Amy Stephens

MS, RDN, CSSD, CDCES

Licensed dietiTian

specializing in sports nutrition and diabetes

How can a Registered Dietitian help you

I’ve heard many times, “Which foods are the best to eat?” or “I became a vegetarian to lose weight”. Often times, patients end up in my office having difficulty adhering to strict elimination meal plans or are so confused by the rules of a specific diet. The posting below, by, Staci Lyons, is a great explanation about how a registered dietitian professional can help create an individual nutrient dense meal plan that is based on sound nutrition information.

Posted on www.maplevalleyreporter.com
By Staci Lyons
Pinnacle Medical Wellness

The food that we eat and the events that take place during digestion is a complex science.

Few understand these complexities beyond the limited scope of what might be remembered from an eighth grade health class. What’s worse is the constant presentation of poor and sometimes even false information about this process and the way in which it affects our bodies.

When surveyed, most Americans admit to taking much of their dietary cues from friends and family or the media. Unfortunately, friends and family are often just as misinformed. The media, particularly those groups involved in the marketing of products that we consume, can often provide misleading information in an effort to sell more of their products. Are sports drinks really a good source of hydration? Is the Paleo diet that the neighbor raves about really the answer to shedding unwanted pounds? Is the barbecue chicken wrap a healthy alternative when ordering at the burger restaurant named after a red bird? Warning: The answer to that one may be shocking!

The end result of this confusion is that many individuals live day to day in a constant state of dysfunction — their bodies protesting with the warning signs of fatigue, inflammation, undesired weight gain, and illness. Poor nutrition and dietary habits are problems that carry serious consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 percent of Americans are now diabetic with an additional 30 percent classified as pre-diabetic. Poor diet is identified as the primary cause of Type 2 diabetes. A recent study points to a very strong link between obesity and breast cancer. The list goes on and on.

Of course, most individuals do not purposely aim to maintain unhealthy eating habits. A registered dietitian can help make sense of this scientific puzzle.

As a qualified medical professional, an RD is able to provide an individualized plan and the education needed to optimize body function and help cut through some of the misinformation. A registered dietician is licensed through the state and earned a four-year degree from an accredited university which is an important point to contrast against the qualifications and education of others that may offer nutrition counseling at the local gym or the late night infomercial.

Dietary counseling is a growing discipline. Where once difficult to find, registered dietitians can now be found practicing in our community.

Ask your physician or physical therapist about recommending a registered dietitian. It might be a good investment of time and money as a way of avoiding the financial and personal consequences of poor health.