"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
What is Healthy Eating?
The fuel we give our body's engine comes directly from the food we eat. The foods we eat contain nutrients. These nutrients come in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, water, amino acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. It is these nutrients that allow us to sustain life by providing the basic materials our bodies need to carry on their daily functions.
If we do not give ourselves the proper nutrients, we can impair the body's normal functions and cause ourselves great harm. Even if we show no signs of illness, we may not necessarily be healthy. Our eating habits greatly affect our ability to be healthy. Poor diet is a leading cause of disease. By understanding the principles of nutrition and healthy eating, we can improve the state of our health and stave off disease.
What is Nutritional Counseling?
Experts agree the key to healthy eating is the time-tested advice of balance, variety and moderation. In short, that means eating a wide variety of foods without getting too many calories or too much of any one nutrient. Nutritional Counseling involves evaluating your current health status and needs and then identifying what dietary changes are important. A registered dietitian can help determine how to incorporate healthy eating and nutrition into your life. This will help you to be healthier and can also help to manage a myriad of diseases, such as; diabetes, obesity, cholesterol problems, skin problems, digestion problems and many other conditions.
Why would I want to see a Registered Dietitian?
Do you struggle with weight? Are you confused with all the nutrition information out there? Do you want to know about fad diets and if they really work? Do you feel tired and sluggish most days? Do you wonder whether you should be taking nutritional supplements? Do you think there are certain foods you can and cannot eat? Do you have a medical condition such as high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, food allergies etc.? Do you want to improve your sports performance? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then a dietitian is the most knowledgeable expert who can interpret and discuss nutrition, foods, supplements and diets with you. We can help you determine the best course of action for you individualized needs.
What is the difference between a Nutritionist & Dietitian?
Regardless of which word you use, the only credible nutrition professional is a Registered Dietitian (RD). A Registered Dietitian has at least a bachelor's degree, has completed a lengthy practicum experience and has passed a national exam. This means that the Registered Dietitian is considered the expert in the field of Nutrition and has the appropriate training and accreditation. Our Registered Dietitians have years of experience working in the medical health care system, but also understand the importance of alternative treatment options. If you have a specific nutrition concern or are interested in learning how to eat healthier as a way of life, our Dietitians are here to help you!