What is a dietitian?
What is a dietitian?
A Dietitian is a university qualified health profession that has studied diet, health and the diet-disease relationship at Uni for 4+ years. In my case, I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition and then a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dietitians learn about chemistry, biology, psychology, physiology amongst a million other things. We are trained to look at the whole person, to work out likes and dislikes and balance them out with that individuals health conditions. We are never about quick fixes, because they don't work.
A Dietitian will work with you, generally over time to ensure that your diet is adequate and that you have a plan that suits your needs. A Dietitian can also collaborate with your doctor and allied health teams to ensure that you are well supported.
A Dietitian can also present to groups on general healthy eating or about specific health conditions like diabetes or cardiac rehab. A Dietitian can cruise the shops with you, helping you to navigate the isles and read food labels. This can be especially helpful for those with food intolerances.
What can you expect in your first consult with a dietitian?
In your initial consult, your Dietitian will speak with you about your lifestyle, your current eating habits, health conditions, blood results and your goals. This consult can take anywhere from 45minutes - 1.5 hours depending on your health conditions.
What happens after your initial consult?
After your initial consult, your Dietitian will most likely arrange a follow up consult. The reason for this is that on average it takes 66 days to form a new behaviour, so having regular contact during this time can assist you to stay on track and provide some accountability.
In terms of dietary intervention for IBS and the low FODMAP diet, these types of consults will always require follow ups.
So how do you get started?
If you think a Dietitian would benefit you, please get in touch. I'd love to work with you :)