We have all heard the term Nutritionist, but what does that mean? And why would someone even need to see a Nutritionist? Is it worth it, are Nutritionists even helpful?
A Nutritionist is a person who has studied food and nutrition. They are an expert when it comes to the impact food and nutrition has on our bodies and towards our health. Some Nutritionists specialize in focused areas of nutritional health such as:
- Weight Loss
- Pregnancy (pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and post pregnancy)
- Mental Health Conditions (depression, ADHD, anxiety, and autism)
- Staying Healthy and Increase Energy
- Food Allergies (celiac disease or gluten intolerant)
- Eating Disorders
- Health Conditions (diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease)
- Picky Eaters
Eating whole, healthy nutritious meals can be confusing but, consulting with a Nutritionist gives anyone who is struggling with their health a place to start and someone to talk to in supporting a change in one’s lifestyle. Seeing a Nutritionist will help to improve and enhance energy. They can also be an alternative to Western Medicine by controlling any medical condition one may have to help reduce or even eliminate the need of taking pills. Nutritionists help people learn about staying healthy and how to select the right foods for your body based on each individuals’ nutritional goals or needs.
Nutrition is important for a healthy body and seeking healthy eating advise to get a better understanding of nourishment for your body can benefit anyone, no matter what condition one’s health may be.
Strategies that Nutritionists will often engage in to help an individual on their nutritional journey may include:
- Consultation = this is usually the first meeting where the individual and Nutritionist will do an in-depth overview of one’s overall health, food history, medication history, and lifestyle. This then helps the Nutritionist develop an individualized meal plan and lifestyle program to achieve the individual’s nutritional goal.
- Education = the nutritionist will give an overall nutritional understanding about food and food facts. They will teach about eating, address unhealthy behaviors, as well as help make sense of food sensitivity testing results and identify foods that trigger the health issue, as well as understand the root cause of the discomfort.
- Meal Planning = they provide tools to assist with strategies in creating and preparing meals, grocery lists and shopping, as well as recipes for an individual or family that are not fad diets but will provide optimal energy that you and your body will enjoy based on your nutritional needs or goals.
- Regular Check Ins = to help with accountability, motivation, support, tracking of progress, and staying consistent.
Nutritionists are problem solvers that look at your overall food and health history to help assess needs and make individualized plans through a one on one program to help either improve eating habits, reduce health symptoms, manage chronic diseases, educate to develop a healthy relationship with food and fueling your body, as well as how to achieve optimal energy.