Registered Dietitians Bring Food and Nutrition Expertise to the Table
From the desk of Laura Foresta, RD, LDN & the American Dietetic Association...
March is National Nutrition Month and Wednesday, March 11th is Registered Dietitian Day. The average person eats over 1,000 meals every year. Meeting with a food expert such as a registered dietitian can be a worthwhile investment for your health. Check out OMBE's nutritional counseling classes to get the best of both worlds: private nutritional counseling for a customized nutrition plan and ongoing support to develop the tools you need to make a permanent change.
In the meantime, read below to learn about the top 10 reasons you should meet with a registered dietitian:
Who is a Registered Dietitian? Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices. Trust a Registered Dietitian When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease — rely on qualified professionals in the field.
Registered dietitians draw on their experience to develop a personalized nutrition plan for individuals of all ages. They are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use. A registered dietitian can put you on the path to lowering weight, eating healthfully and reducing your risk of chronic disease.
RD=Expert Registered dietitians know the science of nutrition. They have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities.
American Dietetic Association’s Top Ten Reasons Why Consulting with a Registered Dietitian Can Benefit You 1. You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems or high blood pressure. An RD serves as an integral part of your health-care team by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition. 2. You are thinking of having or have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. An RD will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plan for your new needs. 3. You have digestive problems. A registered dietitian will work with you and your physician to help fine-tune your diet so you are not aggravating your condition with fried foods, too much caffeine or carbonation. 4. You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. A registered dietitian can help make sure you get nutrients like folate, especially during the first three months of pregnancy, lowering your newborn’s risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects. 5. You need guidance and confidence for breastfeeding your baby. A registered dietitian can help make sure you’re getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride and B vitamins for you and your little one. 6. Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues. 7. You need to gain or lose weight. A registered dietitian can suggest additional calorie sources for healthy weight gain or a restricted-calorie eating plan plus regular physical activity for weight loss while still eating all your favorite foods. 8. You’re caring for an aging parent. A registered dietitian can help with food or drug interaction, proper hydration, special diets for hypertension and changing taste buds as you age. 9. You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; discover that healthy cooking is inexpensive, learn how to eat out without ruining your eating plan and how to resist workplace temptations. 10. You want to improve your performance in sports. A registered dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results — whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.
Laura Foresta, RD, LDN
Registered Licensed Dietitian
Laura Foresta is a registered, licensed dietitian with more than ten years of experience in the field of nutrition. Laura provides nutritional counseling in a variety of areas including weight management, diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation, gastrointestinal disorders and pregnancy.
Individual nutritional counseling provides you with a tailored plan to meet your needs. Laura focuses on collaborating with her clients to develop techniques to help them make permanent change. Whether you are looking to manage your diabetes, cholesterol, weight, or want to be sure you are maximizing your nutrition, Laura's goal is to help you discover a healthy lifestyle you can live with.