What is the difference betweeen a Nutritionist and a Registered Dietitian?

The term “nutritionist” is not regulated, which means anyone can advertise themselves as a nutritionist, even if they do not have any education or training in the field. Furthermore, there are a lot of organizations that offer so-called “nutrition certifications”. Perhaps you have seen personal trainers at the gym also working as a nutrition coach, or a similar term. Unfortunetly, these certifications are typically easy to obtain as long as an individual pays a sum of money. The term “Registered Dietitian” or “Registered Dietitian Nutritionist” (noted by RD or RDN after one’s name) however is regulated. This title requires formal education and training in the field. Specifically, an RD must: 1) complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university’s program that includes specific course work in nutritional sciences, human physiology, biochemistry, food science, and other sciences; 2) be accepted into (only ~50% of applicants successfully match each application cycle) and complete a 1200+ hour accredited internship; 3) pass a comprehensive, national examination and; 4) participate in continuing education. RDs are also held to a professional code of ethics. Therefore, when seeking nutrition advice it is best to look for an RD (or RDN) and not someone without this credential. To learn more visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

How do I find a Registered Dietitian?

First determine why you would like to meet with a RD and what your goals are. If you are interested in meeting with a RD that specialize in sports nutrition, wellness, weight management, cardiovascular health, or disordered eating and eating disorders, I recommend that you look on the SCAN website. SCAN stands for Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition and is a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This basically means that it is a subgroup or Registered Dietitans with further expertise in the areas I mentioned. On the website you can access this search engine to help locate an RD near you. If you are looking for a different specialty, I encourage you to visit the Academy’s site.  You can also send me a message and I can try to get you in touch with a RD who will meet your needs.

I love the header on your site. How can I make my own?

I also love the header on my site, but I must admit I fairly computer illiterate. It was created for me Colin James Tuttle, graphic designer extraordinaire. If you are looking for someone to help you out with your own blog or website, give him a shout!

What do you eat? Are there any foods you avoid?

A couple of years ago I become a vegetarian and I often flip flop back and forth between being a hardcore vegan (no animal products at all) and a more relaxed pescatarian (meaning I will include fish in my diet). However, I know that eating style is not for everyone and I believe a healthy diet can include animal products or not. Besides that dietary restriction, I just aim to eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables each day and adequately balance my macronutrient intake. Some of my favorite foods are: peanut butter, green bell peppers, oatmeal, salmon, and pizzas topped with lots of veggies. I certainly do not eat “perfect” all of the time – whatever that means anyway – and my sweet tooth loves ice cream and cookies! I encourage you to find an eating pattern that works for you and allows you to incorporate the foods you love because we are all different and thus there is not one diet we should all be following.

Are you available to provide product reviews?

If you would like me to potentially sample and provide a review of a food or fitness-related product please contact me at tanya@dinedashdeadlift.com. Decisions to review products will be done on a case-by-case basis, since I will not recommend anything to readers that could  be potentially harmful or that I do not fully support.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below or e-mail me at tanya@dinedashdeadlift.com


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