It’s not very difficult these days to go on social media without finding a nutrition expert, is it? There are millions of pages created every day telling you what to eat, when to eat, and so on. It’s even more confusing when one account is telling you one thing, while another account is telling you something completely different. Diet culture and “wellness” has become a MASSIVE industry (we’re talking billions) and people who have no education or experience are telling you how to take care of yourself. Would you let a person with no degree treat your broken leg? How about a fashion expert handle your finances? You get the picture. So, who should you listen to?
First and foremost, you should look for credentials after their name. The “RD” credential stands for Registered Dietitian. RD’s have gone to school for a degree in nutrition. After graduation, they have to complete a full time, year long internship with at least 1200 hours of rotations in multiple different settings. There are many people who label themselves as nutritionists, but often times they have no education behind that title. There are countless fitness experts and bloggers who promote different nutrition programs. This is not meant to dismiss anyone or discredit their hard work. People have expertise in different areas. You certainly would not want me giving you advice on the proper weight lifting form (unless you want to end up in the ER)! Its just to warn you of the information that is put out on the internet and how it may or may not effect you.
With that being said, just because someone is a registered dietitian does not necessarily mean they are the right fit for you. Everyone works in a different way and has a different client base. Some may focus on a specific area such as diabetes or heart disease. Some may focus on weight loss, and others may follow more of an anti diet approach. I urge you to have a quick, 15 minute call prior to booking an appointment to determine if thats the right professional to work with for your specific goals. As always, if you have specific questions about my work, please reach out or book a discovery call.