Why should YOU see a dietician?
The majority of people view dieticians as nutrition professionals who help overweight individuals get their dietary intake under control, so as to reduce weight. Whilst this is one of the many, and more common things that we do, there is also great benefit in coming to see a dietician, even if you are at what is considered, a ‘healthy weight.’
What else could my dietician help me with?
- General dietary intake assessments.
Nutrition assessments are done usually at every first consult. However, if you are not looking for a meal plan as such, but just want to get an idea of if your nutrition intake is sufficient and balanced enough, then a dietician will be able to help you with this. Your dietician can easily take you through a diet recall to get information on your nutritional intake, and help you to tidy up your diet, or fill in any nutrition gaps.
- Body Analysis
Most dieticians have scales that can assess not only your body weight, as a total in kilograms, but also what percentage of your body is made up of bone mass, muscle mass, water, and body fat. Whilst it is important to monitor weight, it is also important to know what exactly your weight is made up of, and if you fall within healthy ranges of bone, muscle and fat percentages, as well as determining how hydrated you are.
- Refreshing and meeting your goals
People are always looking to better themselves, but sometimes, set unattainable goals for themselves. A dietician can help you set realistic goals, and give you support and step by step guidance on how to meet those goals.
With information so freely available, and at our fingertips, there is so much nutrition information out there, that often it confuses the public. A dietician can help you sift through this information, and separate fact from fiction.
- Childhood/ adolescent nutrition
New moms are always looking to give the very best to their babies. Dieticians can help you with breastfeeding counseling, introduction of solids, and nutrition during the toddler years.
Adult food intake habits are often learned behaviors, demonstrated originally by your parents. By teaching your teenagers about good nutrition, and possibly how to prepare a few easy, cost effective, healthy meals, you are setting them up success in terms of good nutrition. When they later move out of the house, go to university and start working, they will have a foundation of healthy food habits to rely on.
- Eating during times of illness
Appetite loss, during treatment of diseases such as cancer, is very common, and usually result in unintentional weight loss. A dietician can help you manage your nutritional intake by suggesting appropriate supplement drinks that could help, or ways for managing nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
- Label reading
A dietician can help you correctly read and interpret labels. This empowers you to make the choice of what you want to put in your body and what you want to avoid.
- General education
A dietician can help you with new recipes/cooking methods, show you what foods have hidden sugars, show you how to avoid processed foods, how to improve the GI of foods, help you vary your food intake, manage your blood sugar levels, improve fatigue through eating, help manage emotional eating, and generally improve overall feelings of health and wellness.