The Role of the Dietitian

March 10, 2019

We make multiple food decisions every day from waking up in the morning to going to sleep. The culmination of those choices has a tremendous effect on our health and well-being. With the rise of healthcare costs and non-communicable diseases, good nutrition has never been more critical.

Due to the onset of the digital age, food choices have been difficult to make with the media’s incessant portrayal of the latest fad diet which usually lacks scientific evidence. The reason that there have been numerous diets without one miracle diet is that it simply does not exist. A successful diet to achieve a healthy lifestyle is individualised, balanced and built for the long term.

A dietitian has the special ability to help you by educating and empowering you to create a healthy lifestyle for life. It is important to note that the credentials of a dietitian and nutritionist are not interchangeable. A dietitian has met rigorous academic and professional standards and are the foremost experts of the dietetic field who will translate science to real-life applications tailored to you.

There is a common misconception that a dietitian will prescribe a diet with no ifs, ands or buts. Each individual has a unique background which reflects upon his or her food choices-and a dietitian recognises that. There is no food off limits and indulgences are encouraged, mindfully of course. 

 

 

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