch for additional questions.

How do you find the nutritionist, health coach or registered dietitian that's right for you?

Ask your physician to recommend a registered dietitian. inSite Digestive Health Care provides a variety of nutritional services. For more information, speak to your gastroenterologist and ask him/her about nutritional services offered at his office.