What’s a dietitian and how can they help you?
By Jen Ong Tone, MHSc RD
When it comes to healthy eating, there is no one-size-fits-all approach! That’s where a registered dietitian can help. From meal planning advice to managing a health condition, dietitians are your trusted source for food and nutrition.
What’s a dietitian?
A registered dietitian is a regulated health professional who has completed extensive training, both on the job and in university. Dietitians can help you meet your nutrition goals, taking your food preferences, culture, and lifestyle into consideration. They help you filter through the nutrition misinformation that exists online and provide you with credible, practical, and life-changing advice.
Why should I see a dietitian?
We can all eat a bit healthier. Whether you’re dealing with a picky eater at home, scrambling at dinner time, or need help managing a health condition, a dietitian can help! Here are some examples of what you can see a dietitian for:
- Meal planning
- Nutrition through pregnancy
- Infant and kids’ nutrition
- Picky eating
- Active lifestyle and sports nutrition
- Vegetarian or vegan diets
- Bloop pressure or cholesterol
- Digestive issues
- Food allergies or intolerances
- Weight, and more!
How can I meet with a dietitian?
Dietitians work in a variety of settings, but you can often access one in a medical clinic, community centre, grocery store, and in private practice. Speak to your doctor or find a dietitian in your area using our Half Your Place Health Professionals Directory or visit Dietitians of Canada.