Choosing Your Registered Dietician

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What we choose to eat has a large impact on our overall wellness, and so do the people providing us with nutritional guidance.

In today’s world, information is available at our fingertips 24/7 through blogs, social media, friends, and providers.  How do you navigate quality and helpful information from the other noise?

5 tips on what to look for in your registered dietitian

Choosing a registered dietitian to support your health and wellness goals is your first step. Read for our 5 tips on what to look for in your registered dietitian:

  1. What are your goals?

Know your personal goals and ask your dietitian their methods for achieving these goals. Your goals will also dictate the best provider fit for your needs. If you can clearly articulate your goals to a practice, you can then be scheduled with the best professional fit. Goals may include: management of a new medical diagnosis, managing chronic pain or inflammation, nutrition for pregnancy and post-partum, infant growth and weight management concerns, treating an eating disorder, weight loss and overall well-being, and more.

  1. What are their credentials and experience?

First and foremost, you want to work with a registered dietitian, this is a state regulated title requiring masters level work and extensive training. All dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are dietitians. The number of “done in a day” certifications and trainings is high and those are often deceiving in training and knowledge. By choosing a registered dietitian, you can know they have a high level of expertise.

Inquire if your dietitian has experience in your area of need. There are many additional certifications and training. Examples include: fertility certifications, eating disorders experience, additional lactation certifications, and pediatric specific training.

  1. Word of Mouth is Powerful

You don’t usually need a referral to see a dietitian, but be sure to read online reviews, ask friends who they have worked with, or ask your medical provider who is familiar with your personal health situation.

  1. Red Flags

If your dietitian or nutritionist is pushing you to “join their program,” or does not provide a variety of options and approaches you might want to look elsewhere.

Promising fast results for chronic issues is another red flag. If your goal is weight management, did you know that 95% of people who start a diet gain weight back within 5 years? There is hope. Registered dietitians well versed in intuitive eating practice with evidence-based strategies for long-term success.

  1. Accessibility

Finding the perfect dietitian fit doesn’t help if you can’t access them. If you are busy, ask if your dietitian offers telehealth appointments for weeks you may not have time to make it into their clinic or office.

If you would like to find out if one of our dietitians is a fit for you, please call 254-892-4957 to learn more about our dietitians and RD/IBCLCs (lactation consultant). In person and telehealth appointments are available. Book your appointment today!    

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