Here are 10 common reasons to consult with a registered dietitian courtesy of the American Dietetic Association:
- You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RD serves as an integral part of your health-care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
- You are thinking about or have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RD will work with you to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
- You have digestive problems. A registered dietitian will work with your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition by eating the wrong foods and you are re-balancing your intestinal tract with the right food.
- You need to gain or lose weight. A registered dietitian can zero in on the root of your issues and tweak (or overhaul) your diet and activity patterns to get results. An RD helps you to set sensible goals and keeps you accountable so that you see results.
- You’re caring for an aging parent. A registered dietitian can help with therapeutic diets, food and drug interactions, proper hydration, and the changing taste buds and digestion patterns and frailty that comes with aging.
- You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A registered dietitian can help make sure you get all of the nutrients you need to keep you healthy as you grow a perfect baby, and then get back into your jeans.
- You need guidance and confidence for breastfeeding your baby (while trying to get back into your jeans.) An RD can help make sure you’re getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one.
- Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.
- You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations.
- You want to improve your performance in sports. A registered dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.
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