In 2008 a day was created to celebrate registered dietitian nutritionists and other food professionals who work towards creating healthy lifestyles for individuals.
Nutrition can be a difficult subject to understand, especially today with the many resources on the internet alone. RDNs (Registered Dietitian Nutritionists) can break down the science involved to assist people in making better food choices, which in turn can help in making better lifestyle choices. Everyone is different, and if you have a medical condition, RDNs can help structure a plan (along with your doctor's input) in order for you to manage any medical issues you may have.
RDNs work in a variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and communities, community/day centers, gyms, and even in a private setting. Their education consists of a Bachelor's Degree in nutrition, public health, or some other health related field (from an accredited college), completion of an internship, as well as passing a registration exam. Continuing education is required throughout the year as well.
Keri Gans, RDN and author of The Small Changes Diet, contributed an article to U.S. News in May 2015 titled 10 Lessons Nutritionists Taught Their Mothers. Below are those tips:
- Move it or lose it: Some form of exercise or physical activity, within your comfort limits.
- Cut the fat when cooking
- Healthy food can be delicious
- Glycemic index 101 (click for more information!)
- Don't skip your meals
- Cheese is not a carbohydrate**
- No foods are forbidden (do not feel guilty eating foods you enjoy... in moderation)
- Don't take "I don't like it" for an answer
- Switch it up (exercise routines, meal/snack rotations)
- Amp up the omega-3s
Some strategies to keep in mind, courtesy of Melissa Dobbins, RDN and host of Sound Bites podcast:
- Your grocery store should work for you, not against you to avoid buying items you do not need.
- If you skip meals, it may lead to overeating.
- Be conscious of food options if you are diabetic, as certain foods are not appropriate for snacks, and could spike blood sugars.
Remember to always check with your doctor before you make any drastic changes to your diet, and exercise routine. Make a list of questions to ask your doctor, and maybe even inquire about seeing a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area.
Cheers to all of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, and their hard work in making positive changes in the food industry!